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[council] RE: Changes in GNSO staff support

  • To: "'Denise Michel'" <denise.michel@xxxxxxxxx>, "'GNSO Council'" <council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <gnso-whois-wg@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: [council] RE: Changes in GNSO staff support
  • From: "Liz Gasster" <lgasster@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 5 Aug 2007 14:42:26 -0400
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I just wanted to add a few comments, following up on Denise's announcement.
First, I'd like to add my very best wishes to Maria on her new role!  Of
course we've just "met", but Maria has generously spent many hours with me
on the phone several times in the last few days, while on vacation no less,
giving me important background on the hard work you've all done, and I
really appreciate her time, insights and detailed briefings. 

Second, thanks so much for all of the kind notes of welcome from so many of
you.  I really look forward to working with everyone.  This is a very
important topic and I'm excited to have a chance to participate and
hopefully add value to all of your efforts.  I will reach out separately to
as many of you as I can, but since it's such a large group I also want to
welcome you to call me or email if you have any thoughts or concerns or if I
can be helpful in any way.  I look forward to getting to know you all.  And,
especially, advice and suggestions are always welcome as I learn the ropes!

I'm currently in the Washington, DC area (USA eastern time zone).  My
contact information follows below.  

Best, Liz Gasster

W. 1-301-320-8155
C. 1-301-233-8024

-----Original Message-----
From: Denise Michel [mailto:denise.michel@xxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 6:59 PM
To: GNSO Council; gnso-whois-wg@xxxxxxxxx
Subject: Changes in GNSO staff support

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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