Director, Government Partnerships - Southern Europe

3 months ago
Full time role


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Job Description

Who is Bird 

Bird is on a mission to bring environmentally friendly transportation to everyone. Our products, services, and people share one common goal: to make cities more livable by reducing gas-powered car usage, lowering carbon emissions, and improving the safety of all road users.

We are relentless in our pursuit of better—for our riders, for our partners, for our employees, and for future generations. Our award winning electric vehicles help millions of riders take carbon-free trips in more than 400 cities globally. And our teams push boundaries and challenge the status quo in pursuit of a brighter future.

Job Summary

This role will focus on building solid, long-term relationships with cities and other public sector stakeholders in Southern Europe (France, Italy, Iberia, Middle East) to allow Bird to open new markets and operate in the country at the best possible conditions for both Bird and Southern European cities. Achieving these objectives will require the Government Partnership Director to directly manage the various country teams, and work across the organization with various stakeholders to facilitate key initiatives, and drive internal alignment on a Government Partnership strategy for Southern Europe.


  • Manage a team of Government Partnership professionals based in each of the following countries: France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Middle East (“Southern Europe” scope)
  • Represent Bird in Southern Europe, promote Bird’s brand and reputation 
  • Build, and/or strengthen relationships with the city officials of key Southern European cities, as well as other key national or local stakeholders
  • Develop Bird’s strategy to win or renew operating permits when their attribution is competitive (RfPs)
  • Build a close relationship with Bird’s EMEA leaders Operations team to identify, evaluate and prioritize opportunities to improve the regulatory framework relevant to our operations
  • As a Government Partnership Leader in EMEA, contribute to the definition of Bird Policy view and strategy, and build a best-in class Government Partnership department


  • 15+ years experience, preferably in (local) politics, administration, or in a government relations position in the private sector 
  • Prior experience managing a team
  • Relationship-builder, with experience in partnership and stakeholder management in local or national politics
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills including the ability to present to different audiences
  • Solid previous experience in managing projects from start to finish
  • Self-starter / quick learner with the ability to thrive in a fast-moving environment
  • Enthusiasm for tech, mobility, or urban planning industries would be of added value
  • BA required. JD, MBA, MPA or equivalent preferred
  • Available for travel

Culture at Bird

We're an ambitious, smart and open-minded team that is passionate about our mission.  Each day is unlike the last, as we’re constantly moving forward, challenging each other, and working together to create the future of micro-mobility.

Perks up 

We want people to succeed at Bird, so we give our teams plenty of time off to relax and recharge. We also offer a work from home stipend, a wellness allowance, and more. Plus, a new resource to help support personal and professional developments—all the goods needed to move on our mission together.

Bird is the world 

Bird stands for a culture of inclusion. We celebrate different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives —encouraging everyone to bring their authentic selves to work.  We have a diverse environment that empowers our team to feel comfortable when they voice their opinions. For these reasons and more Bird is a proud equal employment opportunity employer. We welcome everyone regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetics, and we are dedicated to to providing an inclusive, open, and diverse work environment. 

Sound like a place you’d like to work? Sweet. Let’s chat. 


Bird operates as a dockless electric scooter company developing a vehicle sharing platform. They work closely with cities to help ...

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