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Policy Counsel, Student Privacy Project


The Center for Democracy and Technology is looking to add a Policy Counsel to its Student Privacy Project.

For twenty-five years, CDT has been 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 is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and collaborates closely with its partner organization, CDT Europe, which is based in Brussels. For more information, please visit our About page.


This position reports to the Senior Fellow, Student Privacy and Director, Privacy & Data Project. Responsibilities may include:

  • Conducting in-depth legal, policy and legislative research and analysis and developing student privacy policy recommendations;
  • Drafting legal and advocacy documents such as policy papers, blog posts, press releases, testimony, agency comments, and legal briefs and memoranda;
  • Advocating before federal, state, and local policymakers and practitioners;
  • Collaborating with policymakers and practitioners to advance best practices in privacy, with an emphasis on the collection, sharing and use of student information;
  • Representing CDT in the media and at public events; and
  • Developing and maintaining productive relationships with other advocates, academics, policymakers, technologists, companies, and communities.


This position is designed for a lawyer with demonstrated knowledge of education or privacy policy.

Required qualifications:

  • A law degree and a minimum of 3 years of experience in privacy, education law or public policy;
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills and demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Knowledge of and experience with laws relating to student privacy policy is strongly preferred;
  • Experience working with a variety of diverse stakeholders and an understanding of how to productively bring those disparate positions together;
  • Flexibility and the ability to respond to the issues of the day; and
  • Commitment to CDT’s mission to put democracy and individual rights at the center of the digital revolution.

Additional qualifications may include:

  • Familiarity with relevant policy institutions, including experience working in or with Congress, the executive branch, state education agencies, school districts, and charter management organizations;
  • Demonstrated experience with public speaking and communicating with the media;
  • Existing relationships with key stakeholders, including policymakers, the press, advocates, and tech companies, and experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders and organizations;
  • Knowledge of emerging trends in education technology and implications for users and society, including the influence of technology on human rights and civil liberties;
  • An understanding of how law, policy and technology may have a disparate impact on underserved or disadvantaged individuals and communities.


Salary is commensurate with experience and is competitive within the nonprofit space. 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].