Policy Counsel, Education Privacy Project

Job Title:

Policy Counsel

Reports To:

Director, Education Privacy Project

Expected Start Date:

February 1, 2018 (flexible)

About Us:

Future of Privacy Forum is a nonprofit organization that serves as a catalyst for privacy leadership and scholarship, advancing principled data practices in support of emerging technologies. FPF brings together industry, academics, consumer advocates, and other thought leaders to explore the challenges posed by technological innovation and develop privacy protections, ethical norms, and workable business practices. FPF helps fill the void in the “space not occupied by law” which exists due to the speed of technology development. As “data optimists,” we believe that the power of data for good is a net benefit to society, and that it can be well-managed to control risks and offer the best protections and empowerment to consumers and individuals.

General Overview:

The policy counsel will support the FPF Education and Innovation Foundation’s Education Privacy Project. They will be the point person on education privacy member relations and four monthly working groups, as well as the lead staffer on parent surveys, model contracting work, and publications. The policy counsel will also support the Director of Education Privacy Project on student privacy bootcamps, supporting postsecondary stakeholders on privacy issues, state legislation analysis and advocacy, and other priorities as they arise. The ideal candidate will be a superior writer; care passionately about improving education data use and privacy protections for all students; have a strong desire to effect change in the world; be able to help translate complicated legal or technical topics for a layperson audience; have the ability to remain professional and impartial while working in a political environment; and have a sense of humor. The policy counsel will interact regularly with leading senior figures in government, corporations, academia, advocacy groups, and law firms. This is a full-time position in the Washington D.C. office.

Task Responsibilities:

The Policy Counsel will:

  • Create new student privacy resources for various audiences, including policymakers, school officials, education advocates and experts, and students;
  • Coordinate with regulatory stakeholders, advocates, and experts to find common ground on challenging student privacy issues;
  • Track and analyzing state and federal legislation;
  • Speak and coordinate public events on student privacy issues at national or local events or conferences;
  • Review privacy policies, analyzing and conveying the privacy implications of new products or services;
  • Write blogs to respond to reports or current events that implicate student privacy;
  • Interview state or district officials to determine what is happening student privacy resources or assistance is needed on-the-ground;
  • Find topics and speakers for working groups that match attendee needs and current events;
  • Provide support to FPF member companies on student privacy issues;
  • Support and occasionally coordinate or supervise the efforts of the Education Fellow, interns, and research; and
  • Conduct other tasks as appropriate to support FPF’s work.

Position Requirements:

  • Law or public policy graduate degree and/or equivalent experience in law, education, public affairs, or advocacy; and a demonstrated interest/knowledge related to one or more of these fields: education, privacy, security, or technology policy.
  • Two to five years’ experience in education, privacy, security, or technology policy.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, including editing and proofreading skills.
  • Demonstrated research skills and a superb ability to synthesize complex information into plain language.
  • Experience with public speaking.
  • A demonstrated ability to work efficiently, meet deadlines, and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong work ethic, sense of humor, flexibility, creativity, and a professional demeanor.
  • Reputation for being entrepreneurial, partnership-oriented, energetic, positive, and focused.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Ability to work effectively and seamlessly with a wide variety of people.
  • Ability to travel occasionally for the organization.

Desired Attributes:

  • Passionate about both protecting student privacy and the potential for data and technology to improve education.
  • Passionate and deeply-knowledgeable about privacy, trust, and/or security from practical, commercial, technical, or regulatory perspectives.
  • Experience with federal or state legislative or regulatory processes or public policy analysis.

Application Materials:

Submit resume, cover letter, and 2 writing samples to [email protected].