Policy Fellow, FPF Education Privacy Project

Job Title: 

16-month education privacy fellowship

Reports To: 

Director of Education Privacy


$60,000 – $70,000 annually based on experience; Includes excellent health and other benefits (see below)

About Us

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) is a non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for privacy leadership and scholarship, advancing principled data practices in support of emerging technologies. The Education Privacy team convenes stakeholders to ensure the responsible use of education technology and management of student data, creates resources and runs the Education Privacy Resource Center website FERPA|Sherpa, and reviews applicants to the Student Privacy Pledge.

General Overview: 

This junior position is ideal for someone who graduated from graduate or law school in the last three years. The Fellow will primarily support FPF work on student privacy issues with educators, parents, students, and local and state education agencies. They will also support FPF’s growing portfolio on child privacy generally. The Fellow will work directly with the Director of Education Privacy and Senior Fellow leading FPF’s new Train-the-Trainer student privacy initiative to support the fulfillment of grant deliverables, help respond to technical assistance requests from stakeholders, draft long and short publications and resources, and other responsibilities as they arise. The ideal candidate will be a superior writer; have a strong desire to effect change in the world with a focus on compromise and bringing stakeholders together to find actionable solutions; 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 good sense of humor. The Fellow will interact regularly with leading senior figures in government, corporations, academia, advocacy groups, and law firms. This is a 16-month fellowship in FPF’s Washington D.C. office, and could become a full-time policy counsel position contingent on performance and grant funding. 

Position Requirements:

  • This is an entry-level position, excellent for someone who graduated from law or graduate school in the past 1-3 years. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work effectively and seamlessly with a wide variety of people.
  • Ability to travel occasionally for the organization.

Desired Attributes:

  • Previous internships or other experience in education, privacy, security, or technology policy or political campaigns or positions.
  • Reputation for being entrepreneurial, energetic, positive, and focused.
  • Passionate about both protecting student privacy and the potential for data and technology to improve education.

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, physical or mental disability, or age. We encourage applicants who might not have a background in privacy apply anyways if they think they have the skills to be successful in the role.

Further, FPF prides itself on providing equal opportunities in employment and can make further accommodations to meet your accessibility needs. Please, send us an email with the subject line “Application_2019Fellow” if you need assistance in submitting your application.


Excellent medical plan, dental and vision insurance; 3 weeks of vacation, as well as the week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day and all federal holidays. Other benefit information available upon request. 

This is a full-time position based in the Washington DC office, but occasional remote work is acceptable and schedule accommodations can be made. 

How to Apply:

Please send your resume, a cover letter, and two writing samples to [email protected], with subject line “Application_2019Fellow”. Please submit a sample that has not been edited by another party. This position is being filled as part of a new grant that has already started, so interested applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP.