Are you concerned about the growing power that digital platforms and telecommunications companies have over people’s lives? Do you believe that corporations as well as governments have a responsibility to respect human rights? Do you enjoy the challenge of making complex ideas accessible to funders, policymakers, journalists, advocates, and the general public alike? If so, Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) encourages you to apply to become our Communications Officer/Senior Communications Officer.
RDR (see rankingdigitalrights.org) is a research initiative housed at the Open Technology Institute at New America, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute based in Washington, D.C. Since 2015, RDR has ranked the world’s most powerful digital platforms and telecommunications companies on their policies and practices affecting users’ freedom of expression and privacy in its annual RDR Corporate Accountability Index. RDR operates as a remote team, with staff working from D.C., New York, Berlin, and Budapest. For more about the project please see our website at https://rankingdigitalrights.org.
RDR seeks a Communications Officer or Senior Communications Officer with at least four years of experience and can demonstrate progressive communications responsibilities. The ideal candidate should have a proven track record in communications for a research organization or a human rights nonprofit, or a related field. They will have versatile writing skills and be comfortable leveraging social media to support our external and donor communications efforts.
They will spend about two-thirds of their time on external communications and one-third of their time on proposal writing and donor reporting. They will also work with senior staff to develop and execute campaigns to support the launch of RDR’s research products, such as the RDR Corporate Accountability Index and our growing body of policy publications. The Communications Officer/Senior Communications Officer will also be encouraged to develop creative, measurable approaches to raising the visibility of RDR’s policy work and growing team of experts among key target audiences, including policymakers.
This team member will communicate RDR’s work to multiple stakeholder audiences, including donors, via multiple media channels. They will also lead a range of communications-related operations, including monitoring analytics and coordinating events and webinars with New America’s communications team. They will work closely with all members of the RDR team to ensure that all RDR’s work engages the audiences best positioned to shape internet policy that protects and respects human rights at this critical time.
Salary range begins at $60,000, and, along with the title, is negotiable for more candidates with more experience. In addition, our compensation packages include generous health and retirement benefits and paid time off.
RDR operates as a distributed team, with some staff based at New America in Washington, D.C., while other staff and contractors work from other locations around the world. We will consider applications from candidates based anywhere but prefer candidates who can overlap with a 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. day UTC -5 (Eastern Standard Time) for at least four hours a day.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three writing samples. The writing samples should demonstrate proficiency in two different genres of writing, e.g., social media, newsletter, blogpost, how-to or explanatory article, news article, op-ed, etc. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Please submit your application through the New America portal.
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