Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar)
Monday, Apr. 29 at 10:30 a.m.: The Brookings Institution will host Michael O’Hanlon for a discussion on his new book “The Senkaku Paradox: Risking Great Power War Over Small Stakes.” Rachel Martin will join O’Hanlon in discussion. Register to attend.
Monday, Apr. 29 at 12:00 p.m.: The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will host a discussion on Trump’s Iran Escalation. Discussants will include Suzanne Maloney; William Burns; and Gen. David Petraeus, the former CIA director. Karim Sadjadpour will moderate the discussion. Watch the event live.
Tuesday, Apr. 30 at 10:00 a.m.: The Center for a New American Security will host an event on The Future of U.S. Coercive Economic Measures. Jacob Lew, the former treasury secretary, will deliver keynote remarks, followed by a panel discussion involving Peter Harrell, the former deputy assistant secretary of state for counter threat finance and sanctions; David Cohen, the former deputy director of the CIA; Elizabeth Rosenberg, the former senior advisor to the undersecretary of the treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence; Adam Szubin, the former acting undersecretary of the treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence; Daleep Singh, the former acting assistant secretary of the treasury for financial markets; and Gary Shiffman, the former customs and border protection chief of staff. RSVP to attend.
Tuesday, Apr. 30 at 11:00 a.m.: The Brookings Institution will host Secretary of the Army Mark Esper for a conversation titled “Is the Army Ready for Great Power Competition?” Michael O’Hanlon will join Esper in conversation. Register to attend.
Tuesday, Apr. 30 at 2:00 p.m.: The Brookings Institution will host an event on “A Global Approach to Defeating ISIS.” Bruce Jones will deliver introductory remarks, followed by a keynote address from Amb. Nathan Sales, the coordinator for counterterrorism at the State Department. Daniel Byman will then moderate a discussion with Sales. Register to attend or watch the event live.
Wednesday, May 1 at 10:00 a.m.: The Center for Strategic and International Studies will host Dmitry Adamsky for a discussion on his new book “Russian Nuclear Orthodoxy.” Jeffrey Mankoff will moderate the discussion between Adamsky and Michael Kofman. Register to attend.
Wednesday, May 1 at 3:00 p.m.: CSIS will host an event on Democracy and Justice in the Age of Disinformation. Suzanne Spaulding, the former undersecretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security, will deliver introductory remarks. Two panel discussions will follow these remarks. The first will examine the threat landscape; the second will explore how to build societal and institutional resilience. The event will close with keynote remarks from Michael Chertoff, the former secretary of homeland security. Register to attend or watch the event live.
Call for Papers
The National Intelligence University, in collaboration with the NCR Intelligence Studies Consortium, is pleased to announce a Call for Papers. The NIU will be holding a Faculty Works-in-Progress Conference at the Intelligence Community Campus-Bethesda (ICC-B) facility in Bethesda, Maryland on Thursday, June 20, 2019. We are accepting submissions on any unclassified topic related to National Security Law and/or Professional Ethics.
Please email an abstract (500 words or less) in Word or PDF format to co-chairs Dr. Christopher Bailey ([email protected]) and Dr. David Kritz ([email protected]). The deadline to submit an abstract is Friday, May 3, 2019. Decisions will be made by Friday, May 17. If your paper is selected for presentation, please be prepared to submit a draft of your paper to the organizers by Friday, May 31. We anticipate selecting between six and eight papers for presentation, as well as inviting a limited number of other persons to attend this small group event.
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Date Posted: 03/04/2019
Job Type: Attorney Position
Schedule: Long-term & full-time
Experience: Lateral 3+ years
Bar membership required: At time of application
Practice Areas: Administrative Law, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Clinical Education, First Amendment, Litigation, National Security
The mission of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP) is to use the power of the courts to defend American constitutional rights and values. Based at Georgetown University Law Center, ICAP draws on expert litigators, savvy litigation strategy, and the constitutional scholarship of Georgetown to vindicate individuals’ rights and protect America’s constitutional way of life.
At the heart of the Institute is its litigation work. The courts remain a critical venue in which constitutional claims can be vindicated, and the Institute uses that venue by bringing its own litigation, working with partners to do so, filing amicus briefs, and supporting others’ efforts to litigate in furtherance of constitutional rights and values. In an era when constitutional discourse, including in the context of litigation, tends to be politically polarized, the Institute offers vital understandings of the Constitution and its protections that draw on scholarship and a wide range of practical experience, including extensive service in the Federal Government.
ICAP currently serves as counsel or co-counsel in a wide range of lawsuits fighting to defend key constitutional rights and values, such as:
- Challenging the city of St. Louis, Missouri's use of money bail to detain people before trial without any inquiry into their ability to pay and whether detention is necessary to serve a compelling governmental interest.
- Defending two cities in Indiana against challenges claiming that their welcoming city ordinances, designed to build trust between law enforcement and immigrant communities violate state law.
- Challenging predatory schemes for collecting fines and fees from the indigent in Oklahoma.
- Challenging as a substantial burden on religious exercise the government’s attempt to build the border wall in south Texas where it would cut off a historic chapel on the south side of the wall.
- Representing a military veteran seeking to keep his lawfully adopted daughter in the United States.
- Representing the U.S. House of Representatives as amicus curiae in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the Commerce Department’s decision to include a citizenship question on the 2020 decennial census questionnaire.
