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Now Hiring: Cisco Manager, State & Local Government Affairs

What You'll Do

You will help to lead and implement Cisco's western government affairs work with governors, state legislatures, state agencies and departments and local governments as a Manager of State & Local Government Affairs based in San Jose or Sacramento, CA.

Who You'll Work With

The Cisco Government Affairs team, comprised of former public officials, both elected and appointed, as well as top-tier government affairs professionals, works globally to advance the public policy interests of Cisco and the technology industry by establishing relationships with key government leaders and educating governments on technology policies.

You will also be working in our efforts to support the Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) program in the US.

Who You Are

You have experience working in state government and the private sector or a trade association, engaging with senior executives, and have a great sense of humor and partnership mentality. You take initiative, can balance an eventful schedule with ease, and thrive in a lively environment.

Forward Thinker – You understand the ever-shifting technology policy and procurement landscape and set a strategy to meet the challenges that it brings. You will see around corners and develop our view on those issues and how to address them.

Policy Advocate – You know policy issues and can analyze business and technological impacts of policy choice and implementation. You will advocate on Cisco’s US state & local public policy initiatives to grow and defend the business in a creative, strategic manner.

Relationship Builder – You lead and support our engagements with elected officials and build key relationships between Cisco executives and government officials. You will build internal and external partnerships and lead our involvement with trade associations, industry coalitions, and other organizations.

Great Communicator – You know the importance of clear concise content development and possess the executive presence to convey it. You will craft position papers, presentations, publication pieces and briefings.

(Business) Developer – You embrace your entrepreneurial spirit. Within Cisco, you will work collaboratively with the US Public Sector and other senior executives and advise on political and policy trends and potential implications for the business.

Community Impactor – You believe passionately that driving a positive impact on the communities in which Cisco operates is paramount. You will lead strategic engagements with local governments and other partners nationally. You will partner with our trade organizations, industry coalitions and other groups on policy and business issues.

Minimum Requirements
  • 10+ years’ experience in state government and tech policy
  • Strong leadership and influencing skills across virtual teams
  • Keen political savvy
  • Experience with public sector business development/procurement policy
  • Excellent organization and project management skills
  • Outstanding writing, communication, and presentation skills
  • Ability to operate with a high degree of autonomy
  • Advanced degree is a plus
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Day to day, we focus on the give and take. We give our best, we give our egos a break and we give of ourselves (because giving back is built into our DNA.) We take accountability, we take bold steps, and we take difference to heart. Because without diversity of thought and a commitment to equality for all, there is no moving forward.

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