VP, World Wide Government Relations

Join the leader in entertainment innovation and help us design the future. At Dolby, science meets art, and high tech means more than computer code. As a member of the Dolby team, you’ll see and hear the results of your work everywhere, from movie theaters to smartphones. We continue to revolutionize how people create, deliver, and enjoy entertainment worldwide. To do that, we need the absolute best talent, including experts in all aspects of corporate and IP law. We’re big enough to provide you all the resources you need, and small enough so you can make a real difference and earn recognition for your work. We offer a collegial culture, challenging projects, and excellent compensation and benefits.

Since the company’s founding, Dolby innovations have set the bar for entertainment technology in both the professional and consumer markets. From the cinema to the living room, Dolby has transformed the entertainment experience. In film, the Dolby Digital format has become the de facto audio standard; its systems equip movie screens around the globe. Dolby technologies can also be found in professional recording studios, video games, laser discs, DVDs, mobile media, digital broadcast TV, digital cable, and satellite systems.

Dolby has over 2,000 employees worldwide with 49 offices in 20 countries.

Position Summary

The Vice President, Worldwide Government Relations will be responsible for leading Dolby’s worldwide government relations function. This position is responsible for: establishing and implementing the company’s public policy agenda; maintaining strong relationships with key international and domestic government stakeholders; and anticipating and keeping the company’s leadership team informed of regulatory developments and providing relevant strategic guidance.

This position reports to the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and will be based in either San Francisco, Washington, D.C. or Beijing, China.


  • Represent and advocate for Dolby on key policy issues, including intellectual property rights (IPR), standards, and market access.
  • Develop, recommend, implement, and maintain a government relations strategy and program, including policy analysis, development and stakeholder engagement. Provide thought leadership advancing Dolby’s long-term strategic goals.
  • Serve as a key company “ambassador” internationally, providing outreach, support and advocacy for Dolby at strategic levels of government worldwide.
  • Educate and counsel Dolby colleagues about critical public policy-related issues facing the company and provide advice on development of business plans. Proactively address any issues that could potentially have an adverse impact on sales and earnings.
  • Cultivate and maintain strategic relationships with key policymakers in: Washington, D.C. (Office of U.S. Trade Representative and Departments of Commerce and State); China (SARFT, M IIT and MOFCOM); South Korea; and San Francisco (city government).
  • Anticipate political and social issues and trends that can impact the company.
  • Represent the company and develop productive working relationships with industry peers. Leverage trade associations to promote Dolby policy goals and interact with senior officials. Engage think tanks to remain current on key issues and promote Dolby policy goals.
  • Manage public policy-related work performed for the company by consultants and law firms.
  • Create opportunities for executives to promote Dolby’s brand through initiatives such as meetings with senior government officials, participation in business to government dialogue events, board memberships in trade associations or government commissions, and speaking engagements.
  • Prepare company leaders for meetings and contacts with U.S. and international officials.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • 15+ years of combined, related work experience in the federal government or in the private sector for a global technology company (a combination of the two is preferable), with expertise in intellectual property and standards.
  • IP Strategy and Standards experience.
  • China-related experience, with a strong preference for work experience in China and Chinese-language ability preferred.
  • Deep knowledge of the technology industry and relevant issues.
  • Established network of government relationships in Washington, D.C., with priority on foreign affairs agencies such as the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative General and the Departments of Commerce and State. Familiarity with the U.S. Congress and Congressional procedures.
  • Strong executive presence and excellent presentation skills. Demonstrated persuasive argument and advocacy skills, balancing these with the art of negotiation, compromise, and sound judgment.
  • Demonstrated ability/professional maturity to run a sophisticated corporate government relations operation and to influence a diverse set of internal and external stakeholders. Must have an understanding of the intersection of business and government and extensive experience navigating complex issues in areas such as regulation, intellectual property and standards, trade policy and market access.
  • Cultural savvy and sophistication gained through experience dealing with the highest levels of government worldwide, with particular emphasis on Asia.
  • An undergraduate degree is required, and a JD highly preferred.

Additional Information and Critical Competencies for Success

Political Acumen

Given the structure of this role, taking personal ownership and providing proper anticipation, strategic development and proactive execution will be crucial to accomplishing the company’s public policy goals and objectives. As the key strategist and architect of Dolby’s government affairs agenda, the successful candidate will:

  • Cultivate and maintain strategic relationships among key policy makers, government leaders and key thought leaders in Washington, San Francisco, and overseas.
  • Proactively anticipate, analyze, and communicate legislative and regulatory trends and emerging issues, as well as develop strategies and actions to effectively position the company and its response to key opinion and government leaders.
  • Navigate complex international policy issues, including technology, communications, trade, market access, standards and intellectual property policy, and strategically shape Dolby’s position on such issues in the domestic and international marketplace.
  • Partner effectively with well-chosen outside consultants to address issues impacting Dolby efficiently and proactively.
  • Identify and create strategic opportunities to enhance and expand Dolby’s presence and influence as a thought leader in Washington and with international regulators and policy makers.

Communications Skills/Influencing Ability

Dolby faces a broad range of significant technical and complex issues ranging from international trade to intellectual property laws. As the company’s top public policy advocate, the Vice President, Worldwide Government Relations will provide strategic internal and external leadership in the formulation and communications of Dolby’s federal and worldwide government affairs strategy by:

  • Working closely with Dolby’s business leaders and the Dolby legal organization on global governmental priorities by formulating a clear, compelling picture for short-term and long-term goals, establishing strategies and priorities, communicating plans, and setting direction.
  • Supporting organizational alignment for technical, commercial and regional standards from the legal perspective and ensuring there is consistency throughout the organization for the management of standards.
  • Effectively communicating, influencing and selling concepts to multiple constituencies across the highest levels of business and government, in the U.S. and abroad, as well as working with coalitions, industry groups and relevant associations.
  • Serving as an “ambassador” in government meetings. In doing this, he/she will be persuasive, but also a good listener, taking into account various cultures and practices, adapting government relations strategy, as necessary, to fit the needs of the local markets and help enhance Dolby’s image globally.

Dolby will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of San Francisco Police Code, Article 49, and Administrative Code, Article 12

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