Associate Director of Technology Policy and Research

  • Full Time
  • Remote

Website Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), an established nonprofit organization based in San Francisco dedicated to defending online privacy and free expression, is seeking an experienced manager to support our Public Interest Technology team of ethical technologists. If you’re eager to utilize your management skills and technical knowledge to make a significant impact on the future of digital rights, this is the opportunity for you.

As the Associate Director of Technology Policy and Research, you will play a crucial role in supporting EFF’s Public Interest Technology (PIT) efforts, addressing critical digital rights issues such as censorship, surveillance, and encryption. In this dynamic position, you will lead a small team of technologists developing robust research frameworks and technical policy approaches. Additionally, you will have opportunities to contribute to EFF’s programmatic cross-team working groups and public-facing initiatives.

Embedding technical expertise at every level of our work is what sets EFF apart as a trusted leader in digital rights advocacy, and you have the cross-functional skills to facilitate collaboration among internal teams to maintain this standard with a focus on our mission. Our staff technologists bring technical rigor and creativity to their engineering projects as well as to their day-to-day collaboration with our Legal, Activist, Legislative, and Press colleagues. Your management style is about building bridges and fostering relationships rooted in respect and open communication, and you understand what it takes to bring people together around a common purpose while prioritizing among constantly changing digital rights developments.

Digital rights work is interdisciplinary and constantly changing, and there is no one particular educational or professional background that candidates must have to succeed in this role. If you have experience or skills that would serve EFF’s Public Interest Technology team, please apply!

What You’ll Do
The Associate Director of Technology Policy and Research, who reports to the Director of Public Interest Technology, is responsible for the following:

●      Managing and inspiring a team of technologists dedicated to policy research, ensuring their work addresses the latest challenges in digital rights. You will also be responsible for hiring, providing feedback, monitoring and maintaining sustainable workloads, and addressing performance issues.

●      Collaborating with the PIT Director to shape strategic efforts, from setting yearly team goals to crafting short and long-term plans.

●      Fostering cross-functional relationships with EFF programmatic teams, including Legal, Activism, and Engineering & Design, to ensure seamless alignment of PIT research with organizational priorities.

●      Working closely with the Director of Engineering to facilitate collaboration and ongoing engagement across the team’s open-source and technical research endeavors.

●      Establishing and maintaining partnerships that enhance technical and policy positions, contributing to a well-informed and impactful research landscape.

If you were here right now, you would be:
●      Managing a team of four technologists, whose focus areas include but are not limited to state-sponsored malware, reproductive justice & digital rights, and street-level surveillance.

●      Developing research and advocacy goals with your team and  facilitating the internal and external collaboration needed to move them forward.

●      Collaborating with the Public Interest Technology Director to plan the team’s next retreat.

●      Working with other EFF technologists to develop proofs-of-concept for technologies that fight censorship, defend against behavioral targeting, and promote encryption.

What We’re Looking For
To be successful in this job, you’ll need:

●      Superb management skills: You approach leadership with a mindset of “power with” rather than “power over” and regularly include others in decision-making. You have significant experience managing technical or multi-disciplinary teams, including hiring, managing performance issues, and facilitating effective cross-functional relationships. You use resources wisely, own decisions, and can direct your staff’s time, talent, and resources towards the greatest likely impact.

●      Deep technical familiarity with digital rights issues: You are comfortable with the basic technical details of things like basic internet infrastructure, encryption, online tracking, net neutrality, and online censorship. Of course, we don’t expect any candidate to have encyclopedic knowledge of everything EFF works on! You are prepared to get up to speed on new issues as they arise, and you look at complex technology and policy developments from a user perspective.

Any of the following skills and areas of expertise would also be advantageous:
●      Demonstrated experience working in and understanding the digital rights landscape

●      Experience building interdisciplinary partnerships

●      Experience with advocacy and organizing

What Else You Should Know
This position is open to remote candidates within the U.S. and will need to keep Pacific time zone hours.

Bay Area salary range:
$155,000 to $165,000 Depending on experience
Salary range outside of the Bay Area:
$125,300 to $156,000 Depending on location and experience
Salaries outside of the Bay Area are regionalized using the General Schedule Locality Adjustment.

EFF is a great place to work! We offer a supportive and empowering environment, along with an excellent benefits package including housing cost assistance, student loans assistance, medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 403(b)(7) retirement savings program with matching, paid time off, holiday benefits, paid parental leave, a dog-friendly workplace, and more.

As an advocacy organization, EFF is committed to being part of a diverse community. Diversity of life experiences makes a big difference in how we identify and litigate legal issues, design privacy-enhancing software, and organize our activism. To that end, we deliberately seek applicants with different perspectives, identities, and experiences to build an inclusive workplace to better inform our advocacy and defense of freedom in our digital world. EFF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of all races, genders, ages, abilities, orientations, ethnicities, and national origins to apply. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

EFF is looking to fill this position as soon as possible so please submit your application promptly, and no later than February 26, 2024. Applications submitted after that date will be considered until the position is filled. We value hearing about you, so cover letters are required. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

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