The Litigator works closely with the Institute’s Senior Litigator, Executive Director, other ICAP attorneys, research assistants, and students enrolled in a Constitutional Impact Litigation Practicum at Georgetown Law. The Litigator, drawing on extensive previous legal writing and litigation experience, will develop potential cases for ICAP to litigate, draft and review court documents for filing at the trial and appellate levels, and argue and prepare others on litigation teams to argue at the trial and appellate levels. The Litigator also will assist in supervising students engaged in research and other support of ICAP’s litigation work. The Litigator will work as part of the ICAP team conceptualizing and implementing litigation strategies and tactics in complex court cases, including cases involving multiple plaintiffs and defendants; class actions; cases involving a wide range of legal claims, potentially to include a mix of federal-law and state- law claims; and cases arising in federal courts as well as in state courts around the country. Duties include but are not limited to:
- Briefing and arguing cases in state and federal courts
- Developing cases and litigation strategies, including through extensive fact gathering
- Communicating with media about ICAP's advocacy
- Providing supervision, mentorship, feedback, and guidance to practicum students
- Refining legal writing generated by practicum students and incorporating it into briefing
- Bachelor's degree and a Juris Doctorate (JD)
- At least 7 years of experience in legal work, preferably litigation, after law school
Dependent on Experience
Please send resume and cover letter to reach[email protected]
FUNCTION: Legal Intern
DIRECT SUPERIOR: Legal Adviser / Deputy Head of Delegation
TERMS: This is a full-time, paid internship position with benefits (USD 34’827 p.a. non-negotiable).
Contract Period is 12 months, non-renewable.
Expected start date 18 June 2019.
Minimum required knowledge & experience:
- A university degree in law or international relations, preferably at the Master’s level.
- Very good knowledge of International Humanitarian Law (IHL). Good knowledge of International Human Rights Law and the United Nations an asset.
- Excellent oral and written skills in English, good understanding of another working-language of the UN an asset.
- Good Microsoft Office software skills (Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, etc.).
- Ideally a US Citizen or green-card holder, but students on OPT will be considered.
The intern will provide support to the Legal Adviser/ Deputy Head of Delegation, and other units/departments, as necessary.
Main Responsibilities will include:
1. Contributing to the Delegation’s legal analysis of current themes and supporting the work of the Legal Adviser/ Deputy Head of Delegation.
2. Monitoring developments at the United Nations (UN), including Security Council and General Assembly debates, media coverage, UN websites and relevant legal and political blogs, to identify significant developments of interest to the Delegation.
3. Attending and representing the ICRC at meetings at the UN, Permanent Missions to the UN, academic institutions and think tanks.
4. Drafting regular and timely reports and analyses on meetings and events attended, as well as relevant developments reported in external sources.
5. Researching and drafting reports and reviewing documents on legal issues and other topics related to the work of the Delegation, including primarily, but not exclusively, on international humanitarian law.
6. Assisting with managerial and administrative tasks as necessary, including the coordination of ICRC expert missions to New York, timely submission of ICRC reports and statements to the UN and maintenance of legal files and records and preparing materials for workshops, seminars and external meetings.
Please submit resume and cover letter to Dolorosa ArrummBrungs ([email protected]) by the deadline of 29 March 2019. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
The R Street Institute—a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices across the country—seeks to hire a fellow for a new position conducting policy research on children and technology. If you care about children, believe in free markets and want to make a real difference in public policy, this may be the opportunity for you.
Specifically, the Technology and Innovation Policy department at R Street is looking to develop a program that investigates the role of technology as it affects children. Issues and areas of focus will largely be up to the discretion of the selected fellow, but may include the following:
- Privacy laws and regulations, particularly pertaining to children
- Children’s use of social media and other online technologies
- Educational use of technology
- Free expression interests particularly as they relate to children
- Reviewing scientific literature on children and technology
Your typical day at R Street may include revising a research paper on a proposed change to privacy law, briefing an FTC staffer on R Street’s newest research and providing a reporter with insight about the impacts of social media on child development. The position will report to the Director of Technology and Innovation Policy.
Skills and Qualifications
- Demonstrated interest and experience in issues such as privacy, education, children’s welfare and human development.
- Knowledge of and enthusiasm for relevant technology policy areas, including privacy, free speech and online advertising.
- Familiarity with at least some of the key legal regimes such as COPPA, FTC authority, CDA Section 230 and advertising regulations.
- Passion for free markets and limited, effective government.
- At least five years of experience pertinent to this position. While full-time experience in the paid workforce is certainly valuable, other types of experience such as caring for children who are members of one’s own family or volunteering for a non-profit may also be germane. If this type of non-workforce experience does not appear on your resume, please outline it in your cover letter.
- An educational background that will support your work in this position. An advanced degree pertinent to the work such as a J.D., a Master’s Degree in Public Policy/Government, Master of Arts in Teaching, or a Master’s Degree in Child Development is highly desirable. Significant relevant experience and proven accomplishments related to this position can, however, take the place of these or any other specific educational credentials.
- A sense of humor and a desire to grow with a dynamic organization.
This is a full-time job based in Washington, D.C. R Street is growing rapidly but remains a close-knit team.
R Street strives to provide a compensation package superior to those at other think tanks and nonprofits. In addition to a highly competitive salary, we provide a health insurance option entirely paid by the employer (even for families), wellness benefits, an employer-subsidized mobile phone benefit, 401(k) contributions with up to a four percent match and an exceptionally generous vacation policy.
R Street does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, era of military service, gender identity, relationship structure or anything else that's illegal, immoral or stupid to use as a basis for hiring.
We currently plan to accept applications for this job until it is filled. We will contact ideal individuals for telephone interviews and conduct them on a rolling basis. We will hold in-person interviews in our D.C. office.
To apply, please upload a cover letter, resume, and writing sample in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
The R Street Institute—a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices across the country—seeks an expert on national security and cybersecurity to join a growing world-class team focused on finding real solutions to some of the toughest challenges that society faces in these areas. If you are the right fit, you will report to the Institute’s Director of National Security and Cybersecurity. If you want to join an energetic organization and do something extraordinary, this may be just the opportunity you need.
Your typical day at R Street would include finishing edits on a major policy paper that you drafted, writing a new op-ed on cybersecurity topics; doing a television interview on a recent cyber intrusion; and briefing a senior Congressional staffer on R Street’s latest national security white paper.
Your primary responsibilities will include:
- Scholarship and Writing. Producing world-class scholarship intended to find real solutions on a timely basis to challenging and complex national security and cybersecurity problems, including conducting independent research and producing a range of high-quality written products for a wide variety of audiences, ranging from scholarly articles to blog posts.
- Leadership. Engaging at a leadership level with an array of public and private sector stakeholders on difficult national security and cyber matters at national and international conferences, in high-profile media engagements, in private meetings with policymakers and in other educational contexts. Identifying and addressing emerging issues, especially those involving cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence.
- Teamwork. Supporting the entire R Street National Security and Cybersecurity team in developing and maintaining the highest standards of scholarship; identifying and engaging effectively with key donors and writing grant proposals; and responding quickly and insightfully to fast-changing world and national events.
We have high expectations and standards, but we also strive to create a collaborative and supportive team environment.
Other Aspects of Your Role
- Be excellent—all of your work and interactions should be world-class.
- Be nice—support your teammates, pitch in, and don’t be a jerk.
- Be open minded and assertive at the same time—think critically, speak your mind and be open to being wrong.
- Business development—help develop and maintain great relationships with new and current donors.
- Work effectively and collaboratively with other policy programs and divisions within R Street, such as communications and government affairs, to accomplish established goals and identify cross-cutting opportunities.
- Identify new and unique policy initiatives that will attract support from a wide range of donors.
Skills and Qualifications
- Advanced degree(s) in relevant fields plus at least five years of post-graduate experience
- Exceptional analytical and communications skills with an ability to synthesize complex information quickly and explain complicated concepts clearly and concisely
- Superior interpersonal skills and a strong team orientation
- Strong writing skill as demonstrated by published work
- Relevant practical experience in a public or private sector cybersecurity or national security role
- Ability to serve effectively in a cross-functional role, working simultaneously with several different R Street organizational units
- Excellent attention to detail and an ability to manage effectively competing interests and priorities
- Passion for free markets and limited, effective government
- A sense of humor and a desire to grow with a dynamic organization
This is a full-time job based in Washington, D.C. R Street is growing rapidly but remains a close-knit team.
R Street strives to provide a compensation package superior to those at other think tanks and nonprofits. In addition to a competitive salary, we provide a health insurance option entirely paid by the employer (even for families); a wellness benefit; an employer-subsidized mobile phones benefit; 401(k) contributions with up to a 4 percent match; and an exceptionally generous vacation policy.
R Street does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, era of military service, gender identity, relationship structure or anything else that’s illegal, immoral or stupid to use as a basis for hiring.
We currently plan to accept applications for this job until filled. We will contact ideal individuals for telephone interviews and conduct them on a rolling basis. We will hold in-person interviews in our D.C. office.
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.
The Managing Director oversees and facilitates the work of the Aspen Cybersecurity Group – a cross-sector group of former senior government officials, Members of Congress, private sector executives, academics, journalists, and civil society leaders. This includes regularly engaging with group members and their teams to prepare for group meetings, manage processes for group products, draft talking points and opinion pieces, and develop issues memos.
More broadly, the Managing Director works in consultation with the Executive Director on other aspects of Program activities and administration, including the funding of and development of projects within the scope of the Program's interests. The Managing Director is a critical position that works in an engaged, comprehensive consultation and full partnership with the Executive Director on all aspects of program activities and administration, including the development of projects within the scope of the Program’s interests. The Managing Director will bring strong program and staff management skills and must possess significant analytical content experience in the issues the Program addresses.
The Managing Director will also represent the Program in key partnerships, policy and funder meetings, as well as become a respected leader in the field.
Essential duties and responsibilities are as follows. Other responsibilities may be added as necessary.
Work closely in-sync with the Executive Director to develop and execute on program strategy and annual management plan for Program;
Work with Executive Director on development of thought leadership for the Program.
Identify strategic partnerships across cybersecurity and technology sectors for the Program and Cyber Group to participate in and ensure value added;
Aspen Cybersecurity Group
Work with group leadership to develop and execute overall group strategy;
Develop agendas for group meetings and teleconferences;
Working with the Partnerships & Events Manager, manage all logistical elements related to group meetings, including: vendor contracts, communications, and meeting set up;
Engage group members and their teams to ensure continued and sustained progress on substantive group issues, including writing issue memos, conducting research, managing the editorial process, and ensuring an inclusive process;
Regularly engage stakeholders to expand opportunities to publicize the group’s work;
Working with the Partnerships & Events Manger, execute on public events to highlight the group’s recommendations;
Serve as primary author of group-related materials, including talking points, issue memos, and opinion pieces.
Budgeting and Fundraising
Assist director in raising program funds from foundations, corporations and individuals, and creating new revenue streams. This includes grant writing, correspondence, relationship building, and ensuring the receipt of funds.
Develop the budget for the Aspen Cyber Group for director approval; monitor and adjust throughout the budget cycle as required.
Work in partnership with program leadership and Aspen partners to engage and secure conference and roundtable sponsors;
Administer financial aspects of foundation grants and ensure Program compliance with other requirements of grants awards.
