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Director, Head of Public Policy

deepmind · 24 days ago

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As the pace of global policymaking on AI continues to accelerate, we are hiring a Director, Head of Public Policy to lead our Policy Team.  We are looking for a strategic visionary and highly experienced policy operator to help us shape a dynamic global policy environment that enables our technologies to be used for scientific discovery and cutting-edge products that improve billions of lives. 

About us

Artificial Intelligence could be one of humanity’s most useful inventions. At Google DeepMind, we’re a team of scientists, engineers, machine learning experts and more, working together to advance the state of the art in artificial intelligence. We use our technologies for widespread public benefit and scientific discovery, and collaborate with others on critical challenges, ensuring safety and ethics are the highest priority.

The role

This is a leadership position where you’ll lead a team developing global policy strategy and executing policy priorities for Google DeepMind’s scientific breakthroughs and emerging technologies. 

Key responsibilities

  • Advise senior executives on critical policy matters and engagements with high-level government and civil society leaders globally, with an emphasis on the UK, EU, and US
  • Lead and manage the Public Policy team, and work with team members and cross-functional partners at Google DeepMind and Google to develop and implement global policy strategies for first-in-kind technologies
  • Lead the development of Google DeepMind’s positions on emerging and relevant public policy issues, working closely with our outstanding technical teams and researchers
  • Drive key operational projects and processes, and partner strategically with GDM leadership, proactively identifying risks and opportunities to shape priorities and improve operations
  • Build and maintain global connections with senior policymakers, policy leads in peer tech companies, and the wider policy community 
  • Partner and collaborate closely with cross-functional teams to analyse policy initiatives, advise on risks and opportunities, and develop company policy positions and messaging 
  • Provide and share insight into relevant emerging political and policy trends, helping to craft our strategy, anticipate issues, risks and opportunities


  • Extensive experience in government relations and/or public affairs in the UK, EU, and/or US
  • Demonstrated experience developing and successfully achieving policy initiatives with first-in-kind technologies, and building positive relationships with constituencies and coalitions in the process
  • Strong executive presence and ability to interact effectively at the highest levels of the organisation
  • Proven ability to lead and inspire high performing, cross-functional teams in a global, fast-paced environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated public speaking ability
  • Strong existing relationships and credibility with senior leaders at government entities, civil society organisations, and other third parties relevant to AI governance 
  • Experience leading a global policy team covering multiple regions with complex regulatory environments
  • Senior-level experience in a government entity or international organisation
  • Recognised thought leader on AI and/or technology & science policy matters
  • Advanced degree in relevant field

About you

This role requires extensive experience working in policy development and stakeholder management and a background in emerging technology or science policy. You’ll need detailed knowledge and experience of global policy-making environments.  

  • Forward-thinking leader combined with consistent track record of achieving successful legislative and regulatory outcomes for new technologies
  • Strategic, creative, and proactive approach to achieving policy outcomes and practicable regulatory environments 
  • Strong existing network of contacts and relationships at leading global institutions relevant to AI governance, including governments and civil society organisations
  • Recognised leader on AI and/or technology & science policy matters
  • Passion to steer the development of AI for positive social benefit



Last updated on May 28, 2024

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