Senior Advisor of Institutional Relations

Internet Society
  • Location
    Remote, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 18

Position description

The Senior Advisor of Institutional Relations plays a central role in fulfilling the external engagement and public policy goals of the society by working close to global institutions, stakeholders, and processes to advance our vision and mission at the international level.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead engagement with specific institutions such as IGOs, academia, the technical community, and civil society. Support the VP, External Engagement in the engagement with other institutions as needed in support of the organization’s strategic priorities.
  • Support the development and implementation of strategies for ISOC engagement in International Institutions (IGOs, civil society, technical community) that align with the strategic direction of the Organization. Craft ISOC positions, engagement processes, and other policy activities to implement ISOC’s strategic approach to International Institutions.
  • Work closely with internal and external stakeholders to support multilateral engagements and collaborative activities globally.
  • Substantial knowledge of, and experience with, public policy and international relations issues, in the ICT, and/or Internet sectors and the desire and ability to maintain that knowledge. Identify, research, track, and analyze issues in Internet policy. Write, edit, and clear briefing documents, papers, reports, talking points, presentations/speeches, correspondence, and other materials to advance policy goals.
  • Be able to work effectively with a broad spectrum of people and groups, including national governments, national and international standards, public policy organizations, civil society, and private sector groups in a manner that maintains the high standards of the Society. Represent the Internet Society professionally and tactfully in meetings, policy discussions, and other events. Help build new relations that leverage ISOC’s agenda.  
  • Show proficiency in working in a multicultural, global environment and coordinating closely with various teams within ISOC. Work closely with RVPs and PLs to maximize opportunities to position the organization globally and advance ISOC initiatives and projects.
  • Show autonomy and leadership in managing activities with a strategic and tactical impact. Conduct strategy development and project management for engagement initiatives and activities, including developing plans and schedules, identifying resources, managing execution and follow-up, monitoring expenditures, and coordinating with staff and experts around the globe to achieve objectives.
  • Strategically work in collaboration with projects and initiatives to achieve the organization’s goals and objectives.
  • Work as needed with the Partnerships team to facilitate relations with new partners and sponsors.


  • Master-level qualification in International Relations or related field. Additional qualifications in Information Sciences or Technology would be an asset.
  • Experience in working with international intergovernmental, non-profit or corporate organizations.
  • Experience and confidence are necessary to represent the Internet Society effectively and professionally in international public policy forums.
  • Capacity to work in a multicultural environment and to work effectively across different departments.
  • The ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English is a must. Proficiency in at least one additional language is desirable.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of relevant public policy experience (as per above).
  • Familiarity and comfort with Internet-based communication and work tools and working in active online communication environments.
  • Must be able to build consensus online.
  • The willingness and ability to travel extensively.
  • Commitment to the Internet Society’s mission, values, and objectives.
  • Experience working with a Globally distributed workforce and ability to work across time zones.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact positively in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment.
  • Ability to travel as needed.

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