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Deputy Director of Policy and Advocacy for Technology and Democracy

About Freedom House:

Established more than 80 years ago on the core conviction that freedom flourishes in democratic nations where governments are accountable to their people, Freedom House is a nonpartisan non-profit organization that works to defend and expand freedom globally to help secure a world where all are free. Around the world, repressive regimes are preventing billions of people from exercising their fundamental rights. Freedom House identifies and analyzes threats to freedom, mobilizes decision makers to respond to those threats and seize opportunities for progress, and supports activists and organizations working to defend and expand freedom. Freedom House is dedicated to ensuring that the United States serves as a positive model of democratic practice at home and a consistent champion of freedom globally. By gathering authoritative data and leveraging its global networks, Freedom House is an unwavering beacon in protecting human rights and promoting democratic governance.

Position summary:

The Deputy Director of Policy and Advocacy for Technology and Democracy will play a leading role in crafting Freedom House’s policy agenda and advocacy strategy for human rights in the digital age.

Working in close coordination with Freedom House’s in-house technology and democracy experts, the Deputy Director will play a key role in determining Freedom House’s policy agenda, partner on the crafting of an advocacy strategy to advance that agenda and coordinate the implementation of the advocacy strategy. The primary advocacy focus for this position is the US government, with additional multistakeholder and international advocacy as relevant in accordance with the advocacy strategy. A key component of the strategy will include advocating for policies and legislation that protect and strengthen freedom of expression online.

This role requires detailed knowledge of one or more policy topics related to fostering a diverse and reliable online information ecosystem, such as platform regulation, intermediary liability, or algorithmic accountability.

Principal duties, responsibilities, and expectations:
  • Leading development of policy agenda and positions and a related advocacy strategy for technology and democracy. This includes determining which US and foreign government officials to meet with, which advocacy materials to produce, how to promote existing publications, and how to move existing policy recommendations forward.
  • Authoring policy recommendations, policy briefs, congressional testimony, op-eds, press releases, talking points, and other advocacy materials as necessary, in close coordination with research colleagues focused on technology and democracy.
  • Monitoring US legislative and policy developments and key international developments related to technology and democracy to keep colleagues informed and recommend policy positions and advocacy interventions.
  • Organizing and leading meetings and roundtables on key policy issues with subject matter experts, civil society partners, industry, and others to assess challenges to human rights online and identify effective ways to counter the harms the internet exacerbates.
  • Leading the preparation of Freedom House staff and internet freedom activists for meetings, hearings, briefings, press interviews, or speaking engagements related to technology and democracy, and representing Freedom House at such engagements as needed.
  • Leading the creation of talking points, briefing memos, letters, press releases, and other written products as relevant.
  • Reviewing and recommending whether Freedom House should sign on to advocacy and coalition letters with partner organizations and other stakeholders around these issues. In addition, identifying and overseeing opportunities for Freedom House to draft and lead on coalition letters.
  • Working with colleagues to determine creative methods of dissemination of research and program findings, and helping organize and participate in briefings related to technology and democracy.
  • Assisting with inputs for funding proposals for Freedom House’s work on technology and democracy.


  • Bachelor’s degree in technology and democracy, human rights, international affairs, political science, or a related field required. Master’s degree preferred.


  • Previous employment in the US Senate, US House, US Department of State, USAID, White House, or similar, required, with at least 12 years of directly relevant experience, including hands-on policy or advocacy experience and the ability to demonstrate success at moving legislation or policy agendas.
  • Knowledge of or experience with the Federal Trade Commission and/or Federal Communications Commission a plus.
  • Demonstrated eagerness to grapple with complicated policy questions.
  • Broad understanding of issues related to technology and democracy, and detailed knowledge of topics related to fostering a diverse and reliable online information ecosystem, such as platform regulation, intermediary liability, or algorithmic accountability.
  • Some familiarity with policy debates surrounding data protection, government surveillance, and cross-border data flows is desirable.
  • Proven ability to research, analyze, and report on policy issues, including demonstrated experience drafting legislation, policy memos, and other written products relevant to policy and advocacy work.
  • Proven ability to build consensus amongst a variety of diverse stakeholders.
  • Track record of strategic leadership.

Technical Skills

  • Familiarity with social media for advocacy.
  • Familiarity with the MS Office suite of applications.
  • Familiarity with Salesforce a plus.
  • Familiarity with task management software a plus.

Personal Attributes and Characteristics

  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong ability to plan, organize, prioritize work, and multitask to meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to assess and recommend policy positions based on Freedom House’s lens toward bipartisan, pragmatic solutions.
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality and exhibits unquestionable integrity, honesty, and forthrightness.
  • Must be able to successfully work collaboratively with all levels of employees, management, external partners, and funders, and be able to translate complex financial issues into easily understood concepts.
  • Strong work ethic and desire for personal and professional development. Demonstrates a strong desire for personal excellence and can inspire others to achieve as well. Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills.
  • Deeply committed to nonpartisanship, exhibiting a strong and sustained commitment to the mission of Freedom House.
  • Committed to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace where all feel that they belong.  
  • Works as an effective team member, successfully balancing individual and team responsibilities.
Additional information:

Diversity makes Freedom House’s work stronger. Freedom House actively seeks a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds—particularly Black, Indigenous, and people of color, individuals from the LGBTI+ community, and people living with disabilities—to apply.

  • Freedom House provides a competitive benefits package, including a 403(b) retirement account with generous matching, commuter benefits, flexible hours, floating holidays, high employer contributions to medical, dental, and vision programs, basic and voluntary life and AD&D insurance, short- and long-term disability, flexible spending account, and more.
  • Salaries are commensurate with experience and based on pay grades that prioritize equity across the organization. Salary range for this position is $90,700 to $115,000/year.
  • Candidates must possess authorization to work in the United States.
  • As part of Freedom House’s standard hiring process for new employees, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.  

Freedom House is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

Working conditions:

General Working Conditions 

  • General working office environment or telecommuting.
  • May require some long hours including evenings and weekends to complete tasks.  
  • This role requires daily exposure to potentially distressing news content, research, and personal stories.
  • Potential travel for events and initiatives less than 10 percent of the time.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting or telecommuting. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

To apply, please click here.

Status: Open

  • Employment

Organisation: Freedom House

Deadline: Ongoing

Location: Washington, D.C., United States


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