Federal Affairs Manager



Job Description

About Rivian

Rivian is on a mission to keep the world adventurous forever. This goes for the emissions-free Electric Adventure Vehicles we build, and the curious, courageous souls we seek to attract. 


As a company, we constantly challenge what’s possible, never simply accepting what has always been done. We reframe old problems, seek new solutions and operate comfortably in areas that are unknown. Our backgrounds are diverse, but our team shares a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it for future generations. 


  • Represent Rivian in meetings with key policy makers at the federal level, including legislators, administration officials, and the various departments and agencies to promote Rivian and its electrification and transportation technology mission and EV solutions.
  • Anticipate and influence new policies, legislation, regulations or procurement opportunities that may help or hinder Rivian’s mission and introduction of EVs generally.
  • Cross functional work with various Rivian teams, including Legal, Corporate Strategy, Engineering, Manufacturing, Sales, Communications, and others to ensure policies and laws maximize support for EVs, advanced transportation systems and supporting products, while ensuring impediments from such policies and laws are minimized.
  • Support strategic planning and execution of policy and business initiatives to support Rivian’s specific goals and EVs generally.
  • Work with contract lobbyists, third party organizations, and other stakeholders in support of Rivian’s policy objectives.


  • A minimum of 5-8 years of direct policy experience on Capitol Hill or a federal agency
  • A track record of superior accomplishment and ability.
  • A nuanced understanding of electric vehicle policy, legislative procedure, government procurement, and regulatory processes with an ability to draft, read, understand, and work with statutes and regulations.
  • Ability to work with autonomy in a fast-paced and dynamic atmosphere with the ability to work cooperatively with a diverse group of partners and stakeholders both internally and externally.
  • Familiarity with policy levers affecting electric vehicles
  • A strong work ethic and “can-do” spirit.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task on diverse issues simultaneously
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from a recognized & reputable educational institution (JD degree preferred but not required).
  • Willingness to travel
  • Highly Preferred:
    • Direct experience with electric vehicle policy and a sincere passion for vehicle electrification
    • Familiarity with tax and/or trade policy affecting EVs and more broadly
    • Demonstrated ability to work with and manage outside lobbyists, communications teams, and third-party organizations to support policy focused missions with a track record of success.
    • Direct policy or procurement experience from the government perspective (i.e., knowing how the bureaucracy operates)
    • Strong and demonstrable history of bipartisanship

Equal Opportunity

Rivian is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information or characteristics, physical or mental disability, marital/domestic partner status, age, military/veteran status, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Rivian is committed to ensuring that our hiring process is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability or limitation, such as those covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, that requires accommodations to assist you in the search and application process, please email us at candidateaccommodations@rivian.com.

Candidate Data Privacy

Rivian may collect, use and disclose your personal information or personal data (within the meaning of the applicable data protection laws) when you apply for employment and/or participate in our recruitment processes (“Candidate Personal Data”). This data includes contact, demographic, communications, educational, professional, employment, social media/website, network/device, recruiting system usage/interaction, security and preference information. Rivian may use your Candidate Personal Data for the purposes of (i) tracking interactions with our recruiting system; (ii) carrying out, analyzing and improving our application and recruitment process, including assessing you and your application and conducting employment, background and reference checks; (iii) establishing an employment relationship or entering into an employment contract with you; (iv) complying with our legal, regulatory and corporate governance obligations; (v) recordkeeping; (vi) ensuring network and information security and preventing fraud; and (vii) as otherwise required or permitted by applicable law. 


Rivian may share your Candidate Personal Data with (i) internal personnel who have a need to know such information in order to perform their duties, including individuals on our People Team, Finance, Legal, and the team(s) with the position(s) for which you are applying; (ii) Rivian affiliates; and (iii) Rivian’s service providers, including providers of background checks, staffing services, and cloud services. 


Rivian may transfer or store internationally your Candidate Personal Data, including to or in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union and in the cloud, and this data may be subject to the laws and accessible to the courts, law enforcement and national security authorities of such jurisdictions.  


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