The Knight First Amendment Institute defends the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age through strategic litigation, research, and public education. We aim to promote a system of free expression that is open and inclusive, that broadens and elevates public discourse, and that fosters creativity, accountability, and effective self-government. Since its establishment in 2016, the Institute has filed precedent-setting litigation, undertaken major interdisciplinary research initiatives, and become an influential voice in debates about the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age. Its active litigation docket includes cutting-edge cases relating to transparency, surveillance, and social media. Through its research program, the Institute has hosted leading thinkers as visiting scholars and published influential essays focused on emerging threats to the system of free expression. It has also hosted public events on issues including new technology and public discourse, data journalism and the law, the First Amendment and inequality, national-security journalism, and the implications for public discourse of economic concentration in the technology sector.
The Institute seeks an experienced Policy Director to build a policy program within the Institute. This is an exciting opportunity to construct a new program from the ground up, working with the Institute’s senior leadership to identify the Knight Institute’s long-term policy goals and develop a strategy for achieving them. The Policy Director’s responsibilities will be wide-ranging, including working to deepen the Institute’s understanding of the current and emerging regulatory landscape surrounding speech and privacy online, identifying and developing avenues for involvement in policy debates and discussions (within lobbying limits), and establishing policy-focused partnerships within the broader Columbia community.
The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated record of leadership on issues at the intersection of free speech and technology, experience in program building and staff management, a command of the policy issues related to speech, privacy, and technology, experience engaging in policy analysis, strategy, and advocacy, and the ability to collaborate with a range of colleagues across programs and disciplines. The Policy Director will be energetic, creative, and highly organized; a strong writer and strategic thinker; and a natural multitasker and connection-maker.
Serving as a member of the senior management team and in partnership with the Executive Director of the Knight Institute, the Policy Director will lead the following areas:
Candidates must apply through the Columbia University Careers site at this link.
To apply, please attach the following materials:
Additional information may be requested during the interview process.