Employment

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Jobs

Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property

Position Summary: The Senior Counsel is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to advocate for the public interest in intellectual property policy, including patent reform and balanced IP laws that serve the interests of consumers, innovators, and technology users.

Position Status: Full-time

Location: Washington, D.C.

Reports to: Public Knowledge General Counsel

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement strategies to advocate for balanced federal intellectual property policies and patent reform.
  • Meet with key policymakers at the White House, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, the International Trade Commission, the Copyright Office, Congress, and elsewhere to build support for intellectual property reform.
  • Convene and/or work in coalition with various stakeholder groups to develop priorities and strategies to achieve more balanced copyright policies and patent reform, and to implement those strategies.
  • Make the case for intellectual property reform by gathering existing research and commissioning new research.
  • Work with Public Knowledge’s General Counsel and legal team to select ”high impact” intellectual property cases in which to file amicus curiae briefs on behalf of Public Knowledge and its public interest allies. 
  • Work with Public Knowledge’s communications and campaign teams to develop communications and campaign strategies around intellectual property reform intended to educate and activate the public and policymakers.

Requirements:

  • A law degree and at least five years of experience in intellectual property, communications, and/or other technology law and policy; OR a bachelor’s degree and more substantial experience in intellectual property, communications, and/or other technology law and policy.
  • Experience with patent law and policy preferred, including practice experience in patent litigation and/or prosecution.
  • Experience with copyright and related intellectual legal and policy issues.
  • Experience with trade policies related to intellectual property.
  • Substantial policy and/or political experience.
  • Experience drafting legal documents such as briefs and model legislation.
  • Ability to counsel senior management, including the ability to clearly and succinctly communicate risks on intellectual property or communications matters and policies.
  • Knowledge of the authority and processes of relevant government agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to create legal defensive or proactive strategies.
  • Proven leadership and /or management experience.
  • 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 “Senior Counsel.” Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until February 6, 2018; open until filled.


Development Manager

Summary: The Development Manager will play a key role in Public Knowledge’s mission to promote freedom of expression, an open internet, and access to affordable communications tools and creative works in the U.S. and globally.  

This position is responsible for working with the President, leadership team, Board of Directors, and program staff for planning and coordinating all aspects of fund development for Public Knowledge. Manage and support all fundraising initiatives including special events, major gifts, planned giving, sponsorships, donor cultivation and grant writing. Identify, organize and manage the fundraising activities of the organization with a focus on new opportunities to obtain ongoing and increased support from foundations, corporations, public and private organizations, and individuals.

Position Status: Full-time

Location: Washington, D.C.

Reports to: Chief of Staff

Primary Roles and Responsibilities:

Planning

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive written annual resource development plan with strategies for donors and prospects in each constituent group including: individuals, foundations, organizations, corporations, etc., to be approved by the board.
  • Provide monthly reports to the leadership team and the board measuring progress towards achieving the plan.
  • Broaden Public Knowledge’s fundraising by developing approaches such as planned giving, solicitation of bequests, and online giving programs.

Grant Requests and Administration

  • Research and write grants, with input from program and senior staff.
  • Provide timely reporting and ensure compliance as required by grant award documentation.
  • Ensure that the donor database information is current and accurate.
  • Acknowledge all gifts and donations.

Gifts Cultivation

  • Create and implement strategies for donor development and cultivation that will provide a diverse and sustainable funding base for Public Knowledge.
  • Keep up-to-date on current fundraising programs, practices, and procedures used in the nonprofit sector and inform the leadership of items that would benefit Public Knowledge.
  • Create and implement major gifts program, planned giving program, and employer-match program.
  • Build and maintain relationships with major donors of all types, develop strategies for solicitation, and solicit or coordinate the solicitation by other affiliate staff, board, or volunteers, as appropriate.
  • Identify and pursue new sources of corporate and foundation funding.
  • Assist with prospect management of major gift donors and prospective donors; document movement with prospects and relationship with PK.
  • Create and update collateral materials to support gift cultivation.
  • Work with communications team to create and target fundraising campaigns.

Events

  • Manage or oversee all Public Knowledge events.
  • Coordinate site visits, selection of venues, contract negotiations, catering, audio and visual rentals, and all other vendor related relations for events.
  • Work with appropriate staff to ensure that all aspects of a successful event are coordinated towards a common goal.
  • Develop and solicit sponsors for events as needed.

