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We are currently accepting applications for:
View the descriptions below. View open internships and fellowships here.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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: email@example.com, with the subject line “Director of Government Affairs.” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until February 15, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Summary: Public Knowledge is seeking candidates for a public interest fellowship learning and practicing federal advocacy. The fellow will promote diversity of viewpoints and free expression on the internet, competition among digital economy platforms, and access to broadband and other communications technologies for low-income and marginalized communities. This fellowship is named for Gene Kimmelman, former President and CEO of Public Knowledge, who has spent his career advocating for competition, diversity, and free expression in communications policy and training early career advocates.
Position: Kimmelman Policy Fellow
Location: Washington, DC
Position Summary: Public Knowledge fellowships provide an opportunity for recent graduates to learn valuable 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 year.
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, with 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:
Bachelor’s or advanced degree.
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 or transferable policy experience.
Ability to conduct research and analyze data.
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 $65,000 per year plus benefits.
Application Process: To apply, email@example.com
Please send a resume, cover letter (including your experience and interest in public interest work), transcript if you have been out of school fewer than two years (official or unofficial), at least two references who are former supervisors and can speak to your substantive work, and a writing sample or excerpt of less than five pages (can be legal, policy, or an area of interest to you).
Applications will be considered until July 15, 2020, and the position will begin some time after September 8, 2020. The fellowship will begin by remote means if Public Knowledge is closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
For more general information about PK’s advocacy training program, click here
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.
- 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.
- 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can watch these videos to learn more about our Internship and Fellowship programs: