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Senior Analyst, AI Policy (Center for Data Innovation)

ITIF’s Center for Data Innovation is seeking a senior policy analyst to focus on digital policy in the EU, especially relating to artificial intelligence. The ideal applicant should be an excellent writer who is able to produce high-quality content quickly and on deadline. The applicant should have a deep understanding of existing AI policy debates, including topics such as data governance, liability, intellectual property, R&D, technology adoption, and more. In addition, the analyst should have a firm understanding of European policy issues.

This position will be based in Brussels, report to the Center’s director, and be hired on a renewable annual contract.

Please note that due to uncertainties about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, applicants must have their own computer, a broadband Internet connection, and a safe and appropriate place to telework.

Essential responsibilities:

  • Write reports, blog posts, op-eds, and responses to consultations on relevant European digital policy issues.
  • Regularly contribute to the Center’s successful series of interviews “5 Questions with a Data Innovator” to highlight different stories from Europe about how data innovation is changing government and industry.
  • Engage directly with European policymakers, thought leaders, media, and other key influencers about policies to support data-driven innovation.
  • Organize, host, and speak at conferences, panel discussions, debates, and other policy events.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders among European policymakers, experts, business leaders, and media involved in data policy to increase impact and raise funds.

Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in public policy, economics, political science, law, statistics, information science, computer science, or a related field or equivalent experience.
  • Relevant professional experience with a clear track record of success analyzing public policy issues and educating policymakers about legislative or regulatory solutions.
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in technology policy.
  • Superior communication skills, both oral and written, with a proven record of writing clear, succinct, and persuasive research papers, op-eds, blog posts, and other materials for an audience of policymakers.
  • Excellent research, analytical, and organizational skills.
  • Highly proactive and flexible, with an ability to work on multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to network and build relationships with outside organizations.
  • Fluency in English and French.

Application process:

To apply for this position, please submit the following to [email protected]:

  • Cover letter stating your specific interest and qualifications for the position (one page, max). Resumes submitted without a tailored cover letter will not be considered;
  • Resume (two pages, max); and
  • Writing sample, preferably on a topic related to technology policy (three pages max).

Applications will be considered until the position is filled (last updated December 21, 2020).


Policy Analyst, IP and Innovation Policy

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)—the world’s leading think tank for science and technology policy—seeks a policy analyst to work on issues related to intellectual property (IP) and innovation in fields such as life sciences, information and communications technologies (ICT), digital trade, productivity, and competitiveness. Guided by ITIF’s vice president of global innovation policy and its associate director of trade policy, the analyst will contribute to and author original research reports, blog posts, and op-eds while conducting original, primary research into these fields. During the COVID-19 remote working period, the position can be anywhere, but after this period is over the position will be located in Washington, DC.

The ideal applicant will be a detail-oriented, intrinsically motivated self-starter who is an exceptionally strong writer and can develop innovative insights, analysis, and authorship while also thriving in a collaborative, team-oriented environment. He or she will be a quick study and highly productive researcher, writer, and thinker.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Help author reports on topics such as intellectual property’s contributions to innovations that help society overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Author original case studies documenting the role of IP in stimulating life sciences and other innovations in developing nations.
  • Contribute to ITIF’s work on the role of IP and innovation in the life sciences.
  • Support the work of the Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance (GTIPA).

Qualifications:

  • At least five years’ experience in a related field along with a master’s or bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as economics, public policy, or international economics, trade, law, or relations.
  • Exceptional writing skills, especially an ability to write succinctly and persuasively for policy audiences.
  • Keen interest in technology, innovation, and public policy.
  • A strong background in Excel and an understanding of statistics and data analytics.
  • Highly proactive and flexible, with an ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.

Application Process:

To apply for this position, please submit the following to [email protected]:

  • Cover letter stating your specific interest and qualifications for the position. Resumes submitted without a tailored cover letter will not be considered.
  • Resume.
  • A writing sample of at least five pages, preferably on a related topic.

Applications will be considered until the position is filled (last updated January 4, 2021).


