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Fellow and Policy Manager, Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative

Department: Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative
Location: Washington, DC
Job Type: Full-time

The German Marshall Fund seeks to hire a Fellow and Policy Manager to join the new Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative. DIDI harnesses GMF’s extensive networks across the US and Europe to bridge the gap between 20th century policies and 21st century technology. We foster best practices to ensure that the next waves of innovation will support – rather than undermine-- democratic values. DIDI will lead the effort to connect Silicon Valley with the transatlantic policy community to catalyze inclusive innovation that strengthens democracy, with a focus on: (1) digital platforms, (2) work, entrepreneurship, and a social contract, (3) Artificial Intelligence and frontier technologies. DDI will develop new agile, open, and accountable approaches by bringing together policymakers, civil society, technologists, entrepreneurs, and investors from both sides of the Atlantic to identify improvements in policy, institutions, business models, and practices.

The Fellow and Policy Manager will report to Senior Fellow and Director of DIDI Ambassador (ret.) Karen Kornbluh to conduct in depth research and policy development around challenges to industry and policy related developments.  The Policy Manager will be a visible spokesperson and representative of GMF and will be expected to develop the formats for high-level meetings and briefings, and track policy developments in the US and Europe. This person will also grow and foster networks and partnerships, representing and presenting the initiative’s work to policy makers, funders and stakeholders at conferences in the US and Europe.  The position will involve a mix of research, analysis, writing, management, budgeting and grant writing.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Conduct in-depth research and stay up to date on tech industry and policy-related developments.
  • Write policy papers, op eds and blog posts. Edit papers written by others.
  • Track policy developments in the US and Europe
  • Assist the Director in managing, growing, and fostering networks and partnerships; work collaboratively within the program and with other GMF departments
  • Conceptualize and organize events and coordinate with Congressional Relations team to organize Congressional briefings.
  • Represent the technology program with policymakers, funders and other stakeholders and at conferences in the US and Europe.
  • Manage the work of contractors and vendors.
  • Develop communications materials for program initiatives.
  • Assist in developing and tracking project budgets, proposals, and grant reports.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Substantive knowledge of major technology policy and legal issues, especially related to digital platforms, telecommunications/media, AI, cyber security.
  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated experience (5-7 years) in the private, public, or nonprofit sectors working part of that time on technology policy
  • Self-motivated with good judgment about solving programs, juggling competing priorities, and communicating about priority setting with a team
  • Excellent project management skills and an ability to meet rapid, multiple deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to develop and maintain high-level contacts
  • Strong computer skills (MS office and database management) and budgeting
  •  Master's degree in social sciences, technology/public policy, or international relations preferred
  • Background in technology policy.

Please provide a cover letter and your salary requirements.  

GMF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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