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Public Policy Manager



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Coursera was launched in 2012 by two Stanford Computer Science professors, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, with a mission to provide universal access to world-class learning. It is now one of the largest online learning platforms in the world, with 124 million registered learners. Coursera partners with over 300 leading university and industry partners to offer a broad catalog of content and credentials, including courses, Specializations, Professional Certificates, Guided Projects, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Institutions around the world use Coursera to upskill and reskill their employees, citizens, and students in fields such as data science, technology, and business.

Coursera became a B Corp in February 2021. As a B Corp, we're committed to driving positive social and environmental impact while delivering high-quality learning experiences. Our platform is used by institutions worldwide to upskill and reskill employees, citizens, and students across industries, including data science, technology, and business.

Join us in our mission to create a world where anyone, anywhere can transform their life through access to education. We're seeking talented individuals who share our passion and drive to revolutionize the way the world learns.

We at Coursera are committed to building a globally diverse team and are thrilled to extend employment opportunities to individuals in any country where we have a legal entity. We require candidates to possess eligible working rights and have a compatible timezone overlap with their team to facilitate seamless collaboration. As a remote-first company, our interviews and onboarding are entirely virtual, providing a smooth and efficient experience for our candidates.

Job Overview:

The Public Policy Manager, APAC will lead the responsibility for managing Coursera's public policy initiatives and government relations engagement across the Content & Credentials (focus on Online Degrees) and Enterprise (focus on Coursera for Campus) businesses across key APAC markets - India, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. The individual will be responsible for managing all public policy related matters, including government relations and regulatory agendas primarily in India and other key APAC countries. The individual will execute government affairs advocacy objectives, engage with relevant regulatory bodies relevant to the Ed-Tech sector, and drive priorities and initiatives for Coursera on state and central policy issues related to e-learning, MOOCs, online education and technology domains.

The ideal candidate is a public policy leader, passionate about Coursera and our mission - someone who can combine expertise in the public policy domain with the vision of leveraging technology to drive positive learning outcomes for people across Asia Pacific. This role requires a high-level of professional integrity, strategic thinking, solid communication and interpersonal skills, and high expertise in public policy with a track record of delivering results. We want a candidate who is energized by the challenges of navigating through India & APAC’s complex political, legal, policy and regulatory environment. We expect this individual to form strong working relationships with key external and internal stakeholders and shape the public policy agenda for Coursera across critical markets in the APAC region. The position requires a solid background in public policy and understanding of the regulatory environment in APAC.


  • Execute on Coursera’s government affairs and public policy function for the APAC region and build on the strategy and work done so far
  • Define Coursera’s public policy strategy and objectives for APAC and spearhead the development and implementation of public policy agendas primarily across India, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia and other APAC countries
  • Identify and analyze potential regulatory opportunities, threats and challenges, develop mitigation strategies, enhancement plans and policy positions, and coordinate external advocacy efforts, outreach programs, and key public policy initiatives in line with Coursera's core objectives
  • Represent Coursera and engage directly with key external stakeholders including ministers, politicians, policymakers, relevant state/central bodies and regulatory agencies from the education/learning ecosystem to create, safeguard and enhance our public policy agendas
  • Collaborate with key members from Legal, Enterprise and other functional business units, to ensure complete alignment between public policy goals, core business priorities and go-to-market strategies
  • Partner with key business associations, bilateral forums and industry bodies and work closely with counterparts across tech firms to develop policy positions for the industry, and lead evidence-led advocacy particularly relevant for the online education space

Basic Qualifications:

  • 7-8 years of experience in public policy, ideally within the consumer-tech space in India and APAC
  • Experience in senior stakeholder management internally and with Government bodies to deliver measurable impact and results

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Deep understanding of the regulatory landscape and public policy ecosystem across India, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and other APAC countries
  • Master’s Degree in Public Policy
  • Demonstrated experience working with regulatory bodies & government agencies and sound knowledge of policy frameworks, legislative policies & regulatory aspects across diverse APAC markets
  • Prior experience in the education industry (particularly within the e-learning/online education space) and strong knowledge of regulatory aspects under Asia’s higher education systems would be preferred
  • Passion for education, education reform, and interest in working for a social enterprise
  • Track record of solving complex issues and delivering high-impact results. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and rapidly evolving environment, manage large and complex projects, and work quickly under time-pressure deadlines

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Coursera is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected class.
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