Vice President of Government Affairs

Washington, District of Columbia /
LeoLabs Federal – Business Development /
Full Time, Remote
/ Remote
About Us
LeoLabs is the world’s leading commercial provider of low Earth orbit (LEO) mapping and Space Domain Awareness (SDA) services. LeoLabs was founded in 2016 as a venture-funded spinout of Silicon Valley research pioneer, SRI International, by scientists and space industry veterans committed to securing Low Earth Orbit (LEO). LeoLabs is built on 30+ years of R&D in radar systems and satellite tracking algorithms. The team is rapidly expanding its global radar network and data services platform to help satellite operators deploy their services safely and to empower governmental space agencies with detailed visibility into the LEO ecosystem. As commercial space ventures and newly-formed space agencies from every corner of the globe compete for their place in the second space race, LeoLabs is here to address a new generation of risks and opportunities to preserve LEO for future generations.

The Opportunity 
LeoLabs is looking for an experienced professional to lead its public policy and government affairs efforts with an emphasis on strategic business priorities in the U.S. federal government. The successful candidate will have demonstrated success influencing legislation and securing funding for new capabilities in the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and/or federal civilian executive government. The successful candidate will also have a track record of delivering outcomes in 24 months or less. You will work closely with the entire LeoLabs management team and report directly to the CEO.  

In this role, you will:  
• Create and execute LeoLabs’s government affairs strategy, including its legislative and policy agenda
• Establish and maintain relationships with key government decision makers on Capitol Hill, at the White House, in the Pentagon, and with the Intelligence Community
• Manage lobbying and government affairs firms – creating annual plans and setting objectives, monitoring performance, and leading meetings to brief staffers and members of Congress
• Lead relationships with industry associations – drafting and reviewing commentary on legislation, participating in governance committees, setting objectives, and monitoring performance
• Represent LeoLabs at industry functions in the Washington, DC area and globally as necessary
• Advance the company’s strategic goals through education and thought-leadership

• 15+ years’ experience in the public policy arena with expertise in space policy, technology policy, Congressional appropriations, or national/homeland security
• Experience working for a US executive branch agency, US regulatory agency, or Congress preferred
• You must have strong relationships with members of Congress and staff on key committees, such as the HPSCI, Senate Appropriations Committee, and CJS
• You must be an energetic self-starter
• You must be a team of one, able to operate alone but adept at partnering with other LeoLabs executives and with lobbyists, consultants, and industry associations that you manage
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills

Within 1 month, you’ll:
• Complete our onboarding program designed to get you up to speed on our business, vision and team, our lobbyist, and our government relations consultants
• Gain an understanding about how your role fits into LeoLabs overall strategic short and long term vision

Within 3 months, you’ll: 
• Meet with industry associations and lead our collaborations with them
• Map out specific long and short term action items to align with goals
• Identify industry advocates in each of the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community and schedule meetings with LeoLabs team as appropriate
• Be leading our engagements with Congress, the White House, the Pentagon, and intelligence agencies  
• Monitor and report on key legislation

Within 6 months, you’ll: 
• Identified and secure FY24 funding for LeoLabs in each of the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community
• Regularly represent us at industry functions
• Write and deliver messaging to government stakeholders
Within 12 months, you’ll:
• Identified and secured positions for us in key long term programs (such as programs of record) in each of the Department of Defense, Commerce, and Intelligence Community

Salary offers are based on a combination of factors, including, but not limited to, experience, skills, and location. The base salary range for this position $185,000 - 265,000. This compensation information is based on a good faith estimate as of the date of publication and may be modified in the future.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. More information regarding ITAR can be found at DDTC’s website here.