Airbnb seeks Public Policy Manager EU
Public Policy Manager EU
Airbnb’s global public policy team works closely with politicians, regulators, opinion formers and the broader public to introduce them to our business and our community of home sharing and experience hosts across the world. We aim to highlight the significant social and economic contribution that Airbnb makes to local areas and their inhabitants.
The institutions of the European Union are increasingly important to Airbnb, and this new role will build on foundations we have built over the last few years: elevating our relationships, increasing our profile, and working on an ambitious strategy to create a European “collaborative economy” that works for communities across the continent.
Across the EMEA region, we are already engaged in well over a hundred local conversations and negotiations with governments big and small, and and our skilled colleagues and network of activists across the region engage not only governments at local, regional and national levels directly but also use innovative advocacy strategies that actively involve our community in making the case for fair, progressive rules that enable all aspects of our business.
This new role will connect those local efforts with an innovative, integrated approach to regulation across the EU, touching on key areas such as the Digital Single Market, e-commerce regulation and intermediary liability, consumer protection, taxation, tourism, data protection and competition.
The EU Public Policy Manager will:
- Work closely with campaign managers in our key EU markets to understand how their local policy debates can be supported at EU level, working to amplify our messages with influencers and “join the dots” between cities and regions and national/regional representatives in Brussels, Strasbourg and beyond;
- Develop and execute a structured engagement plan with stakeholders in Brussels and beyond, representing Airbnb in meetings with policymakers and in trade associations and industry coalitions (such as the European Holiday Home Association and European Digital Media Association), connecting them with our local efforts and communicating their plans widely within the company;
- Partner with colleagues in our legal team to explore the impact of potential EU action across key policy areas, and propose ways that the EU can reduce regulatory fragmentation and ensure fair competition in our markets;
- Manage our EU consultants day-to-day, tracking progress against objectives and allocating resources accordingly;
- Monitor and flag relevant EU initiatives and developments to inform internal policy discussions and decisions, enabling our business units to understand the implications of EU activity, spotting opportunities and risks and proposing responses or proactive engagement as appropriate;
- Prepare briefings, position papers and consultation responses on dossiers of interest, working with teams across the company to reflect the best possible insights about our business and community;
- Work with the broader EMEA policy and communications team to amplify our work with influencers, media and partner organisations, and with our community organising teams to involve our host community whenever appropriate
- At least ten years experience working on EU policy issues, ideally including time spent within the EU institutions. A deep knowledge of the European Commission will be a distinct advantage, as will a mix of private and public sector experience;
- Outstanding political judgement and understanding of the policymaking processes in Brussels and their relationship to member state capitals, regions and cities;
- Deep understanding of one or more policy areas affecting Airbnb’s business – such as eCommerce, internet regulation, financial services, the internal market or competition policy;
- Fluent English, plus at least one additional EU language to a very high level of written and oral proficiency;
- Excellent networking ability – with a strong foundation of relationships in Brussels, and a proactive attitude about extending those relationships;
- A self-starter – capable of working independently and at a distance from teams based elsewhere in Europe, while keeping them totally informed and updated;
- First-rate personal, political, analytical and organisational skills;
- Strong experience of navigating the network of Brussels stakeholders and NGOs and maximising the value of trade associations and coalitions;
- Ability to quickly get up to speed on complex technical and regulatory issues and understand their implications for every aspect of our business;
- An excellent communicator with great interpersonal and presentation skills, both for subject matter experts and the layperson – and with the personal impact and presence to represent Airbnb with senior EU officials and policymakers;
- Existing eligibility to live and work within the EU is a prerequisite. We are not able to sponsor work permits for non-EU citizens.