International Policy and Government Lead

Remote US or Canada, Full-time

About Us

The Partnership on AI is the leading non-profit addressing the most important and difficult decisions on the future of AI.

We are a non-profit that invites diverse voices into the process of technical governance, design, and deployment of AI technologies. 

Our essential Partners work together across industry, academia, and civil society to understand the implications of AI advancements and ensure they benefit society equitably.

Through dialogue, insight, education, and guidance, PAI informs responsible AI solutions and identifies opportunities to address humanity’s pressing challenges.

Our vision is a future where Artificial Intelligence empowers humanity by contributing to a more just, equitable, and prosperous world. Our mission is to bring diverse voices together across global sectors, disciplines, and demographics so developments in AI advance positive outcomes for people and society.
If you are committed to a future of responsible AI and you are interested in joining the Partnership on AI in our quest, we genuinely appreciate your interest and we want to hear from you.


Partnership on AI (PAI) is seeking an International Policy and Government Lead to drive the organization’s government engagement portfolio. This Lead will join PAI’s expanding public policy department, reporting to the Head of Policy. 

AI policy continues to develop in a variety of forms globally, including through an evolving regulatory landscape (e.g. in the EU and Brazil), the emergence of newly formed institutions (e.g. AI Safety Institutes) and new roles being explored by traditional multilateral bodies (e.g. the UN and OECD). These developments are taking place alongside the release of a number of AI tools and voluntary frameworks developed by industry, civil society and academia. Against this backdrop, the Partnership on AI plays an important role in working to ensure that both AI technologies and the policies used to govern them benefit and protect people and society.  The International Policy and Government Lead will work to inform global public policy, advance public understanding, and ensure the adoption of best practices by PAI partners, wider AI stakeholders and government to support the design, development and deployment of equitable and responsible AI systems. 

The role will work closely with global policy officials and international, multilateral organizations. Internally and across the PAI community you will work with PAI's departments, PAI partners and stakeholders, including senior policy leaders from Partner organizations in industry, civil society, and academia. 


  • Supporting Delivery of PAI’s Global Policy Strategy (40%)
    • Work closely with the Head of Policy, CEO/Executive Team and PAI’s programmatic teams to implement PAI’s global policy plan to grow PAI’s international reach and impact. This includes the creation and maintenance of a policy horizon scanning system to future proof and update the plan on an ongoing basis.
    • Legal analysis working with counsel to consider policy opportunities and risks
      Work closely with the PAI Partnership Development team to align the policy plan with PAI’s wider global strategy and partnership goals/model.
    • Engage PAI’s Policy Steering Committee and establish a smaller working group, to inform PAI’s global policy plan.
    • Anticipate and capture big picture trends and developments as well as understanding the nuances of global policy within specific jurisdictions, to identify and assess opportunities and risks related to PAI’s policy/government engagement and expansion.  
    • Work closely with wider members of the policy team and PAI’s Communications team to articulate and build a narrative around PAI’s vision for global AI policy development.
    • Cross-assess PAI global policy approach vis-a-vis our Partners and wider AI policy community.
  • Government Engagement and Relationship lead (40%)
    • Implement PAI’s new government relationship plan, including formalizing relationships between PAI, government/other policy stakeholders internationally, and policy leads in Partner Organizations. 
      • Build and deepen PAI’s government relationships, growing PAI’s visibility and impact with policymakers internationally, building on the global policy plan above 
      • Identify where we might invite policymakers to contribute to PAI policy, research or philanthropic convenings and meetings
    • Monitor all PAI government and policy maker interaction, working with the operations team, programmatic team and wider organization. This includes overseeing PAI’s lobbying and engagement guidance internally, 
      • Consider risks and opportunities related to any PAI government engagement internationally and act as an internal advisor to teams across PAI (including the CEO, the Executive team, Programs & Research, and Partnership Development). This includes leading how PAI uses its risk management framework to assess all government interactions.
      • Working with the Head of Policy and PAI’s CEO, contribute to reports for PAI’s board of directors, 
    • Support Head of Policy, CEO/Executive Team in their engagements with government (events, bilateral meetings, technical briefings etc) through internal briefings, speech writing and scripts.
  • Research related to constraints faced by government when governing AI (20%)
    • Work with PAI’s Policy team and Policy Steering Committee to research the challenges faced by government when designing governance models from AI, within a specific country and at the international level.
    • Research and subsequent publications will be aligned with key global events and milestones (e.g. government summits) in order to set out specific recommendations to inform government action.
    • An understanding of the functions, operations and institutions of government will be important for this work.
  • Other
    • The list of responsibilities set out are not exhaustive It may be necessary to adapt tasks within the scope of the role as needed.
  • Masters degree or higher in related discipline or equivalent (3+ years) work experience required 
  • Global policy experience in tech-related public policy settings such as in governments, international organizations, think tanks, research institutes, corporate policy  environments on issues closely or directly associated with AI policy issues.
  • Stakeholder management skills to build strong relationships, comfortable with managing conflicting opinions and priorities and delivering through others.
  • A strong team player and project manager, who is able to work across the organization, build stakeholder engagement/tracking processes and coordinate between teams when designing and delivering work.
  • Expected to be well versed on trends, ahead on policy topics, and ability to dive into the complexities of a topic. This includes forecasting and weighing up risks, opportunities and impacts in order to inform PAI’s policy strategy on an ongoing basis.
  • An analytical and strategic thinker, able to spot trends, and bring these together with critical facts or statistics in briefs, memos, position papers, presentations, etc. 
  • Research experience related to public policy, with an understanding of how ‘government works’ and the challenges that emerging technologies present government/traditional approaches to policy development and implementation. 
  • Strong understanding of political sensitivities in order to identify key issues/risks before they arise. 
  • A willingness to continually learn and immerse yourself in the issues raised by the use of data and AI
  • Commitment to advancing equity, individual rights, and social justice in the design, deployment, and governance of digital technologies.


