Fractured Atlas Arts and Technology Policy Fellow

Fractured Atlas and the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation will be sponsoring an Arts and Technology Policy Fellow at Public Knowledge.

The Fellow will be responsible for raising awareness and community engagement on federal policy at the intersection of the arts and communications policy. The Fellow will be located at Public Knowledge in Washington, DC for the duration of a two-year program.


The Fellow will be located within the offices of Public Knowledge, and will receive support and guidance from its staff.  While the Fellow is expected to do independent policy work and development, the Fellow will receive hands-on mentoring and opportunities to participate in strategy, analysis, and work related to legislative and regulatory policy making.  The Fellow will be supervised by the Vice President of the Policy Strategy Center, and will meet regularly with a primary Public Knowledge mentor/team leader.  The mentor/team leader will guide the Fellow in setting out an approach to the work and identifying policy issues, meetings, and outside contacts. The Fellow will work within a Public Knowledge team assigned to specific policy issues.

The Fellow will be an employee of and ultimately report to Fractured Atlas, including a monthly one-on-one meeting and participation in Fractured Atlas staff meetings, professional development programs, and other opportunities. (The Fellow will be connected through videoconference when in-person attendance is impractical.)


The Fellow will define relevant policy areas, attend meetings and hearings with the public interest community, arts community, stakeholders, federal agencies, Capitol Hill, and elsewhere, develop strategic plans for education and outreach, and execute those plans. Fellows are expected to share their experiences in staff meetings or issue meetings, and report work to their mentor/team leader.

Specific tasks may include writing and developing policy papers, briefing memos, multimedia presentations, blog posts, regulatory comments, public statements, and hearing testimony.  Public Knowledge also encourages fellows to create an independent research project based on their interests and academic and career goals.

The Fellow will provide to Fractured Atlas:

  1. A quarterly policy brief for Fractured Atlas’ board and leadership,
  2. Regular (at least monthly) blog posts for the Fractured Atlas blog,
  3. Drafts of periodic op-eds,
  4. Drafts and final strategy documents laying out ideas for mobilizing Fractured Atlas’ constituents in an intentional and ongoing manner, and
  5. Other work products as may become necessary.


Significant background and demonstrated interest in the intersection of the arts and public policy, for example, an artist or arts administrator with a keen interest in policy issues and political interest and aptitude. The primary focus is a background in the arts, with a secondary but strong interest in policy. Specific qualifications would include some combination of leadership in an arts organization, accomplishment in the arts, leadership in policy development and education, and a bachelor’s, master’s, or law degree with academic distinction.


Starting salary is $70,825. Benefits include health and dental insurance, employer-contributed 401K plan, professional development allowance, event ticket allowance, vacation, sick and personal days.


To be considered for the position, please email all of the items below in one PDF-formatted file with your name as the filename to Tim Cynova, Deputy Director at Include “Policy Fellow” as the email’s subject line.

  1. A substantive and original cover letter including your interest in the position and Fractured Atlas, and the date you are available to start.
  2. A list of (3) professional references complete with phone number, email address, and explanation of the relationship. (References will not be contacted without your prior consent.)
  3. A résumé no longer than (2) pages outlining your educational and professional experience.
  4. Writing Sample: Select one of Public Knowledge’s Focus Issues and write a page on how the issue impacts the arts.

Incomplete submissions, including those failing to follow all of the directions, will not be considered. No calls please. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Fractured Atlas and Public Knowledge websites prior to submitting materials.


October 8, 2014. Deadline for submissions is November 14, 2014.


Fractured Atlas is a national, nonprofit technology company that works with artists. They serve a community of over 250,000 multi-disciplinary artists and arts organizations working in every congressional district in the United States. Their programs and services help artists strengthen the business side of their practice by giving them tools for raising money, managing risk, finding space, selling tickets, and tracking their fans. Founded in 1998, Fractured Atlas is headquartered in New York City.