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Senior Manager, Legal/Policy
Position Summary: We are looking for a highly qualified senior legal/policy counsel. This position is responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing legal and policy strategy on issues related to communications, technology, and copyright law.
Position Status: Full-time
Location: Washington, D.C.
Reports to: Public Knowledge President
- Provide leadership on organization’s legal strategy and policy priorities
- Provide legal advice and policy direction to organization on a range of issues including but not limited to Internet, telecommunications, copyright, and patent law, and policy
- Manage legal brief writing and litigation. Provide guidance, substantive legal analysis, and writing on regulatory filings, legislation, white papers, testimony, and op-eds
- Represent the organization in discussions with multiple stakeholders (e.g. public interest and business groups, regulators, legislators)
- Speak with the press, appear as necessary on radio or TV, and communicate on social media and through blog posts
- Oversee legal and policy work of attorneys
- Cultivate legal and policy skills of early career attorneys through active supervision and mentorship
- Collaborate with management on effective organizational strategies; provide advice on organizational legal and compliance issues
- 5-10 years experience in a legal policy role
- Law degree from an accredited U.S. law school; active bar membership or ability to activate by start date
- Desire to be a proactive driver in the policy debate and a leader in the organization
- Relevant experience in at least one of the following areas: Internet, communications, technology, or copyright law and/or policy
- Proven leadership and/or management experience and commitment to working as part of a team
- Substantial policy and/or political experience
- Demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy
- Interest and ability to mentor and develop the advocacy skills of fellows and early career attorneys
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage evolving projects and priorities
- Sophisticated understanding of the influences in the legal, legislative, and regulatory process
- Demonstrated ability to create proactive and defensive legal and policy strategies
- Ability to counsel senior management, including the ability to clearly and succinctly communicate risks on legal matters and policies
- Sound judgment and ability to analyze situations and information
- Outstanding oral and written communication skills
Compensation: Public Knowledge provides compensation based on experience and competitive with other public advocacy organizations, excellent benefits, and opportunities for professional growth.
To Apply: Send a resume including salary history, cover letter regarding your interest in Public Knowledge, and two writing samples (max. 5 pages each) to: firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line Legal Policy Position. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning January 7, 2014; open until filled.
Legal Advocacy Interns
Public Knowledge is currently hiring legal advocacy interns for Summer 2016. Applicants must be current law students. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in the policy making process and public interest technology policy, including issues arising under Internet, telecommunications, copyright, patent, privacy, and international law. Internships are generally about 10 weeks, approximately the first week of June to mid-August.
Public Knowledge is committed to ensuring that all interns are compensated for their work. We will work with exceptional candidates who do not receive funding from their schools to help secure alternate third-party sources of summer funding.
To apply, send a cover letter (including your experience and interest in public interest work), resume, list of references, and one or two writing samples or excerpts of less than three pages to email@example.com. Applications are now being accepted and will be considered on a rolling basis.
GW Law Legal Advocacy Interns
Public Knowledge is currently hiring up to four legal advocacy interns for 2016 with funding by GW Law. Applicants must be current law students and have a demonstrated interest in the policy making process and public interest technology policy, including issues arising under Internet, telecommunications, copyright, patent, privacy, and international law.
Internships will begin on or about May 16, lasting for 10 weeks, ending on or about July 22, 2016. GW Law will provide a stipend of $4,000 to each intern.
To apply, send a cover letter (including your experience and interest in public interest work), resume, list of references, and one or two writing samples or excerpts of less than five pages to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and will be accepted until February 29.
For more general information about PK’s advocacy training program, click here.