Director of Information Policy

08 Jun, 2020

Jobs

Director of Information Policy

Association of Research Libraries
Washington, DC

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) seeks an experienced policy analyst and advocate to lead on key priorities within the Association’s advocacy, scholarship, and policy agenda. This position will serve as the staff lead to ARL’s Advocacy and Public Policy Committee.

ARL is a collective of leading libraries and archives in the United States and Canada. The Association has a proven record of accomplishment in law and public policy, most notably in copyright and other forms of intellectual property; digital information access; diversity, equity, and inclusion; accessibility; privacy; and open scholarship. This position presents a unique opportunity to work on major policy questions of the Information Age, in close collaboration with higher education and scholarly communities and with the ultimate aim of advancing the research enterprise, including equitable and enduring access to knowledge.

The director of information policy will report to the senior director of scholarship and policy, and will also work closely with the ARL executive director, the ARL Board of Directors, relevant ARL committees and task forces, and ARL members. The position is based at ARL’s headquarters in Washington, DC.

Major Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement advocacy strategies to advance the Association’s legal and public policy agenda in legislative, administrative, and judicial forums
  • Assess core research library interests in, and formulate Association positions on, active information-policy debates
  • Build strong partnerships on key issues with other stakeholders in libraries, higher education, scholarship, and civil society
  • Represent the Association in outreach to policy makers on Capitol Hill and in the executive branch, and in public events and meetings
  • Provide clear, concise analysis and written communications for ARL members on key public policy issues
  • Help mobilize ARL’s membership to influence government policy-making in key moments, and in responding and adapting to major legal and policy developments
  • Serve as the staff lead to the Advocacy and Public Policy Committee, and engage with other Association committees and the Board as appropriate.

Required Qualifications

  • A minimum of three to five years of relevant experience in advocacy and public policy (such as law, government relations, legislative and administrative bodies, and/or policy work within libraries and research institutions)
  • Experience and expertise in relevant information-policy issues (such as privacy, telecommunications, free expression, intellectual property, accessibility, and/or science and technology policy)
  • Ability to work independently as well as to foster strong collaborative relationships on fast-moving and complex issues, and to balance competing deadlines and work demands across multiple projects
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • An advanced degree in a relevant field (law, library and information sciences, public policy, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor degree
  • Expertise in copyright law and familiarity with related information-policy issues such as privacy, communications law, and First Amendment
  • Prior professional experience in libraries, higher education, and/or research institutions
  • Experience with international law and policy issues

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.

Recruitment

ARL is an equal opportunity employer, and is firmly committed to providing opportunities for outstanding persons of every race/ethnicity, gender, creed, and background. ARL encourages applications from candidates who thrive in diverse and inclusive environments.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. ARL offers competitive benefits including medical and dental insurance, sick leave, 22 days of vacation, and a 403(b) retirement plan.

Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately, and the posting will remain open until filled. Qualified applicants should submit a letter outlining interest and relevant experience, a résumé, and fill out the application form.

With questions about the position, contact: Judy Ruttenberg, senior director of scholarship and policy (judy@arl.org).

Job posted: 2020-06-08