Assistant Director,Technology Policy, Research and Advocacy

Anti-Defamation League

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POSITION TITLE: Assistant Director, Technology Policy, Research and Advocacy
REPORTS TO: Director of Policy and Research, CTS
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: None
LOCATION: Anywhere ADL has an office
Grade/Class: Grade E, Exempt, PSA Eligible

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is the leading anti-hate organization in the world. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today, ADL continues to fight antisemitism and all forms of hate using innovation and partnerships to drive impact. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no individual or community suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt—an accomplished leader and entrepreneur in the corporate, public, and nonprofit sectors—was recruited to the organization in July 2015. He has injected new energy and brought a bold vision to the agency. Under Jonathan’s leadership, ADL is transforming itself, upgrading its capabilities and pioneering new horizons.

PRIMARY FUNCTION:

As a key member of the Center for Technology and Society (CTS) team and a member of ADL’s cross-organizational tech policy group, you’ll coordinate rapid response to breaking news around tech policy connected to ADL’s issues, providing expertise on the agency’s response and seeking input from relevant experts. You will provide tech policy analysis and develop relevant background and briefing materials for ADL staff and outside stakeholders, including analysis of technology company reports, policies, guidelines and practices. You’ll be responsible for keeping abreast of the tech policy field, and particularly the policies, guidelines and practices of social media and other platforms that are relevant to identifying, understanding, removing and otherwise mitigating online hate and harassment. You also will coordinate and track ADL’s relationships with technology platforms and contribute to CTS’ engagement strategy with the tech industry, including meeting with senior platform executives, preparing briefs and debriefs, and escalating online incidents that occur to ADL’s constituents.

You will collaborate with ADL’s Technology Policy & Advocacy Counsel alongside colleagues across the agency to analyze technology-related laws, bills and other regulatory measures on the federal and state levels, help prepare Congressional and state legislative testimony, briefings and other meetings, and may also participate in such briefings, as well as in other educational activities. You will collaborate across the team and across the organization on areas of technology policy. Additionally you will support public advocacy campaigns conducted by the Center for Technology and Society such as the Stop Hate for Profit campaign and Backspace Hate and will participate in coalitions and working groups with civil society partner organizations.

Responsibilities

Primary

  • Respond to breaking news relevant to tech policy, including drafting tweets and talking points for executives.
  • Conduct policy research, analyzing tech company policies and providing background and briefing materials for ADL staff and outside stakeholders.
  • Analyze external research reports from civil society and academic researchers, transparency reports from tech platforms, and external advocacy campaigns; prepare summaries and debriefs.
  • Contribute to strategy and recommendations for advocacy campaigns such as Backspace Hate and Stop Hate for Profit.
  • Coordinate relationships with technology platforms, including participating in advocacy meetings as ADL’s representative.
  • Coordinate incident reporting escalation to technology platforms and prepare regular reports on efficacy.

Secondary 

  • Assist in managing relationships with civil society partner organizations.
  • Participate in civil society coalitions and working groups as ADL’s representative.
  • Analyze proposed tech policy legislation, including transparency bills, section 230 reform, and future directions of such legislation.
  • Support legislative efforts and lobbying, including preparing testimony and managing relationships with legislative staffers.

Qualifications

Must haves:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of technology policy around subjects such as content moderation, hate speech, toxicity/abuse, safety, reporting metrics, transparency, etc.
  • Commitment to civil rights advocacy, including fighting antisemitism, racism, misogyny, and other forms of hate and oppression.
  • Strong written/verbal skills.
  • Ability to work cross-functionally across a variety of teams and types of expertise.

Nice to Haves:

  • Conversant in social science research such as qualitative or quantitative studies.
  • Knowledge of legal landscape including section 230 reform, mandated transparency, data privacy, surveillance advertising, first amendment rights, etc.

Education/Experience:

  • BA degree in relevant field and/or work experience (e.g., sociology, anthropology, political science, science and technology studies, communication, media studies, information studies, etc.)
  • 3-5 years work experience in civil society tech advocacy or tech industry trust and safety.
  • MA or MPP in social science or tech policy or equivalent work experience in civil society, industry, or journalism a big plus.

Work Environment:

  • ADL COVID-19 Protocol (updated periodically): ADL is adhering to CDC, State, local, and Federal orders regarding COVID-19. ADL requires that all employees are vaccinated with exceptions for medical and religious accommodations. ADL may require proof of vaccination. This role will start as a remote position but may transition to a hybrid environment when offices reopen.

Compensation:  

  • This position is a Grade E1, which has a salary midrange of $66,500 to $83,500. This salary midrange is reflective of a position based in  New York, New York. Please note that actual salaries are commensurate with experience and reflect the budget for a given position, and since ADL has a location-based compensation structure, there may be a different range for candidates in other locations.

ADL values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply. ADL is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment, hiring, promotions and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment shall be maintained in a manner which does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, marital status, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or military status, or in violation of any applicable Federal, state or local laws. 

ADL will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation to support the interview process, please contact Talent & Knowledge at talentacquisition@adl.org

ADL will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and all other applicable State, Local, and Federal laws.

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