U.S. Policy Analyst – 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 Asia/Pacific, to provide global support to our mission.

About the Role

We are looking for a policy analyst to join our global team, based in our Washington, DC office. The position will primarily focus on analyzing and responding to U.S. state-level legislation and regulation through education and outreach. Alongside our Washington, DC team the incumbent will work together with policy and advocacy staff to help advance our mission  at the intersection of technology and human rights. The U.S. Policy Analyst will report directly to and be mentored by our U.S. Policy Manager.

What You Will Do

  • Collaborate with Access Now’s U.S. Legislative Manager, its U.S. Policy Manager, and other team members to identify issues and opportunities for engagement to advance our mission, with a focus at the state level
  • Develop and execute comprehensive, substance-driven campaigns focused on the public and/or key stakeholders
  • Represent Access Now at events, in coalitions and on advisory councils with partner organizations
  • Track and engage on relevant legislation and administrative proceedings before state government institutions
  • Establish and maintain relationships with lawmakers and regulators
  • Liaise with media, coordinate with press, and conduct other outreach activities as required
  • Organize and support Access Now events, including RightsCon worldwide annual conference sessions
  • Develop materials for a range of audiences, including articles, op-eds, speeches, campaign content, press releases, blog posts, social media, and multimedia content

You Should Have

  • 2-4 years professional experience (public policy, communication, campaigning, advocacy, journalism) in policy, legal, or outreach (communications, engagement, etc) roles with increasing levels of responsibility
  • Strong organizational skills, and ability to meet and prioritize multiple deadlines in a complex and fluid environment
  • A passion for human rights and technology policy issues and a drive to work in a fast-paced and challenging environment
  • Basic knowledge of the U.S. legislative process
  • A capacity to translate complex information into communications that can be accessed and understood by a layperson
  • 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

  • Advanced understanding of U.S. legislative dynamics, particularly at the state level
  • A graduate degree related to human rights, communications, journalism, law, or another relevant field
  • Fluency in a language other than English – preferably Spanish, French, Arabic, or Portuguese
  • Experience assisting with public events, such as a conference, gala, or festival


Applicants should consider that the position is based in our Washington, DC office. Remote candidates may be considered, if able to travel extensively for collaboration.


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
  • Name, contact information, and relationship to three professional references

Please reference your email application subject line with: “US Policy Analyst – [Your Name]


Deadline: Rolling until filled.

Posted: 28 Feb 2019


Access Now is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and international NGO, and an equal opportunity employer. We value and encourage diversity and inclusion, 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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