The Week That Will Be

The Week That Will Be

By William Ford
Monday, April 2, 2018, 6:00 AM

Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar)

Wednesday, April 4 at 9:00 a.m.: The Brookings Institution will host a panel discussion on “Putin’s Next Act,” a look at how Russian President Vladimir Putin might define his next term and his legacy. Alina Polyakova will moderate a discussion among Julia Ioffe, Vladimir Kara-Murza, Angela Stent, and Strobe Talbott. Register to attend.

Wednesday, April 4 at 9:30 a.m.: The Center for Strategic and International Studies will host two panel discussions on “Investigations and Cross-Border Data After the CLOUD Act.” The first panel will examine U.S. data warrants in the wake of the CLOUD Act. The second panel will consider the future of law enforcement cooperation across borders. Register to attend or watch the event live.

Thursday, April 5 at 10:00 a.m.: The Brookings Institution will host an event on “Autonomous Weapons and International Law.” Mayor Pauline Krikke of the Hague will deliver introductory remarks and Mary Ellen O’Connell will deliver keynote remarks. Following this, Ted Piccone will moderate a panel discussion between O’Connell, Jeroen van den Hoven, and Ret. Maj. Gen. Charles Dunlap. Register to attend.

Thursday, April 5 at 12:00 p.m.: The Hudson Institute will host a panel discussion on “The Future of the JCPOA: Implications for the U.S., Its Allies, and Adversaries.” Discussants will include Michael Pregent, Oubai Shahbandar, Richard Goldberg, Michaela Dodge, and Michael Ledeen. Register to attend.

Thursday, April 5 at 12:00 p.m.: The Brookings Institution will host two panel discussions on “The Economic, Political, and Security Implications of Technology Transfer.” The first panel will explore innovation and technology transfer and the second will examine security and technology transfer. Register to attend.

Thursday, April 5 at 5:00 p.m.: The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will host a presentation by Gabriel Gorodetsky on “Meddling—How to Win Friends and Influence People: Ivan Maisky, Soviet Ambassador in London, 1932-1943.” William Burns and Strobe Talbott will join Gorodetsky in discussion after the presentation. Register to attend.

Thursday, April 5 at 5:00 p.m.: The Hoover Institution will host a discussion of Tim Maurer’s new book, “Cyber Mercenaries: The State, Hackers and Power.” Benjamin Wittes will join Maurer in discussion. Register to attend.

Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)

Director, Rework America Task Force

TITLE: Director

REPORT: Senior Principal, Rework America Task Force

LOCATION: New York, NY or Washington, DC

About Markle Foundation:

Markle is a private foundation with a long commitment to deploying the power of communications and information technologies for public benefit. Markle achieves its objectives by directly operating projects in its areas of inquiry and does not make grants in response to unsolicited proposals. Markle has a demonstrated history of impact in its past work. More information is available at


The Rework America Task Force (RATF) seeks to transform our labor market from one solely focused on traditional credentials like degrees and work history, to one rooted in the skills needed for the jobs of the 21st century. We will harness the same forces disrupting our economy, from Big Data to Artificial Intelligence, to connect all Americans - especially the almost seven in ten Americans without a college degree - to new opportunities and training for in-demand jobs. We will advance a modern labor market that aligns the skills of our workforce to the needs of our employers, keeping American businesses competitive and giving American workers clear pathways to quality jobs over the course of their lives.

Ideal Profile

The RATF team is small, action-oriented and fast-paced. We are passionate about our mission, keen to learn, and enjoy what we do. We’re seeking candidates who excel in relationship-

building, are results-oriented, and have strong research and analytical skills. Given the entrepreneurial nature of the Task Force, all team members execute a diverse portfolio of projects and contribute to the team through execution of pilots, supporting multiple initiatives and collaborating across teams and partner organizations.

Required Competences:

  • A demonstrated commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles, balancing creativity and practical business judgment.

  • A record of success in developing and seeking out the next challenge and thinking outside constraints to get things done, operating with a clear sense of purpose while being comfortable with ambiguity and change.

  • A proven ability to develop and maintain relationships among many different types of people, especially at high-levels, and to apply critical interpersonal and judgment skills to affect outcomes.

Preferred Competencies:

  • Knowledge of workforce and/or education policy issues.


The Director will work with the two co-Directors to provide the Rework America Task Force chair, Task Force members and associated Working Groups with substantive guidance and advice surrounding U.S. labor market trends, related impacts of automation and technological advancements, workforce management, worker education and upskilling, trends in technology and Artificial Intelligence, and employer skills-based practices. The Directors drive deliverables from the Task Force to support the Task Force mission of enabling all Americans continued access to the American Dream. The principal responsibilities include:

  • Participate in developing the substantive underpinnings for Task Force objectives. Prepare materials, engage experts, supervise work product development and deliverables.

  • Provide advice and assistance to the RATF Chair, in the form of written products, research, articles for publication and RATF meeting materials, as directed.

  • Provide expertise and substantive direction to RATF Working Groups, guiding their outputs consistent with the goals of the RATF generally and the RATF Chair, specifically.

  • Conduct outreach to experts, policymakers, and other relevant actors to inform RATF objectives and outcomes.

  • Collaborate with Task Force staff and contractors as necessary to ensure appropriate subject matter expertise is available to Task Force members and Working Groups.

  • Identify opportunities for the Task Force to engage in the national debate surrounding the future of work and ways to incentivize change in the U.S. labor market.

  • Other tasks and responsibilities as requested or as assigned.

Job Details

  • Status: Full-time

  • Salary: Competitive

  • Travel: Moderate

  • Degree or credential Requirements: None.

  • Markle is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations and marital status.

  • Applying: Please submit cover letter and resume to:, subject line: Director Application