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Security and Privacy Activist

Electronic Frontier Foundation
San Francisco or remote from another U.S. location; will need to keep Pacific time zone hours
$75,000 - $81,900 / annually DOE and location
Closing date
Feb 19, 2023

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Focus Areas
Civil Rights / Advocacy
Job Function
Advocacy / Lobbying
Position Type
Full Time
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Job Details

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), an established nonprofit organization defending online privacy and free expression, is looking for a full-time writer and advocate to join our Activism team.

As the Security and Privacy Activist, you will be responsible for EFF’s flagship security education resource Surveillance Self-Defense (SSD), as well as a range of public-facing communication aimed at guiding users through digital security and privacy news and developments. The ideal candidate can speak up against unjust data collection and security invasions while helping others take clear steps to protect themselves. This includes translating legal and technical digital rights issues for a general audience, drawing on issue areas from across EFF’s work, and strategizing to ensure EFF is speaking to—and expanding—its audience effectively. You can respond quickly, usually with written material, to tight deadlines while maintaining a focus on long-term goals and priorities. You’re a great project manager who can see a major project through to completion while also handling routine, day-to-day tasks. You aren’t afraid to propose bold ideas or experiments, and can keep the big picture of EFF’s digital rights mission in mind while mobilizing colleagues around the latest security news or developments.

This position is part of a highly cross-disciplinary Activism team, and will collaborate regularly with our organizing, legal, and technologist colleagues. As threats to digital civil liberties arise, you may need to quickly get up to speed on breaking consumer privacy and security issues, and be prepared to incorporate them into our public-facing materials.

We value candidates who bring diverse experiences and perspectives, professional and otherwise, to our team and to EFF as a whole.  If you can add value to EFF’s Activism team, please apply.

What You’ll Do

The Security and Privacy Activist, who reports to the Associate Director of Digital Strategy, is responsible for the following:

  • Ensuring Surveillance Self-Defense materials are accurate, accessible, and periodically updated, including by maintaining an update calendar for these projects and facilitating as-needed update sprints;
  • Leading the EFF security education group’s response to breaking news, such as new security threats, novel vulnerabilities, and feature changes to popular tools;
  • Developing new SSD guides and other written material with relevant activist, legal, and technologist colleagues while considering SSD scope, priorities, and resources;
  • Assessing EFF’s security education activities to help the organization continually improve its digital advocacy and reach new audience and communities;
  • Publicly representing EFF positions with the media, policy makers, and peer advocacy organizations, and maintaining communication with tech company counterparts.

What We’re Looking For

To be successful in this job, you’ll need:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills: You have experience writing and editing collaboratively, including sharing and receiving feedback and navigating the disagreements that may come with it. You can research and write about digital rights issues for diverse audiences, whether diving deep within your own expertise or pinch-hitting on related areas.
  • Familiarity with digital civil liberties issues: You are familiar with and interested in digital rights issues in security and privacy, and you look at complex technology and policy developments from a user perspective. This does not need to come from professional experience, and could be demonstrated through volunteering, personal interest, or education and coursework.
  • Project management skills: You can steward a major project through to completion while also handling routine, day-to-day tasks. You have a track record of successfully managing complex projects while working with a diverse group of stakeholders, both inside and outside the organization.

Any of the following skills and areas of expertise would also be advantageous:

  • Familiarity with social media, including summarizing complex topics into short posts, reviewing analytics, and experimenting with growing platforms
  • Video development and editing experience

If you were here right now, you would be:

  • Investigating new security and privacy features like Apple’s Advanced Data Protection for iCloud and Google’s end-to-end encryption for Gmail and creating guides to explain how they work, how to adopt them, and what to consider before doing so.
  • Working with our Translations Coordinator on a strategy to reach new audiences with our translated SSD materials.
  • Working alongside our Public Interest Technology team to manage EFF’s response to breaking security and privacy news, such as new security threats, novel vulnerabilities, and features changes to popular tools.
  • Digging into weekly statistics on blog readership, social media pick-up, and SSD usage to determine where EFF should devote resources to updating, retiring, or developing new SSD guides.

What Else You Should Know

You may work from San Francisco or you may work from another U.S. location. This position will need to keep Pacific time zone hours. The compensation for this position will be between $75,000 to $81,900 depending on experience and location. Click here to see some other frequently asked questions about this position.

EFF is a great place to work! We offer a supportive and empowering environment, along with an excellent benefits package including housing cost assistance, student loans assistance, medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 403(b)(7) retirement savings program with matching, paid time off, holiday benefits, paid parental leave, a dog-friendly workplace, and more.

As an advocacy organization, EFF is committed to being part of a diverse community. Diversity of life experiences makes a big difference in how we identify and litigate legal issues, design privacy-enhancing software, and organize our activism. To that end, we deliberately seek applicants with different perspectives, identities, and experiences to build an inclusive workplace to better inform our advocacy and defense of freedom in our digital world. EFF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of all races, genders, ages, abilities, orientations, ethnicities, and national origins to apply. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

How to apply: Please submit all application materials no later than February 17th in order to be considered. We want to hear about you, so cover letters are required and applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

We are very interested to learn more about your writing style. If you have past writing samples, please include them in your cover letter. Demonstrating your writing style and skills is more important than where your writing has appeared, whether it is published in the Washington Post or on your personal blog or simply copy-pasted after the end of your cover letter. All applicants must also respond to a short (no more than three paragraphs) writing prompt in the application itself.


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