Other

  • Develop a working knowledge of PK’s public policy issues and teams to make it possible to manage and oversee outreach and for events, including policy panels, policy events, and fundraising gatherings and outreach.
  • Support the Board of Directors by preparing updates and briefing materials and coordinating meetings.
  • Assist/manage outreach events as necessary... Identify locations and audiences for such events.
  • Serve as backup to the office management team occasionally if needed.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • B.A./B.S. preferred with an emphasis or concentration in business, marketing, public relations, or related field.
  • 2-5 years professional development and fundraising experience.
  • Nonprofit development and fundraising experience preferred.
  • Desire to work as part of a team and willingness to promote the principles and views of Public Knowledge.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision – self-motivated and confident.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work well with people from all backgrounds with varying degrees of experience.
  • Confident public speaking and able to express ideas verbally and in writing.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to jobs@publicknowledge.org


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 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. 


Internet Policy Post-Graduate Law Fellowship Candidates

Summary: Public Knowledge is seeking recent graduates for public interest legal fellowships in the area of internet and communications policy. Candidates would work with Public Knowledge to secure a public interest sponsor, such as the candidate’s law school, Equal Justice Works, or another source.

Position: Policy Fellow

Position Summary: Public Knowledge fellowships provide an opportunity for recent graduates to learn valuable legal, analytical, and policy making skills in an on-the-job setting that includes advocacy with Congress and federal agencies. Fellows promote fundamental human rights in the digital economy by working to create and execute strategies that promote the open internet, balanced intellectual property rights, and communications competition. The fellowship length is one or two years, depending on the sponsor.

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks: 

  • 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 government relations 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:

  • A Juris Doctor is required.   
  • Ability to digest and understand underlying 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.
  • Substantive knowledge of some communications law and policy issues.
  • Ability to conduct research and analyze data.

Attributes:

  • Demonstrated dedication to the fight for 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.

Compensation and Application Process:

Compensation is dependent on sponsor.

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


Internet Policy Post-Graduate Fellowship for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Digital Markets

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

Position: Policy Fellow

Location: Washington, DC

Position Summary:

Public Knowledge fellowships provide an opportunity to learn valuable legal, analytical, and policymaking skills in an on-the-job setting that includes advocacy with Congress and federal agencies. Fellows promote fundamental human rights in the digital economy by working to create and execute strategies that promote the open internet, balanced intellectual property rights, and communications competition. The fellowship length is one year.

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks:

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 discrimination in the media and emerging digital platforms, exploring and opposing bias in artificial intelligence, promoting minority ownership in telecommunications and the media, advancing accessibility of telecommunications to minority populations, 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, communications competition, and balanced intellectual property law. Serve as author on advocacy documents that support public interest positions.

Partner with government relations 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 policymakers, 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:

A Juris Doctor or other graduate degree, or a B.A. or B.S. combined with significant relevant experience.

Ability to digest and understand underlying 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.

Substantive knowledge of some communications policy issues.

Ability to conduct research and analyze data.

Attributes:

Demonstrated dedication to the fight for 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.

Compensation and Application Process

The compensation is $65,000 per year salary plus benefits similar to Public Knowledge employees. Benefits will include standard health insurance, a limited Metro monthly benefit, 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 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.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis until April 15, 2018 for Fall 2018.


George Washington University 2018 Law Fellowships

Position: Policy Fellow (two-year position)

Job Description Summary: The GW Fellows will promote fundamental human rights in the digital economy by creating and executing strategies to promote the open internet, balanced intellectual property rights, and communications competition. Two GW Fellows will be selected and the fellowship term of two years will be served at Public Knowledge. The fellows will join two GW Fellows who began two-year fellowships at Public Knowledge in 2017.  

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks: 

  • Provides input, strategic advice, and advocacy to shape laws and regulations that support open Internet policy, communications competition, and balanced intellectual property law.
  • Serves as lead author on advocacy documents that support public interest positions.
  • Partners with government relations 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.
  • Oversees, designs, and facilitates the development of presentations for meetings with policymakers, the press, internal staff, and other public interest groups.
  • Develops expertise in a select set of national, and where appropriate, global or state-based Internet technology or related policy issues.
  • Performs other work-related responsibilities and tasks, as needed.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate preferred
  • Ability to digest and understand underlying 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.
  • Substantive knowledge of some communications law and policy issues.
  • Ability to conduct research and analyze data.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated dedication to the fight for civil liberties, human rights, and a more open and competitive communications environment.

Compensation and Application Process:

This is a 2-year funded position at $70K/yr that will commence on September 1, 2018.

Please include a cover letter with your application and resume, at least two references that can speak to your substantive work, and one or two writing samples or excerpts. Please apply online at www.gwu.jobs for either R000463 or R000464. You may also send your application materials to recruiting@publicknowledge.org.         


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

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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