Organization Description

TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of technology CEOs and senior executives that promotes the growth of the innovation economy.

TechNet’s diverse membership includes dynamic startups and the most iconic companies on the planet and represents over 4.4 million employees and countless customers in the fields of information technology, artificial intelligence, e-commerce, the sharing and gig economies, advanced energy, transportation, cybersecurity, venture capital, and finance.  TechNet has offices in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Harrisburg, Olympia, Sacramento, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C.

Key Responsibilities

As TechNet’s executive director for Washington and the Northwest, you will develop and manage TechNet operations in the Northwest region of the United States, coordinating with TechNet members, TechNet’s vice president of state policy and government relations, and other TechNet staff.  The Northwest region includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Alaska.  This position is based in the Olympia/Seattle, Washington area.

Issue Advocacy: Advance and support TechNet’s national and regional agendas by working with TechNet members to develop and implement a regional policy and political strategy.  Lobby, advocate, and testify on behalf of TechNet’s agenda before state legislatures.  Work closely, in a bipartisan fashion, with state legislators and their senior staff, policymakers in the executive branch of state governments and at state regulatory bodies, and TechNet members.

Government Affairs: Develop and maintain strong relationships with TechNet members, legislative and constitutional leaders and their staffs, government entities, the press, and trade associations.

Events: Plan and execute numerous events, such as one-on-one meetings, policy roundtables, political fundraisers, lobby days, and large-scale events with policymakers, technology industry leaders, and the press.  This includes determining meeting format and flow, scripting, talking points, and logistics.

Policy Analysis: Assist with the development and analysis of policy positions in conjunction with TechNet staff and TechNet members.  Organize and support member working groups to determine policy positions, legislative strategies, and related advocacy efforts.  Develop subject matter expertise in key policy areas as determined.

Membership Development and Relations: Grow TechNet’s membership through retention and new member acquisition.  This includes identifying prospective members and making membership presentations.


  • Experience in policy advocacy, preferably with experience working directly with the Northwest legislatures.  Political campaign and/or legislative experience strongly desired.  Trade association experience, technology industry experience, and a strong background in advocacy are all a plus.
  • Exceptional writer, strong editing skills, and attention to detail.
  • Strong strategic planning, analytical, and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience in and an understanding of politics, advocacy, and the legislative process, and the ability to quickly learn numerous policy issues.
  • A member-services personality and an aptitude for building and maintaining positive relationships with company government affairs professionals and company executives.
  • The ability to work independently to initiate projects and coordinate with other members of the team on general policy.  We are looking for a self-starter capable of driving results in the absence of direct in-person reporting relationships.
  • An entrepreneurial orientation and a commitment to grow the overall organization.

Salary range and benefits

The salary range for the position is $140,000 to $165,000 per year, depending on experience. This position is also eligible for TechNet’s benefits offerings, which currently include the following for this position:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance, and a flexible spending plan. TechNet pays 100% of employees’ health care premiums, less a small employee contribution of $10 per month.
  • Short- and long-term disability coverage. 
  • Group life insurance equal to an employee’s annual salary up to $200,000. 
  • 401(k) plan with up to 4% employer matching annually. 
  • Accrual of 15 vacation days per year in addition to the week between Christmas and New Year’s. 
  • 5 days of paid sick leave per full calendar year of employment. 
  • 11 paid national holidays. 
  • Reimbursement of up to $100 per month towards your cell phone bill. 
  • Commuter benefits for eligible office parking or public transportation expenses. 
  • Reimbursement of up to $2,500 annually for approved professional development programs. 

Interested candidates should email their resumes and a writing sample to Candidates were encouraged to apply by April 5, but applications will continue to be reviewed after that date.