Employment

Public Knowledge is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual or gender orientation, religion, physical ability, or age.

Jobs

We are currently accepting applications for:

View the descriptions below. View open internships and fellowships here


Policy Advocate/Counsel

Position Summary: The Policy Advocate/Counsel will play a key role in implementing Public Knowledge’s mission and strategy through advocacy, policy and strategy development, and relationship building in Congress, at Federal agencies, within the Executive Branch and across the public interest field.

Position Status: Full-time

Location: Washington, D.C.

Reports to: Public Knowledge Legal Director

Essential Duties:

  • Assist in developing and implementing Public Knowledge’s policy strategy to promote free expression and open, affordable access to technology including topics such as intellectual property, broadband, and competition policy.
  • Meet with key policymakers at the Federal Communications Commission, Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, State Attorneys General offices, the White House, Congress and elsewhere to build support for policies.
  • Convene and/or work in coalition with various stakeholder groups to develop priorities and strategies.
  • Research and draft documents such as congressional testimony for legislative hearings, advocacy documents, press releases, and regulatory filings.
  • Serve as a resource and communicate well with allies and other non-D.C. based groups in building advocacy strategy and relationships with policymakers.
  • Work with Public Knowledge’s communications and campaign teams to develop communications and campaign strategies. Serve as a spokesperson and resource to the media within areas of expertise.

Qualifications:

  • A law degree and at least three years of experience in competition, communications, technology or copyright law and/or policy

OR

  • A bachelor’s degree and more substantial experience in competition, communications, technology or copyright law and policy
  • Substantial policy and/or political experience
  • Demonstrated interest in public policy/public interest and the government decision making process
  • Experience drafting legal/advocacy documents such as briefs and model legislation a plus
  • Understanding of and previous experience advocating before federal agencies
  • Demonstrated ability to create legal/advocacy strategies
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • High degree of professional ethics and integrity
  • Sound judgment and ability to analyze situations and information
  • Outstanding communication skills

Compensation: Public Knowledge provides competitive compensation, excellent benefits and opportunities for professional growth.

To Apply: Send a resume including salary history; cover letter stating your interest in Public Knowledge, and two writing samples (max. 5 pages each) to: jobs@publicknowledge.org, with the subject line “Policy Advocate/Counsel.” Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until December 1, 2019; open until filled.


Government Affairs Policy Counsel/Advocate

Position Summary: The Government Affairs Policy Counsel/Advocate will play a key role in implementing Public Knowledge’s government affairs strategy, through advocacy, strategy development, and relationship building in Congress, at Federal agencies, within the Executive Branch and across the public interest field.

Position Status: Full‐time

Location: Washington, D.C.

Reports to: Policy Director

Essential Duties:

  • Assist in developing and implementing Public Knowledge’s privacy and data security strategy policy and advocacy strategy
  • Obtaining up to date information on privacy legislation and other technology legislative matters before Congress
  • Meet with key policymakers at the Federal Trade Commission, the White House, Congress and elsewhere to build support for strong privacy policies
  • Convene and work in coalition with various stakeholder groups to develop priorities and strategies to achieve strong privacy policies and to implement those strategies
  • Research and draft congressional testimony for legislative hearings on privacy policy and other telecommunications/technology policy issues
  • Serve as a resource to allies and other non-­D.C. based groups in building advocacy strategy and relationships with policymakers
  • Coordinate development of Public Knowledge advocacy materials
  • Serve as a spokesperson and resource to the media within areas of expertise

Qualifications:

  • A college graduate with a passion for privacy policy, knowledge and interest in technology, and a demonstrated interest in the political process and advocacy in the public interest
  • Law or other Graduate degree a plus
  • Three or more years of experience with Capitol Hill, Federal agencies, or other relevant policy-‐related experience
  • Familiarity with legislative efforts on privacy and other technology policy preferred
  • Experience conducting legislative or issue advocacy and developing partnerships with a wide range of organizations and constituencies
  • Experience drafting legal/advocacy documents such as briefs and model legislation preferred
  • Full comprehension of the influences of the regulatory and government agencies
  • Demonstrated ability to create advocacy strategies
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Sound judgment and ability to analyze situations and information
  • Strong communications skills
  • A creative self-­starter who can devise new, innovative outreach methods
  • A willingness and ability to learn complex technological and legal issues quickly
  • The ability to produce high-­quality results on tight deadlines and with little oversight

Compensation: Public Knowledge provides competitive compensation, excellent benefits and opportunities for professional growth.

