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Policy Counsel, Privacy & Data Project

The Policy Counsel will be part of CDT’s Privacy & Data Project, reporting to the project’s director. The Privacy & Data Project team works to enhance individual privacy in the digital world by engaging with regulators and government agencies, empowering users, shaping corporate practices, and providing exemplary thought leadership in a variety of settings.


This position reports to the Director of Privacy & Data.  Responsibilities may include:

  • Conducting in-depth legal, policy and legislative research and analysis and developing privacy policy recommendations; 
  • Drafting legal and advocacy documents such as policy papers, blog posts, press releases, testimony, agency comments, and legal briefs and memoranda;
  • Advocating before executive branch and legislative policymakers;
  • Collaborating with industry and foundations to advance best practices in privacy, with an emphasis on the collection, sharing and use of unregulated health data for the first year;
  • Representing CDT in the media and at public events; and 
  • Developing and maintaining productive relationships with other advocates, academics, technologists, companies and communities.


This position is designed for a lawyer with demonstrated knowledge of privacy policy. 

Required qualifications:

  • A law degree and a minimum of 5 years of experience in law and public policy;
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills and demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Knowledge of and experience with laws relating to US privacy policy is a must; experience with GDPR preferred;
  • Experience working with a variety of diverse stakeholders and an understanding of how to productively bring those disparate positions together; 
  • Flexibility and the ability to respond to the issues of the day; and
  • Commitment to CDT’s mission to put democracy and individual rights at the center of the digital revolution.

Additional qualifications may include:

  • Familiarity with relevant policy institutions, including experience working in or with federal agencies or Congress;
  • Demonstrated experience with public speaking and communicating with the media; 
  • Existing relationships with key stakeholders, including policymakers, the press, advocates, and tech companies, and experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders and organizations;
  • Knowledge of emerging trends in technology and implications for users and society, including the influence of technology on human rights and civil liberties;
  • An understanding of how law, policy and technology may have a disparate impact on underserved or disadvantaged individuals and communities. 


Salary is commensurate with experience and is competitive with public interest and government pay scales. CDT provides a generous benefits package that includes health care and dental coverage, a retirement plan, paid vacation, sick days, and parental leave.

To Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to