Oversee the editing, production and distribution of quality program reports.
Design and implement a communications strategy that would raise the public profile of the Program and its Director. This would include, but is not limited to, the design of effective mechanisms for distributing Program materials to key policymakers, the development of press contacts, and the Program’s online presence.
Prepare written Program materials, including reports, papers, brochures, or other documents as requested.
Liaison to Aspen Institute administrative departments including Senior Management, Accounting, Information Technology Services, and General Administration.
Set Program policies with regard to Cyber Group meetings and broader conference management: coordination, logistics, and contacts with participants. Primary responsibility for assuring quality control over all Program correspondence and conference materials.
Manage and supervise staff. Review performance of staff, periodically and annually with Director.
Oversight of Program finances, including managing and tracking revenue and sponsorships for the Program; keeping relevant Program staff apprised of individual project budgets and account status; preparing budgets on request; tracking Program expenditures; serving as liaison of the Program to the Aspen Institute accounting department, conference facilities, sponsors, and outside vendors; preparing financial reports; maintaining financial records for the Program; administering financial aspects of foundation grants and ensuring Program compliance with other requirements of grants awards.
Design and implement policy and strategic convenings and roundtables, including the annual cybersecurity conference;
Substitutes for Director as representative of the Program to Senior Management and Aspen Institute administrative committees, as well as to key partners, government leaders, funders, and sponsors in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, as needed.
Identify opportunities to improve the quality and efficiency of the Program and the Aspen Institute.
Assist in design, strategic planning, and growth of the Cybersecurity & Technology Program, and managing the Program brand.
Knowledge, Education and Experience:
7-10 years of related experience with track record of effective management, accomplishment, and growth;
Proven experience in personnel and program management;
Extensive content knowledge in the areas of cybersecurity and/or technology;
Proven program strategist and ability to deliver high quality results; skill and proven program planning and high-quality execution skills;
Communications savvy: Strong demonstrable writing and editing skills, track record of effective communication that engages audiences from public, private, and non-profit sectors;
Possess entrepreneurial acumen and drive, ability to see and respond to opportunities to strengthen and/or course correct program plan to increase program reach;
Ability to lead and manage staff as well as partners in the field;
Comprehensive attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks;
Experience with fundraising and program development and design; access to strategic leadership and philanthropic networks desired;
Strong administrative skills; the ability to plan, organize, and follow through with staff and a variety of constituencies;
Ability to work with diverse audiences;
Thrives in and promotes high performing environment;
Experience with publications production and dissemination helpful;
Good interpersonal skills, including a desire to learn; and
Willingness and ability to travel.
To apply please visit www.aspeninstitute.org/jobs and follow the instructions to apply for Managing Director. Applicants must submit cover letter and resume.
The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.
Candidate must have the ability to work under pressure. Candidate must also have the ability to meet regular attendance policy of the Aspen Institute.
OBJECTIVE: The Intern in the IHL Department at the Washington Regional Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) provides research and writing on topics of IHL, other branches of international law, and U.S. law as needed, thus contributing to the thematic and operational priorities of the legal team.
Minimum required knowledge & experience:
- Basic knowledge of international law, international institutions, IHL, and a related legal field (e.g. National Security or Human Rights Law).
- Excellent oral and written English skills, good understanding of French and/or Spanish.
- Currently pursuing a U.S. J.D. or LLM degree (or JD graduate pursuing another graduate degree)
- Applicants must already have the right to work in the U.S.
Work with the IHL team to provide legal advice to the delegation in Washington, and to the ICRC as a whole on matters of IHL, human rights law, national security law, or other U.S. legal issues.
- Research and Writing. Research such topics as scope of application of IHL, detention, conduct of hostilities, cyber/new technology and weapons, migration, and other related topics.
- Monitoring and Analysis of International and Domestic Legal Developments Regular monitoring and analysis of relevant international and domestic case law, legislation, legal blogs and news coverage to identify significant legal developments of interest to the delegation. In addition to research and writing, the intern will attend conferences and meetings in order to monitor developments on specific legal issues on behalf of the legal team.
- Reporting. Regular and timely reporting and analysis on meetings and events attended, as well as a weekly report on any relevant legal developments reported in external sources such as legal blogs, reports, and journal articles. Reports are written for the purpose of ensuring the institution is informed of developments in U.S. policy, as well as to advance its thinking on key issues.
Management and Reporting Line. The IHL Intern reports directly to the Deputy Head of Legal Department. She or he is expected to collaborate with colleagues throughout the delegation in order to carry out these and other reasonably related duties.
The intern will be expected to work 40 hours a week for 10-12 weeks between June and August. Starting and ending date are negotiable. This is a paid internship. For information about the position, please contact Andrea Harrison at [email protected]. To apply, please send CV and optional cover letter to Diana Rademaker at [email protected]. Applications are due February 15, 2019.
At the Aspen Tech Policy Hub, we take tech experts, teach them the policy process through an in-person fellowship program in the Bay Area, and encourage them to develop outside-the-box solutions to society’s problems. We model ourselves after tech incubators like Y Combinator, but train new policy thinkers and focus the impact of their ideas. We’re building new ideas for policymaking — every fellow must complete one practical policy output during their time with us — and an alumni base of technologists who understand policy and want to engage with it.
Before applying, please carefully review the fellowship details, eligibility, and Frequently Asked Questions below, and/or click here to download the details and instructions. Please take your time and fill out the application thoughtfully; we recommend writing and editing drafts before transferring them to the application form. No decisions will be made about any applications before the February 27 application deadline.
