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Director, Privacy & Data Project

The Center for Democracy & Technology is seeking an experienced advocate to lead CDT’s project on consumer privacy and data. The Director, Privacy & Data Project will lead a growing team of 5+ counsels focused on changing the law and business practices to protect consumers’ and workers’ privacy, prevent discriminatory uses of data, and promote responsible use of artificial intelligence (AI). Key workstreams include: advocating for meaningful federal privacy legislation, direct-to-company advocacy to improve corporate data practices, working with federal and state agencies to promote effective oversight and regulation, and overseeing specific grant projects focused on health privacy, worker privacy, and the impact of algorithm-driven decision systems for people with disabilities and other historically marginalized communities. Each of these workstreams places a strong focus on equity and the risks of discriminatory uses of data.

The Director is a senior member of the U.S. policy team, collaborating frequently with other CDT Project Directors to develop multi-dimensional policy solutions (e.g. at the intersection of privacy and competition, or privacy and online content moderation). The Director also works closely with CDT’s Brussels office, helping to shape CDT’s advocacy on privacy, data, and AI in the EU.

This position managing CDT’s largest policy team is an exceptional opportunity for an advocate wishing to shape corporate data practices and AI governance at a pivotal time in technology policy. The Director will engage as a public thought leader, publish written reports and op-eds, and testify and speak before external audiences. They must also serve as an effective manager, setting an advocacy vision for their team and overseeing implementation of several substantial grant projects.

The position is based in CDT’s Washington, DC office, with remote work currently in effect due to COVID-19.

About CDT

The Center for Democracy & Technology champions policies, laws, and technical designs that empower people to use technology for good – while protecting against invasive, discriminatory and exploitative uses. For 25 years, CDT has worked to ensure that the Internet empowers, emboldens and equalizes people around the world. Today, CDT is at the center of societal debates about privacy, data and discrimination, surveillance, online speech, misinformation, and other key questions about the role of technology in people’s lives.

CDT pursues legislation at the state, national, and regional level in the U.S. and EU; participates in agency rulemaking and other policy development processes; leads strategic litigation; builds advocacy coalitions; and promotes industry standards and practices that protect users’ civil rights and civil liberties. CDT’s work spans many issues, including (but not limited to) consumer privacy, AI and machine learning, surveillance, online speech, internet architecture, civic technology, competition and election security. We take a rigorous approach that integrates legal, policy, and technical expertise, with a focus on developing actionable policy solutions. You can read more about our work at cdt.org

Key Responsibilities:

  • Policy Direction. Develop the strategic plan for the Privacy & Data team, collaborating with the CEO, Director of Policy, and other project teams to identify core advocacy goals and design and oversee the work plan to achieve them. Collaborate with Development team on grant proposals to help achieve these goals.
  • Management. Manage a team of policy counsels, overseeing direction of their projects, reviewing and editing work product, and serving as a mentor to build cohesion and vision within the team.
  • Representation. Act as a key representative on privacy, data, & AI issues before policymakers, regulatory agencies, civil society organizations, industry and the broader public. Engage in public speaking, including providing public testimony and speaking with the press.
  • Stakeholder Engagement. Work collaboratively with CDT’s broad network of engagement targets, including civil society partners, academics, and companies at the national and international level. Build and maintain relevant relationships within these communities. Participate in CDT’s Working Groups, and engage with members of CDT’s Advisory Council, Fellows Program, and Collaborating Attorneys’ Network.
  • Direct-to-Company Advocacy. Engage directly with technology companies to advocate for and advise on adoption of privacy-protective and responsible data use practices. 
  • Project Work. Carry out the daily work of the Privacy & Data team, such as:
    • Legal and policy analysis and development of policy recommendations related to emerging issues in consumer privacy, AI, and data governance.
    • Author reports and op-eds, develop advocacy letters and other materials to advance the project’s policy goals. 
    • Provide policy and technical assistance to policymakers, regulators, and commercial entities.
    • Identify and work on strategic litigation opportunities, including filing amicus briefs and impact litigation.
    • Engage in public education, media relations, and public speaking. 
  • Internal Thought Leadership. Collaborate with the CEO, Director of Policy, and other Project Directors to inform CDT’s policy direction, harmonize policy positions across the organization, and find areas of collaboration across teams.

Qualifications

  • Significant technology policy experience and deep domain expertise, as demonstrated through career positions and/or written work.
  • A minimum of 7-10 years in relevant legal, policy, or advocacy positions, with increasing levels of responsibility and management experience. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing technology policies and practices that protect civil rights, civil liberties, and democratic values, with expertise in U.S. privacy law (expertise in civil rights law a plus; expertise in non-U.S. privacy law a plus).
  • Commitment to managing teams in a way that mentors rising advocates and fosters a collaborative culture among staff.
  • Experience with Congress, federal agencies, and corporate best practices preferred.
  • Experience building multi-stakeholder coalitions, influencing decision-makers, shaping legislation, and/or leading impact litigation preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills, with experience in public speaking, writing, and a demonstrated ability to communicate policy issues to the media and the public.

Compensation

CDT offers competitive compensation, and a generous benefits package that includes health care and dental coverage, a retirement plan, and paid vacation, sick, and parental leave.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected].  Deadline: Open until filled.

The Center for Democracy & Technology is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual or gender orientation, religion, or disability.