Obama's Next Dream Job? Spotify Has an Opening Perfect for Outgoing POTUS

He's Proved He Already Has the Skills

By Ann-Christine Diaz. Published on Jan 09, 2017

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President Barack Obama will be signing off tonight from his post as President of the United States during his farewell speech, but it looks like he may already have his next gig lined up -- at Spotify.

Last week, he had joked he was "still waiting for my job at Spotify … Cuz' I know y'all loved my playlist," in a conversation with former Swedish Ambassador Mark Brzezinski. His wife, writer Natalia Brzezinski later posted about it on Instagram.

The brand seized on the opportunity and Founder Daniel Ek tweeted to the POTUS about a position he might be fit for. "Hey @Barack Obama, I heard you were interested in a role at Spotify. Have you seen this one?" he wrote, and linked to a special job posting for "President of Playlists."

The job description, created in-house at Spotify, seems to fit Obama like a glove. Among the responsibilities are providing "world-class leadership to our playlist editors and supporting staff," identifying and substantiating "new playlist ideas, e.g. from a playlist for shooting hoops with your friends, to the perfect warm up playlist for addressing the nation about health care legislation that bears your name" and analyzing "data and performance of playlists in a clear and transparent manner using all available intelligence."

Suitable candidates will have "had at least eight years experience running a highly-regarded nation … Can speak passionately about playlists at press events. Let us be clear, you should be nothing short of one of the greatest speakers of all time." He or she will also have "good team spirit, excellent work ethic, a friendly and warm attitude, and a Nobel Peace Prize."

Obama also happens to have real-world Spotify experience too. For the past couple years, he's curated his own summer playlists. Last year's list hit No. 1 within a day, an atypical feat for the platform. An initial job offer came then. At the time, Spotify spokesperson Jonathan Prince told the New York Times, "For a playlist to hit No. 1 globally on its own out of nowhere is just bananas. If he wants a job curating music when this presidential gig is over, we'd take him in a second. That's very impressive."

As of yet, Obama has yet to respond. But maybe later, after he gets his speech out of the way.

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