Senior Policy and Advocacy Expert

The Internet Society is looking for a Senior Policy and Advocacy Expert in the Washington, DC metro area to join our team to advocate for an open, globally connected, secure and trustworthy Internet for everyone.  This position offers an exciting opportunity to join a global team of Internet experts and help drive campaigns that promote and defend the Internet both in Washington, DC and across the globe.  You’ll bring Internet policy expertise, advocacy experience, leadership skills, and a strong network of contacts to advance our projects and help shape the future work of the Internet Society.

Location:  Remote – Washington DC area

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Position the Internet Society’s policy agenda strategically and powerfully with policymakers, partners and influencers in Washington, DC.
  • Drive advocacy activities on Internet policy issues based on Internet Society projects.
  • Craft Internet Society positions, engagement processes, and other policy activities.
  • Monitor the US policy and regulatory landscape to identify and assess developments and proposals that could negatively impact the Internet
  • Work in collaboration with project experts across the globe to mobilize partners and community members to advocate for policy changes that protect an open, globally connected, secure and trustworthy Internet.
  • Represent the Internet Society in a variety of settings, including in the media, and with governments, regional and international policy and technical fora, civil society and the private sector in a manner that maintains the high standards of the Society.
  • Research, write and edit briefing documents, papers, reports, talking points, presentations/speeches, and other materials to advance policy goals
  • Other duties as assigned


Desired Qualifications

  • Exceptional leader and collaborator with experience in government relations, advocacy, and Internet policy research.
  • Recognized Internet policy expert with at 8-10 years of experience in government, industry or non-profit advocacy is desired.
  • Expertise in at least one of the following Internet/tech policy areas: Intermediary liability, encryption law and policy, connectivity policy, telecommunications law and policy is preferred.
  • Excellent political, analytical, and communications skills.
  • Solid understanding of US legislative and regulatory processes and demonstrated ability to engage effectively in those processes.
  • Experience with US state level legislative and policy processes is also desired.
  • Sufficient Internet technical expertise or familiarity to effectively translate technical topics into policy advocacy.
  • A proven capacity to engage effectively with a wide range of actors and communities on Internet policy issues particularly policy issues impacting the growth and security of the Internet
  • The demonstrated ability to develop, implement, and/or monitor advocacy strategies that will advance Internet Society objectives within different legal and regulatory environments.
  • Commitment to the Internet Society’s mission, values, and objectives.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability interact positively in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment.
  • Ability to work within a globally distributed team across time zones.
  • Travel: Once conditions permit, this person may be expected to travel.
  • Commitment to the Internet Society’s mission, values and objectives.
  • Experience working with a Globally distributed workforce and ability to work across time zone.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability interact positively in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment.
  • Ability to travel as needed.
Posted: March 21, 2022
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