Technology Policy Fellow / Senior Fellow
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization based in Washington, DC. Founded in 1970 to support newly-elected
Black officials who were moving from civil rights activism into governance, the Joint
Center quickly evolved into America’s Black think tank. The organization’s mission is
to inform and illuminate the nation’s major public policy debates through research,
analysis, and information dissemination in order to improve the socioeconomic status
of Black communities in the United States; expand their effective participation in the
political and public policy arenas; and promote communications and relationships
across racial and ethnic lines to strengthen the nation’s pluralistic society.
The Joint Center’s Technology Policy Fellow / Senior Fellow will lead the Joint Center’s
tech policy program. The person will be responsible for building the Joint Center’s
expertise and influence on key tech policy issues through research, building the Joint
Center’s network of experts, and engaging in public education on timely policy issues
affecting Black communities.
The Fellow / Senior Fellow will complete research, write, and move through a rigorous
publications process to produce a number of written products, including
commentaries/op-eds, blog posts, fact sheets, policy briefs, and reports. To make an
impact, the Fellow/Senior Fellow will need to speak to the media, educate
policymakers, and provide input on Joint Center social media and other messaging
related to tech policy.
The Joint Center is a collaborative organization focused on the needs of many
stakeholders in Black communities. The Fellow / Senior Fellow will work with
stakeholders, including internal and external scholars, policymakers, private sector
thought leaders, advocates, and philanthropy to develop research questions, produce
publications, and convene conferences and events.
The Joint Center has a small team and operates much like a start-up. The ideal candidate
for this position should be entrepreneurial, creative, flexible, and comfortable working
in a quickly changing environment. The person should also be a critical thinker, a solid
communicator, and able to work on a team effectively.
The Joint Center is focused on the goal of driving policy change in service of the African
American community, and candidates for this role should be passionate about these
KEY ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
• Follow developments at the FCC, FTC, NTIA, relevant congressional committees,
DC tech think tanks, and DC tech advocacy organizations and participate in the
tech/telecom policy debate through op-eds, speaking engagements, meetings,
and policy analysis where appropriate.
• Represent the Joint Center in coalitions, with the media, at conferences, and at
other opportunities for public education on issues of tech policy and Black
• Convene tech experts to develop research questions on the impact on Black
communities of data privacy, surveillance, artificial intelligence, automated
decisionmaking, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, broadband
access and adoption, and related topics (“tech policy”).
• Produce Joint Center policy publications including commentaries/op-eds, blog
posts, fact sheets, policy briefs, and reports.
• Commission and manage external experts in producing commentaries, briefs,
and reports related to tech policy topics.
• Engage in outreach to identify, deepen relationships with, and work in coalition
with community stakeholders, key policymakers, philanthropy, and national
• Engage in development activities (research, donor engagement and relationship
maintenance, solicitation, and grant applications) to ensure the sustainability
and growth of the Joint Center and the tech program.
• Demonstrate the versatility and vision to support the Joint Center’s growth into
• Perform other duties as assigned.
• Graduate or Professional Degree Required.
• Demonstrated Research Experience: The successful applicant will have at least
5 years of work experience as a tech policy researcher or policy analyst,
preferably at a think tank, other research organization, or in government. A deep
understanding of research methods and the ability to scrutinize data to come to
evidence-based conclusions is important for the success of the program.
• Leadership: The ideal candidate will be visionary and forward-thinking.
• An Exceptional Writer and Editor: The successful candidate will be an excellent
communicator and will have experience breaking down dense jargon (e.g.,
computer science concepts, legislative language, or demographic data) for a lay
audience, community activists, journalists, and elected officials. A candidate
must demonstrate an ability to:
o Vary and tailor writing styles for various audiences and outlets and
modify writing styles to comport with the voice and style of the Joint
o Meet deadlines consistently; and
o Edit the work of others and help develop the research and writing skills
• An Exceptional Public Speaker: The successful candidate will have experience
with public speaking and interacting with the media.
• An Engaging Manager: The candidate will demonstrate an ability to build and
engage a community of experts on diversity issues, commission research
projects and manage external researchers, and manage internal policy analysts
and research assistants as the program grows.
• Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to participate in teams, including
a willingness to circulate widely, communicate openly, and listen to and learn
• The successful candidate will embody the Joint Center’s cultural values, which
include a commitment to the Joint Center’s mission, empowered Black
communities, rigor and excellence, producing work that has the greatest positive
impact on Black communities, constant feedback and growth, rest and self-care
outside of work, collaboration and respect, and taking responsibility for and
driving activities under the person’s portfolio.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, a resume, and a writing sample no
longer than five pages (may be an excerpt of a longer report or a compilation of shorter
pieces) in a single PDF file to the Joint Center at firstname.lastname@example.org with
“Technology Policy Senior Fellow” in the subject line. The deadline for submitting
materials is July 9, 2020. No phone calls please.
JOB-TYPE, SALARY & BENEFITS
This is a full-time, permanent position. The salary for this position is competitive
relative to comparable positions and comes with an excellent benefits package that
includes health, vision, dental, and life insurance.
The Joint Center is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any
employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race,
religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status.
Job posted: 2020-07-02