If you have additional questions, we will host a Q&A based webinar on February 6, 2019 (register here), and February 25, 2019 (register here), from 9am-10am PST/12pm-1pm EST. For Bay Area residents, we will also host a Q&A session from 4pm-5:30pm on February 6, 2019 at Toy Soldier (52 Belden Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104); the session will be followed by a happy hour for prospective applicants and friends of the fellowship. Please sign up for the happy hour here.
The Hub would like to give our sincere thanks to Craig Newmark Philanthopies, which provided the generous seed support for this fellowship program. Please see our press release here for more information.
Incubator fellows will spend a minimum of 2 months with us for mandatory programming in summer 2019, from early June to mid-August 2019. The fellowship is tentatively scheduled for June 10 through August 9, 2019. The exact start date for this pilot cohort is still tentative based on space availability and fellow scheduling. See the FAQ below for more details.
This is an intense, full time program, and we expect fellows’ full attention while they are participating. Fellows will be paid a stipend of $7,500/month for 2 months to defray their living costs in the Bay Area, with an option to apply for a 3rd month of stipend funding if the fellow is available to remain in residence for an additional month after formal programming concludes. (We will provide office space, but fellows will need to find their own housing if they are not already local.) We also have limited funds to assist with relocation to the Bay Area if needed. So long as space is available, fellows are eligible to continue to work out of our facility for an additional three months free of charge, through November 2019.
During residence, fellows will be required to create at least one practical policy output—for instance, mock legislation, toolkits for policymakers, white papers, op-eds, or an app. Fellows have to propose a possible project in their application for the fellowship, but they are not tied to working on that project once in residence. In fact, we encourage fellows to work together to identify new ideas for projects on arrival. Fellows will also be asked to participate in at least one annual public event in which we reveal the results of the fellowship; these will tentatively held in Fall 2019 in both Washington DC and San Francisco. Programming to support the development of policy outputs during the fellowship will include:
- An orientation introducing fellows to the fellowship, to the other fellows, and to the policymaking process;
- Regular classes exploring what policy is, how to identify problems, defining alternatives, developing relevant outputs, and communicating to stakeholders;
- Action-oriented practical exercises, such as ‘how to write a policy memo’ or ‘how to give an elevator pitch’, founded on real world problems provided by our partners;
- Mandatory morning pitch meetings for sharing ideas in progress;
- Partnerships with experienced policy mentors who can help provide project guidance;
- Practical resources, including designers, copy editors, legal experts, and communications specialists to facilitate projects; and
- Evening dinners with top corporate and government policy experts, sharing off the record experiences about how things get done.
To ‘exit’ the program at the conclusion of the fellowship, we will help Hub fellows share their outputs during a meeting with a relevant stakeholder, which could be a federal or state government employee, company employee, standards body, or other stakeholder relevant to the issue. (Travel will be paid if these stakeholders are outside the Bay Area.)
We are looking for people with three key characteristics:
- Applicants should have significant professional experience with technology.
For instance, applicants might work as an engineer, computer scientist, or business executive at a technology company; might be trained as a data scientist or in human-computer interaction; might work at a university or at a think tank studying cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, or the Internet of Things; or might have professional technology experience such as serving as a patent lawyer. Please note these are just illustrative examples; they are not intended to limit eligibility to these categories.
- Applicants should show potential to apply their technology experience to affecting policy and social change.
They should be passionate about solving the world’s problems, and should be able to clearly articulate creative, innovative ideas about the ways in which they want to make a difference and how their experience will help them do that. We are particularly interested in applicants who are passionate about problems in four priority areas:
- The effects of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, and quantum computing;
- Protecting democracy, combating disinformation or misinformation, and election security; and
- Using technology to help at-risk populations or encourage social justice.
- Applicants have not yet significantly explored their potential to enact change through policy.
This is an introductory program to the policymaking process, and applicants with significant past policy experience are likely to be too advanced for this program. While all are welcome to apply, we will prioritize applicants who do not have significant previous policy experience (e.g., a master’s in public policy; past experience working in a policy role)
Other requirements for the program include:
- Applicant(s) must be at least 21 years of age by the start of the program.
- Applicant(s) must be fluent in English.
- Applicant(s) must be able to make a full-time commitment to the incubator process for a minimum of 2 months between June 2019 and August 2019, and be able to reside in person in the Bay Area during that time.
- Applicant(s) must have legal status to work and reside in the United States.
- Applicants must have a passion for changing the world, and an interest in learning how technology and policy can work together to achieve change.
Students are eligible to apply, but please note that, due to the requirement for significant professional experience in technology, students without work experience are unlikely to be strong candidates for acceptance. (This being said, this is a pilot program and all assumptions are just that — assumptions. So we urge you to apply and prove us wrong!)
If you are ineligible for the program but still would like to get involved with the Aspen Tech Policy Hub, please email [email protected] or sign up for our listserv. We hope to diversify the types of fellows we can accept in future cohorts.
JOB TITLE: Advocacy Counsel
LOCATION: Washington, DC
REPORTS TO: Director, National Security Advocacy
JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full-Time; Exempt; Non-Union
PURPOSE OF THE JOB:
The Advocacy Counsel is responsible for implementing and contributing to the development of strategies to achieve objectives at the intersection of human rights and national security and other organizational priorities, as needed. The Advocacy Counsel reports to and acts under the direction and guidance of the Director for National Security Advocacy.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Conduct research and prepare original analyses, briefs, recommendations, legislation, executive branch documents, advocacy and press materials, talking points, blogs, social media content, amicus briefs, and other materials to advance the organization’s advocacy objectives.
