Employment

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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.”


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.”


Events and Administration Manager

Public Knowledge is seeking a passionate and detailed-oriented events and administrative professional to be its Events & Administrative Manager. The position will report directly to the Director of Finance & Administration, and will work in a small team of three people to support the organization’s outreach events and office administrative work. 

Specific Duties & Responsibilities: 

Events & Donor Management- 60% 

  • 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), including some financial tasks.
  • 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.
  • Track and manage event attendee contacts and coordinate relationship management with communications staff.
  • Track and manage the Annual IP3 event invoice process. 
  • Serve as donation PoC for all PK fundraising & development events.
  • Generate gift and donor reports on a weekly or as needed basis.
  • Acknowledge all gifts and donations via drafting and sending Thank You letters
  • Ensure donor records are up to date with current contact information in QuickBooks and databases.

Administration – 40%

Board of Directors Engagement

  • 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.
  • Schedule quarterly financial meetings with Board Treasurer
  • Prepare and send Board Meeting packages 

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.

Management and Finance

  • Assist with human resources and finance activities, as needed. 
  • Serve as backup of office management duties, as needed.

Qualifications:  

  • Desire to work in the public interest space; interest in the fight for social justice and individual rights in the digital economy
  • High school diploma or GED required; bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • 2 to 3 years office or community organizing experience required, preferably with some relevant event management experience.  
  • Experience with nonprofit development & administration strongly preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, including the ability to work with and communicate effectively in writing and orally with a dynamic group of people.
  • Excellent organizational skills and high attention to detail.
  • A self-starter with the ability to take initiative and troubleshoot with minimal supervision.
  • Previous experience with Salesforce or similar databases.
  • Previous experience with QuickBooks or similar accounting softwares.
  • Previous experience with Eventbrite, social media, and other online event organizing tools.
  • Previous experience with Apple computers or IT support and in work environment is a plus.
  • An understanding of and commitment to the operating goals of Public Knowledge is essential.

Application Procedure: 

To apply, please email your cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and two or three professional references (supervisors) to recruiting@publicknowledge.org. Please use the subject line, “Event and Administration Manager.” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through February 5, 2020. 


Policy Counsel for Internet Platform Competition Project 

Position Summary: Public Knowledge is seeking candidates for a Policy Counsel position to expand the organization’s efforts to promote strong competition and antitrust law, as well as regulatory policies to protect users and consumers of dominant tech platforms. Public Knowledge’s mission is to promote free expression, an open internet, and access to affordable communications tools and creative works.

As a part of the project the Policy Counsel will work with other PK staff to engage in advocacy and provide expertise for policy makers on Capitol Hill, at regulatory agencies, and with state attorneys general. PK’s expert staff supports this work through promoting digital age principles in the press, on public panels, with coalitions, and through white papers and other communications tools. The project will also include bringing various stakeholders and grassroots leaders together to amplify their voices on the federal stage, provide information and training, and share their experience with Washington public interest groups and policy makers.

Position: Policy Counsel

Project Length: One Year

Location: Washington, DC

Reports to: Legal Director

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Engage with activists and meet with Congressional offices; support meetings with federal agencies and state attorneys general as part of a team.
  • Arrange Hill briefings and other meetings.
  • Work to bring diverse stakeholder voices from outside the beltway to Washington to educate policy makers, gain information from the public interest community, and share on-the-ground experience.
  • Provide basic training on antitrust and regulatory issues to stakeholders and activists and set up meetings for them to engage with Congressional audiences.
  • Build relationships with key audiences such as tech startups, app developers, small mainstreet businesses, independent media and creators to increase support for pro-competition policies.
  • Write arguments such as blog posts and white papers.
  • Provide input, strategic advice, and advocacy to shape laws and regulations that support open internet policy, communications competition, and balanced intellectual property law. Serve as author on advocacy documents that support public interest positions.
  • Partner with policy experts, government relations, and communications staff to develop and execute strategy on Capitol Hill and with other government agencies, in coalitions including other public interest groups, and key stakeholders.
  • Oversee, design, and facilitate the development of presentations for meetings with policy makers, the press, internal staff, and other public interest groups.
  • Other responsibilities and tasks, as needed.

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

  • At least 1-3 years of relevant experience.
  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree. Law or economics degree a plus.
  • Interest in internet, competition, and antitrust policy.
  • Ability to digest and understand legal or 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.
  • Ability to conduct research, analyze policy materials and data, and write persuasively.

Attributes:

  • Dedication to the fight for freedom of the press, civil liberties, human rights, and internet policies that empower individuals and communities.
  • 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.

Application Process: To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two or three professional references (i.e. supervisors) to recruiting@publicknowledge.org.


Director of Government Affairs

Position Summary: The Director of Government Affairs will lead Public Knowledge’s day-to-day government affairs work, including spearheading strategy development, advocacy activities, 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: President and CEO

Essential Duties:

  • Direct Public Knowledge’s government affairs strategy and outreach for all issues including privacy, net neutrality, platform competition, access to broadband, copyright modernization, emerging technologies and other issues
  • Supervise government affairs area staff
  • Develop and implement Public Knowledge’s policy and advocacy strategy
  • Obtain up to date information on 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
  • Draft or oversee the drafting of 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
  • Supervise development of Public Knowledge advocacy materials
  • Serve as a spokesperson and resource to the media within areas of expertise
  • Serve on Public Knowledge’s leadership team and play a role in organizational strategy and management

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
  • Five or more years of experience with Capitol Hill, Federal agencies, issue advocacy, or other relevant policy-related experience
  • Leadership and deep experience with the legislative process
  • Experience with technology policy preferred
  • Experience conducting legislative or issue advocacy and developing partnerships with a wide range of organizations and constituencies
  • Experience overseeing or 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
  • Previous management of staff preferred
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Sound judgment and ability to analyze situations and information
  • Strong communications and media 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

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

To Apply: Send a resume, salary requirements, cover letter stating your interest in Public Knowledge, 2-3 professional references, and at least one writing sample (max. 5 pages each) to: jobs@publicknowledge.org, with the subject line “Director of Government Affairs.” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until February 15, 2020.


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 administrative departments
  • Experience directing budgeting and accounting
  • 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, two or three professional references, 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 February 11, 2020.


Internships and Fellowships

We are currently accepting applications for:

You can read about the open positions below. 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. If sponsorship is not available, Public Knowledge can provide a $1000-per-month stipend.

Hours: 10-20 hours per week

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


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