Political Intelligence is looking for an EU Policy Consultant for a secondment to our client Etsy, the global marketplace for unique and creative goods. The ideal candidate will advance Etsy’s advocacy and policy work in the European Union, positioning Etsy as a credible voice on micro-business and technology issues, while advancing sellers’ interests in Brussels and priority national markets – United Kingdom, Germany, and France. The selected candidate is expected to be an independent self-starter and inspired by the prospect of empowering the Etsy community, using the power of business for good. The position holder will report to Etsy’s Global Head of Advocacy and Policy. The secondment to Etsy is for an initial period of six (6) months, with a possibility of an extension within Political Intelligence.

About Etsy: Etsy advocates for public policies that make it easier for creative entrepreneurs to pursue their passions, work for themselves, and succeed on their own terms. Our work is member-powered and mission-driven. We prioritize connecting Etsy sellers with the policy makers that represent them and advocate for collaborative policy solutions that leverage the power of the public and private sector to address the challenges our sellers face. We also engage on tech policy issues, especially when they impact the startup community.

About the Job: You will work with diverse stakeholders within and outside Etsy to advance the company’s European policy agenda, identify and mitigate policy threats that the company and the seller community may face, as well as build the political power of micro-businesses and the emerging maker economy.

Responsibilities:
● Monitor public policy issues in Brussels and priority national markets that could impact Etsy and its community, keeping relevant staff informed and involved as needed
● Recommend policy positions and external actions on a diverse array of issues, ranging from tech policy to the challenges that micro-businesses face
● Identify strategic targets and build relationships with government officials and allies to advance policy goals
● Organize and lead meetings between elected officials, Etsy staff, and the Etsy community
● Represent Etsy at meetings, events, conferences and panels
● Support executive engagement with governments and EU Institutions, including drafting remarks, preparing briefing materials, and providing follow-up support
● Lead Etsy seller fly-ins in Brussels, Paris, London, and Berlin

About You
You are a professional advocate with experience in advancing policy positions on behalf of an organized constituency. You are an excellent communicator and understand the political dynamics that underpin effective government relations. You are excited by the opportunity to advance Etsy’s mission in the public sphere, and willing to rethink traditional approaches to corporate government relations to accomplish our goals in a mission-aligned way.

The ideal candidate will:

● Have at least two (2) to five (5) years relevant work experience in government and public policy (e.g. EU institutions, in-house, consultancy firm etc.)
● Have the ability to work independently, and to manage projects from conception to completion, often without additional support
● Be an excellent writer and have the ability to distil complex policy issues into simple explanations and compelling messages
● Be detail-oriented, with excellent organizational, prioritization and multi-tasking skills
● Exercise sound judgement and discretion
● Be a team player with a can-do attitude and willingness to jump into any task
● Have a passion for Etsy’s mission and empowering the community of sellers to advocate for themselves on issues they care about
● Be fluent in English, and preferably French and German
● Bonus points if you are a maker yourself or have your own creative business

What’s Next
If you’re interested in joining the team, please send your resume and cover letter to Isabelle De Vinck – isabelle@political-intelligence.com highlighting how you fit best to each of the requirements above. We value individuality and variety, so use your judgement and write in your own voice. If you practice a craft, curate a blog, or have an interesting side project, we’d love to hear about it. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: 18/11/2018