Upturn Seeks a Managing Director

  • Location: Remote (United States)
  • Timing: Applications are due by January 31, 2023

About Upturn

Upturn advances equity and justice in the design, governance, and use of technology.

We believe technology should advance justice, not amplify racial, economic, and social inequities. Without focused attention, technology can reinforce systemic injustices found everywhere in our society.

We drive policy change by combining rigorous research with deliberate advocacy. Our approach to technology and justice is informed by a broad range of perspectives and experiences, including computer science, social science, law, and policy. We strive to ground our work in community and lived experiences.

We partner with a strong and growing network of local and national advocates, litigators, organizers, academics, and policymakers to ensure that our work is grounded, collaborative, and actionable.

Some of our recent work includes:

  • Advocating with local partners to seal eviction records at the point of filing to prevent their use by tenant screening software;
  • Investigating how large hourly employers use technology to screen online job candidates;
  • Documenting the dangerous expansion of U.S. law enforcement’s use of forensic tools to search people’s mobile phones;
  • Partnering with legal services attorneys to fight systems that cut people’s government benefits;
  • Pressuring Facebook to address discrimination in online ads for housing, credit, and employment; and
  • Urging the Biden-Harris administration to address technology’s role in discrimination.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC. Learn more about Upturn at https://www.upturn.org.

About the Position

The Managing Director role is ideal for a senior leader with a demonstrated commitment to advancing racial, economic, and social justice, and a strong grasp of how technology can shape people’s material conditions. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Managing Upturn’s programmatic priorities and coordinating staff activities;
  • Developing a bold, actionable policy research and advocacy agenda, together with program staff;
  • Expanding our organizational partnerships and identifying new opportunities for collaboration;
  • Fostering a vibrant culture where staff continue to learn and thrive, including consistent feedback and review; and
  • Driving forward key organizational decisions, together with the Executive Director and staff.

In this role, you will join a growing organization that is collaborative, energetic, and fun. We will actively invest in your professional growth through training, feedback, and support. We are committed to building an inclusive, flexible, and welcoming workplace. We have a transparent culture and strive to include our entire staff when making strategic decisions.

Work location

Upturn is based in Washington, DC, but is now a remote organization. We will hire a qualified candidate who is work-authorized and can work remotely from anywhere in the United States, with occasional travel to DC. Currently, the majority of our staff is based in DC, along with several colleagues based in California. We are committed to working collaboratively to create an equitable workplace, no matter your location. We will provide office space to staff who desire to work from an office in DC or elsewhere in the United States.

Compensation and benefits

The Managing Director salary is $190,909 per year.

We provide a generous and comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, vision, and disability insurance; a 403(b) retirement plan with a 10% employer contribution; open paid time off and flexible work hours; a monthly transit benefit for DC-based employees; employer-sponsored medical and dependent care FSAs; and a monthly home office stipend. We provide a one-time relocation stipend of $2,000 to new hires moving to DC.

For more details, see our compensation policy, which includes a description of roles and responsibilities at Upturn.

About You

We welcome applicants who have at least eight years of demonstrated experience in progressive policy research and advocacy at the federal, state, or local level. We’re looking for someone who is:

  • Ready to manage a diverse, medium-sized team, and to lead and mentor with empathy;
  • Mission-focused and able to align and motivate others to drive work forward;
  • Principled and practical in balancing long-term political visions with short-term goals;
  • Skilled in building relationships and working in coalitions with advocates and organizers; and
  • Sharp in their analysis about how technology shapes people’s rights, opportunities, and lived experiences.

We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, formerly incarcerated people, and people most impacted by systemic injustice.

How to Apply

Applications are due by January 31, 2023.

We plan to conduct first-round Zoom interviews for select candidates in early February. Next steps for candidates who progress will include additional Zoom interviews, a writing assignment, a short presentation to the team, and reference checks. We will work with applicants to provide reasonable accommodations during each stage of our hiring process.

We hope to make a job offer in March. We’re ready for the selected candidate to start at Upturn as soon as possible, but we’re willing to wait for the right candidate.

If you have any questions, please email join@upturn.org.