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[council] Changes in GNSO staff support

  • To: GNSO Council <council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, gnso-whois-wg@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: [council] Changes in GNSO staff support
  • From: Denise Michel <denise.michel@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 01 Aug 2007 00:59:06 +0200
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I am pleased to announce that Maria Farrell, the GNSO's Policy Officer, will be moving to an important, new position in ICANN's Communications Department. To ensure that the GNSO is adequately staffed in its WHOIS work, I also am pleased to announce that ICANN has arranged for Liz Gasster to provide full-time support for the WHOIS Task Force, and the Council as needed, on an interim basis.

Liz is an attorney and independent consultant whose practice focuses on technology and Internet-related public policy and advocacy activities. She has over 25 years of experience in the fields of Internet and telecommunications policy and operations, including developing and coordinating policy positions on a broad range of e-commerce, technology and intellectual property issues such as on line privacy, network security, Internet content and trademark and copyright policy. Liz has served as General Counsel and Acting Executive Director of the Cyber Security Industry Alliance, and as AT&T’s Public Policy Director and Senior Attorney for Federal Government Affairs, among other positions. She is based in Washington, D.C. and can be reached at lgasster@xxxxxxxxx.

Please join me in thanking Maria for her dedication and hard work for the GNSO. Maria is working with Liz to ensure a smooth transition in staff support for the GNSO's WHOIS activities. Liz has been added to the task force email list and will be joining the 1 August task force call.

ICANN is accepting resumes for the position of GNSO Policy Officer at <opportunities@xxxxxxxxx>. Your assistance in encouraging potential candidates to contact us would be appreciated. Information about this position is included below.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Denise Michel
Vice President, Policy Development
ICANN   www.icann.org

GNSO Policy Officer

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers(ICANN) is seeking a GNSO Policy Officer to support domain name policy development. This position reports to the Vice President, Policy Development. While it is preferred that the successful candidate be located at our operations office in Marina del Rey, California, ICANN’s geographically distributed work environment can accommodate a candidate based in other locations. ICANN (www.icann.org) is responsible for the global coordination of the Internet's system of unique identifiers, including domain names (.com, .uk, .jobs, etc.) as well as the addresses used in a variety of Internet protocols.

The Position

This position is responsible for supporting the Generic Names Supporting Organization(GNSO), which develops policies through bottom-up, consensus-based processes involving diverse stakeholders world-wide (such as Registrars, business and non-commercial users communities, etc.). Responsibilities include: facilitating the GNSO’s efforts to develop global policies that advance ICANN’s mission of preserving the security, stability and interoperability of the Internet; supporting and managing all elements of the GNSO’s policy activities and providing information and guidance to multi-disciplinary teams; working with the GNSO to develop and implement strategies to advance policy objectives; maintaining and tracking the GNSO’s operational plan and key projects; writing and editing issue reports and informational materials; organizing and supporting GNSO policy meetings, forums, and related events; and conducting outreach and educational activities in support of the GNSO.

The Company

ICANN is a nonprofit public benefit corporation responsible for the global coordination of the Internet's system of unique identifiers. These include domain names as well as the addresses used in a variety of Internet protocols. Computers use these identifiers to reach each other over the Internet. Careful management of these resources is vital to the Internet's operation, so ICANN's global stakeholders (Registrars, Registries, Internet user groups, etc.) meet regularly to develop policies that ensure the Internet's ongoing security and stability.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelors Degree or higher, and at least 7 years of national and/or international policy development experience in positions and/or organizations accountable to multiple constituencies. This person has experience planning and managing complex policy processes and programs including: developing and implementing work plans; hiring and managing consultants; producing issue reports (research, drafting, coordination) and meeting summaries; soliciting public and stakeholder comments; pro-actively facilitating and building consensus; and many other related coordination and liaison activities with geographically distributed constituencies and staff.

S/he has outstanding oral and written communication skills and a sound understanding of the Internet’s basic infrastructure. S/he has a service orientation, excellent time management skills and a tolerance for ambiguity and fluid environments. S/he has a demonstrated ability to work effectively in cross-functional and geographically distributed teams and independently. S/he has a can-do attitude and a strong drive to get things done.

The Compensation

The salary is market- based with an extremely competitive benefit package. Benefits include annual bonuses, company paid medical, life, vision and dental for employees and their families, pension plan and a company matched 401K program with instant eligibility.

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