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10 January 2018

Policy Advisor, North America

About the Internet Society

The Internet Society is the trusted independent source for Internet information and thought leadership from around the world. With its principled vision and substantial technological foundation, the Internet Society promotes open dialogue on Internet policy, technology and future development among users, companies, governments, and other organizations. Working with its members and chapters around the world, the Internet Society enables the continued evolution and growth of the Internet for everyone.

About the Position

The Policy Advisor works on the North American Regional Bureau team to support, develop and advocate for the Internet Society’s Internet-related public policy positions on access, security and privacy in the United States and Canada.

The Policy Advisor helps achieve the Regional Bureau’s goals, which will support four central campaigns in 2018: Internet of Things Security, Community Networks, Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS), and the Multistakeholder Model.

This successful candidate will be a professional, politically sensitive, self-motivated, collegial, exceptionally organized, willing to learn, and have an interest in Internet policy issues.

Location: Reston, Virginia

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead engagement on critical Internet policy issues in North America, including Internet policy and governance, security and access. Monitor and learn about new and evolving policy issues.
  • Develop and strengthen Intenret Society contacts with key policy influencers and decision-makers in Canada and the United States. Represent the Internet Society professionally and tactfully in meetings, policy discussions, and other events.
  • Work collaboratively across the ISOC organization and community, and specifically, in close cooperation with the Global Policy Development, Communications, and Online Trust Alliance teams.
  • Research, write and edit briefing documents, blogs, reports, presentations, and other materials to advance policy goals.
  • Contribute to media outreach strategies that elevate the work of the North American Bureau.
  • Coordinate with the communications team and curate content for North American Bureau blog and Twitter account.
  • Show self-reliance and intiative when working on projects; demonstrate project management skills. Coordinate policy initiatives, including developing plans and schedules, identifying resources, managing execution and follow-up, and coordinating with staff and external stakeholders.

Desired Qualifications

  • Minimum undergraduate degree in public policy, international relations, political science or related major. Additional qualification in information sciences, security or technology would be an asset.
  • Substantial knowledge of and experience with global Internet public policy issues with a particular emphasis on Internet policy matters in Canada and the United States.
  • Experience in working with international intergovernmental or corporate organizations.
  • Analytical skills. Experience conducting policy research, including quantitiatvie and qualitative approaches.
  • The candidate must be able to represent the Internet Society effectively and professionally in national and international public policy forums. Ability to coordinate and build consensus online a must.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office a must. Familiarity and comfort working in active on-line communication environments and social media platforms.
  • The willingness and ability to travel as required in North America and abroad. Attend events in D.C. metropolitan area to foster external relationships and stay informed of policy developments.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English is a must. Proficiency in French or Spanish is desirable.

Compensation and benefit package for this position will be competitively commensurate with the successful applicant’s qualifications. Information about the Internet Society and its activities may be found at

Applicants should forward the attached application, resume, cover letter, along with any other relevant materials:

Applications will be evaluated until the position has been filled. The list of applicants will not be posted publicly, and will be reviewed in confidence by members of the evaluation committee.

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