Senior Policy Manager
Remote US or Canada
$125,000 – $145,000
WHO WE ARE
Partnership on AI is the leading independent, non-profit partnership of academic, civil society, industry, and media stakeholders seeking to address the world’s most important and difficult questions concerning the future of AI
We are a non-profit that invites diverse voices into the process of technical governance, design, and deployment of AI technologies.
Our essential Partners work together across industry, academia, and civil society to understand the implications of AI advancements and ensure they benefit society equitably.
Through dialogue, insight, education, and guidance, PAI informs responsible AI solutions and identifies opportunities to address humanity’s pressing challenges.
Our vision is a future where Artificial Intelligence empowers humanity by contributing to a more just, equitable, and prosperous world. Our mission is to bring diverse voices together across global sectors, disciplines, and demographics so developments in AI advance positive outcomes for people and society.
If you are committed to a future of responsible AI and you are interested in joining the Partnership on AI in our quest, we genuinely appreciate your interest and we want to hear from you.
The Partnership on AI (PAI) is seeking a strategic and analytical manager, who is passionate about exploring the societal implications of technologies. The Senior Policy Manager will lead work related to AI governance and regulation, making a meaningful contribution to the design and delivery of PAI’s policy strategy.
AI policy continues to develop in a variety of forms globally, including through an evolving regulatory landscape (e.g. EU, Brazil, Canada), international specifications and methods (e.g. AI technical standards) alongside a number of AI tools and frameworks developed by industry, civil society and academia. Against this backdrop, the Partnership on AI plays an important role in working to ensure that both AI technologies and the policies used to govern them benefit and protect people and society. This role will work to inform global public policy, advance public understanding, and ensure the adoption of best practices by PAI partners and wider stakeholders to support the design, development and deployment of equitable and responsible AI systems.
The Senior Policy Manager will sit in PAI’s expanding policy department, reporting to the Head of Policy. The role will work across PAI, engaging closely with PAI’s programs and research team and comms team; senior leaders from PAI Partner organizations in civil society, industry, and academia; policy officials in countries internationally; and international organizations. This is a full time role with an immediate start date.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
Assessing and analyzing global AI policy developments
Delivering the PAI Policy strategy alongside specific PAI policy projects
Embedding policy considerations in programmatic research and PAI Partner Community work
International policy engagement and Multi Stakeholder coordination
WHO YOU ARE / WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
Strong grasp of science and technology policy and dedication to working towards policy solutions that benefit people and society. Understanding of AI specific policy issues is an advantage
Experience of developing and delivering policy projects successfully in fast moving areas
Understanding sophisticated technical and regulatory issues in order to make credible and innovative policy proposals
Excellent written and oral and communication skills including communicating technical and complex legal concepts in a clear and accessible way.
Experienced in international, multi-stakeholder settings, including convening stakeholders with differing perspectives to deliberate complex issues. Ideally supported by skills to successfully challenge and negotiate with key stakeholders and gain their confidence
Ability to build consensus and networks of stakeholders across government, academia, civil society and private sector.
Experience coordinating response to external stakeholders on policy matters, including those made by government entities
Comfort with institutional change and driving new processes
A champion for equity and diversity internally and externally
Capacity to travel within North America and internationally, as needed.
7+ years of deep professional experience related to technology and policy, government relations or regulatory affairs
If the candidate has a Master’s Degree (e.g technology law and policy, Master of Public Policy), Juris Doctor (J.D.) or PhD alongside a Bachelor’s Degree, we will consider this as we assess the years of experience
Preferred: A legal background (J.D. / legal experience) is preferred but not required
Experience in government, consultancy, an international organization, academic institution, think tank, or industry working on policy issues.
QUALITIES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO US:
Builds Trust: Able to be transparent by being authentic, conveying trust and communicating openly while involving key stakeholders in decision-making.
Visionary: Able to take a long-term perspective, conveying a belief in an outcome, and displaying the confidence to reach goals
Inspirational: Able to inspire and motivate others in a positive manner
Courageous: Able to seek out opportunities for continuous improvement, and fearless in intervening in challenging situations
Decisive: Able to make informed decisions in a timely fashion
Personal Development: Able to seek opportunities for individual personal development.
We know that research has shown that some potential applicants will submit an application only when they feel that they have met close to all of the qualifications for a role—we encourage you to take a leap of faith with us and submit your application as long as you are passionate about working to make real impact on responsible AI. We are very interested in hearing from a diverse pool of candidates.
PAI offers a generous paid leave and benefits package, including: Twenty vacation days; three personal reflection days; sick leave and family leave above industry standards; high-quality PPO and HMO health insurance plans, many 100% covered by PAI; Dental and vision insurance 100% covered by PAI; up to a 7% 401K match, vested immediately; pre-tax commuter benefits (Clipper); automatic cell phone reimbursement ($75/month); up to $1,000 in professional development funds annually; $150 per month or $1800 per year to access co-working space; regular team lunches, deep work & mental health days; opportunities to attend AI related conferences and events and to collaborate with our roughly 100 partners across industry, academia, and civil society. Please refer to our careers page for an updated list of benefits.
Must be eligible to work in the United States or Canada; we are unable to sponsor visas at this time.
Must be fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus as per PAI’s Employee Policy.
PAI is headquartered in San Francisco, with a global membership base and scope. This role is eligible for remote work within the United States and Canada with no requirement to be located in San Francisco.
PAI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment in all aspects of employment, including recruiting, hiring, promoting, training, education assistance, social and recreational programs, compensation, benefits, transfers, discipline, and all privileges and conditions of employment. Employment decisions at PAI are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications.
PAI will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance or similar laws.
The Partnership on AI may become subject to certain governmental record keeping and reporting requirements for the administration of civil rights laws and regulations. We also track diversity in our workforce for the purpose of improving over time. In order to comply with these goals, the Partnership on AI invites employees to voluntarily self-identify their gender and race/ethnicity. Submission of this information is voluntary and refusal to provide it will not jeopardize or adversely affect employment or any consideration you may receive for employment or advancement. The information obtained will be kept confidential.
HOW TO APPLY
Resume and/or CV
Cover Letter (setting out how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the job role and specification)
Diversity Statement (150-300 words)
3 References [name, title, email, phone]
At next stage of hiring process: Policy question response (300 words)
To apply please send a cover letter and resume by March 13, 2023.
Only complete applications will be reviewed.