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Director, Policy Development



South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2023

About Zipline

Do you want to change the world? Zipline is on a mission to transform the way goods move. Our aim is to solve the world’s most urgent and complex access challenges by building, manufacturing and operating the first instant delivery and logistics system that serves all humans equally, wherever they are. From powering Rwanda’s national blood delivery network and Ghana’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution, to providing on-demand home delivery for Walmart, to enabling healthcare providers to bring care directly to U.S. homes, we are transforming the way things move for businesses, governments and consumers.
The technology is complex but the idea is simple: a teleportation service that delivers what you need, when you need it. Through our technology that includes robotics and autonomy, we are decarbonizing delivery, decreasing road congestion, and reducing fossil fuel consumption and air pollution, while providing equitable access to billions of people and building a more resilient global supply chain.
Join Zipline and help us to make good on our promise to build an equitable and more resilient global supply chain for billions of people.

About You and The Role

Zipline is searching for a Director of Policy Development to lead our efforts to create internal policies on privacy, sustainability, connectivity, land use, and more, and explain those policies to external stakeholders.

The role requires a deep understanding of the policymaking process at the federal, state, and local levels including administrative, regulatory and legislative actions. Additionally, this role requires the ability to organize technical teams to understand design and business objectives and translate those into public policy. This role will report to the Vice President of Public Policy and closely collaborate with Zipline’s Policy, Regulatory and Legal teams.

What You'll Do

  • Collaborate with cross-functional partners to create public policy strategies to advance the ability for UAS to operate in the U.S.
  • Inform Zipline’s policy agenda by identifying emerging legislative and regulatory issues that impact Zipline and the industry.
  • Become an expert on key issues around operating a UAS network, including the sustainability impact of UAS deliveries, the safety case for replacing vehicle deliveries with UAS, the infrastructure needed to effectively scale a UAS system, and ensuring the privacy of patients, customers and the community.
  • Gather and develop external research to support Zipline’s policy positions on legislative and regulatory matters.
  • Work closely with our policy, regulatory, legal and community teams to craft policy proposals that will advance the ability for UAS to operate in the U.S.

What You'll Bring

  • You have 8+ years of experience in analyzing legislation, developing public policy, and identifying policy trends. Prior in-house experience is strongly preferred.
  • You possess a track record of delivering results in developing and implementing policies across an organization and explaining those policies to external stakeholders.
  • You have strong communication skills, particularly in writing clear analyses for internal audiences, as well as persuasive written communications for external audiences.
  • You demonstrate the ability to tackle new policy issues and quickly become a substantive issue expert on matters important to Zipline’s business.
  • You have experience managing and owning projects with minimal direction, in a fast-paced, cross-functional environment with colleagues around the world.
  • You have a reputation for credibility, humility, and sound judgment.
  • You have the grit, resourcefulness, and resilience to thrive in novel, uncertain and constantly-changing business and political environments.


Must be eligible to work in the United States.

The starting cash range for this role is $160,000 - 190,000. Please note that this is a target, starting cash range for a candidate who meets the minimum qualifications for this role. The final cash pay for this role will depend on a variety of factors, including a specific candidate's experience, qualifications, skills, working location, and projected impact. The total compensation package for this role may also include: equity compensation; discretionary annual or performance bonuses; sales incentives; benefits such as medical, dental and vision insurance; paid time off; and more.

Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state, federal or local law or our other policies.
We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!