Build and maintain relationships and partnerships with colleagues in civil society, the military and other national security-related agencies and departments, issue coalitions and working groups, Hill staff, current and former policymakers, legal and policy experts, journalists, and other stakeholders, in furtherance of organizational objectives.
Serve as an expert and spokesperson on Human Rights First’s priority issues, including but not limited to Guantanamo and other aspects of indefinite detention and military trials; policies related to drone strikes and other uses of force; torture and detainee treatment; and wartime counterterrorism frameworks such as the 9/11 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).
Represent the organization at meetings, conferences, workshops, and other external events.
Support and assist the Director for National Security Advocacy on critical tasks, including:
Setting program objectives and priorities where Human Rights First can make a unique and measurable impact
Developing and implementing strategies to achieve national security advocacy objectives
Collaborating with the Development Team and Board of Directors to ensure the long-term sustainability of the national security program
Drafting funder proposals and grant reports
Developing and managing the annual program budget
Supervising interns and volunteers
As needed, work across issue areas and function as part of campaign teams, special projects, or working groups to advance the organization’s objectives.
Other duties as requested based on organizational need.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
J.D. or other advanced degree in public policy, international affairs, human rights, national security, or another relevant field.
Experience working in the executive or legislative branches or conducting policy advocacy preferred.
Familiarity with U.S. governmental institutions and U.S. and international law related to national security and human rights.
Strong legal and policy research skills, including the ability to monitor and analyze relevant national and international legal and political developments.
Strong organizational and analytical skills, excellent political judgment, and ability to think strategically.
A high degree of initiative; and the ability to thrive and multi-task in a demanding, fast-paced environment.
Ability to work efficiently and effectively under pressure and deliver high quality results; to work successfully across organization lines and with a diverse team of colleagues; to work in a variety of U.S. and international settings (including governmental, legal, advocacy and the media).
Excellent written and spoken communication skills; demonstrated ability to translate the human rights impacts of issues to a variety of audiences (including policymakers and the media) and effectively edit the written work of others.
Demonstrated ability to quickly comprehend, internalize, and demonstrate expertise in complex policy issues.
Ability to develop and implement strategies to achieve concrete and measurable outcomes in a politically challenging legislative environment.
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively and persuasively interact with the press. Communications experience preferred.
Ability to cultivate and maintain relationships with advocacy partners such as senior-level former government officials, retired military leaders, diplomats, or intelligence officials. Outreach and engagement experience preferred.
Fluency in English.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Open until filled.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Interested candidates should submit a Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, List of references and Writing Sample. All in PDF format.
Only selected applicants will be contacted for phone or in-person interviews. No phone calls, please.
Human Rights First is committed to recruiting, retaining, and developing staff from a diversity of backgrounds, including members of racial and ethnic minorities, LGBT people, people with disabilities, people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, people of all nationalities, and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. We believe that a diverse staff and an inclusive work environment that welcomes a range of perspectives help make our advocacy work stronger and more effective.
Job Title: Attorney-Advisor
Agency: Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
Salary Range: $99,172 – $156,000/ Per Year
Series/Grade: The agency uses the Administratively Determined system in which rank is attached to the individual. The salary range for this position is statutorily capped at $156,000.
Position Information: This is an opportunity for permanent employment in the excepted service. You will be required to serve a two-year trial period.
Duty Location: Washington, DC
Who May Apply: Open to the public. U.S. citizenship required.
Security Clearance: Must have or be able to obtain a TOP SECRET – Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS-SCI) Security clearance. If you already have a TS/SCI clearance, please highlight your last investigation date in your application.
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board’s responsibilities comprise two basic functions: oversight and advice. In its oversight role, the Board is authorized to continually review the implementation of executive branch policies, procedures, regulations, and information sharing practices relating to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism, in order to ensure that privacy and civil liberties are protected. The Board is also authorized to continually review any other actions of the executive branch relating to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism, in order to determine whether such actions appropriately protect privacy and civil liberties and whether they are consistent with governing laws, regulations, and policies regarding privacy and civil liberties. In its advice role, the Board is authorized to review proposed legislation, regulations, and policies related to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism (as well as the implementation of new and existing policies and legal authorities), in order to advise the President and executive branch agencies on ensuring that privacy and civil liberties are appropriately considered in their development and implementation.
The primary purpose of this position is to perform duties as an Attorney-Advisor, working under general supervision in the form of broad policy and program guidance. Attorney-Advisors are expected to accomplish assigned functions on their own initiative, independently formulate requirements, responsibly allocate available resources, and develop, recommend, and monitor implementation of agency policies and procedures. Prior experience related to legal and policy issues implicating privacy, civil liberties, and/or counterterrorism or national security matters is strongly preferred.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
Serve as an attorney with limited supervision while gathering factual information, conducting legal and policy analysis, and providing legal expertise to the Board in complex investigations and/or reviews.
Prepare memoranda and make appropriate recommendations to the Board.
Respond in writing and orally to inquiries from Members of the Board regarding the status of investigations and/or reviews, research and analysis, and policy implications of existing and proposed programs and making recommendations to the Board.
Summarize reports received from the intelligence community and other agencies and extract essential information.
Assist the Board in reviewing and analyzing federal counterterrorism programs pursuant to its mission to ensure that both existing and proposed programs adequately safeguard privacy and civil liberties.
Advise and assist in the identification of issues and recommendations by providing policy advice, conducting research, and carrying out investigations, as required.
Analyze privacy and civil liberties-related issues, national security and counterterrorism programs and assist the Board in understanding how programs operate.
