Job Opening: 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.