Policy Counsel, Student Privacy Project

Center for Democracy & Technology - Washington D.C., District of Columbia - Full time

RESPONSIBILITIES

This position reports to the Senior Fellow, Student Privacy and Director, Privacy & Data Project. Responsibilities may include:

  • Conducting in-depth legal, policy and legislative research and analysis and developing student privacy policy recommendations;
  • Drafting legal and advocacy documents such as policy papers, blog posts, press releases, testimony, agency comments, and legal briefs and memoranda;
  • Advocating before federal, state, and local policymakers and practitioners;
  • Collaborating with policymakers and practitioners to advance best practices in privacy, with an emphasis on the collection, sharing and use of student information;
  • Representing CDT in the media and at public events; and
  • Developing and maintaining productive relationships with other advocates, academics, policymakers, technologists, companies, and communities.

QUALIFICATIONS

This position is designed for a lawyer with demonstrated knowledge of education or privacy policy.

Required qualifications:

  • A law degree and a minimum of 3 years of experience in privacy, education law or public policy;
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills and demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Knowledge of and experience with laws relating to student privacy policy is strongly preferred;
  • Experience working with a variety of diverse stakeholders and an understanding of how to productively bring those disparate positions together;
  • Flexibility and the ability to respond to the issues of the day; and
  • Commitment to CDT’s mission to put democracy and individual rights at the center of the digital revolution.

Additional qualifications may include:

  • Familiarity with relevant policy institutions, including experience working in or with Congress, the executive branch, state education agencies, school districts, and charter management organizations;
  • Demonstrated experience with public speaking and communicating with the media;
  • Existing relationships with key stakeholders, including policymakers, the press, advocates, and tech companies, and experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders and organizations;
  • Knowledge of emerging trends in education technology and implications for users and society, including the influence of technology on human rights and civil liberties;
  • An understanding of how law, policy and technology may have a disparate impact on underserved or disadvantaged individuals and communities.

COMPENSATION

Salary is commensurate with experience and is competitive within the nonprofit space. CDT provides a generous benefits package that includes health care and dental coverage, a retirement plan, paid vacation, sick days, and parental leave.

TO APPLY

Please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to hr@cdt.org.

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Role

Research

Experience Level

Mid Level

Center for Democracy & Technology

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