To Apply: Send a resume including salary history; cover letter stating your interest in Public Knowledge, and at least one writing sample (max. 5 pages each) to: jobs@publicknowledge.org, with the subject line “Government Affairs Policy Counsel.” The deadline for applications is December 1, 2019.


Director of Finance and Administration

The Director of Finance and Administration provides input into the organization’s strategic direction from an operational and financial perspective. The Director designs and implements systems for financial management (budgeting and forecasting), grants management, expense tracking, and accounting. The Director leads the negotiation of contracts for personnel benefits, office space, and other key vendors, and oversees management of staff payroll and benefits. The Director also supervises a small operations team responsible for staff support and training, office operations, technology, information management, and other administrative needs.

Position Status: Full-time

Location: Washington, DC

Reports to: President

Essential Duties:

Human Resources

  • Human Resources Management/Staffing:
    • Serve as the human resources point of contact for PK staff
    • Administer annual staff review program
    • Facilitate staff training opportunities
    • Coordinate staff gatherings and retreats as part of a team
    • Evaluate existing and potential new policies and benefits, and coordinate their implementation processes
    • Manage and update HR files, including job descriptions
    • Perform and manage hiring and exiting processes
  • Benefit Plans: Administer 401(k), health insurance and other benefits
  • Payroll: Administer and update payroll
  • Compliance: Supervise compliance with applicable laws and procedures

Financial Management

  • Lead the development of the annual budget; monitor budgets and financial indicators; provide fiscal oversight as applicable
  • Oversee the work of an outsourced accounting firm
  • Ensure accurate financial reporting internally and externally
  • Ensure timely payment of bills and payroll
  • Manage cash flow and reserve fund
  • Staff the finance and audit committees of the board
  • Lead the organization through its annual audit

Oversee all administrative functions of the organization

  • Oversee the work of the outsourced IT company and ensure that the organization is using technology effectively to advance its goals
  • Ensure leases, licenses, permits, etc. are all up to date
  • Supervise staff and consultants for operations, financial administration, and human resources
  • Implement the recruitment, hiring, and onboarding process for direct reports and consultants
  • Implement document management system; manage Public Knowledge’s facilities as necessary

Serve as a member of PK’s leadership team

  • Help shape PK’s strategic direction
  • Lead the planning and goal setting process for administrative, financial, and human resources work
  • Represent PK externally when appropriate
  • Facilitate Board communications and preparation for Board meetings

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors’ degree
  • A minimum of five years of non-profit management experience overseeing multiple administrative departments
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communications skills
  • Demonstrated high degree of confidentiality and judgment
  • Experience and understanding of benefits policies, budgeting processes, employment law and policies, and policy development, documentation, and implementation
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to meet deadlines

Compensation: Public Knowledge provides competitive compensation, excellent benefits and opportunities for professional growth.

To Apply: Send resume, salary requirements, and cover letter stating your interest in Public Knowledge to: recruiting@publicknowledge.org, subject “Director of Finance and Administration.”  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis; early application is encouraged. Applications will be considered until November 12, 2019.


Finance and Administration Manager

Finance – 40%

  • Complete monthly A/P & A/R check list.
  • Generate monthly reports and reconciliations for review.
  • Develop and generate regular financial status reports for staff.
  • Work with Chief Operating Officer to improve monthly financial updates.
  • Update accounting handbook.
  • Process bi-weekly Payroll
  • Manage on-boarding and termination process
  • Provide timely reporting and ensure compliance as required by grant award documentation.
  • Maintain/input information on a daily basis into the fundraising software SalesForce; enter and batch all gifts and pledges and produce acknowledgement letters; produce monthly membership renewal notices.
  • Generate gift and donor reports on a weekly or as needed basis.
  • Acknowledge all gifts and donations.
  • Ensure donor records are up to date with current contact information in QuickBooks and databases.
  • Back up for bookkeeping duties including accounts receivable and accounts payable.
  • Support Leadership Team members with duties as assigned, including the Chief of Staff/Senior Counsel, and the Chief Operating Officer.

