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International Policy Director


International Policy Director

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is looking for an experienced digital rights policy expert to help us further EFF’s mission around the globe. We’re looking for someone who can help us effectively engage in Europe and other global policy fights in a way that could help shape the future of technology. Substantial experience in international copyright and intermediary liability policy is essential, as are established connections to other groups working in the field.

In addition to leading EFF’s copyright and intermediary liability policy work, this role will serve as the hub for our international policy team members, acting as a bridge between our domestic legal team and our international policy work. To do this effectively, the ideal candidate with come with substantial management experience, an eye for strategy, a deep knowledge of international policymaking forums, and the ability to build collaboration and trust with diverse teams within EFF.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications: 

  • A minimum of 5+ years of professional management experience and ease offering feedback to direct reports, setting goals for a team, and keeping team communication flowing smoothly
  • Excellent prioritization and time management skills 
  • Expertise in European Union lawmaking and/or judicial process
  • Deep knowledge of global copyright laws, intermediary liability issues, and how global fights in this arena connect to United States’ laws
  • Familiarity with lawmaking processes outside of both Europe and the United States would be helpful but is not required
  • The ability to thrive in collaborative environments
  • Experience analyzing global technology policy proposals from a human rights and international law perspective
  • Experience developing policy positions on laws, regulations, and other policy developments, including writing position statements, white papers, and blogposts
  • Experience and ease speaking publicly on technology policy issues, such as to the media, at conferences, and providing testimony to policymakers (ideally all of those!)
  • Experience working with a broad range of stakeholders including policymakers, regulators, nonprofits, companies, and international organizations to advance policy objectives;
  • Strong writing skills
  • A calm demeanor in the face of many competing priorities and requests
  • A passion for EFF’s mission

A law degree (U.S. or otherwise) is useful but not a requirement for this role, though this position is part of the EFF legal team. Tech savviness and a familiarity with issues at the intersection of technology and the public interest is preferred; an eagerness to learn is essential.  

If you’re hired, you will have the opportunity to help shape EFF’s policy engagement in international arena, act as a bridge between EFF’s domestic and international policy work, provide mentorship, guidance, and support to other international policy team members, and help ward off overreaching copyright expansions that might squelch free expression online. 

This a full-time exempt position is based in San Francisco. However, this role will include frequent travel as necessary to connect with our international partners and advocate on digital rights issues abroad. Exact amount of travel time will vary based on policy fights but could be as much as 20% of one’s time. We will provide financial assistance for relocating for this role, but because we are highly collaborative and value our in-person time together, applicants seeking to work remotely on a full-time basis will not be considered. 

EFF is a great place to work. We offer a supportive and empowering environment, along with an excellent benefits package including housing cost assistance, student loans assistance, medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 403(b)(7) retirement savings program with matching, paid time off, holiday benefits, paid parental leave, a dog-friendly workplace, and more.

As an advocacy organization, EFF is committed to being part of a diverse community. Diversity of life experiences makes a big difference in how we identify and litigate legal issues, design privacy-enhancing software, and organize our activism. To that end, we deliberately seek applicants with different perspectives, identities, and experiences to build an inclusive workplace to better inform our advocacy and defense of freedom in our digital world. EFF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of all races, genders, ages, abilities, orientations, ethnicities, and national origins to apply. 

Interested applicants should submit the following (as PDFs please):

  1. A cover letter explaining in detail your specific interest in EFF and this particular job. Please include details about your policy and management experience, and indicate in which issues areas you have interest and experience. 
  2. A resume, highlighting your most pertinent experiences
  3. Links to 2-4 writing samples that are available online showcasing your expertise in topics relevant to this position, such as policy analysis, human rights law, technology policy, and/or intermediary liability and copyright issues.  Please include links to your writing samples in the space provided.

EFF will accept and consider applications until April 23, 2019

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