Deputy Director, Free Expression Project

29 Dec, 2020


Deputy Director, Free Expression Project

Center for Democracy & Technology
Washington, DC

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is seeking an experienced advocate to help lead our work on issues at the intersection of free expression and technology, as the Deputy Director of the Free Expression Project. This position offers an exciting opportunity to lead on challenging issues related to free expression in the United States and around the world, including content moderation, intermediary liability, fundamental rights protection, and transparency reporting, as well as cross-cutting issues such as digital copyright, net neutrality, and privacy. The position is based in CDT’s Washington, D.C. office (with remote work currently in effect due to COVID-19).

About CDT

CDT works to preserve freedom of expression and other human rights online through a variety of strategies, including advocacy, public education, and research. CDT engages in legislative debates and litigation at the state, national, and regional level in the U.S. and EU; participates in agency rulemaking and other policy development processes, domestically and globally; and works to build best practices with industry and with other civil society advocates. We work to preserve the open internet as an enabler of individuals’ fundamental rights to freedom of expression and access to information, by holding governments and companies accountable for the ways they shape our online environment and seeking to empower individuals and communities. The Free Expression Project’s work spans many subjects, including hate speech, privacy and online reputation issues, counter-terrorism, disinformation, voter suppression, and online harassment.

CDT is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and collaborates closely with its partner organization, CDT Europe, which is based in Brussels. For more information, please visit


Key responsibilities for this position include:

  • Execution of CDT’s strategic advocacy plan for specific topics within the Free Expression Project, including coordination across CDT teams and engagement with external stakeholders;
  • Writing in a variety of formats, including blog posts, advocacy material, white papers, legislative analysis, and amicus briefs;
  • Background research to support the development of CDT’s policy positions and collaboration with other staff on the production of research-based reports and articles;
  • Engagement directly with technology companies to develop best practices and policy recommendations;
  • Outreach to CDT partners and other stakeholders, including coordination of CDT’s Free Speech Working Group meetings;
  • With the Free Expression Project Director, development and execution of advocacy strategy, including identification of short- and long-term advocacy goals; and
  • Representing CDT through public speaking, participation in coalition meetings, and media interviews.


An ideal candidate would have:

  • At least 5 years of work experience in legal or policy positions relating to free expression, information policy, civil liberties, or technology policy, with increasing levels of responsibility;
  • An advanced degree in a relevant field (e.g. law, computer science, information, public policy);
  • Expertise in at least one of the following areas: U.S. First Amendment law; E.U. or U.S. intermediary liability law; international human rights law and free expression; content moderation; automated content analysis/filtering; transparency reporting;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including experience interacting with press;
  • Experience with advocacy before Congress, federal agencies, European institutions, and/or US and European court systems;
  • Familiarity with technical concepts related to the Internet, freedom of expression, and content moderation;  and
  • An energetic, entrepreneurial, and collaborative working style.


Salary is competitive with public interest and government pay scales. CDT provides a generous benefits package that includes health care and dental coverage, a retirement plan, paid vacation, sick days, and parental leave.

To Apply

Please send a résumé and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position to

The Center for Democracy & Technology is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual or gender orientation, religion, or physical ability.

Job posted: 2020-12-29