Events – 35% 

  • Manage or oversee all Public Knowledge events, including PK’s Annual IP3 Event and office gatherings.
  • Provide administrative support and systems for development (Annual IP3 Event, Corporate and Foundation Grants).
  • Develop and solicit sponsors for events as needed.
  • Manage various key fundraising events/functions, speaking engagements, and other programs.
  • Coordinate site visits, selection of venues, contract negotiations, catering, audio and visual rentals, travel arrangements, hotel rooms, and all vendor relations for events.
  • Plan and attend all functions of the Organization – including special events for fundraising purposes

Administration – 25%

Board of Directors Support

  • Coordinate Board of Directors activities including scheduling meetings, handling logistics and taking notes for meetings.
  • Prepare presentations, updates, and reports in support of the Board of Directors meetings, as needed.

IT Support

  • Provide desktop support for staff, including creating and maintaining the IT support system.
  • Provide technical assistance and support for incoming queries and issues related to computer systems, software, and hardware.
  • Install, modify, and repair computer hardware and software.
  • Respond to employee queries by resolving technical problems with Apple computers, through experience or Apple support.
  • Keep computers updated.

 Other

  • Serve as backup of office management duties, as needed.

Qualifications  

Education: High school diploma or GED required; bachelor’s degree preferred.

Experience: 2 to 3 years office experience required, preferably in the capacity of an office manager.  Nonprofit experience is strongly preferred. Previous experience with Apple computers or IT support and in work environment is a plus.

The position provides diverse job responsibilities based on the individual’s interests and aptitudes.

Professional qualities: Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. A self-starter, with the ability to organize and maintain diverse information with attention to detail. Must be able to prioritize and manage projects from start to finish, demonstrating strong follow through and appropriate confidentiality. Strong interpersonal skills required and a willingness to relate to many different types of people, understanding their needs and motivations while keeping the needs of the organization as the highest priority. An understanding of and commitment to the operating goals of Public Knowledge is essential.

How to apply

To apply, please email your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to recruiting@publicknowledge.org. Please use the subject line, “Finance and Administration Manager”


Internships and Fellowships

We are currently accepting applications for:

You can read about the open positions below. To learn about and apply for the Equal Justice Works Fellowship, click here. To learn about and apply for the Google Policy Fellowship, click here

To learn about Public Knowledge’s Internship and Fellowship programs, check out the videos at the bottom of this page and visit publicknowledge.org/AdvocacyTraining. Email recruiting@publicknowledge.org with questions. 


 Communications Intern

Position Summary: Public Knowledge seeks a dynamic self-starter to assist the organization’s communications team with its marketing and communications efforts. Communications internships at Public Knowledge provide undergraduate students an opportunity to learn first-hand the skills required to succeed in communications for a public interest advocacy organization. Candidates may either secure funding from a public interest sponsor, such as their college/university, or work with their college/university to receive academic credit. Internships may be served during any academic semester.

Responsibilities:

  • Draft blog posts, a variety of website content (including Issue pages and Take Action pages), fact sheets, marketing emails, social media posts (for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), and other content.
  • With guidance, shoot and edit video footage to enhance the Public Knowledge website, marketing emails, and social media channels.
  • Create and edit graphics to enhance the Public Knowledge website, marketing emails, and social media channels.
  • Review and report on web analytics for Public Knowledge websites and social media channels.
  • Attend and live-tweet Congressional hearings, FCC Open Meetings, and other relevant events.
  • Serve as an editor on blog posts and other digital content as needed.
  • Help plan and execute campaigns and participate in coalitions.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent communications skills, including both oral and written.
  • An understanding of social media tools and platforms.
  • Ability to translate complex ideas into understandable written and oral statements and messages intended to persuade, influence, or inform others, including public opinion leaders.
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of Public Knowledge, public interest advocacy, and technology policy.
  • Interest in policymaking and the political process.
  • Familiarity with video production and graphic design.
  • Knowledge of web analytics and/or CMS and CRM use a plus.