Research Assistant, Clean Energy Innovation

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)—the leading think tank for science and technology policy—seeks a research assistant to work on clean energy innovation policy. The successful candidate will support a team that analyzes policies with the potential to influence the national and global transition to a low-carbon energy system, including research and development funding, taxation, and regulation. The researcher’s duties will include quantitative and qualitative data collection, database maintenance, tracking activities of government agencies and international organizations, and coordination of working groups. The researcher will report to a senior policy analyst and work closely with all members of the ITIF energy team.

The researcher must be detail-oriented, able to work collaboratively, and have strong research and communication skills. Knowledge of energy and climate policy and a background in policy analysis are preferred.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provide energetic support for ITIF’s qualitative and quantitative research program on clean energy innovation policy at the federal and other (local, state, regional, global) levels.
  • Build and maintain research and communications databases with speed and precision.
  • Communicate research findings clearly, so that they can be integrated easily into ongoing projects and incorporated into products such as reports and presentations.
  • Engage in respectful dialogue with colleagues who have diverse viewpoints and backgrounds.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, energy technology, or a related field.
  • Experience carrying out policy research in an academic or professional setting.
  • Excellent research and communication skills.
  • Fluency with word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software programs.
  • Keen interest in clean energy, innovation, and public policy.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively on analytical products in a fast-paced environment.

Application Process:

To apply for this position, please submit the following to [email protected]:

  • Cover letter stating your specific interest in and qualifications for the position.
  • Resume with two references.


Communications Assistant

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) seeks a communications assistant to work with ITIF’s communications director to increase ITIF’s exposure in the press, expand its social media footprint, and enhance its reputation as the world’s most influential science and technology think tank. This position reports to ITIF’s communications director. The position is currently remote, but will be based in ITIF’s Washington, D.C. headquarters as soon as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. 

About ITIF:

ITIF has earned its standing as the world’s leading think tank for technology and innovation policy by nimbly producing high-caliber research reports, policy analysis, and commentary, and by staging a rich program of panel discussions and other events, which it hosts in its Washington, D.C. office and other locations. The communications assistant’s primary responsibility is to help publicize all this activity. This is an exciting opportunity for a rising media-relations and strategic-communications professional with previous professional experience in public policy communications to deepen their expertise while helping to influence debates on important technology-related issues.

Duties:

  • Partner with the communications director, in coordination with ITIF’s COO, to execute ITIF’s communications program that enhances our reputation as a thought leader among U.S. and international policymakers through proactive and reactive media outreach, digital media, webinars and events, and direct engagement.
  • Help increase media coverage by continually curating ITIF’s press lists, assisting in finding appropriate media targets, and drafting media advisories and coverage proposals.  
  • Help draft ITIF’s widely disseminated weekly email newsletter.
  • Expand the organization’s social media footprint, including on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Knowledge of other platforms is highly encouraged.
  • Assist ITIF in promoting and executing public events and webinars.
  • Partner with ITIF’s design and digital media manager on collateral materials and website updates.
  • Track media coverage and other communications performance metrics and provide regular reports for staff and ITIF’s board.
  • Copyedit and proofread ITIF’s communications materials.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum one year of previous experience with increasing levels of responsibility for planning and executing communications tasks.
  • Hands-on experience with media-engagement software such as Cision, basic knowledge of technology issues and public affairs, data analytics preferred.
  • Strong writing and copyediting skills.
  • Understanding of digital communications, including the fundamentals of website content management.
  • Practical experience and sound judgment using social media to raise the profile of an organization and engage in public issues.
  • Previous media-related experience or work in public relations would be a plus.
  • A personable and collaborative team player with exceptional organizational habits and a proven ability to handle multiple projects at once.
  • Visual storytelling experience, such as producing video animations, would be a plus.

Salary and benefits: Competitive salary is commensurate with experience and includes a health benefits package, generous paid vacation, annual performance-based bonus, and public transportation benefit.

Application process: To apply for the position, please send a résumé and cover letter to [email protected]. Please explain in your cover letter why you are interested in joining ITIF and how your experience and qualifications align with the goal of enhancing ITIF’s reputation through an ongoing strategic communications program.