Google is in hiring mode

To handle the growing range of issues Google is involved in — from online privacy to government transparency — the company is seeking to expand even more. It is looking to hire an academic relations manager who will serve as a liaison to university faculty, economists and researchers and commission policy papers. 

Google is also currently interviewing candidates for a new privacy policy counsel, who will be responsible for advocating Google’s position to congressional committees and federal agencies, such as the Federal Trade Commission.

The company is also hiring a small-business community outreach manager, who will work on small-business issues on the state and federal levels. Google is also looking for a policy associate to join its government-relations team.

The tech giant has spent just under $3 million on lobbying so far this year, up from the $2 million it spent during the first nine months of 2008.

In addition to the openings at its Washington office, Google is looking to fill a dozen more legal and policy jobs at its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.