Director of Public Policy, Office of Responsible AI 

$228,000 - $294,000 yearly
  • Microsoft
  • Remote (Redmond, WA, USA)
  • Jul 21, 2022
Full time Technology

Job Description

Microsoft has an immediate opening for a Director of Public Policy to lead our public policy workstream in the Office of Responsible AI. 

Microsoft is committed to ensuring that we develop and deploy our AI technologies in ways that uphold our AI principles and warrant people’s trust. The Office of Responsible AI plays a leading role in this effort as part of Microsoft’s Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs (CELA) team. With a cross-company mandate, we establish internal policy to enact our responsible AI commitments, support the rollout of our responsible AI program, enable our community of Responsible AI Champs, manage the company’s governance system, and guide high impact engineering and customer projects. We also help to contribute to the conversation about the new laws, norms, and standards needed to advance responsible AI for the benefit of society at large.    


  • Lead of Public Policy Workstream. Reporting to Microsoft’s Chief Responsible AI Officer, the Director of Public Policy will lead a high-performing team responsible for the company’s public policy workstream. The workstream is focused on designing and building the next generation of public policy positions and frameworks to ensure that effective regulatory guardrails are in place to secure the beneficial use of AI technologies. By combining your in-depth understanding of AI technologies and their sociotechnical implications with your knowledge of regulatory frameworks and public policy levers, you and your team will help Microsoft develop evidence-based positions that support the establishment of effective policy interventions.  
  • Collaborations with Research, Engineering, and Internal Policy Colleagues. Our responsible AI ecosystem at Microsoft combines policy and governance expertise with a commitment to research-led approaches that are engineered into the AI systems that we build. As such, our public policy work requires close coordination with our colleagues in Aether who provide scientific foresight on emerging issues and subject matter expertise on each of our AI principles. The Director of Public Policy will also work closely with our engineering teams to assess the impact of different policy positions and regulatory proposals and provide insight into emerging regulatory trends and developments to inform their planning cycles. Finally, you will collaborate closely with colleagues in the Office of Responsible AI’s Internal Policy team to bring insights from our internal policy development to the dialog on effective public policy measures and ensure that our internal practices are informed by emerging regulatory trends and developments.  
  • Collaborations with External Stakeholders. The development and adoption of effective public policy measures requires deep collaboration with stakeholders external to Microsoft, including representatives of civil society, academia, government, and industry. The Director of Public Policy builds and maintains strong, ongoing relationships with external stakeholders and proactively identifies opportunities to collaborate on effective regulatory safeguards. 
  • Trend Analysis and Coordination with Global Government Affairs Teams.  Working in close partnership with our Global Government Affairs teams around the world, the Director of Public Policy will ensure that public policy trends across geographies are identified in a timely way to help inform the Office of Responsible AI’s planning and prioritization processes. Leveraging the infrastructure maintained by our central coordination teams, you and your team will develop materials and training to equip and empower our Global Government Affairs colleagues in their local policy advocacy on responsible AI issues.  
  • Advocacy. The Director of Public Policy will be called upon to represent Microsoft externally on a range of issues at the intersection of responsible AI and regulation, which include participation in targeted working groups and initiatives. The successful candidate will spend time speaking in public fora. You will also be expected to contribute to publications, blogs, and whitepapers.  
  • People Management. The Director of Public Policy is an exemplary leader, who embodies our culture and values and delivers success through modeling, coaching, and caring. You have a track record of high ethical standards, unquestioned integrity, and a steadfast commitment to advancing the company’s diversity and inclusion commitments.