Reports to: Director for U.S. Legislation
Salary Range: Policy Counsel – $70,000-100,000; Senior Counsel – $90,000-130,000
The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) is a non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for privacy scholarship and advancing principled data practices in support of emerging technologies. FPF’s U.S. Legislation team conducts in-depth research, tracks federal, state, and local legislative developments in commercial privacy, and engages with key stakeholders, including policymakers, industry representatives, and advocacy groups. FPF does not typically support or oppose particular bills, but instead focuses on analyzing proposals in relation to existing privacy frameworks, sharing information on current data practices and technologies, and ensuring that data governance strategies are future-looking and adaptable.
As a Policy Counsel, you will play a key role in helping our team track and analyze the rapidly-evolving privacy landscape, as well as contribute to our policymaker engagement efforts. The ideal candidate should possess a strong legal, legislative, or policy background, excellent analytical and research skills, and a baseline understanding of U.S. commercial privacy law. If you are excited about privacy, detail-oriented, and are adept at being responsive and quick in addressing new developments, we invite you to apply and become an integral part of our dynamic team.
- Analyzing and comparing proposed privacy legislation and regulations, sometimes quickly, with reference to existing privacy laws and frameworks;
- Drafting policy briefs, reports, blog posts, and other analysis for different audiences – including corporate legal experts, legislators, and the public;
- Working across teams with FPF colleagues who are subject matter experts, and helping to translate complex technical topics (such as AI/machine learning, de-identification, biometrics, ad tech, and mobility data) into clear and actionable policy language and educational content;
- Assisting with outreach to FPF stakeholders, such as: lawmakers and staff, government agencies, privacy advocates, companies, academics, and other key partners; and organizing internal and external events and meetings, both in person and virtual.
- Speaking publicly at legislative hearings, and public events, meetings, and conferences in support of FPF’s overall goals and as an expert on U.S. privacy legislation and policy.
The ideal candidate will have 1-5 years of experience. J.D. preferred, but not required – other experience, such as government affairs and public policy, will be considered.
In addition, candidates should have:
- Strong legal research, analysis, and writing skills. Experience with legislative drafting and/or statutory interpretation is a plus.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the basics of U.S. commercial privacy law — for example, through previous work experience, a strong academic performance in an Information Privacy course (or equivalent), and/or a CIPP/US certification.
- Strong communication skills, professionalism, an optimistic and creative approach to public policy, and the ability to convene and work effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders, with a particular focus on finding consensus among: policymakers, industry professionals, academics, and privacy advocates.
- Ability to work independently on multiple overlapping workstreams, usually with self-imposed deadlines.
- Excellent time-management skills, dexterity, and attention to detail.
- For senior counsel: experience with people management, including on large and/or fast-moving projects.
To apply please submit a cover letter, writing sample, and references in PDF format in an application through the FPF Career Center.
FPF knows that having a diverse workforce is essential to our work. We do not discriminate against any candidate based on their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, or age. If we can make the application process easier through accommodation in the recruitment process, please reach out to [email protected].