Digital Advocacy Manager, Government Affairs (Remote, Brussels)

Digital Advocacy Manager, Government Affairs (Remote, Brussels)

About the team

Shopify’s Global Government Affairs Team, situated within the broader Legal Team, works with policymakers, civil society groups, academics, and policy influencers to speak up for small businesses and entrepreneurs, and advocate for a more free, open, and competitive ecommerce ecosystem. 

The mission of the Government Affairs team is to prevent, manage, and mitigate political, legislative, and regulatory threats to Shopify and to promote a political, legislative, and regulatory environment that supports growth and innovation for entrepreneurs and small businesses. 

About the role

We are seeking a Digital Advocacy Manager, dedicated specifically to the Government Affairs team, to help bring to life inspiring stories of entrepreneurs and how Shopify strives to make commerce better for everyone. The primary audience for the content you will produce will be public policy stakeholders, including government officials, nonprofits, civil society, and other influential policy organizations that work on tech policy issues relevant to Shopify both at EU and at national level. You’ll experiment with new content formats across new channels to see where our stories resonate most. Your contributions will run the gamut: from founder profiles to thought leadership, long-form articles to micro-copy, video content to press releases.

Responsibilities include:

  • Sourcing incredible entrepreneurship stories, and creating compelling content that will bring Shopify’s merchants and their stories to life for policymakers. Shopify merchants have incredibly inspiring stories. You’ll frequently research, interview, and catalog merchant stories to feature in digital content, and share with the larger team for additional storytelling opportunities. 

  • Creating content for an external-facing site to educate merchants on how the Government Affairs team advocates for them and ensures that policies do not create an undue burden for entrepreneurs that could be a hindrance to growing their business.

  • Leading the creation of newsletters, podcasts, and videos geared towards policymakers and policy stakeholders across the EU 27 EU Member States and the UK. 

  • 8+ years of professional experience copy editing, writing, publishing, and/or managing digital content for a political campaign, company, trade association, or policy organization at European/international level.

  • Strong technical translation skills. You can digest and edit highly technical content, and can explain the importance of that work to a non-technical audience.

  • Fluency in English, French and German. 

  • A passion for creating compelling digital content. You have a track record for producing content that moves the needle.

  • Expertise in content best practices. We care about what we say and how we say it. Every word matters.

  • A knack for working within - and building - streamlined processes for editorial work and know-how to manage projects, expectations, and your own time.

  • Comfort and experience sourcing and interviewing subjects for digital content. 

  • Experience interfacing with public policy stakeholders, including government officials, nonprofits, civil society, and other influential policy organizations.

  • Curiosity and an open mind. We need a teammate who not only understands certain current tech policy issues, but is passionately curious about where those issues are going.

  • Initiative and collaboration. We’re at a hyper-growth stage, and the ability to start from scratch, drive yourself, know when to ask for input, and communicate clearly along the way are essential to everyone’s success.

  • Self-starter with a flexible mentality. In shades of gray, you are comfortable devising an informed point of view. You don’t need firm guidelines in place in order to get started. In fact, you are happy to put something down that everyone can work from. You bring strong convictions around content and content consumption.

We know that applying to a new role takes a lot of work and we truly value your time. Kostas, our Head of EU Government Affairs, is looking forward to reading your cover letter. In this cover letter, please include at least two examples of content you’ve created, with a brief paragraph for each explaining why you chose it. Thank you very much!

Closing date: Sunday, June 12 at 11:59PM CEST

Our belief is that a strong commitment to diversity & inclusion enables us to truly make commerce better for everyone. We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, racialized people, people with disabilities, people from gender and sexually diverse communities, and/or people with intersectional identities. Please take a look at our Sustainability Reports to learn more about Shopify’s commitments to our communities, and our planet.

At Shopify, we understand that experience comes in many forms. We’re dedicated to adding new perspectives to the team - so if your experience is this close to what we’re looking for, please consider applying.