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Policy Analyst/Counsel, Privacy & Data Project

CDT is hiring an analyst or counsel to focus on advancing equity, social justice, and civil and human rights in corporate and government data use, with an emphasis on algorithmic decision-making and artificial intelligence. Additional privacy and data topics will be assigned as appropriate. This position will report to the director of the Privacy & Data Project, which works to enhance individual rights in the digital world by engaging with legislators, regulators, companies and advocates to  shape new laws and change corporate practices.


CDT is a leading nonprofit public interest organization, working at the cutting edge of digital rights policy. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT engages in a variety of strategies to enhance free expression and privacy, including advocacy, public education, and research. CDT works on legislation, participates in agency rule-makings, engages in litigation, and fosters consensus-building among public interest and private sector stakeholders. CDT in headquartered in Washington, DC. For more information, please visit our About page.


This position reports to the Director of Privacy & Data.  Responsibilities may include:

  • Conducting in-depth research and analysis of technologies, data systems, and policies that impact people‚Äôs opportunities, with a particular focus on impacts on historically under-represented or underserved populations;
  • Developing policy recommendations for public- and private-sector actors; 
  • Drafting advocacy documents such as policy papers, blog posts, press releases, testimony, and agency comments;
  • Advocating before executive branch and legislative policymakers;
  • Collaborating with industry and foundations to advance best practices;
  • Representing CDT in the media and at public events; and 
  • Developing and maintaining productive relationships with other advocates, academics, technologists, companies, and communities.


This position is designed for someone with an academic background and/or work experience in public policy, computer and/or information sciences, law, or a related field, with a demonstrated interest in public interest advocacy.   

Required qualifications: 

  • Exceptional written communication, analytical, and problem solving skills;
  • Ability to work collaboratively in teams as well as individually;
  • A minimum of two years of experience in a relevant field (such as public policy/political science, civil rights, computer or information sciences, criminal or social justice, or law) is required. Recent graduates or students graduating in December 2019 or January 2020 from relevant graduate programs will be considered;
  • Candidates should have some demonstrated ability to understand and explain concepts such as machine learning and algorithms to a non-technical audience, but a technical background is not required;
  • Flexibility and the ability to respond to the issues of the day; and
  • Commitment to advancing equity, individual rights, and social justice in the design, deployment, and governance of digital technologies.


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.


Please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to [email protected]