Technology & Innovation Policy Analyst

11 Jan, 2021


Technology & Innovation Policy Analyst

American Action Forum
Washington, DC

The American Action Forum (AAF) is a forward-looking, non-profit policy institute dedicated to keeping America strong, free and prosperous. It seeks to promote common-sense, innovative, and solutions-based policies that will reform government, challenge outdated assumptions, and create a smaller, smarter government that will serve its citizens better. As a unique, fast-paced “action” tank, we use the modern tools of communications to deploy ideas; engage Americans in the debate over the boundaries of government policy, personal freedoms, and market incentives; and educate and challenge the media to explore these issues and shape the next generation of political leaders.

Job Summary

The Technology & Innovation Policy Analyst will work with the Director of Technology & Innovation Policy and other AAF researchers on a variety of tasks. This position will be responsible for original research and analysis of key technology, telecom, data privacy, and related policy proposals, legislative initiatives and enacted laws. The Technology & Innovation Policy Analyst will be expected to write concise research papers, contribute data analysis to larger written products, and support the Director of Technology & Innovation Policy with timely analysis and background memos. This position will work on the larger AAF policy team and report to the Director of Technology & Innovation Policy.

A successful candidate will be a detail-oriented, have a firm grasp of key issues in tech and telecom policy, and have excellent quantitative research skills. Strong verbal and written communication skills are required.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • This position is responsible for assisting with AAF’s technology & innovation policy products, and must be proactive about pursuing research and locating data sources
  • This position requires the ability to investigate a wide swath of relevant policy questions in order to succinctly explain key policy issues

Qualifications and Skills

  • Degree in economics, public policy, political science or related field. Statistics or law coursework preferred
  • Broad working knowledge of key tech and telecom issues
  • Strong research skills and demonstrable expertise working with various research databases or statistical packages. Experience using statistical packages (such as SAS, STATA, or R) or legal databases (such as LexisNexis, West Law) is useful but not essential
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task and shift priorities efficiently with little notice
  • An interest in working for a think tank that emphasizes smaller government, sensible conservative policy solutions, and smart policy options that benefit the American public and avoid unnecessary federal government overreach


Health coverage, paid time off, retirement savings plan, cell phone reimbursement, gym membership. Salary commensurate with experience.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample of no more than 1000 words.

Please note that this is a full-time position based in Washington, DC. This position requires full time physical presence at AAF’s DC office as soon as public health indicators allow AAF to return employees to their pre-pandemic work schedules. The position may be remote until that time. The American Action Forum is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, citizenship status, or sexual orientation. We are unable to sponsor work visas for this project, and applicants will be asked to provide proof of ability to work legally in the United States after accepting a job offer.

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Job posted: 2021-01-11