Policy & Communications Director at Global Network Initiative

Launched in 2008, the Global Network Initiative (GNI) brings together technology companies, civil society organizations, investors, and academics to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy rights in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.

GNI is seeking a dynamic Policy and Communications Director to work with GNI’s multi-stakeholder membership to advocate for freedom of expression and privacy rights worldwide. 

The central pillars and key activities of the GNI include:

  • A framework of Principles and Implementation Guidelines designed to help companies make responsible and informed decisions regarding online privacy and expression
  • An independent accountability mechanism focused on the GNI Principles and Implementations Guidelines by member companies, including public reporting and internal dialogue regarding implementation challenges
  • Board committees and collaborative workstreams focused on developing and strengthening GNI’s approach to shared learning, policy engagement, communications, accountability and other issues
  • Shared learning opportunities with participants, designed to develop resources, strategies and other mechanisms to respond to complex and emerging issues 
  • Engagement with policymakers and other key stakeholders around the world.

Position Responsibilities: The Policy and Communications Director will be based in Washington DC, report to the Executive Director based in Amsterdam and closely work together with GNI Board members and committees internationally.  The position responsibilities include:

  • Formulate and articulate GNI’s policy positions in collaboration with the Executive Director and Board committees
  • Draft policy papers, reports, op-eds and other statements on the Internet and freedom of expression and privacy, including leading the GNI annual report
  • Grow and manage GNI’s presence through varied communications activities, channels and venues, including press & media relations, development and coordination of GNI’s online presence, and the organization of meetings, conferences, learning calls and other events
  • Conduct research and policy analysis on issues relating to freedom of expression and privacy online
  • Facilitate the work of the Board and Board committees on policy, learning, outreach and communications
  • Conduct other tasks as appropriate to support GNI's mission.

Qualifications: This position is applicable for people with at least 5 years of relevant experience.  An ideal candidate would demonstrate the following:

  • Experience in internet/technology policy, human rights, and media policy
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Confidence  in multi-stakeholder settings working with diverse constituencies
  • Nuanced understanding of and engagement in the new and social media space, including content development
  • Experience in journalism and/or media relations
  • Expertise managing online communications 
  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail, resourcefulness, and creativity
  • Self-motivation, personal accountability, and team-orientation
  • Graduate degree or equivalent experience in a relevant field and interest in public policy related to human rights, business, and technology
  • Fluency in English is required and proficiency in another language preferred.

Job title: Policy & Communications Director

Location: Washington DC

Salary: Commensurate with experience. GNI provides a benefits package that includes health care and dental coverage, paid vacation, sick days and parental leave.

To apply: Please send an email explaining your interest in GNI and freedom of expression and privacy online, along with a resume and short writing sample, to [email protected].

Closing date: 22 June 2015