Are you concerned about the growing power that internet, mobile, 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 policymakers, journalists, and advocates alike? If so, Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) encourages you to apply to become our Editorial and Communications Manager.
RDR is a program housed at the Open Technology Institute at New America. Since 2015, RDR has ranked the world’s most powerful internet, mobile, and telecommunications companies on their policies and practices affecting users’ freedom of expression and privacy. Now, we’re seeking a dynamic communicator with superior editing skills. This person will help raise the visibility of the RDR Corporate Accountability Index—and related work by the RDR team—among our key stakeholders and the broader public. They will do this by amplifying RDR’s editorial content and messaging to make it one of the most influential voices shaping the future of the internet.
Competitive candidates will possess strong writing and editing skills, have experience developing and leading content workflows, and have a proven track record of pitching stories to journalists. They will also bring an understanding of the challenges of tailoring research-based outputs for multiple formats, media channels, and audiences. They will surmount those challenges with creativity, keeping our content accurate, consistent, and engaging. The ideal candidate will also have experience managing early-career communications staff, as well as the ability to act as a writing coach to enable all members of the RDR team to publish their best work.
As the person responsible for RDR’s public-facing communications, the Editorial and Communications Manager will report to the Deputy Director, manage staff and contractors, and work closely and collaboratively with RDR’s research, engagement, and other team members to implement and refine our communications strategy, including engagement with the press.
If you thrive in a fast-paced, highly collaborative environment and relish the challenge of translating complex research into readable, watchable, and shareable insights that appeal to policymakers, journalists, activists, and global publics over multiple channels, we encourage you to apply.
RDR is committed to build a team that reflects the geographic diversity of the companies and jurisdictions that the RDR Index covers. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups in the technology and policy sphere. We and our host organization, New America, are committed to diversity and inclusion in hiring and retention of staff.
Preferred qualifications include:
Salary range begins at $65,000, and is negotiable for more experienced candidates. In addition, our compensation packages include generous health and retirement benefits and paid time off.
Location: 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.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and brief (up to three pages) writing sample. The application deadline is Friday, October 11, 2019.
Please submit your application through the portal. We will not respond to phone calls or emails.
Ranking Digital Rights and New America are equal opportunity employers committed to hiring a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization thereby creating a culture that allows us to better serve our mission, our employees, and our communities. We value and encourage the contributions of our employees and strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and drive outstanding results. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.