The European Union Delegation to the United States of America, Washington DC is looking for:
Policy Assistant for Digital Economy Policy
The European Union (EU) is an economic and political partnership between 28 European countries. It plays an important role in international affairs through diplomacy, trade, development aid and working with global organisations. Abroad, the EU is represented through more than 140 diplomatic representations, known also as EU Delegations, which have a similar function to those of an embassy.
The EU Delegation to the United States of America in Washington DC works in close coordination with the Embassies and Consulates of the 28 EU Member States. We are a full-fledged diplomatic mission and represent the European Union in dealings with the U.S. government in areas that are part of the EU’s remit.
We offer the post of Policy Assistant for Digital Economy Policy (Local Agent Group II). You are a part of a small team which focusses on the European Commission’s Digital Single Market Policies, and in particular those that the Directorate General CONNECTis responsible for. These include legislative measures (such as the Digital Copyright Reform), strategic initiatives (such as the Artificial Intelligence Strategy) and Research & Innovation actions (such as Quantum Technology flagship or individual projects, for instance those supporting EU-US relations on entrepreneurship). Current priorities in the ongoing EU-US conversation includes inter alia: data protection and privacy, disinformation, data economy, copyright, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and digital trade.
The digital team is part of the delegation’s trade section, which consists of thirteen people and there are occasional atypical working hours. You will be working under the supervision of the diplomat responsible for digital economy policy and with the trade team and other sections, notably the press and public diplomacy team.Under this job function the successful candidate will be responsible or contribute to the following tasks and duties:
- Developing impactful activities on Digital Economy Policy matters (regulatory, policy, R&I) in the United States of America;
- Screening on a regular basis the new developments on policy, regulatory and innovation aspects in the digital economy space in the US;
- Liaising with the digital policy stakeholders in the U.S. Congress, industry & industry representations, civil society, the embassies of the EU Member states in Washington DC, and actors beyond the DC area, notably in the major digital innovation hubs such as Boston, New York City, Seattle, Austin and in particular the Bay Area;
- Building a good understanding of present and emerging EU policy priorities in this field and liaise notably with the DG CONNECT Brussels-based international outreach team;
- Managing the preparations of missions of EC high-level representatives, visitors or officials from EU Institutions;
- Assisting the preparations of the bilateral EU-US Information Society Dialogue and the meetings of Member States Counsellors on the digital agenda;
- Organising events, workshops, seminars and meetings and preparing official notes, documents and reports;
- Providing assistance in other relevant tasks of the sections as may be required and participating in the activities of the section and Delegation as necessary;
- Supervise interns and guide them in their work for their and the EU Delegations success.
We offer a competitive position in an attractive work environment; the opportunity to be involved in pivotal EU-US conversations and the broader aspects of transatlantic relations in e.g. trade, energy, transport, science, environment, climate change issues; multinational team working in close synergy with rest of the Delegation staff. The salary range is dependent on relevant experience, typically starting at starting at $70K (5 years’ experience), $73K (10 years), $76K (15 years) etc. and with excellent vacation, health and social insurances and retirement fund benefits. We also offer:
- Work in one of the hottest policy fields of the EU-US relations and the corresponding high visibility of your work;
- Unparalleled network in DC and Brussels, access to knowledge which will put you at the forefront of digital developments;
- Opportunity to travel in the US and to Brussels.
We look for
- Minimum of secondary school diploma or equivalent; higher education in a relevant field such as political science, economics or international relations an advantage;
- 4 years of professional experience in digital economy policies;
- Prior knowledge of and experience with digital economy policies are indispensable, as well the willingness to quickly acquire new knowledge as policies evolve;
- Proven capacity to be flexible and work under pressure in a challenging, dynamic and rewarding work environment;
- Strong analytical and organizational skills; and a keen eye to spot new tech and policy developments relevant to the EU;
- Strong interpersonal skills, outgoing and diplomatic, ability to communicate clearly and ability to work in a team and with other teams;
- Excellent spoken and written command of the English language, knowledge of other European languages would be an advantage;
How to apply:
It is important to note that applicants must have an existing US work authorization that does not require EU sponsorship.
After the deadline for applications, the applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee set up for this purpose. The Selection Committee will prepare a short-list of candidates who are considered to be the most suitable for the post on the basis of a preliminary assessment of the information provided in their application letter and resume. The short-listed candidates will be invited to an assessment phase which will include an interview and practical test, during this phase, the Selection Committee will assess the suitability of the candidates for the post. Those candidates who have not been short-listed will not be contacted individually; however, the Delegation will use the same means of publication as for this Vacancy Notice to inform the remaining candidates once the recruitment procedure has been completed and that a candidate has (or has not) been recruited. The Delegation will not supply additional information or discuss the selection procedure.
Please submit your application including a covering letter and resume via the Indeed.com website (Reference EUWAS 3/19) no later than COB Wednesday, 22 May 2019 (EST). Only applications received via Indeed.com will be considered.
The resume must include the names and contact details of at least 2 referees who could attest to your professional and personal attributes in the event you are shortlisted for the post. References will only be taken up for those who are shortlisted. The successful candidate will be subject to a background check.
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $70,000.00 to $76,000.00 /year
- digital economy policy: 4 years (Required)
- High school or equivalent (Required)
- United States (Required)