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Public Policy Campaign Lead, Korea



South Korea
Posted on Friday, May 31, 2024

Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to over 4 million Hosts who have welcomed more than 1 billion guest arrivals in almost every country across the globe. Every day, Hosts offer unique stays and experiences that make it possible for guests to connect with communities in a more authentic way.

The Community You Will Join:

We are excited to be seeking our Public Policy Campaign Lead for Korea, managing a small team based in Seoul.

It is our mission to work closely with politicians, regulators, and legislators across Korea to educate them about Airbnb and the sharing economy, highlight the significant social and economic impact our business has on towns, regions and cities, and showcase best practices from around the world. We want policy makers to understand the regulatory challenges that affect our host community and find solutions that are good for Korea, and our thriving local community in Korea.

The Difference You Will Make:

To do this role effectively you must be able to build trust and talk to a variety of authorities, from city to regional to national government to help them understand the contribution that our community makes, and engage them in the process of creating fair legal and regulatory frameworks that embrace the potential of the sharing economy.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about Airbnb and the sharing economy, and have proven experience in managing regulatory and political issues within a corporate context - either as an in-house policy professional or as a consultant - or within politics, governments, campaigns or advocacy groups. Relevant experience in a startup e-commerce or other high-growth, fast-paced company, and experience in management of a team of people, will be advantageous.

The position will be based in South Korea, with regular domestic travel, as well as occasional travel abroad.

A Typical Day:

  • Help develop and implement Airbnb’s legislative and public policy activities; including helping determine advocacy priorities, positions, and strategies.
  • Work with legislative bodies and government agencies on Airbnb’s priority issues, including crafting and negotiating language for legislation, drafting comments on regulations, and authoring substantive issue briefs and position papers.
  • Represent Airbnb in coalitions and collaborations to advance Airbnb’s advocacy initiatives – building these coalitions from scratch if necessary.
  • Manage consultants and marshall external resources to execute our plans.
  • Maintain relationships with an extensive network of contacts in local and national legislative, executive and administrative offices, as well as with allied groups and coalition partners.
  • Engage in research, writing and other activities to provide analysis and critical thinking on developments affecting Airbnb’s priorities.
  • Monitor legislation and regulatory matters and advise the company with respect to policy challenges.
  • Represent Airbnb in meetings with government and elected officials.
  • Advise Airbnb’s cross functional teams and leadership on public policy matters to guide development of products, services and Airbnb’s policies and processes.
  • Lead a team of public policy managers and associates in the Airbnb Korea Public Policy Team.

Your Expertise:

  • At least 15 years experience working with policy issues in a relevant business or non-governmental organization, or in a political, governmental or regulatory context (a mix of public and private sector experience is an advantage).
  • Direct policy experience in one of the following fields: tourism, housing, landlord/tenant law or e-commerce/internet regulation – which must include a track record of influencing regulation and legislation at some level of the Korean government.
  • Degree or advanced degree level in law, public policy, public administration, communications or business.
  • First-rate personal, political, analytical, organizational and people management skills capable of effectively engaging and working with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to quickly get up to speed on complex technical and regulatory issues.
  • Excellent communicator with great interpersonal and presentation skills, both for subject matter experts and the layperson.
  • Ability to work independently as well as a team player in a multi-task work environment while producing the highest caliber work product in a timely manner.
  • Self starter with a sense of humor and the ability to thrive in a fast moving and sometimes stressful environment.
  • Someone who can work efficiently even when under pressure, not properly resourced and armed with incomplete information.

Our Commitment To Inclusion & Belonging:

Airbnb is committed to working with the broadest talent pool possible. We believe diverse ideas foster innovation and engagement, and allow us to attract creatively-led people, and to develop the best products, services and solutions. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.