Senior Director, Government Affairs

  • 153 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Ancestry is the leader in family history and consumer genomics. The Company harnesses
information found in family trees, historical records, and DNA to help people gain a new level
of understanding about their lives. Ancestry is the world’s largest online family history
resource. The Company has pioneered and defined this category, developing new
innovations and technologies that have reinvented how people make family history
discoveries. These discoveries can give everyone a greater sense of identity, relatedness,
and their place in the world.

Job Description

The Sr. Director, Government Relations will take the lead in defining and executing an impactful and comprehensive government relations/public affairs strategy addressing both state and federal government, and to a lesser extent, international.  The Sr. Director will actively partner with senior management to develop and refine strategic plans to address relevant policy threats and opportunities as well as legislation and regulations impacting the company’s business and the rapidly evolving direct to consumer genomics industry.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with senior management to develop Ancestry’s policies and objectives involving local, state, federal, and international government and public affairs
  • Establish a positive, credible, and influential presence for Ancestry within relevant state, federal and international government entities
  • Foster a productive relationship between Ancestry senior management and elected officials and organize briefings, meetings and other interactions with government officials.
  • Develop, maintain, and nurture relationships to represent and advance Ancestry’s government relations/public affairs agenda before elected officials and government decision makers
  • Monitor and track proposed legislation  (state, federal and international), lead analysis of proposed legislative/regulatory actions, determine the potential impact on the company and propose appropriate responses 
  • Work with Ancestry senior management to identify and monitor operational issues that may benefit from legislative/regulatory action
  • Support senior leadership through regular meetings, briefings, analysis and recommendations regarding policy matters and company interactions with government officials
  • Manage federal, state and  international engagements with consultants and lobbyists to ensure implementation of legislative, regulatory and political priorities
  • Exercise a leadership role internally and externally in forming issue coalitions and driving policy change
  • Establish a positive, credible and influential presence for Ancestry with key trade associations, as well as national public policy and legislative groups and other relevant stakeholder organizations
  • Serve as an external representative of policy priorties and objectives with key policy stakeholders
  • Draft presentations, policy papers, speeches and briefing documents for the company’s CEO and other senior executives.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree preferred
  • 10+ years of experience including both work in government and government relations or related positions in a corporation, trade organization or consulting/lobbying firm.
  • Experience interacting with federal and state government officials
  • Existing relationships with government officials, their staffs and other key organizations
  • Ability to manage and leverage outside consulting and lobbying resources
  • Extensive knowledge of government relations processes.  Ability to understand all components of an issue, and effectively influence an outcome.
  • Proven ability to network and build coalition support
  • Highly resourceful (stretches people and money; compresses time)
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to formulate innovative solutions to complex problems and keep ahead of industry trends.
  • Organized and detail oriented
  • Adaptable, flexible, with the ability to lead and drive for results
  • Ability to work across political lines in a bipartisan manner
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including demonstrated ability to craft written articles, releases, testimony, or op-eds
  • Ability to travel (including internationally) at least 25% of time


Additional Information

Working for Ancestry

We’re a cutting-edge tech company with a very human mission—to help every person discover, preserve, and share the story of what led to them. Combining the rich information in family trees and historical records with the genetic details revealed in DNA, we create unique experiences that give people a new understanding of their lives, because connecting all the pieces of our family story can give us the deepest sense of who we are. For more information on what we do and why you would want to work at Ancestry, visit our careers


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