Compensation:

Compensation or academic credit is dependent on sponsor.

Hours: 10-20 hours per week

Application Process: To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, transcript (official or unofficial), at least two references who can speak to your substantive work, and a writing sample or excerpt of less than five pages to recruiting@publicknowledge.org.

Public Knowledge is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation or gender identity, religion, or physical ability. 

Application Process: To apply, please send a cover letter (including your experience and interest in public interest work), resume, transcript (official or unofficial), at least two references who can speak to your substantive work, and a writing sample or excerpt of less than five pages to recruiting@publicknowledge.org

Communications Justice Fellow

Summary: Public Knowledge is seeking candidates for a one year public interest fellowship advocating for policies that advance diversity, inclusion, and opportunity in the tech policy sector and in federal internet and communications policy. 

Position Summary: Public Knowledge fellowships provide an opportunity to learn valuable policy making skills in an on-the-job setting that includes research, analysis, and advocacy. The Communications Justice Fellow will have two roles: to perform research, analysis, and writing for a project to promote diversity in the technology policy sector; and to advocate for fundamental human rights in the digital economy by working to create and execute strategies that promote internet platform accountability, the open internet, and communications competition.  The fellowship length is one year.

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks:

Tech Diversity Project

Public Knowledge is launching a project through its advocacy training program that focuses on increasing early career diversity in tech advocacy nonprofits and promoting practices to increase representation of marginalized and lower-income applicants. The Fellow would work on all aspects of the project including:

  • Project design
  • Literature review
  • Research, including interviews
  • Analysis of research and data
  • Report writing
  • Sharing results, including on social media
  • Organizing convening(s)
  • Other related projects

Advocacy for Individual Rights in the Digital Economy 

Working with Public Knowledge staff and allies, advocate for policies that advance diversity, inclusion, and opportunity through federal internet and communications policy. Strategies may include challenging the power of large digital platforms to compromise fair markets and individual rights, exploring and opposing bias in artificial intelligence, advancing accessibility of telecommunications to marginalized populations, promoting freedom of expression and access to creative works for creative artists using technology, and working for other policy changes that promote individual rights in the digital economy.

Provide input, strategic advice, and advocacy to shape laws and regulations that support open internet policy, free expression, and communications competition.  Serve as author on advocacy documents that support public interest positions.

Partner with government relations, policy, and communications staff to develop and execute strategy on Capitol Hill, at the Federal Communications Commission, with other government agencies, in coalitions including other public interest groups, and with the press.

Oversee, design, and facilitate development of presentations for meetings with policy makers, the press, internal staff, and other public interest groups.

Develop expertise in a select set of national, and where appropriate, global or state-based Internet technology or related policy issues.

Other responsibilities and tasks, as needed.

Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

B.A. or B.S. degree, or J.D. or other graduate degree.

Demonstrated passion for promoting social justice and civil rights.

Ability to conduct research and analyze data.

Ability to digest and understand underlying policy documents as a prerequisite to strategic and policy planning.

Strong analytical skills, including the ability to think quickly and devise legislative and political strategies to attain a projected outcome.

Substantive knowledge of some communications and technology policy issues preferred. 

Attributes:

Demonstrated dedication to civil liberties, human rights, and a more open and competitive communications environment.

Excellent communications skills, including the ability to translate complex ideas into understandable written and oral statements and messages to persuade, influence, or inform others, including public opinion leaders and the media.

Salary and Benefits: Public Knowledge’s compensation package also includes standard health insurance, a Metro monthly benefit, sick leave, summer hours, and two weeks paid vacation plus Public Knowledge holidays (including the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day). 

Application Process: To apply, please send a cover letter (including your experience and interest in social justice and public interest work), resume, transcript (official or unofficial), at least two references who can speak to your substantive work, and a writing sample or excerpt of less than five pages to recruiting@publicknowledge.org.


You can watch these videos to learn more about our Internship and Fellowship programs: