Director, Open Internet Project

Posted June 13

Washington, DC


Center for Democracy & Technology

CDT is a champion of global online civil liberties and human rights, driving policy outcomes that keep the Internet open, innovative, and free.

The Center for Democracy & Technology seeks an experienced lawyer or policy professional to lead its project on the open Internet. The position offers a rare and exciting opportunity to define and execute a strategy to shape law, public policy, and corporate practices on key issues of the digital age. Specific substantive areas of focus will depend on the candidate selected, but successful candidates will have significant experience with net neutrality, digital copyright, cybersecurity research, trade policy, and other intellectual property and telecommunications issues.


CDT is 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 free expression and privacy, 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. CDT has offices in Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Brussels. For more information, please visit our About page.


The responsibilities of the Director of CDT’s project on the open Internet include:

  • Thought leadership in identifying and analyzing Internet openness issues globally;
  • Legal and policy analysis and development of arguments and policy recommendations related to maintaining and strengthening the Internet’s openness;
  • Defining and implementing a proactive agenda for advocacy and engagement on priorities identified in collaboration with CDT’s President and other Directors;
  • Strategic planning and management of the project, including staff and resource supervision;
  • Coordination with CDT’s other policy teams;
  • Ability to think globally and identify international outcomes;
  • Authoring testimony, policy comments, articles, op-eds, and blog posts;
  • Identifying amicus opportunities and coordinating participation in strategic litigation with pro bono counsel, other advocates, and Internet companies;
  • Outreach and advocacy to a wide range of stakeholders including legislators, regulators, technologists, companies, advocates, and academics;
  • Representing CDT before policymakers, the media, and at conferences and other public events.


This position is intended for candidates with significant experience and a strong interest in articulating a strategic vision for the project. An ideal candidate would have:

  • A law or other graduate degree related to Internet and technology policy;
  • A minimum of 8 years’ experience in relevant legal or policy positions with increasing levels of responsibility and management experience;
  • Deep knowledge of Internet and technology law and policy issues, with experience in digital copyright or telecommunications law strongly preferred;
  • Strong issue-spotting and problem-solving skills and a passion for finding the right answers to hard problems;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including press experience;
  • Proven track record of successful engagement in legislative and executive/regulatory advocacy;
  • Knowledge of Internet technologies;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the open Internet and CDT’s public interest mission; and
  • An entrepreneurial and collaborative working style.

The position offers substantial autonomy and opportunity for thought leadership and professional development within a supportive team environment.


Salary is commensurate with experience and is competitive with public interest and government pay scales. CDT also offers excellent benefits, including health care and dental coverage, retirement plan and generous vacation and parental leave.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, along with a resume and short writing sample, to Deadline: Open until filled.

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