Director, Government Relations and Public Policy Dutchie Oregon

About dutchie

Founded in 2017, dutchie is an all-in-one technology platform powering dispensary operations, while providing consumers with safe and easy access to cannabis. Dutchie aims to further support the positive societal change the cannabis space brings to the world through health and wellness benefits, social justice, and by empowering local communities through tax revenue. Powering thousands of dispensaries across 35+ markets throughout the United States and Canada, dutchie is the leading technology company in the cannabis space and was named to Fast Company’s 10 most innovative companies in North America and LinkedIn’s Top 50 Startups.

Dutchie has raised $253M in funding to date, backed by Tiger Global, Dragoneer, DFJ Growth, Thrive Capital, Howard Schultz, Snoop Dogg’s Casa Verde Capital, Gron Ventures, members of the founding team at DoorDash, Kevin Durant’s Thirty Five Ventures, and other notable angel investors.

About the Role

We are looking to add a Director, Government Relations and Public Policy to support our growing team. This person will lead all aspects of dutchie’s global government affairs and public policy strategy. Expected outcomes include strengthening dutchie’s relationships with key regulators, advancing dutchie’s public policy agenda, and keeping leadership informed on key legislative developments and updates. This person will be the first hire in dutchie’s government relation department and will report directly to the General Counsel.

What You’ll Do…

  • Lead all aspects of dutchie’s global government affairs strategy, including evaluating risks and opportunities, setting short and long-term priorities, and using diverse tactics such as direct lobbying, thought leadership, and external partnerships to shift the public debate and advance those goals
  • Oversee comprehensive campaigns in dutchie’s core markets, including the US and Canada, working with partners in and outside dutchie to frame issues to advance our agenda and advocate on behalf of our dispensary partners
  • Educate and advise dutchie senior leadership on policy issues that could impact dutchie and the cannabis community in our core markets, keeping other relevant internal partners informed and involved as needed
  • Develop a nuanced understanding of dutchie’s current and future products and services, and assess key legislative, policy, and regulatory risks and opportunities
  • Work with internal partners to articulate and share dutchie’s position on priority policy issues
  • Support identification of strategic targets and oversee dutchie’s efforts to build strong and long-lasting relationships with policymakers
    Support company engagement with government officials, trade associations, coalitions, and lobbying firms as needed

What You Bring…

  • 8+ years of experience working in government and public affairs at a law firm, government agency or organization, or in-house at a technology company
  • Deep knowledge of US legislative and policy processes, with experience operating in multiple jurisdictions
  • Demonstrated experience working directly with government officials, including advocacy on behalf of public interest, trades associations, or any other interest groups
  • Strong attention to detail, with excellent organizational, prioritization and multi-tasking skills
  • Strong strategy expertise, with the ability to assess the landscape, set goals, prioritize tactics, and mobilize a team to effectively execute on them
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams and multiple partners, executing strategies, delivering solutions, and leading cross-functional projects
  • Ability to distill complex ideas into simple and easily understandable concepts, and communicate these ideas clearly, accurately, and persuasively in verbal and written form to internal and external stakeholders
  • The ability to integrate government affairs and public policy with business strategy

You’ll Get…

  • Competitive Salary
  • Equity
  • 401(k)
  • Full Benefits – Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Flexible vacation and sick days
  • Technology (hardware, software, reading materials, etc..) allowance


At dutchie, we’re committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Dutchie believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

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