Legislative Manager – Washington, D.C.

About Access Now

Access Now ( is a growing international human rights organization dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world, including issues of privacy, security, freedom of expression, and transparency. Our policy, advocacy, technology, and operations teams have staff presences in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East/North Africa (MENA), North America, and South/Southeast Asia, to provide global support to our mission.

About the Role

The Legislative Manager will take on an existing portfolio in Washington D.C. representing Access Now’s U.S. and international-based policy staff, global advocates, and users at risk around the world. Joining a dynamic team of advocates, communicators, and designers, the manager is responsible for representing Access Now’s issues as they intersect with the federal government. The manager will advance positions with key audiences, drive meaningful campaigns, and work with allies to drive change. The manager will work closely with Access Now’s U.S. Policy Manager on issues regarding U.S. policy and with the organization’s global advocacy director on all other issues.

About You

You’re an advocate at heart with a passion for winning policy battles. You’re equally comfortable protesting in the streets as you are testifying before the United States Senate. You know how to organize the protest, and how to negotiate the congressional bureaucracy. Most importantly, you have an instinctive understanding for what path to take to win the policy fights that most impact users at risk around the world. You know when to name and shame, and when to write a press release in praise. You are a self-starter who doesn’t need to be told what to do; you find opportunities and bring along the team.

What You Will Do:

  • Collaborate with Access Now’s Advocacy Director, U.S. Policy Manager, and other team members to identify issues and opportunities for engagement and develop strategic initiatives that further the organization’s mission in defense of at-risk users
  • Develop and execute comprehensive, substance-driven campaigns focused at the public and/or key stakeholders
  • Engage with Congress on new and potential legislative issues
  • Represent Access Now in coalitions and on advisory councils with partner organizations
  • Manage Access Now coalitions, such as
  • Track relevant legislation and administrative proceedings before government institutions
  • Draft and review submissions to administrative proceedings in consultation with policy staff
  • Establish and maintain relationships with lawmakers and regulators in Washington D.C.
  • Liaise with media, coordinate with press, and conduct other outreach activities as required
  • Support other Access Now offices and coalition partners with advocacy campaigns as needed
  • Organize and support Access Now events, including the RightsCon worldwide annual conference
  • Manage Access Now’s Heroes and Villains recognition program
  • Manage production of U.S.- based advocacy and policy materials
  • Develop materials for a range of audiences, including articles, op-eds, speeches, campaign content, press releases, blog posts, social media, and multimedia content
  • Respond to queries from the media, the public, and colleagues in the digital rights community and taking initiative to promote Access Now’s views in public discussion
  • Identify and cultivate potential sources of financial support, including drafting funding proposals

You Should Have:

  • Multiple years of relevant professional experience (communication, campaigning, advocacy, public relations, journalism) in outreach positions (campaigner, strategist, lobbyist, community manager, ambassador of fun, etc), with progressively increasing levels of responsibility
  • Strong team and project management skills with an ability to meet and prioritize multiple deadlines in a complex and fluid environment
  • A passion for human rights and technology policy issues and experience in advocacy, journalism, communications, campaigning, or organizing, and the proven ability to apply this capacity towards complex and concurrent goals
  • Regulatory experience (state or federal legislative experience preferred)
  • A proven capacity to synthesize complex information in fluid and rapidly changing contexts, and the ability to design solution sets to achieve meaningful change outcomes
  • Excellent spoken, expository, and persuasive writing and editing skills
  • Cultural awareness and the ability to communicate with a wide range of people around the world
  • Ability to travel internationally and domestically
  • Solid non-technical understanding of security technologies or better

It’s Helpful to Have:

  • A graduate degree related to human rights, communications, journalism, law, or another relevant field
  • Experience having lived and worked in the Global South
  • Fluency in a language other than English – preferably Spanish, French, Arabic, or Portuguese
  • Experience planning and staging public programs, such as a conference, gala, or festival
  • Fundraising experience, such as writing and securing grants from foundations or public institutions


This is a full time position based in Access Now’s office in Washington, D.C. (USA).


Access Now offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and benefits.

To Apply

To apply, send an email to with the following documents attached:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Cover letter outlining your suitability for the role

Please reference your email application with the subject line: “Legislative Manager – [Your Name]”

Deadline: Rolling until filled.


Access Now is an international human rights organization committed to diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. We value and encourage diversity and consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected status.


This commitment applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.

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