Government Affairs Policy Counsel/Advocate

14 Nov, 2019


Government Affairs Policy Counsel/Advocate

Public Knowledge
Washington, DC

Position Summary: The Government Affairs Policy Counsel/Advocate will play a key role in implementing Public Knowledge’s government affairs strategy, through advocacy, strategy development, and relationship building in Congress, at Federal agencies, within the Executive Branch and across the public interest field.

Position Status: Full‐time

Location: Washington, D.C.

Reports to: Policy Director

Essential Duties:

  • Assist in developing and implementing Public Knowledge’s privacy and data security strategy policy and advocacy strategy
  • Obtaining up to date information on privacy legislation and other technology legislative matters before Congress
  • Meet with key policymakers at the Federal Trade Commission, the White House, Congress and elsewhere to build support for strong privacy policies
  • Convene and work in coalition with various stakeholder groups to develop priorities and strategies to achieve strong privacy policies and to implement those strategies
  • Research and draft congressional testimony for legislative hearings on privacy policy and other telecommunications/technology policy issues
  • Serve as a resource to allies and other non-­D.C. based groups in building advocacy strategy and relationships with policymakers
  • Coordinate development of Public Knowledge advocacy materials
  • Serve as a spokesperson and resource to the media within areas of expertise


  • A college graduate with a passion for privacy policy, knowledge and interest in technology, and a demonstrated interest in the political process and advocacy in the public interest
  • Law or other Graduate degree a plus
  • Three or more years of experience with Capitol Hill, Federal agencies, or other relevant policy-‐related experience
  • Familiarity with legislative efforts on privacy and other technology policy preferred
  • Experience conducting legislative or issue advocacy and developing partnerships with a wide range of organizations and constituencies
  • Experience drafting legal/advocacy documents such as briefs and model legislation preferred
  • Full comprehension of the influences of the regulatory and government agencies
  • Demonstrated ability to create advocacy strategies
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Sound judgment and ability to analyze situations and information
  • Strong communications skills
  • A creative self-­starter who can devise new, innovative outreach methods
  • A willingness and ability to learn complex technological and legal issues quickly
  • The ability to produce high-­quality results on tight deadlines and with little oversight

Compensation: Public Knowledge provides competitive compensation, excellent benefits and opportunities for professional growth.

To Apply: Send a resume including salary history; cover letter stating your interest in Public Knowledge, and at least one writing sample (max. 5 pages each) to:, with the subject line “Government Affairs Policy Counsel.” The deadline for applications is December 1, 2019.

Job posted: 2019-11-14