  • Builds Trust: Able to be transparent by being authentic, conveying trust and communicating openly while involving key stakeholders in decision-making
  • Inspirational: Able to inspire and motivate others in a positive manner
  • Courageous: Able to seek out opportunities for continuous improvement, and fearless in intervening in challenging situations
  • Decisive: Able to consult with leadership to make informed decisions in a timely fashion
  • Personal Development: Able to seek opportunities for individual personal development.
  • Project Management: Executes and coordinates project tasks by fostering transparent communication, proactively resolving issues, develops clear and efficient processes for project tracking, making data-driven decisions, and continuously enhancing professional skills.


  • We know that research has shown that some potential applicants will submit an application only when they feel that they have met close to all of the qualifications for a role—we encourage you to take a leap of faith with us and submit your application as long as you are passionate about working to make a real impact on responsible AI. We are very interested in hearing from a diverse pool of candidates.
  • PAI offers a generous paid leave and benefits package, currently including: twenty vacation days; three personal reflection days; sick leave and family leave above industry standards; high-quality PPO and HMO health insurance plans, many 100% covered by PAI; Dental and vision insurance 100% covered by PAI; up to a 7% 401K match, vested immediately; pre-tax commuter benefits (Clipper via TriNet); automatic cell phone reimbursement ($75/month); up to $1,000 professional development funds annually; $150 per month to access co-working space; regular team lunches & reading days; opportunities to attend AI related conferences and events and to collaborate with our roughly 100 partners across industry, academia and civil society. Please refer to our careers page for an updated list of benefits.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States or Canada; we are unable to sponsor visas at this time.
  • Must be fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus as per PAI’s Employee Policy.
  • PAI is headquartered in San Francisco, with a global membership base and scope. This role is eligible for remote work within the United States & Canada with no requirement to be located in San Francisco. 
PAI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  We celebrate diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment in all aspects of employment, including recruiting, hiring, promoting, training, education assistance, social and recreational programs, compensation, benefits, transfers, discipline, and all privileges and conditions of employment.  Employment decisions at PAI are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications.

PAI will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance or similar laws.

The Partnership on AI may become subject to certain governmental record keeping and reporting requirements for the administration of civil rights laws and regulations. We also track diversity in our workforce for the purpose of improving over time. In order to comply with these goals, the Partnership on AI invites employees to voluntarily self-identify their gender and race/ethnicity. Submission of this information is voluntary and refusal to provide it will not jeopardize or adversely affect employment or any consideration you may receive for employment or advancement. The information obtained will be kept confidential.

To apply please send a cover letter and resume by July 29, 2024. 
  • Resume and/or CV
  • Cover Letter (setting out how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the job role and specification)

Only complete applications will be reviewed.

The pay range for this role is:

100,000 - 110,000 USD per year (Remote)


Remote (United States)

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