Staff Technologist

  • Full Time
  • Remote
  • February 26, 2024

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 a Staff Technologist to join our Public Interest Technology team. This team consists of ethical technologists focused on defending encryption, outwitting censors and trackers, and leading the way towards a better digital future.

This position will primarily focus on developing one of our open source software projects, a browser extension called Privacy Badger. Privacy Badger is used by several million people around the world to help fight pervasive non-consensual surveillance online. When users choose Privacy Badger, they’re not just installing another ad blocker; they’re joining the movement to bring about the end of data brokers and targeted advertising, and we are looking for a technologist to play a key role in getting us there.

In this role, you will join a small team growing Privacy Badger to become the best possible version of itself, to better serve our users, and to help put an end to non-consensual tracking. Together, we will continue to make Privacy Badger more effective, blocking ever more trackers while breaking fewer websites. We will develop more privacy-protecting features, bring Privacy Badger to new browsers and platforms, and communicate with our users and share insights through social media and blog posts.

If you’re eager to utilize your product development skills and technical knowledge to improve the lives of millions of people, and to make a significant impact on the future of digital rights, this is the opportunity for you.

What You’ll Do
This Staff Technologist, who reports to the Director of Public Interest Technology, is responsible for the following:

●      Developing and maintaining the Privacy Badger extension, including improving its training, developing new tracking detection methods and privacy features

●      Communicating with Privacy Badger users and the open source community, including through addressing broken site reports, reviewing GitHub contributions, and responding to user feedback through a variety of channels

●      Collaborating with colleagues across EFF’s teams to ensure Privacy Badger’s impact is part of a larger digital rights advocacy and communication strategy

●      Writing blog and social media posts on major new Privacy Badger features and relevant digital rights news in consumer privacy and third-party tracking

If you were here right now, you would be:
●      Supporting the launch of the Manifest V3 version of Privacy Badger for Chrome.

●      Developing Privacy Badger for macOS Safari (and later, iOS Safari).

●      Continuing to develop click-to-activate widget replacements for Twitter/X, YouTube, and others.

●      Developing additional privacy features like removing tracking parameters from URLs.

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

●      A user-focused development style. You have experience developing or contributing to software projects with a significant number of users, and you approach your work with the goal of building a tool that will serve their needs and, ultimately, improve their lives. You thoughtfully balance user needs, product reliability, and available resources, and you think creatively about how a tool can grow to the next level in delivering on its promise to users.

●      JavaScript web development experience. Browser extensions are built with web technologies. You are eager to learn and continuously develop your skills to stay on top of the ever-evolving online tracking landscape.

Experience or expertise in any of the following areas would also be advantageous:
●      Browser extensions

●      Python and shell scripting

●      Contributing to open source projects

●      Maintaining software over a significant timespan

●      Communicating technical issues to a non-technical audience

●      Engaging with the media and/or governmental bodies

●      Online tracking, consumer privacy, and related advocacy

●      Networking and building industry/NGO/standards bodies/government relationships

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:
$140,000 to $147,500 Depending on experience
Salary Range Outside of the Bay Area:
$113,250 to $139,500 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. All applicants must also respond to a short writing prompt in the application itself. Applications without a cover letter or a writing prompt response will not be considered.

Tagged as: #policy #digital, advocacy, data privacy, data protection, digital rights, internet policy, open source

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