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Education Data Privacy & Security Fellow

Location: Washington, DC

Department: Open Technology Institute

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

New America is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States. New America’s Open Technology Institute is a non-profit research and advocacy organization that works at the forefront of technology and policy, and our mission is ensuring that every community has equitable access to digital technology and its benefits. New America’s higher education program works to make higher education more accessible, innovative, student-centered, outcomes-focused, and equitable.

The Open Technology Institute, in consultation with New America’s Higher Education Initiative, seeks a two-year fellow to specialize in the intersection of technology, privacy, and post secondary education. As the fellow, you will research ways to protect student data privacy and security while preserving the ability to gather insights about higher education outcomes for particular schools, programs, and populations, as well as work with the education data community at large to develop and advocate for practices that fit that goal. You will have the opportunity to work with technologists and lawyers from OTI, as well as experts in post-secondary data analysis from the Education program, as we approach these important questions. You will also interact with a wide variety of other organizations in DC, both within the privacy and security community as well as the post-secondary data community.

The fellow’s responsibilities will include:

  • Advising organizations working on post secondary data issues.
  • Developing policy proposals to address potential issues and concerns.
  • Developing relationships among the postsecondary education community data partners.
  • Developing relationships between the education data community and other policy areas, e.g. Big Data & Fairness, Cyber security, etc.
  • Participating in the Postsecondary Data Collaborative, including attending the monthly meetings.
  • Keeping abreast of the larger federal conversation around administrative data and the privacy and security implications, including the work of the Evidence Based Policy Commission.
  • Identifying guidance and methodologies for privacy and security, as they relate to the higher education field.
  • Producing popular writing and organizing events to contribute to the public conversation around privacy and security in post-secondary policy and what the intersections are within the broader privacy and security issue space.


  • A Master’s degree, JD, or equivalent experience, in public policy, education, information science, computer science, or related field.
  • Experience balancing the potential privacy and security harms of large scale data with the benefits that come from statistics and machine learning analysis.
  • Hands-on understanding of techniques for mitigating those privacy and security harms. CISSP and/or CIPP certifications welcome.
  • Experience with the unique challenges of higher-ed data collection and use encouraged but not necessary.
  • Experience working across groups, convening, organizing, or other similar work is also encouraged.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter.

No phone calls please.

New America is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse work force at all levels of the organization. We value and encourage the contributions of our employees and work to create an environment where everyone can reach his or her full potential and achieve outstanding results.  If you meet the qualifications, you will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identify or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspect of one's employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits and termination.

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