Senior Policy Counsel, Worker Privacy

29 Dec, 2020


Senior Policy Counsel, Worker Privacy

Center for Democracy & Technology
Washington, DC

CDT is hiring a senior policy counsel to lead a new workstream on evolving technology and the workplace. This position will report to the director of the Privacy & Data Project, which works to enhance individual rights and corporate responsibility in the digital world. The position is based in CDT’s Washington, DC office (with remote work currently in effect due to COVID-19).

This position offers a leadership opportunity to engage on cutting edge issues around emerging technologies and workers’ rights. The Senior Policy Counsel will lead a new initiative focused on the specific ways in which new data-driven technologies affect workers. The initiative builds upon CDT’s existing work on the use of AI in hiring, the potential for data to perpetuate discrimination, and our years-long advocacy for comprehensive privacy legislation and for companies to adopt meaningful policies to protect (and prevent exploitative uses of) users’ data. The initiative will center employment issues and workers’ interests in these conversations, with a particular focus in its initial phase on the use of AI-driven tools in hiring and employee evaluation, and the increasing use of surveillance technology in the workplace.

The Senior Policy Counsel will help set the direction for and manage the execution of this project, including by forging collaborations with labor organizations, workers’ rights, and civil rights groups engaging on these issues. The Senior Policy Counsel will conduct factual and legal research and draft legal, legislative, and policy documents, including legislation, reports and blogs. We seek a committed advocate who will develop substantive policy positions and written work product, work collaboratively with organizational partners, and pursue an ambitious and creative advocacy agenda before policymakers, regulators, employer associations, and companies alike.

About CDT 

For twenty-five years, CDT has been a leading nonprofit public interest organization, working at the cutting edge of digital rights policy. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT engages in a variety of strategies to enhance civil liberties and human rights in the digital age, including advocacy, public education, and research. CDT works on legislation, participates in agency rule-makings, engages in litigation, and fosters consensus-building among public interest and private sector stakeholders. Key issue areas include free expression, privacy and data, government surveillance, cybersecurity and standards, open internet, election security, and competition.

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:

  • Conducting in-depth legal research and analysis of technologies, data systems, and policies that impact workers and employers;
  • Collaborating with labor organizations, workers’ rights and civil rights groups to set advocacy priorities;
  • Developing policy recommendations for public- and private-sector actors;
  • Drafting advocacy documents such as policy papers, blog posts, press releases, testimony, and agency comments;
  • Advocating before executive branch and legislative policymakers;
  • Engaging industry to advance best practices through written materials, public speaking engagements, trainings, and direct-to-company advocacy;
  • Representing CDT in the media and at public events; and
  • Developing and maintaining productive relationships with other advocates, academics, technologists, and communities.

This position will contribute to other Privacy and Data issue areas as appropriate.


An ideal candidate will have:

  • 7+ years of technology law or policy experience, with some background in civil, consumer, or human rights advocacy;
  • Exceptional written communication, analytical, and problem solving skills;
  • Ability to contribute individually and as a leader within CDT and the broader advocacy community;
  • Ability to work with diverse stakeholders;
  • Experience developing concrete and actionable proposals while maintaining a longer term, pro-worker vision;
  • Commitment to advancing equity, individual rights, and social justice in the design, deployment, and governance of digital technologies.

Experience with employment or labor law is strongly preferred, but not required.


Salary is commensurate with experience and 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 resume, cover letter, and writing sample 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