Senior Public Policy Associate, Central US
Uber is a technology company that is changing the way the world thinks about transportation. We are building technology people use everyday. Whether it's heading home from work, getting a meal delivered from a favorite restaurant, or a way to earn extra income, Uber is becoming part of the fabric of daily life.
We're making cities safer, smarter, and more connected. And we're doing it at a global scale-energizing local economies and bringing opportunity to millions of people around the world.
Uber's positive impact is tangible in the communities we operate in, and that drives us to keep moving forward.
Self-driving technology can help us fast forward to this future—reducing the number of traffic accidents, which today kill 1.3 million people a year; freeing up the 20 percent of space in cities currently used to park the world's billion plus cars; and cutting congestion, which wastes trillions of hours every year. Otto, which was acquired by Uber in 2016, is an autonomous technology start-up founded to rethink transportation, in particular trucking. Trucks carry 70% of all US cargo, yet one in seven drive empty—and eight people are killed on the roads every day due to truck accidents. By using technology, in particular self-driving technology, we can help solve these problems.
About Public Policy at Uber
Self-driving technology is still very new and policymakers everywhere are struggling to understand what rules (if any) are needed to make this vision a reality. Our public policy team is responsible for working with politicians, regulators and third parties to make the positive case for change. That's partly about building lasting relationships in the cities where we operate so policymakers understand the benefits of this new model. It also about figuring out the best local regulatory framework and then developing campaigns to push reform through.
About this Role
We're looking for a candidate to join Uber's Central US Public Affairs team, leading public policy and third-party engagement throughout several states in the Central US. You will report to the Director of Public Affairs in the Central US.
What you'll do
- Manage and lead a regional public policy effort, developing strategies and structures for keeping markets open, and opening new ones.
- Analyze existing and proposed laws and regulations for impact on Uber or our transportation partners.
- Design regulatory and legislative proposals in support of our business strategies.
- Directly engage policymakers, their staffs to educate them about Uber's business model and vision.
- Craft and execute a third party engagement strategy aimed at developing Uber's champions in the communities we serve and ensuring we are viewed as "big and beloved."
What We're Looking For
To succeed you'll need to be:
- A self-starter: Uber is a company of entrepreneurs and we want to work with people who enjoy building things from the bottom up. Things move quickly so you'll need to be highly adaptable as well as calm in a rapidly changing environment.
- A great advocate: We're looking to build the regulatory framework for the next generation of transportation services. You'll need the intellectual chops to grasp complex policy issues as well as the ability to articulate clearly and simply how apps like Uber can help improve transportation for everyone. We're looking for people who can distill complex ideas into simple, but intellectually credible, arguments. You'll need to write well and have the ability to tell stories—about our product, people and the ways we're helping to improve life for passengers, drivers and cities.
- A strong campaigner: Smartphone apps are disruptive, and the interests being disrupted are deeply entrenched. We succeed by putting together effective campaigns with third parties on behalf of the passengers and drivers who use the app. That means engaging with organizations and activating them to support the benefits that Uber brings to their communities and the future of urban mobility.
- A great teammate: success at Uber depends on the ability to organize different teams (internally and externally) around shared goals. It's why we're looking for well-organized people who enjoy working with others to get stuff done—and who can deal with the ambiguity that sometimes comes from working cross-functionally.
Strong candidates will have 5-7 years experience working in government affairs, political campaigns, or public policy. But we're open to people who've been leaders in other walks of life (e.g. attorneys, media communications, consultancy) and may be looking for a career change.
- Employees are given Uber credits every month.
- The rare opportunity to change the way the world moves. We're not just another social web app, we're moving real people and assets and reinventing transportation and logistics globally.
- Smart, engaged co-workers.
- 401(k) plan, gym reimbursement, nine paid company holidays.
- Full medical/dental/vision package to fit your needs.
- Unlimited vacation policy; take time when you need it.
Uber is an equal opportunity employer and enthusiastically encourages people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to apply. Uber does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender, national origin, citizenship, age, mental or physical disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law.
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