A couple of days ago I posted about PIR hiring for a role in their business development team. They’re also hiring for a position that is newly created in the company that of “Director, DNS Abuse Policy and Outreach”. It’s a fairly senior position reporting to the registry’s general counsel.
So what does the job entail?
By the sounds of things PIR has created the role to spearhead their thought leadership on DNS abuse mitigation. If you peruse the job description you can see that whoever ends up there will be working with both the policy and legal teams while also acting as the public face of PIR within the broader internet community.
Here’s the headline description of the role:
The Director, DNS Abuse Policy and Outreach will be a champion of PIR’s efforts as an exemplary domain name registry and industry thought leader in the prevention of abuse in the Domain Name System (DNS). This position will lead PIR’s DNS Abuse Policy and Outreach efforts. The Director will develop a comprehensive strategy to address the three pillars of PIR’s efforts: Education, Innovation and Collaboration – as part of PIR’s non-profit mission. This person will engage appropriate industry partners and external stakeholders to spearhead and execute specific initiatives that advance these objectives. The Director will conduct regular external speaking engagements and must be seen as a credible expert on DNS Abuse at a policy level. This position also will assist on PIR’s own Anti-Abuse program. In addition, this role will manage a council of respected voices and experts who provide insights on key issues and inform the PIR’s strategy on DNS Abuse.
At the moment PIR’s General Counsel as well as some of the registry’s policy team are regular contributors in various fora where DNS abuse and, more importantly, its mitigation, are being discussed. Having someone whose primary role is to focus on the subject area probably makes sense and PIR is the only large registry that is run as a not for profit so they’re probably the only one to be able to put resources into things that don’t generate revenue. While other registry operators will deal with mitigating abuse it’s a cost centre, not a profit one, so the approach is usually quite different.
In any case the role could be a very interesting one and hopefully they find someone who is a good fit.
While the ad listing suggests that the job is based in Virginia I’ve been assured that they’ll definitely be considering applicants from pretty much anywhere as long as they’re a good fit for the role.