Digital Diplomacy Strategist

Last updated 3 days ago
Location:San Francisco, California
Job Type:Full Time

Microsoft's Corporate, External and Legal Affairs (CELA) office has an immediate opening for a program manager to support its Digital Peace campaign with the Digital Diplomacy team. The Digital Diplomacy team works with governments around the world, private sector actors, and civil society members to advocate for and implement policies and technologies aimed at achieving a more secure cyberspace.

The Digital Diplomacy team is looking for an experienced, results-oriented, individual to help drive cross-company coordination in work related to the Digital Peace campaign and across its constituent pillars. The Program Manager must have strong program management and prioritization skills, be able to develop and implement corporate strategies, and work collaboratively.


The Program Manager must be able to understand and collaborate with internal and external resources (e.g., trade associations, think tanks, multi-lateral organizations) to influence the cybersecurity policy environment, including recognizing major drivers and trends, forecasting, analyzing, and prioritizing issues, and developing cross-company, globally-applicable policy positions. In addition, they must also identify challenges and opportunities, recommend and implement courses of action, and work with leadership to align resources and investments to drive positive security outcomes for the ecosystem and our customers.

Given the nature of the work, a government affairs background with a focus on policy development and relationship management would be preferable. Experience with international organizations a plus.

Desired skills:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to discuss and advance complex policy concepts with diverse stakeholders at various levels.
  • Ability to operate in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment working on cutting-edge technology and security policy matters, where ambiguity is the rule rather than the exception.
  • Comfort working with a broad range of teams and diverse views and cultures, and experience in driving collaboration and consensus.
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively to provide guidance that advances customer interests, protects Microsoft, and maintains commitments to upholding company principles.
  • Willingness to experiment and try new things, and to learn quickly from failure and/or mistakes.


The applicant must have experience and/or commensurate educational background focused on developing, assessing, and/or shaping public policy. This includes policy strategy development and relationship management, as well as research skills including data analysis. Preferred candidates will have experience working in either a government affairs or foreign policy capacity and be familiar with the global cybersecurity policy landscape.

An advanced degree is preferred but not required. This includes a master’s in public policy or international relations, or a law degree.

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