Two Positions: Washington, DC

Director, Technology Policy
Location: Consumer Reports, Washington, DC

Originally posted on the UMD iSchool MLS listserv.

Position Overview:
As Director, Policy -Technology, you will lead Consumer Reports in our effort to realize a market where consumer safety is protected through strong encryption; consumers’ rights to test, repair, and modify their devices are supported by copyright, security, and consumer protection laws; and consumers are empowered to make informed choices about IoT products while being protected by privacy policies regulating the collection, use, and storage of their data. This is a chance to build something big, meaningful, and new.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Research, develop, and implement CR’s position on policies, regulations, and commercial practices relating to the security, privacy, and data practices of software, connected devices, and the Internet of Things
  • Develop a long-term vision and execute a proactive federal and state advocacy strategy that ultimately empowers and protects consumer privacy
  • Identify and recommend actions on public policy issues as they arise
  • Partner with colleagues across product testing, journalism, communications, fundraising, and digital products to shape our approach and practices around related activities: testing standards, editorial content, and product design.
  • Work with our engagement team to design and launch advocacy campaigns that champion the rights of consumers and achieve policy, regulatory, and corporate campaign victories
  • Represent CR — and the interests of consumers — by speaking at events, testifying before Congress, and communicating to the press on issues relating to security, privacy, and data
  • Author editorial, blog, and social media content designed to advance consumer interests around security, privacy, and data for CR’s media properties and external publications
  • Identify, secure, and manage external partnerships that add value and capacity to our ability to conduct market analysis, test products, formulate policy positions, convene coalitions, and disseminate our content and messaging
  • Build partnerships, secure funding, and expand your team as the security, privacy, and data program grows in size and importance
  • Participate in the ongoing design and implementation of our strategic plan, with its expressed focus on changing marketplace behaviors to prioritize the interests of consumers
  • Coordinate and advance the security, privacy, and data work across multiple divisions within the organization with grace, respect, and diplomacy

Temporary Part-Time Reference Librarian
Location: Pence Law Library at the American University Washington College of Law

Temporary Part-Time Reference Librarian 10/1/2016 – 4/30/2017

The Pence Law Library at the American University Washington College of Law is seeking a temporary, part-time reference librarian from October 1, 2016 until April 30, 2017. JD/MLS preferred. The successful candidate will provide reference and research services in a busy academic law library, including teaching research workshops; providing database training; preparing research guides and other related professional duties as needed. Compensation commensurate with background and experience. Please provide current resume and three references by 9/15/16 to Ripple Weistling, rweistling@wcl.american.edu.