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Deputy Director of Ranking Digital Rights

at New America

Posted: 5/24/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 41Pkzed2G1

Job Description

Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) is a non-profit research initiative housed at New America’s Open Technology Institute working to promote freedom of expression and privacy on the internet by creating global standards and incentives for companies to respect and protect users’ rights. RDR produces a Corporate Accountability Index that ranks the world’s most powerful internet, mobile, and telecommunications companies on relevant commitments and policies, based on international human rights standards. We work with companies as well as advocates, researchers, investors, and policymakers to establish and advance global standards for corporate accountability.

Do you share our vision of ensuring that the internet is designed, managed, and governed in a way that fosters and sustains human rights around the globe?  Are you an experienced professional with a track record of building and managing high-impact research organizations or projects that directly contribute to concrete change? RDR seeks a Deputy Director to join the team at an exciting moment of growth. This is a newly created senior role that will be responsible for managing a growing team - from 7 to as many as 15 people by the end of 2021.

The Deputy Director will work closely with the Director of RDR to achieve the program’s strategic priorities: upgrading and expanding the RDR Index, increasing impact and visibility, expanding staff and strengthening institutional capacity, diversifying funding sources and substantially increasing the budget.

DUTIES/ RESPONSIBILITIES: (Essential Functions: Duties and responsibilities noted with bullets are considered to be the essential functions of the job).

  • Assume responsibility for day-to-day management of a globally distributed team and their work with an international network of research partners and contractors (delegating management of teams to other senior staff as needed and appropriate);
  • Devise and lead a staff expansion plan to most effectively bolster RDR’s capacity in communications, editorial, research, and stakeholder engagement (as funds enable per below);
  • Work with the Director to improve RDR’s fundraising strategy and assume responsibility for its execution, drawing upon the Director’s relationships and strategic input to double the program budget by the end of 2021;
  • Oversee the work of the Senior Program Manager to ensure successful fulfillment of all grant obligations and deliverables;
  • Oversee budget projections, management, and reporting.
  • Oversee the work of the Research Director to ensure that RDR’s research continues to meet high standards of rigor and credibility while keeping up with fast-paced technological developments;
  • Work with the Director as well as communications and editorial staff to maximize the impact and adoption of RDR’s research by key stakeholders as articulated in our theory of change and impact strategy;
  • Represent RDR’s work at public events, in the media, and with stakeholders, partners, and funders.


  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in jobs that directly address issues related to digital rights (particularly freedom of expression and privacy) and/or issues related to business and human rights, with increasing levels of management responsibility;
  • Minimum 3 years’ prior experience managing organizations or projects whose work includes research in direct service of influencing public policy or private sector practices and governance, and/or supporting advocacy;
  • Demonstrated experience and track record with non-profit fundraising;
  • Demonstrated experience building and managing innovative and cohesive teams;
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating across geographies, time zones, and cultures;
  • Experience building organizational partnerships and networks;
  • Ability to speak and read more than one major language is desirable;
  • Confident demeanor and excellent rapport when interacting with all levels of staff;
  • Ability to successfully drive change and implement new business processes;
  • Ability to prioritize and demonstrate the ability to work under pressure, and provide quick turnaround against high-pressure deadline;
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision and instruction at times;
  • Advanced skills in word processing, data management and presentation software including, but not limited to: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and their equivalents;
  • Strong familiarity with task management and remote collaboration platforms and applications commonly used by geographically distributed teams;
  • Sound decision making skills and resourcefulness in the performance of job duties;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

RDR is committed to build a team that reflects the geographic diversity of the companies and jurisdictions that the RDR Index covers. We and our host organization New America are committed to diversity and inclusion in hiring and retention of staff.

Location:  Washington DC.  (This position may be a remote opportunity for the right person but will need to spend a substantial period of time in the first year working alongside the Director at New America’s offices in Washington DC.)

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume and a brief writing sample (2-3 pages maximum).

Deadline: May 5, 2019, 11:59 EST

New America is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization thereby creating a culture that allows us to better serve our mission, our employees, and our communities. We value and encourage the contributions of our employees and strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and drive outstanding results. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.