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Chief Technologist

The Center for Democracy & Technology is seeking a Chief Technologist to work in support of CDT’s mission. CDT’s Chief Technologist role is a unique and exciting opportunity to help shape public policy, technical standards, and decision-making on important issues of the digital age. The Chief Technologist reports to the Vice President for Policy, is the Director of CDT’s Internet Architecture project, and works collaboratively with CDT’s other project teams and staff, in addition to managing the work of CDT’s technologists. This position will be located in CDT’s Washington, DC office

CDT offers substantial autonomy as well as the opportunity to work collaboratively across a wide variety of tech policy issues.


Responsibilities include:

  • Leading the technical and policy work of of the Internet Architecture team as well as assisting the work of other CDT’s teams as needed;
  • Communicating technology and technology policy issues with the public, press, policymakers, and other key stakeholders in an accessible and technically accurate manner;
  • Strategic planning and vision for the future of technology and tech policy to forward CDT’s mission;
  • Fundraising from philanthropic and corporate supporters to advance the work of the Internet Architecture team as well as CDT’s other staff; and
  • Managing a dynamic and growing team of technologists to accomplish a strategic plan of work involving research, analysis, and advocacy.

The Chief Technologist is a director-level position with significant management, strategic, and fundraising responsibilities in addition to individual contributions to CDT’s work. The Internet Architecture team supports CDT’s work on issues that include consumer privacy, net neutrality, internet openness, government surveillance, cybersecurity and internet architecture, and must have an in-depth understanding of the connection between technology design and policy.

Given the importance of diverse perspectives in representing the public interest in technology policy, we encourage candidates to apply who explicitly seek to increase underrepresented groups in technology through their work.


Applicants must:

  • Have deep technical background and capability;
  • Be skilled in communicating technical topics to nontechnical audiences;
  • Have working familiarity with technology policy and law;
  • Posses strong networks in academia, industry, government, and civil society; and
  • Demonstrate understanding of academic and industrial research, research design, and research methods

Additional qualifications may include:

  • A degree in computer science, information science, or a similar field or equivalent work experience;
  • Experience in managing, hiring, and growing a team of technologists
  • Experience in the domain of internet-related engineering, from the physical configuration of networks and systems to low-layer Internet connectivity protocols to applications, services and software delivered via the web and in desktop and mobile environments; 
  • Specific knowledge around election technology, administration, security & privacy; and
  • Experience working in or with Congress or federal agencies and analyzing policy and legislation.


Salary is commensurate with experience and is competitive with public interest and government pay scales. 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 cover letter and a resume to [email protected]