Public Policy Development Manager, APAC (Contract)

**This role will start as a contract position for 1 year, with possibility of extension / conversion.

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique travel experiences around the world. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb allows people to Belong Anywhere through unique travel experiences at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and over 191 countries. We promote a culture of curiosity, humanity, and creativity through our product, brand, and, most importantly, our people.

The APAC public policy team advocates on behalf of Airbnb’s community with governments, regulators and a wide range of other external stakeholders. We are involved in direct negotiations with governments; strategic partnerships with government agencies and NGOs; major events and projects; research and data analysis, and grassroots community organising.

We are looking for a Public Policy Development Manager based in Singapore. The ideal candidate will be passionate about Airbnb and the sharing economy, and have proven experience in managing regulatory issues within a corporate context - either as an in-house policy professional or as a consultant. Experience in a startup e-commerce or other high-growth, fast-paced company would be an advantage.



  • Work with local Policy Campaign Managers to support development and implementation of Airbnb’s legislative and public policy activities in throughout the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.
  • Help craft and negotiate language for legislation, draft comments on administrative regulations, and author substantive issue briefs, position papers and reports.
  • Engage in research, writing and other activities to provide analysis and critical thinking on developments affecting Airbnb’s priorities.
  • Monitor legislation and regulatory matters and advise the company with respect to policy challenges.
  • Advise Airbnb’s teams on public policy matters to guide development of products, services and policies.


  • At least 7+ years experience working with policy issues in a relevant business or non-governmental organization, or in a political, governmental or regulatory context (a mix of public and private sector experience is an advantage).
  • Degree or advanced degree level in related field.
  • Direct policy experience, preferably in one of the following fields: tourism, land use, housing, landlord/tenant law, tax law or e-commerce/internet regulation.
  • Ability to quickly get up to speed on complex technical and regulatory issues.
  • Strong analysis and critical thinking skills; ability resolve complex and unfamiliar problems in a creative and timely manner and gather/analyze information skillfully
  • Ability to navigate complex internal organization, with the skills to confidently negotiate issues
  • Ability to manage and prioritize several competing projects or tasks
  • Acute attention to detail; very organized
  • Ability to be flexible, responsive, take initiative, and close the loop on all communications and projects
  • Proven track record of effective project management; meeting deadlines under pressure
  • Ability to influence people and manage effectively in ambiguity with little input or direction
  • Strong interpersonal skills to create easy working relationship with internal team, as well as external constituents and partners
  • Excellent communicator with great interpersonal and presentation skills, both for subject matter experts and the layperson.
  • Self starter with a sense of humor and the ability to thrive in a fast moving and sometimes stressful environment.
  • Ability to work long hours and adapt quickly to adverse situations
  • Willingness to travel as needed
  • Ability to work cross-culturally
  • Additional language skills, particularly Mandarin, Japanese, or Korean are beneficial

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