Assist in drafting Board reports evaluating efforts to protect the nation from terrorism and other Board reports to the President, Congress and the public, as well as drafting congressional testimony, letters, and other documents to carry out the Board’s responsibilities.
Represent the Board in interactions with officials from other departments and agencies of the Federal government, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations, as required.
Utilize superior oral and written communication skills, including the ability to produce clear, logical, and concise products that are targeted to and meet the needs of diverse audiences with different perspectives and objectives, while demonstrating analytical and critical thinking skills, including the ability to identify issues and to develop process improvements, and working effectively and collaboratively with team members and other agency employees.
Must possess a J.D. or LL.B. and be a member in good standing of a state bar or the District of Columbia bar.
Please send the following required documents to [email protected] with the title “Attorney-Advisor”: Cover letter, resume, and writing sample (10 pages or less). If you are less than 3 years out of college or law school, please also include a transcript. All submitted materials must be at the UNCLASSIFIED level. If all the materials above are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. Candidates selected for an interview may be asked to provide references and undergo a writing assessment.
A candidate’s application may be considered for other eligible vacant positions at the agency. The candidate will be contacted if considered for another eligible vacant position.
A panel will convene to evaluate applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. A review of your application will be made to determine whether you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be evaluated. Candidates will be placed into categories of “best qualified”, “qualified”, and “not qualified”. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may be placed in a different category. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your categorization.
No Travel Expenses for Interview
Candidates from outside the Washington, D.C., area may be selected for a telephone or in-person interview. If selected for an in-person interview, any travel or lodging will be at the applicant’s personal expense.
Telework, Travel and Benefits
Telework may be made available per agency policy.
If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. Our budget office can provide additional information on how this program is run.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package.
The Central Intelligence Agency is seeking highly qualified candidates to join CIA’s Office of General Counsel. We are actively recruiting exceptional attorneys with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience levels. We seek attorneys with experience in areas including government contracts, technology and cyber-related law, national security law, employment, ethics, privacy, litigation, and federal appropriations law, among others. Prior national security experience is welcome but not required. If this opportunity sounds interesting to you, please visit our website for additional information and application instructions.
This is an opportunity for:
- An internal or external candidate to fill a GS-15 cadre position.
- A Federal Government employee to serve on a two-year reimbursable detail assignment in the ODNI. The detail assignment may be extended an additional year if all parties agree.
Who May Apply
Current GS employees at the same grade or one grade lower than the advertised position grade may apply.
Former members of the Peace Corps may be considered for ODNI employment only if five full years have elapsed since separation from the Peace Corps.
- For a cadre assignment:
- Current ODNI permanent cadre.
- Current ODNI Staff Reserve Employees. (A staff reserve employee who currently occupies this position may not apply.)
- Current Federal Government employees. (Current GS employees at the same grade or one grade lower than the advertised position grade may apply. )
- Candidates outside the Federal Government.
- For a detailee assignment:
- Current Federal Government employees. (Current GS employees at the same grade or one grade lower than the advertised position grade may apply. )
- The ODNI uses a rank-in-person system in which rank is attached to the individual. A selected ODNI candidate or other Federal Government candidate will be assigned to the position at the employee's current GS grade and salary.
- For a selected non-Federal Government candidate, salary will be established within the salary range listed above, based on education and experience.
- A current Federal Government employee, selected for a detail, will be assigned to the position at his or her current grade and salary.
The Office of General Counsel (OGC) of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) provides legal advice and counsel to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and other ODNI officials on a wide range of legal issues to include intelligence and national security law; procurement and acquisition law; personnel law; government ethics, budget, and fiscal law; general administrative law; legislative support; government information practices (Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act); and intellectual property law.
Major Duties and Responsibilities (MDRs)
- THE OFFICE OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL SEEKS ATTORNEYS IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
- Acquisitions and Appropriations: Applicants should have in-depth knowledge and experience with both federal budget and execution and research and development programs. Preferred qualifications include a demonstrated expertise in the following areas: (a) National Intelligence Program budget and execution; (b) general acquisition and procurement law and policy, including major system acquisitions, source selections, and contract disputes and (c) intellectual property law, including patents, copyright and trademarks.
- Employment Law: Applicants should have demonstrated experience providing expert legal advice on EEO matters, human resources issues, and general employment related matters. Preferred qualifications include demonstrated experience appearing in litigation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on matters arising under federal statutes, including, but not limited to, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and other laws administered by the EEOC; including preparing pleadings, conducting and defending depositions, engaging in discovery, and representing the agency in court proceedings.
- Please Note:
- Attorneys in ODNI OGC rotate portfolios on a regular basis to provide legal support and guidance on unique and complex issues. Accordingly, attorneys are expected to provide expert legal counsel, advice and support across a wide range of legal issues, to include intelligence and national security law, FISA, litigation, privacy and civil liberties, international law, procurement and acquisition law, personnel law, government ethics, appropriations and fiscal law, administrative law, legislative issues, government information practices (Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act), and intellectual property. To that end, ODNI OGC is looking for attorneys who are well-rounded, have broad legal experience, and with an interest in a wide array of practice areas relevant to the intelligence community. Potentially one or more candidates will be selected from this advertisement.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Conditions of Employment
- Provide expert legal advice and guidance to senior Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) leadership on complex areas of law affecting ODNI's duties and responsibilities under the National Security Act, Presidential directives, Executive Orders, and other related laws and policies.
- Provide expert legal counsel to support the development, review, and preparation of United States (US) Government-wide and IC-wide policies, procedures, guidelines, rules, and standards.
