Program Director – Public Interest Cybersecurity

CLTC is a pioneer in public interest cybersecurity and has a flagship program dedicated to empowering people and organizations on the frontlines of social change to defend themselves against online threats. Our researchers have published and taught widely on the topic of digital security technical assistance, with a focus on activists, journalists, human rights organizations, and other public interest organizations at high risk of politically motivated cyberattack. We built and launched the world’s first public-interest cybersecurity clinic, the Citizen Clinic practicum. Using a model similar to those in law and medicine, the Citizen Clinic trains teams of students to help organizations build the necessary capabilities to proactively defend themselves against malicious governments, powerful corporations, hate groups, and extremists. Since 2018, Citizen Clinic has trained over 100 students from 11 academic specialties and has served 14 non-profit clients on 4 continents ranging from women’s reproductive rights organizations to LGBTQ and international indigenous rights groups. More than half of Citizen Clinic’s alumni are women.

In 2021 Citizen Clinic and CLTC joined with other founding members from MIT, the University of Alabama, Indiana University, the Global Cyber Alliance, R Street Institute, and others, to launch a Consortium of Cybersecurity Clinics. This network of university-based cybersecurity clinicians, trainers, and advocates is committed to sharing best practices, expanding the reach and visibility of cybersecurity clinics, and lowering the barriers for other colleges and universities to successfully establish their own clinics.

CLTC seeks a Program Director to lead a flagship program in public interest cybersecurity, and represent the program to outside partners and supporters. The role is highly entrepreneurial, and the Program Director will have significant autonomy in designing and delivering program strategy. The Program Director is responsible for establishing new partnerships across academia, industry, government and civil society, including building up the newly-launched Consortium of Cybersecurity Clinics platform. The Program Director will be evaluated on the ability to grow the program’s reach and impact. The Program Director should have extensive research and/or practical experience with the unique digital security needs of under-resourced public interest organizations (such as public agencies, nonprofits, and independent journalism and advocacy organizations), and the ability to formulate basic and applied research solutions to address these growing needs. The Program Director will understand the importance of strategic communications in an academic setting, and oversee public relations, strategic communications and events (conferences and other public forums) for the program and the Consortium.

The Program Director will work under the direction of CLTC’s faculty and executive directors, and partner with School of Information cybersecurity faculty who instruct the Citizen Clinic practicum. The Program Director will also collaborate closely with the Consortium of Cybersecurity Clinics advisory committee.

**This is a two-year position with the possibility for renewal**

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 5/27/22 and there will be a 2nd review on 6/17/22 – Job is open until filled


  • 25% Directs and administers the Public Interest Cybersecurity program with complete responsibility for administrative and programmatic activities. Leads short- and long-term planning, and assesses program’s effectiveness, recommending changes to program’s content, policies and procedures accordingly.
    • Drives overall vision for the Program, identifying meaningful opportunities for growth and impact, and ensuring alignment of programmatic activities with this vision.
    • Develops annual program plans, including milestones/deliverables, timelines, monitoring and evaluation frameworks, and ecosystem development strategies.
    • Monitors progress toward Center-wide and program-specific goals and objectives, through quarterly review meetings to review milestones/outputs and plan/problem solve.
    • Identifies gaps in public interest cybersecurity research, and administers and guides fellowship programs and calls for papers to address these gaps.
    • Mentors research fellows on the development of their projects.
    • Leads weekly program staff meetings and regular management and mentor meetings to facilitate knowledge-sharing and collaboration, promote efficiency, and maintain clear channels for feedback and communication.
    • Reviews and approves critical program outputs including briefing documents, donor reports, requests for proposals (RFPs), calls for abstracts, peer review protocols and templates, surveys, event concept notes and agendas.
    • Collaborates in the implementation of the Center’s strategic plan for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, and leads program implementation.
  • 25% Identifies and pursues funding opportunities and revenue streams.
    • Stewards relationships with a range of program sponsors (including the External Advisory Board, government agencies, corporate partners, foundations, and private donors) carefully tracking priorities and identifying overlapping interests.
    • Raises funds for the program’s core operations, through grant-writing; coordination with unit and campus development offices, faculty, and CLTC leadership; coordination with the External Advisory Board and cultivation of private and corporate donors and volunteers.
    • Builds and maintains strategic relationships with the leadership of peer research organizations and key research and capacity building partners.
    • Creatively and independently advances revenue-generating strategies such as launching a certificate program, establishing a speaker/conference series, and other opportunities.
    • Works with the Center’s Senior Philanthropy Officer to steward donor relationships and develop concept notes and proposals for new funding. Includes reviewing and approving all final proposals before they are submitted to UC Berkeley and sponsors.
  • 25% Assists in developing research, participates in professional conferences, and provides public relations oversight.
    • Directs and manages professional PR /communications consultants, and student media interns.
    • Authors blogs, op-eds and position papers that raise visibility for public interest cybersecurity and change the way policymakers, researchers, and practitioners think about digital security technical assistance.
    • Represents the Public Interest Cybersecurity program at major relevant conferences and events.
    • Oversees the translation of research findings into policy-relevant knowledge, for example by pursuing opportunities for research translations that introduce evidence-based recommendations into ongoing policy dialogues and practice in the field.
    • Liaises with journalists, policy-makers, and nonprofit leaders to ensure that key research findings are communicated with the public and the field.
  • 15% Participates in advanced program budgeting and accounting processes to support financial infrastructure of program. Manages financial and HR resources.
    • Participates in weekly leadership meetings with the Faculty and Executive Director(s) to discuss Center-wide strategy and major activities.
    • Stewards the program’s financial and human resources, overseeing all centralized operations functions related to personnel, budgeting and financial management, event planning, communications, and knowledge management.
    • Reviews and approves all program-wide tools, policies, and processes (developed by or in collaboration with the operations and administration staff) to ensure they are aligned with program’s values and effectively meet staff needs.
  • 10% Facilitates the efforts of various departments, managers, and outside constituencies to ensure interdisciplinary collaboration. Serves on committees representing the program.
    • Expands the Citizen Clinic Education Center with new collaborative content; hosts a community of practice around clinical education / technical assistance with peer clinics.
    • Develops symposiums, workshops and other convening events.
    • Engages the Clinic alumni community and corporate partners as ambassadors and program volunteers.
    • Participates in external initiatives such as the Public Interest Technology University Network.


Minimum Education Level: Bachelor's

Required Qualifications

  • Academic background in cybersecurity, law, science & technology studies, public policy, information science, business, non-profit management or a related area. Demonstrated experience working on issues of digital security in the public interest.
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills.
  • Advanced ability to think creatively and to independently drive results.
  • Advanced ability to work collaboratively and to convene internal and external peers and experts.
  • Highly skilled fundraising and business development experience.
  • Demonstrated evidence of a commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated success with program building within an academic or other institution.
  • Ability to manage a research portfolio and shape an impactful research agenda.
  • Degree in cybersecurity, law, science & technology studies, public policy, information science, business or a related area and / or equivalent experience / training in industry, government, or non-profit environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher preferred.
  • Advanced knowledge of administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results.
  • Ability to oversee strategic communications and public relations.
Posted: May 20, 2022
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