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Electronic Frontier Foundation Is Looking for a Few Good People

Looking for a job where you could make a difference? You might qualify for these current positions with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Here at FOSS Force we’re always keeping our eye out for open source community oriented job openings that might be of interest to our FOSS readership, and last week a couple from Electronic Frontier Foundation caught our attention.

For those who aren’t familiar, EFF is a nonprofit organization defending online privacy and free expression. While it’s not an open source organization, it shares many of the same values as the FOSS and free software communities, and advocates for change in areas that are very important to our communities — such as it’s ongoing battle to have issues with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act changed or removed.

The new job offerings are Associate Director of Community Organizing and Senior Speech and Privacy Activist, both of which offer competitive salaries, and come with benefit packages that include housing cost assistance, student loans assistance, medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 403(b)(7) retirement savings program with matching funds, paid time off, holiday benefits, paid parental leave, a dog-friendly workplace, and more.

The deadline for applying for both jobs is February 15, 2022.

Associate Director of Community Organizing

Here’s some information from EFF’s website about the Associate Director of Community Organizing position (click on the link to apply):

Classification: Exempt, Full-time, (40 hours/week)
Salary: $95,000 to $105,000 DOE
Expected hours of work: Typically Monday – Friday
Reports to: Activism Director
Supervisory Responsibilities: Organizing Team
Physical Demands: This position requires sitting and being in confined spaces (airplanes/cars/trains) for up to 8 hours when traveling, and the ability to move luggage and materials weighing up to 50lbs.
Location: You may work from San Francisco or you may work from another U.S. location. This position will need to keep Pacific time zone hours.

What You’ll Do

The Associate Director of Community Organizing, who reports to the Activism Director, is responsible for the following:

  • Determining EFA strategy, including prioritizing issue areas, recruiting new members, and facilitating collaboration with other EFF teams and colleagues;
  • Managing relationships with EFA members as well as external coalition partners and peer organizations;
  • Traveling and organizing events, as safety guidelines and considerations permit, to connect with EFA groups and facilitate regional and national convenings;
  • Supervising three Organizing staff;
  • Publicly representing EFF positions in the media, to policy makers, to peer advocacy organizations, and through other outlets.

What We’re Looking For

To be successful in this job, you’ll need:

  • Extensive community organizing experience: A demonstrated record of community organizing is essential, and does not necessarily need to be in digital civil liberties. You can translate your experience into a vision for how the Organizing team can best work with EFA groups, EFF colleagues, and other partners to further digital rights goals.
  • An inclusive approach to leadership and management: You approach leadership with a mindset of “power with” rather than “power over” and regularly include others in decision-making. You have experience managing multiple people and projects, and keeping tasks from slipping through the cracks. You use resources wisely, and can direct your staff’s time, talent, and resources towards the greatest likely impact.

Required Education & Experience

  • Extensive community organizing experience;
  • Management experience;
  • Familiarity with digital civil liberties issues;
  • A track record of successfully managing complex projects;
  • The ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders, both inside and outside the organization.

Senior Speech and Privacy Activist

Information, also from EFF’s website, about the Senior Speech and Privacy Activist position (click on the link to apply):

Classification: Exempt, Union, Full-time (40 hours/week)
Salary: $85,000 to $95,000 DOE
Expected hours of work: Typically Monday – Friday
Reports to: Associate Director of Digital Strategy
Supervisory Responsibilities: None
Location: Remote candidates will be considered for this position.

What You’ll Do

What You’ll Do

The Senior Speech and Privacy Activist, who reports to the Associate Director of Digital Strategy, is responsible for the following:

  • Writing blog posts, research papers, actions, email alerts, social media content, and other materials regularly;
  • Developing and managing activism campaigns and projects;
  • Collaborating with colleagues across EFF’s teams to determine the most effective responses to digital rights issues as they arise, including developing policy positions and setting activism strategies;
  • Managing relationships with peer advocacy groups and coalition partners as well as private company counterparts;
  • Publicly representing EFF positions in the media, to policy makers, to peer advocacy organizations, and through other outlets.

What We’re Looking For

To be successful in this job, you’ll need:

  • Extensive digital campaigning and advocacy experience: You have experience leading the development, launch, management, and assessment of online activism efforts. You think deeply about theories of change, especially as they pertain to companies. You know how to match strategies and tactics to goals, and aren’t afraid to take big bets or go “outside the box” when designing a campaign.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills: You have experience writing and editing collaboratively, including sharing and receiving feedback and navigating the disagreements that may come with it. You can research and write about public policy issues for diverse audiences, whether diving deep within your own expertise or pinch-hitting on related areas.
  • Familiarity with digital civil liberties issues: You have professional experience working on digital rights issues, particularly content moderation and consumer privacy. You can articulate the connections between otherwise siloed issue areas like privacy and competition or copyright and censorship.

Required Education & Experience

  • Extensive digital campaigning and advocacy experience;
  • Excellent writing skills, including writing and editing collaboratively and writing about public policy issues for a general audience;
  • Familiarity with digital civil liberties issues;
  • A track record of successfully managing complex projects;
  • The ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders, both inside and outside the organization.

Additional information about these positions are available by clicking on the link to the appropriate position.

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