- Counsel clients, including senior ODNI leaders, on complex legal issues and provide innovative and highly effective guidance on possible courses of action; expertly prepare complex, high profile, and persuasive legal documents on complex legal issues for a variety of internal and external recipients.
- Expertly conduct or direct legal research and analysis on extremely complex or sensitive legal issues as well as on laws, regulations, and policies that have a significant impact on ODNI and IC interests and brief ODNI leadership on issues and findings.
- Provide timely reviews of planned ODNI and IC activities for compliance with the Constitution and laws of the US, Executive Orders, and other applicable regulations and policies affecting ODNI and the IC and brief ODNI leaders on potential legal and policy issues, and develop solutions to address difficult legal problems having potential high-level or large-scale impact on the ODNI's or the IC missions or activities.
- Expertly analyze statutes, bills, reports, and Congressional materials, as well as proposed Executive Branch orders, directives, regulations, and policies, to determine their effect on the ODNI and the IC; provide expert advice and counsel to senior management on legislative proposals, Congressional testimony, and related documents.
- Provide expert briefings and advocate for ODNI and IC views on particular matters to Executive Branch entities, Congress, and private sector entities; cogently brief senior ODNI leaders on legal issues that relate to or effect ODNI and IC activities.
- Maintain productive working relationships with ODNI elements, IC colleagues, executive agencies, congressional personnel and members, congressional committees, and use these relationships to advocate ODNI and IC positions, support a continuing dialog, and provide insight into ongoing and planned ODNI and IC activities.
Mandatory and Educational Requirements
- Superior multi-disciplinary legal skills and experience dealing with complex legal issues, as well as an expert ability to interpret laws, regulations, judicial decisions, Executive Orders, and statutes involving complex concepts and issues.
- Superior research abilities, including the ability to quickly integrate and synthesize the facts and law to make legally sound decisions, and recommendations pertaining to the most complex situations, or in the context of ambiguous or ill-defined situations.
- Demonstrated ability to resolve complex legal problems, to think creatively to solve complex and novel legal issues, and to gain consensus among disparate organizations on legal and national security issues of common concern.
- Superior ability to routinely communicate, orally and in writing, the most complex concepts and issues in a manner well matched to the audience being addressed, and to consistently make sound, timely decisions in complex, ambiguous or ill-defined situations.
- Superior interpersonal, organizational, and problem solving skills, including the ability to work effectively both independently and in a collaborative environment and superior creative problem solving skills.
- Expert legal knowledge obtained through the completion of a Doctorate of Jurisprudence or Bachelor of Laws degree from an American Bar Association-accredited law school, and active membership of the Bar of the highest court of a US State, Territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia.
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.
The ODNI is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: The ODNI provides reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified applicants with disabilities. IF YOU NEED A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Intelligence Community Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Office Representative by classified email at [email protected], by unclassified email at [email protected], by telephone at 703-874-8360, by TTY at 703-874-8554, or by FAX at 703-874-8651. Your request for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO THE EEOD EMAIL ADDRESS. THIS EMAIL IS FOR REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS ONLY. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED IN THE 'HOW TO APPLY' SECTION BELOW.
JOB INTERVIEW TRAVEL: Candidates from outside the Washington, D.C., area may be selected for a telephone, teleconference, or in-person interview. If selected for an in-person interview, the ODNI hiring office will pay for travel by commercial carrier (economy class) or reimburse for privately owned vehicle (POV) mileage. If applicable, the candidate also will be reimbursed at a flat rate for commercial lodging and per diem.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the position description and required KSAs and then construct their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant experience and education for this job opportunity. The description should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the work performed. Applicants will also be evaluated on their narrative responses to the KSAs. The best qualified applicants will be further evaluated through an interview process.
Background checks and security clearance
APPLICATION PACKAGES MUST CONTAIN ALL ITEMS LISTED ABOVE. AN INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE WILL BE INELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.
Your application MUST be received by midnight on the closing date of this announcement. Applications received after the closing date will NOT be eligible for consideration. To verify receipt of your application package ONLY, you may call or email at Phone: 703-275-3799; Email: [email protected]
Paralegal, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
ODNI/OGC is currently looking for a paralegal to support a full range of activities in our office from litigation to legislation and congressional oversight to ethics. The individual selected for this position should, among the other qualifications listed in the advertisement, have exceptional legal research and writing skills, be well organized, and have the ability to manage multiple projects.
Legal Intern, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
ODNI/OGC has an open internship announcement for current law students who have an interest in working in the Intelligence Community
Cyber Policy Initiative Research Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a unique global network of policy research centers, is seeking a research scholar for its Washington, DC-based Cyber Policy Initiative. This scholar will lead and contribute to projects on managing cyber conflict, reducing cyber risks to international stability, and developing innovative commercial incentives for cybersecurity.
Responsibilities include conducting in-depth research, writing and editing publications, developing and executing communications and outreach strategies, contributing to fundraising initiatives, and coordinating with other scholars, especially in DC, Silicon Valley, Brussels, Delhi, and Beijing. The scholar will engage regularly with senior international governmental, commercial, and non-governmental experts, as well as those in the U.S., to advance project outcomes and objectives.
The selected scholar's specific title will be determined based on experience. All candidates should possess an advanced degree (PhD, MA or law) and significant substantive experience dealing with cyber policy, international engagement, and/or private sector cybersecurity broadly defined. Candidates must possess intellectual initiative and creativity; the ability to write, edit, and synthesize policy documents and op-eds; a willingness to engage and communicate with external audiences; and the skills to work collaboratively in team projects with other scholars.
Located in Dupont Circle, we offer an outstanding work environment and generous benefits. Please apply via the Carnegie Endowment website.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected group.