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Head of U.S. Federal Affairs



Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2023

About Zipline

Do you want to change the world? Zipline is on a mission to transform the way goods move. Our aim is to solve the world’s most urgent and complex access challenges by building, manufacturing and operating the first instant delivery and logistics system that serves all humans equally, wherever they are. From powering Rwanda’s national blood delivery network and Ghana’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution, to providing on-demand home delivery for Walmart, to enabling healthcare providers to bring care directly to U.S. homes, we are transforming the way things move for businesses, governments and consumers. The technology is complex but the idea is simple: a teleportation service that delivers what you need, when you need it. Through our technology that includes robotics and autonomy, we are decarbonizing delivery, decreasing road congestion, and reducing fossil fuel consumption and air pollution, while providing equitable access to billions of people and building a more resilient global supply chain.
Join Zipline and help us to make good on our promise to build an equitable and more resilient global supply chain for billions of people.

About You and The Role

Zipline is searching for a Head of Federal Affairs to lead our advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and with federal agencies, sharing how our instant logistics system can serve all people, and driving the federal strategy to enable national-scale Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations in the U.S.

The role requires a deep understanding of the federal legislative process, rulemaking structures, strategic public affairs, as well as technology policy and impact storytelling. This role will report to the Vice President of Public Policy and closely collaborate with Zipline’s Policy and Regulatory teams.

What You'll Do

  • Tell the Zipline story of enabling equitable access using drones to policymakers in DC.
  • Build and maintain a strong network with Members of Congress, congressional staff, committees, and caucuses to advance Zipline’s public policy agenda.
  • Work with federal agencies including the Department of Transportation, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Commerce and others to build interagency support for UAS operations.
  • Partner with trade associations, third party organizations and industry members to share the benefits that UAS can provide to the American public.
  • Oversee and manage outside consultants and strategic advisors.
  • Collaborate closely with our policy development, regulatory and community teams to craft policy proposals that will advance the ability for UAS to operate in the U.S.

What You'll Bring

  • You have 8+ years of experience, including substantive experience in the U.S. House, U.S. Senate, relevant Congressional committees, or a federal agency, and a network to match. Prior in-house experience is strongly preferred.
  • You have experience with federal policymaking in transportation. Specific experience with policies relating to UAS, aviation, safety, technology, and/or innovation is preferred.
  • You demonstrate the ability to be both a substantive issue expert on matters important to Zipline’s business in the U.S. and manage complex and dynamic political relationships
  • You possess a track record of delivering results in developing and implementing advocacy programs on Capitol Hill and in federal agencies.
  • You enjoy working with and learning from colleagues across a wide range of cultural, experiential, and professional backgrounds
  • You have a reputation for credibility, humility, and sound judgment
  • You have the grit, resourcefulness, and resilience to thrive in novel, uncertain and constantly-changing business and political environments.
  • Ability to travel as required, and participate at in-person meetings in Washington, DC and our operational sites around the U.S.

What Else You Need to Know

Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state, federal or local law or our other policies.
We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!