Location: Washington, DC
Timing: Applications due September 30, 2019.
Upturn advances equity and justice in the design, governance, and use of digital technology. Our research and advocacy combines technical fluency and creative policy thinking to confront patterns of inequity, especially those rooted in race and poverty.
We work in partnership with many of the nation’s leading civil rights and public interest organizations. Some of our most notable work includes:
Explaining how Facebook drives discrimination in online ads, as amicus in a fair housing lawsuit;
Exploring the use of predictive hiring algorithms and their effect on equity and bias;
Scrutinizing the role of automated risk assessment tools in the movement to end cash bail;
Challenging Axon's development of real-time face recognition on police body-worn cameras;
Persuading Google to ban online payday loan ads, together with financial justice advocates; and
Developing the landmark Civil Rights Principles for the Era of Big Data.
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, DC.
About the Position
This policy counsel position is ideal for a lawyer with experience in one or more of Upturn's issue areas and a strong motivation to work at the intersection of technology, policy, and equity. The policy counsel will play a key role in Upturn's legal and policy work. You will:
Define and conduct in-depth legal and policy research across Upturn's issue areas;
Draft regulatory comments, amicus briefs, legal memoranda, and policy papers;
Maintain collaborative relationships with national and community-based advocates, academics, technologists, and companies;
Write public reports, op-eds, and blog posts, and contribute to our weekly newsletter;
Develop deep expertise in one or more priority issue areas; and
Represent Upturn at external meetings, workshops, and other events.
You will be joining a small and growing organization that is collaborative, energetic, and fun. We will actively support your professional development in the field.
We provide a generous and comprehensive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, paid parental leave, flexible vacation policy, retirement plan, and free lunch in the office;
We will invest in your professional growth through training, feedback, and support;
We are actively committed to building an inclusive, flexible, and welcoming workplace; and
We have a transparent culture and strive to include our entire staff when making strategic decisions.
Compensation for this position begins at $80,000 per year.
We welcome applicants who have a law degree and at least three years of relevant work experience. More specifically, we're looking for someone who is:
Committed to advancing racial and economic justice;
Comfortable researching and learning about a wide variety of legal domains, including finance, criminal justice, employment, and privacy;
Skilled at explaining the nuts and bolts of new technology;
A clear written and verbal communicator;
Dedicated to building collaborative relationships across communities, especially in communities of color; and
Passionate about understanding the growing impact of technology on people's lives.
We strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ+, and applicants with disabilities to apply.
How to Apply
Applications are due by September 30, 2019. If you have any questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.