Policy Fellow, FPF Education Privacy Project

Job Title:

Policy Fellow

Reports To:

Director, FPF 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:

This entry-level position will support the FPF Education and Innovation Foundation’s Education Privacy Project. The Fellow will work directly with the Director of the Education Privacy Project to support fulfillment of grant deliverables and event logistics, draft long and short publications and resources, and other responsibilities as they arise. They will also support Education Privacy Project Policy Counsel, including tasks regarding state legislation analysis, member support, and working group management. 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 Fellow 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 Fellow will:

  • Draft new student privacy resources for various audiences, including policymakers, school officials, education advocates and experts, and students
  • Assist with coordinating student privacy events, including occasional presentations on key student privacy issues;
  • Assist with analyzing and conveying the privacy implications of new products or services;
  • Support Policy Counsel by reading and analyzing state and federal legislation;
  • Assist Policy Counsel regarding FPF member support and education privacy working groups;
  • Write blogs regarding reports or current events that implicate student privacy;
  • Assist with interviewing state or district officials to identify student privacy resources or assistance that could assist officials in navigating privacy issues; and
  • Conduct other tasks as appropriate to support FPF’s work.

Position Requirements:

  • This is an entry-level position, excellent for someone who graduated from law school or graduate school in the past 1-3 years. Exceptional law students who could work part-time during the spring of their 3L year before becoming a fulltime employee will be considered.
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • JD preferred; or public policy post graduate degree.
  • 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.

Application Materials:

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