Are you concerned about the ways that surveillance technologies and mass data collection are impeding movements for racial and economic justice, immigrant rights, worker power and democracy reform? Do you want to fight against the capture of our most crucial industries by corporations marketing exploitative tech under the “AI” label? Do you have experience working on or thinking about any of these issues as a lawyer, advocate, organizer, or academic? Are you committed to working in partnership with, and following the leadership of, grassroots organizations and the communities most impacted by surveillance?
If you said yes to any of the above, then we urge you to apply to join our team at the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law.
What’s the job?
The Center on Privacy & Technology seeks a new team member to support our existing work, help us develop new research streams and advocacy strategies, and participate in training the next generation of tech-educated civil and human rights advocates.
Our active program areas include: worker privacy, surveillance of immigrant communities, surveillance in systems of policing and punishment, and surveillance in the family regulation system. We are also developing a project to expose and mitigate the harms of municipal digital infrastructure and the acquisition of algorithmic technology by local governments. We are open to the possibility of a candidate with significant expertise in an area outside of our current research streams but in line with our mission and vision, who could lead the development of a new project.
Your responsibilities as a team member at the Center may include things like:
- Investigating the DNA analysis technologies being sold by corporations to local law enforcement agencies;
- Executing a survey of workers within a particular industry to better understand the impact of surveillance technologies on organizing and unionization efforts;
- Developing an advocacy strategy to support organizing aimed at cutting off immigration authorities’ access to public and private data sets at the state and local levels;
- Filing, following up on, and potentially litigating public records requests to obtain information about algorithmic technologies being developed and deployed in the family regulation bureaucracy;
- Writing amicus briefs to support litigation against the data brokers selling personal information to the Department of Homeland Security;
- Developing novel constitutional arguments against biometric surveillance of immigrant communities;
- Fostering partnerships — through trainings, collaborative research, and collaborative media work — with grassroots organizations to help build on the ground capacity to resist surveillance;
- Participating in coalition work with other worker rights, immigrant rights, criminal justice reform, racial justice, civil rights and privacy organizations on issues related to surveillance;
- Helping to design and host public events related to the Center’s work;
- Drafting op-eds, blog, and social media posts to communicate the Center’s research and advocacy to a diverse audience;
- Testifying at a city council hearing about the misuse of facial recognition technology by law enforcement;
- Teaching or co-teaching courses to Georgetown law students and undergraduates on topics related to the Center’s work;
- Supervising fellows and student research assistants, and eventually junior associates;
- Mentoring Georgetown students.
What qualifications do you need?
- Substantial experience (2-3 years for associate level, 4-7 years for senior associate level), relevant to the mission and vision of the Privacy Center. “Experience” should include some professional work history, but may also include things like student organizing experience, or lived experience as a member of a directly affected community.
- As described further below, the Privacy Center’s mission and vision involves taking a “root causes” approach to our work, so your experience may be related to data and technology but need not be. We will consider as relevant experience in any of the substantive areas on which our work focuses (such as systems of policing and punishment);
- An advanced degree in law, public policy, or other relevant field is an advantage, but not a requirement;
- Experience conducting original research to support movements for social change. This can include empirical research, scholarly research, legal and policy research;
- A demonstrated understanding of, respect for, and desire to support community based organizing and organizers;
- The ability to write compellingly, and without jargon, for a wide audience;
- A commitment to intersectional research and advocacy;
- Strong initiative and self-direction;
- A collaborative spirit, sense of humor, and capacity for generosity in challenging times.
While not a requirement, we consider personal experience of systems of policing and surveillance extremely valuable to our work. We also highly value the ability to communicate in languages other than English.
The new team member will report to the Center’s Director of Research & Advocacy, and collaborate closely with Center staff and the Georgetown community.
The Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law is located in Washington, DC. We are currently a hybrid work mode (in person 3 days per week) with offices at 500 1st Street NW.
What’s the Center?
The Center on Privacy & Technology is a research center based at Georgetown Law. We undertake research and advocacy to expose and mitigate the disparate impact of government and corporate surveillance on historically marginalized communities. We use a root-causes approach to our work, which means we focus less on technology itself and more on the ways that technology exacerbates the harms of underlying systems of oppression. Read about our mission, staff, and our work on our website.
Sounds amazing, how can I apply?
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject line: Associate position application
The job posting looks like it has been up for a while, am I too late?
If the job posting is still up, we are still considering applicants. We will review applications and conduct interviews on a rolling basis.
Salary range and benefits.
As a full-time position, this is eligible for the full range of Georgetown University benefits, including health care, tuition assistance, retirement contributions, and 13 paid holidays in addition to paid time off.
This position is grant funded. The associate position has a salary range of $72,500 – 80,000 and the senior associate has a salary range of $90,000 – $100,000.
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