Policy Analyst / Senior Policy Analyst

26 Aug, 2020


Policy Analyst / Senior Policy Analyst

New America
Washington, DC

Are you concerned about the growing power that digital platforms and telecommunications companies have over people’s lives? Do you believe that corporations as well as governments have a responsibility to respect human rights? Do you enjoy bridging the gap between research and policy? If so, Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) encourages you to apply for a 6-month consultancy (full or part-time) to support our policy and stakeholder engagement work while our senior policy analyst is on parental leave. The position starts in October 2020.

Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) is a research program housed at the Open Technology Institute at New America, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute based in Washington, D.C. Since 2015, RDR has ranked the world’s most powerful digital platforms and telecommunications companies on their policies and practices affecting users’ freedom of expression and privacy in its annual RDR Corporate Accountability Index. RDR operates as a remote team, with staff working from Washington, D.C., Berlin, Budapest, and other locations.

Job Description

RDR seeks a candidate with at least five years of experience and who can demonstrate progressive policy and/or stakeholder engagement responsibilities as well as policy impact. The ideal candidate should have subject-matter expertise in human rights and technology policy. They should also exhibit a solid understanding of current relevant internet policy processes in the U.S. and in international and multilateral policy fora (United Nations, Council of Europe, OSCE, etc.). Previous policy or research experience related to online content moderation and governance (including targeted advertising and the use of artificial intelligence), privacy and data protection, and business and human rights is highly desirable. Knowledge of legislative processes in jurisdictions other than the U.S. (notably the European Union and its member states) is a plus.

As an RDR policy analyst, your primary responsibility will be to ensure that RDR research and policy products respond to emerging and evolving technology policy dilemmas affecting human rights, both in the U.S. and internationally. You will amplify RDR’s voice by seeking opportunities to incorporate the RDR Index data, methodology, indicators, findings, and recommendations into public discourse and policy debate.

You will participate in conferences, workshops, and other fora; contribute to high-level policy formation and public statements; and write regularly for both RDR and external publications. You will have versatile oral and written communication skills and be comfortable engaging with a variety of stakeholders, such as civil society organizations, government officials, and representatives of international and multilateral organizations. Experience with investor engagement or a willingness to expand into this area is desired. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we expect that engagement activities will be conducted remotely, and that no travel will be required. Success in this role will depend on developing strong relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, including civil society organizations, policymakers, and academics. The policy analyst reports to the director and works in close coordination with other staff, including members of the communications and research teams.

The policy analyst will also coordinate and track policy and stakeholder engagement activities conducted by other team members, and support grant applications and reports as needed.


  • Track relevant research, policy discussions, and advocacy efforts related to RDR’s issue areas through active engagement with civil society, policymaking, and academic communities;
  • Develop and maintain mechanisms to communicate the status of these conversations to the rest of the team, and use them to inform policy positions and talking points for RDR in coordination with the research and communications teams;
  • Contribute analysis to the RDR Corporate Accountability Index, pilot studies, and other research outputs. This includes reviewing analyses contributed by other colleagues to ensure that RDR research products are consistent with our policy positions and responsive to the broader conversation around technology policy, business, and human rights;
  • Advise external groups on adaptations of the RDR methodology, advocacy campaigns, and other activities related to technology policy, business and human rights;
  • Support the development of funding proposals to expand the project’s work in relation to new issues or regions;
  • Publicly represent RDR in the media, at conferences, and in other fora.


  • Advanced degree in communication, information science, political science, international relations, public policy, law, or related field, or equivalent experience;
  • Demonstrated subject-matter expertise in the intersection of technology policy with human rights and civil rights, including online freedom of expression and privacy;
  • Policy and/or stakeholder engagement experience in human rights and/or technology policy strongly preferred;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills (English);
  • Ability to take initiative and to collaborate and communicate effectively in a remote team;
  • Excellent time-management skills, including the ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines;
  • Detail-oriented and organized, with ability to creatively problem solve under pressure and anticipate needs;
  • Familiarity with collaborative platforms for scheduling, document sharing, and task management;
  • Fluency in a language other than English a plus.


This position can be a part-time or full-time consultancy for a minimum of six months. Monthly compensation will be equivalent to $70-90K annually.


RDR operates as a distributed team, with some staff based at New America in Washington, D.C., while other staff and contractors work from other locations around the world. We will consider applications from candidates based anywhere but prefer candidates who can overlap with a 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. day UTC -5 (Eastern Standard Time) for at least four hours a day.

Application Process

Please submit a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and a link to a video of a public speaking engagement (if none is available, you may substitute a third writing sample). The writing samples should demonstrate proficiency in two different genres of writing, e.g., blogpost, how-to or explanatory article, peer-reviewed publication, news article, op-ed, etc. Samples and videos that illustrate your relevant subject matter expertise are encouraged. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We will begin reviewing applications on September 4.

Please submit your application through the New America portal. We are not able to respond to phone calls or emails.

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New America is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization thereby creating a culture that allows us to better serve our clientele, our employees and our communities. We value and encourage the contributions of our employees and strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and drive outstanding results. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.

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Job posted: 2020-08-26