Skydio is the leading US drone manufacturer and world leader in autonomous flight, the key technology for the future of drones and aerial transportation. The Skydio team combines deep expertise in artificial intelligence, best-in-class hardware and software product development, and operational excellence to empower a broader, more diverse audience of drone users - from action sports enthusiasts to first responders.

About the role:

Skydio is hiring a government relations role on our policy and regulatory team. Policy plays an important role in our quest to make the world more productive, creative, and safe with autonomous flight. We are looking for a driven, strategic, and relationship-oriented government relations professional to take our policy work to new heights. This role will focus on the federal government, but will support the full range of our policy activities, including engagements at the international, state and local levels. 

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop and implement policies shaping the future of flight. Your work will unlock the power of small, smart aircraft to transform our society and economy--protecting workers performing dangerous jobs (such as inspecting bridges and powerlines), slashing carbon emissions compared with traditional methods of operation, dramatically increasing efficiency, and, ultimately, ensuring U.S. leadership in a new era of aviation. 

The role reports to the Vice President of Regulatory & Policy Affairs and will work closely with our product and sales departments. The level and title of the role will depend on the experience and interests of the successful candidate. We would prefer the role to be based in Washington, DC., but may be open to remote work for the right candidate.

How you'll make an impact:

  • Develop and implement Skydio’s policy strategy, focusing on the federal government and supporting state or local activities as necessary. 
  • Represent Skydio before government agencies, with a focus on the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, and the Department of Defense, cultivating trust with professional and political officials.
  • Represent Skydio in key industry associations, building relationships across the community to support policies enabling low-friction, high-value autonomous flight. 
  • In coordination with Skydio’s regulatory team, support Skydio’s regulatory objectives by partnering with policy makers, regulatory agencies, and customers. 
  • Support Skydio’s pioneering work to develop and implement ethical and policy principles to ensure our business decisions align with our values. 
  • Monitor and lead Skydio’s response to policy proposals and rulemakings from federal agencies, industry associations, and standards bodies. 
  • Manage and track the implementation of policy priorities.

What would make you a strong fit:

  • Experience with federal policy making, which could include service in the executive branch, legislative branch, industry associations, or related endeavors. Specific experience with policies relating to transportation, technology, and/or innovation is preferred. 
  • You are a storyteller by nature. At Skydio, we believe policy work is storytelling by another name. You excel at casting a vision and sharing stories about the transformational impact of technology in a way that naturally advances policy objectives.
  • You understand that significant policy victories are never achieved alone. You excel at building and sustaining support for forward-leaning policy objectives by working across multiple axes, including the executive branch, the legislative branch, industry associations, and public relations.  
  • Experience with appropriations--especially defense appropriations--is helpful.
  • Strong sense of ownership and the ability to operate in a fast-paced environment with competing demands on your time. 
  • Exercise proactive, creative leadership. Spot issues before they become problems. Develop strategies that address and overcome roadblocks. 
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, including the ability to explain complicated topics--such as autonomy--to partners and policy makers.  
  • Ability to travel, as required (likely no more than 10-30% of the time).
  • A B.A. or B.S. degree. Advanced degrees--including law degrees--are preferred but not required. 

At Skydio we believe that diversity drives innovation. We have created a multi-disciplinary environment that embraces the power of diverse perspectives to create elegant solutions for complex problems. We are committed to growing our network of people, programs, and resources to nurture an inclusive culture.  

As such, we do not make hiring or other employment-related decisions on the basis of an applicant or employee’s race, color, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), pregnancy, gender, gender identity or expression, age, religion, disability status, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, generic information or characteristics, veteran, military or family status, or other classifications protected by applicable federal, state or local anti-discrimination laws.

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