Voting and Technology Fellow
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference has coordinated national lobbying efforts on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its 200-plus member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.
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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund seek a Voting Rights and Technology Fellow. This is an 18-month appointment that provides an opportunity to shape policies and improve public awareness about the impact of technology on voter engagement, as well as to help build technical capacity within civil rights organizations.
The Voting and Technology Fellow will deepen technology policy expertise on a range of issues including privacy, algorithmic decision-making, and artificial intelligence, and enhance advocacy capacity in coordination with civil rights organizations working on online voter suppression, intimidation, disinformation, and engagement. The Fellow will lead a new voting and technology working group that will serve as a vehicle for cross-sector collaboration and learning. The new voting and technology working group will build on past efforts by members of the Leadership Conference’s voting coalition and media/technology coalition to increase public accountability and to press major tech platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google to undertake routine civil rights audits to evaluate and analyze content that undermine voter engagement, to implement systemic reforms to combat voter suppression activity on their platforms, and to enact company standards and policies to improve and enhance civic engagement.
Ideal candidates will combine technical expertise with familiarity with voting rights and elections issues, and will be able to serve as a translator between platforms and civil rights groups on the potential challenges arising from the use of technology. This position will serve as a member of both the Voting Rights and Media/Tech program teams and will be expected to participate actively in team wide meetings and activities.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Building relationships, convening, and working with the voting rights coalition and other technology stakeholders to develop technology and voting policy priorities, principles, and strategies.
- Researching and drafting educational materials (such as policy briefs, fact sheets, regulatory filings, letters, statements, and FAQ) to increase public understanding of the impact of technology on voter engagement.
- Developing recommendations to increase platform accountability and transparency, and other important systemic reforms.
- Participating in coalition meetings, roundtable discussions, and product and policy briefings.
- Developing a strategy to effectuate technology policy reform at the federal, state, local levels.
- Meeting with and engaging key policymakers at the federal and state level to build support for policy reform.
- Providing regular updates in plain language to voting right advocates, including the Leadership Conference’s Voting Rights Task Force.
- Convening relevant technical parties, such as startup and tech companies, to advocate for practices and procedures that safeguard platforms users from voter suppression and that enhance voter engagement.
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree with minimum 5 years’ professional experience working with media, technology, advocacy, or policy organizations. Graduate degree is a plus.
- Strong ability to critically assess technologies relevant to the program area, particularly regarding usefulness, effectiveness, and potential impact.
- Sophisticated knowledge about existing and emerging technologies, and their potential intersections with voting rights issues.
- Experienced in understanding needs of individuals, organizations, or communities and collaboratively designing technical solutions to meet them.
- Strong communication skills, including the ability to collaborate with and articulate the potential impact of technology to diverse audiences – particularly those utilizing more traditional forms of engagement, and the ability to “translate” between technical and non-technical stakeholders so that everyone is on the same page.
- Self-motivated and disciplined with a high degree of comfort working both independently and collaboratively.
- Experience working with a range of individuals in the nonprofit sector, government, academic and/or the private sector.
- Demonstrated experience working effectively as part of a team and with colleagues of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
- Excellent analytical, oral presentation, writing, and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, shifting environment, navigate ambiguity, and work independently.
- Strong attention to detail, project management skills and the ability to work collaboratively.
Salary and Benefits:
This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and excellent benefits. This is an 18-month fellowship.
To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter detailing your fit with the position’s responsibilities, and salary requirements to: [email protected] with Voting and Tech Fellowship in the subject line. Only applications submitted by email will be considered.
The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, status as a veteran, age or disability.