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US Federal Government Relations Manager in Washington DC at PayPal

Date Posted: 1/5/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 254 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies.

PayPal Inc. is seeking a US Federal Government Relations Manager to develop and execute strategies relating to public policy within Congress and the Administration. The Manager will play a lead role in the implementation of agreed tactics, working together with team members and external consultants, who the candidate will help manage. This individual will be expected to identify critical champions and stakeholders on issues and manage effective engagement with those persons and entities. This candidate will have the ability to work with some super talented folks, materially impact our public policy strategy, and be part of a fun and collaborative team.

The primary focus of work will relate to financial services and other issues impacting PayPal’s business, which include trade and barriers to commerce, privacy, cybersecurity, tax, and intellectual property. Depending on the candidate’s experience and expertise, he/she will be expected to lead the Federal GR team’s work on some of these issues, liaising with business representatives to ensure alignment with business priorities and set expectations for the achievement of the GR team’s work assignments. Therefore, this individual will be expected to conduct detailed research into relevant policy issues and provide substantive policy analysis accordingly. They will also participate in trade associations on PayPal’s behalf.

Relationships with Republican members and staff of House Financial Services, Energy and Commerce, Senate Banking and Commerce Committees a plus.

The candidate will help to manage and grow the PayPal Political Action Committee and our grassroots advocacy efforts. The Manager will also be expected to attend fundraising events. Prior PAC management experience a plus.

There will be opportunities to interact with executive level management at the company. Therefore, an ability to communicate complex political and government relations issues and corresponding actions is imperative. It is expected that they will need to engage in some travel for this position, primarily to company offices in California and New York.

The successful candidate must have superb organizational and communication skills. This will extend to drafting materials for and on behalf of company leaders, including but not limited to briefing materials, legislative and regulatory correspondence, and official testimony. He/she must be able to manage and prioritize multiple assignments.  This is a job for a person who takes initiative and has a can-do attitude.  A willingness to be helpful to the greater global GR team through constructive feedback and contributing to upwards management is critical.  This individual must be a team player who puts a premium on collaboration and working together with the current members of the Americas GR team.  Most importantly, the candidate must demonstrate an enthusiasm for the PayPal community – both internally and externally – and be a team player.


  • The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree and at least 8 years of related experience (Hill, lobbying, in-house government relations, industry associations, the executive branch); or a graduate degree and at least 6 years’ experience in Washington, D.C.
  • Active user and advocate of PayPal’s products highly desired.

Skills & Competencies:

The candidate will also be able to demonstrate a strong track record in the following areas:

  • Deliver smart, creative and effective strategies in government relations work.
  • Superb verbal, written and editing skills.
  • Proven expertise in the areas of financial services and tech policy, legislative and/or regulatory matters.
  • Expertise in any of the following domains would be an advantage: privacy, cybersecurity, online lending, trade, tax, intellectual property, antitrust,.
  • Proven experience building and maintaining positive and productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work with minimal direct supervision, while possessing the ability to know when to seek help or support from supervisor or colleagues. 
  • Excellent collaborative problem-solving capabilities with a high level of maturity and judgment.
  • Technologically savvy. Able to effectively express understanding of complex issues in a means that will engage our external audiences.
  • Able to contribute to the development of a resourceful and results-oriented teams – set clear priorities and focus on outcomes and impact rather than inputs.
  • Inspires others to achieve great results and creates an environment that enables talented people to thrive.
  • Drive sharing of best practices, improvements, ideas and feedback.
  • Highly qualified in successfully initiating and completing projects.  Must be skilled in driving projects to the finish line.

Personal Qualities:

  • Energized, creative, proactive and enthusiastic - willing to take initiative with confidence.
  • Professional style and manner – gravitas, authority, credibility.
  • A team player with a strong sense of humor, who thrives in a collaborative setting.
  • Ability to thrive in and enjoy a fast-paced environment.
  • Talent for careful time management and excellent attention to detail.
  • Resilient, with the ability to work to deadlines and maintain high levels of professionalism under pressure.
  • Comfortable with some travel.

We're a purpose-driven company whose beliefs are the foundation for how we conduct business every day. We hold ourselves to our One Team Behaviors which demand that we hold the highest ethical standards, to empower an open and diverse workplace, and strive to treat everyone who is touched by our business with dignity and respect. Our employees challenge the status quo, ask questions, and find solutions. We want to break down barriers to financial empowerment. Join us as we change the way the world defines financial freedom.

PayPal provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, PayPal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.