The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is the U.S. association exclusively dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of companies that publish computer and video games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the Internet.  The Association represents these industry leaders across the nation and on the global stage.  ESA offers a wide range of services to its members, including a global content protection program, business and consumer research, government relations and intellectual property protection efforts.  ESA also owns and operates E3, the premier global trade show for video games and related products.

Position Summary:

The Manager will report to the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and will work in conjunction with the Federal Government Affairs team to execute the strategic  initiatives that have been identified by the senior leadership of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and its member companies as priorities for the industry. The ideal candidate will have a strong knowledge of, or passion for, video games.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Issue Management/Advocacy

  • Working to implement the ESA policy agenda on Capitol Hill, which includes: identifying and monitoring legislation of interest to our industry; making regular visits to congressional offices to establish and enhance the organization’s presence and influence in Congress; and representing ESA’s positions on the industry’s priority issues.
  • Working to implement ESA’s policy agenda with the Administration and federal agencies, including by conducting outreach to the Executive Branch and to federal regulatory agencies (e.g., the White House, U.S Department of Commerce, U.S. Trade Representative, Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission, etc.).
  • Working with the internal policy and communications team as well as outside lobbyists retained by ESA to develop strategies for executing policy initiatives.
  • Attending and reporting on congressional hearings and markups and serving as a liaison between ESA and its various coalitions.
  • Developing creative approaches to increase the prominence of the video game industry, the ESA, its members, and their products to policy makers, thought leaders, and third-party partners.
  • Interacting regularly with executives from ESA member companies.
  • Drafting policy and legislative updates to ESA personnel and to member companies.

Projects

  • Co-management of partnerships, budget, and relationships with third-party organizations, think tanks, and charitable organizations on initiatives that enhance the video game industry’s profile.
  • Management and strategic development of programming, events, and relationships with policymakers, third-party organizations, and thought leaders.
  • Organize educational briefings, technology demonstrations, and video game launch receptions.
  • Assist Director of the ESA Political Action Committee (PAC) with the administration of PAC contributions and expenditures.
  • Research and prepare legislative tracker for member company updates.
  • Work with the Members of the Congressional Caucus on Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-Tech Caucus) to organize policy briefings and events highlighting the video game industry.
  • Arrange visits by policymakers to ESA member company facilities and universities that offer video game design programs.
  • Manage other projects that may arise (e.g., preparation of annual budget, annual member company policy meeting, industry map, E3 congressional trip, etc.) in furtherance of the Federal Government Affairs program.

Writing/Reporting

  • Draft position papers on ESA‘s priority legislative issues, help prepare briefing materials and background memos for ESA and legislators on key issues, and prepare articles as required for the ESA newsletter.
  • Provide substantive input for Federal Government Affairs’ reports to member company working groups (i.e., a summary of the status of issues and projects underway).
  • Responsible for proactively reporting to ESA leadership and relevant working groups on issue and project developments as well as responding to ESA member company requests and inquiries.
  • Conduct basic and customary administrative tasks associated with the position.
  • Make presentations on policy issues to member companies, policymakers, and thought leaders.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree as minimum requirement.
  • Must have understanding of legislative policy making at federal level.
  • 5 or more years of appropriate experience in legislation, regulation, or government relations, such as staff positions on Capitol Hill, with federal agencies, the White House, relevant trade associations, and/or a corporate government affairs office.
  • Existing relationships with Members of Congress, their staffs and/or the Administration and other key organizations expected. (Experience with the Commerce and Judiciary Committees in the House and/or Senate preferred)
  • Political Action Committee (PAC) experience a plus.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues, members and other partners.
  • Proven capacity to network and build coalition support.
  • Must possess exceptional oral and interpersonal communication skills, including public speaking.
  • Understanding of intellectual property and/or entertainment content regulation issues a plus.
  • Must possess strong sense of ethics.
  • Ability to travel at moderate levels.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Exemplary writing skills.

ESA offers competitive salaries and bonuses, generous benefits and a commitment to life/work balance. If you believe you meet our requirements, please forward resume and cover letter for confidential review to jobs@theESA.com with FGA2019/(your last name) in the subject line. Cover letters should indicate your interests in the field of office government affairs and your availability. Resumes without adequate information and the required skills will not be considered. No phone calls please.

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