ICANN posts job listing for VP of Government Affairs.
When then-ICANN CEO Paul Twomey got grilled by Congress in June, I wondered how ICANN didn’t think to do a bit of lobbying before the hearing. ICANN spends a little money on lobbying, but not much. Now that it’s clear the organization can’t just run away from government control, the company is revving up its lobbying engine.
First step: hire a Vice President of Government Affairs. According to the job posting:
He/she must have extensive leadership and political experience as well as the ability to successfully organize and execute ICANN’s policy, political and business objectives at the federal and international levels.
The successful candidate will lead the design and execution of government affairs strategies to advise and educate Members of Congress, Congressional staffers, key policy makers, and federal regulatory officials about ICANN.
The Vice President will be required to develop and implement an aggressive strategic plan for successfully achieving specific legislative and policy results that are favorable to ICANN. The successful candidate must possess significant political acumen and have established bi-partisan contact with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, agency legislative affairs offices, and have contacts in the Administration specifically in the Department of Commerce and at The White House. He/She must have a proven ability to build strong internal working relationships while serving as an advocate for Government Affairs and supporting ICANN’s business objectives.