Google looks to hire hundreds in D.C. in engineering, advocacy – Washington Business Journal – The Business Journals

Google, which earlier this year inked a deal for a large block of space in the District, is staffing up, according to a D.C. official.
John Falcicchio, D.C.’s deputy mayor for planning and economic development, said at the DowntownDC Business Improvement District’s annual meeting Wednesday that the Silicon Valley technology giant would bring 400 new engineering jobs to the city. Google parent Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) subleased 130,000 square feet at 655 New York Ave. NW in the first few months of the year, while also applying to convert the former Leon Mediterranean restaurant space into a cafeteria.
“It used to be just sort of a policy shop, but now Google is bringing 400 engineers to 655 New York,” Falcicchio said.
Google officials didn’t respond to a request for comment. The company’s 2021 economic report noted it employs 480 in Virginia and 440 in the District, and it has invested $1.2 billion in business operations in Virginia since it opened its Loudoun County data center in 2018. Google’s primary D.C. office is at 25 Massachusetts Ave. NW, where it signed a 55,000-square-foot lease in 2013 after relocating from 1101 New York Ave. NW.
“Since 2005, Google D.C. has served as a key policy hub and is also home to a growing engineering presence, including teams working on some of the newest features in Google Search. Our Global Business and Google Cloud Platform teams, who help support small and large businesses with their online advertising strategy, are also located in D.C,” it said in the report.
Earlier this year, the company announced a $9.5 billion expansion of its U.S. offices and data centers, to include 12,000 new jobs across the country. It later hosted an event with Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin to tout its $300 million investment in the commonwealth in 2022, largely in data centers.
“It might seem counterintuitive to step up our investment in physical offices even as we embrace more flexibility in how we work,” Pichai wrote. “Yet we believe it’s more important than ever to invest in our campuses and that doing so will make for better products, a greater quality of life for our employees, and stronger communities.” 
Google’s recent job postings offer insight into its plans for the region. It lists 257 jobs available for the D.C. area, though many could be set in any one of multiple offices around the country. The postings include more than 100 jobs in engineering and technology, more than 80 in sales, service and support and about 50 in business strategy.
Then there are jobs restricted to D.C., such as those with Google Cloud, especially for federal customers, and compliance, which require a security clearance. Google also is seeking local software engineers for its Search Sustainability team, which will “find ways that our products can help people make more sustainable choices,” according to one job posting. 
Another job ad concerns elections in Google’s Government and Advocacy team, which works with nonprofits, governments, advocacy groups, and “the political landscape.” This team helps clients with everything from “awareness and fundraising to massive brand campaigns for persuasion objectives, and finally mobilization of the electorate to get out the vote.” 
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