Government Affairs Counsel

Legal & Corporate Development
Who we are: connects pet parents with the world’s largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers. On Rover, pet parents can easily discover, book, and manage personalized care for their dogs including pet sitting, dog walking, and doggy day care. Founded in 2011 on the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the unconditional love of a dog, Rover improves and simplifies life for pet parents and the dogs they love.
Our global headquarters are in downtown Seattle, Washington in the United States, working closely with our office in Spokane, Washington, and our European offices in Berlin, London, and Barcelona. Our pioneering approach to people and pups alike landed us on the list of World's Most Innovative Companies in 2016 by Fast Company. We're an agile, fast-growing company, and our leadership comes from some of the world's most respected tech companies. We've been named among Seattle's 'Best Places to Work' in Seattle Business Magazine and the Puget Sound Business Journal for three years running. Needless to say (but we're going to say it anyway)—we love dogs, and we wouldn't dream of going to work without them by our sides.

Who we’re looking for:
Rover is seeking a Government Affairs Counsel to assist the Government Affairs team in implementing the company’s public policy agenda. In this role, you will have an opportunity to help shape legislation, regulation, and relationships with key stakeholders, in the U.S. and internationally. Your role will be critical in creating a regulatory/legislative environment where the company, and those who use the Rover platform, can thrive.
To be effective this role, you must have excellent legal/regulatory research and analytical abilities. Your experience must include managing legislative/regulatory issues impacting companies, in addition to cross-departmental collaboration and work with external consultants. Your excellent personal, professional, and presentation skills enable you to build trust with external stakeholders as well as other company staff. You must have strong written and in-person communication skills, with the ability to shape complex policy considerations into compelling, persuasive, accurate written and in-person communication for lay audiences as well as experts. You are deadline-oriented, even when you are completing projects requiring detail, analysis, and accuracy. You can work independently in a way that has value for the company and your colleagues because you ensure your work connects with the team’s objectives; your work validates the trust the company has placed in the team. Experience in a startup e-commerce company or other high-growth, fast-paced company is preferred. 
This role may require travel within the U.S. and internationally.

Your responsibilities:

    • Carry out legal/regulatory research and analysis to support Government Affairs objectives at the national, state/provincial/territorial, and local level, in the U.S. and internationally. This includes, for example: Monitoring and providing context for proposed laws or regulation. Partnering with other staff, consultants, lawmakers, or regulators in developing language for proposed bills and regulation. Preparing information for stakeholder meetings or other outreach to support Government Affairs objectives in a given jurisdiction. Providing context for how existing laws or regulation affect the company’s business environment. 
    • Collaborate with data teams, operations teams, and other teams in developing the company’s understanding of and positioning on legislative or regulatory issues. 
    • Communicate with and support an external team of consultants, including lobbyists and public strategists, in representing the company. This includes, for example, collaborating with consultants to plan stakeholder meetings, ensuring appropriate registration of lobbyists, or refining objectives and talking points in a jurisdiction. Assist in selecting strategists as needed.
    • Develop and review leave-behind materials for stakeholders and internal references reflecting company positions, legal/regulatory analysis, and other information. Assist in developing and reviewing content for grassroots campaigns, media engagements, and other communication tactics in support of Government Affairs objectives.
    • As needed, directly represent the company in meetings and other discussions with external stakeholders, such as government officials, nonprofit partners, or conferences. Initiate outreach to and develop working relationships with these groups as needed to support the company's legislative priorities. Develop compromises with government stakeholders as needed to achieve team objectives.

Your Qualifications

    • A JD and 5 to 10 years of relevant legal experience. (Although government relations experience is valued in considering candidates for this position, we are open to a range of relevant experiences.) 
    • Intellectual curiosity and creativity to think through and provide solutions.
    • Ability to work quickly and accurately.
    • Ability to independently and accurately research, analyze, and report on laws, regulation, stakeholders/influencers, and other factors affecting the company’s business environment.
    • Ability to develop excellent working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
    • Excellent written and in-person communication skills, and a corresponding ability to communicate to a variety of audiences.  
    • Facility with understanding and acting on complex data.
    • Ability to travel within the U.S. and internationally.
    • Able to represent the Rover voice, brand, and policies in public-facing communities.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite, Google Drive, and Web research.

Benefits of Working at

    • Competitive compensation
    • 401k
    • Stock options
    • 4 weeks paid time off
    • Competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision insurance
    • Commuter benefits
    • Bring your dog to work (and unlimited puppy time)
    • Doggy benefits, including $1000 toward adopting your first dog
    • Stocked fridges, coffee, soda, and lots of treats (for humans and dogs)
    • Free catered lunches semi-monthly
    • Regular team activities, including happy hours, snow tubing, game nights, and more
    • 50 free dog walks a year (Seattle only—for now!)

Rover embraces diversity and opposes discrimination.
This position is based at Rover HQ in Downtown Seattle.
Candidates must be eligible to work in the US.