In the critical lead-up to the 2024 elections, Issue One is leading the charge to safeguard elections and election workers and clean up the toxic information ecosystem by holding social media platforms accountable for the harms they cause. We are strategically positioned to ensure a smooth transfer of power in 2025 and to champion comprehensive reforms to create an inclusive democracy for everyone.
As a nonpartisan advocacy powerhouse, Issue One unites a diverse coalition of Republicans, Democrats, and independents to push back on the attacks on our democracy and advance a bold policy agenda to protect our elections and reform social media and the AI that’s at the root of its power Our ReFormers Caucus — comprising over 200 former Congress members, governors, and Cabinet secretaries — cultivates invaluable connections with current policymakers, adding significant weight to our legislative and communication endeavors. Supported by robust research, a dynamic communications team, and a vigorous development program, we're uniquely equipped with the resources and insight needed for transformative federal reform.
We have had an outsized impact in Washington, DC. We were instrumental in securing $825 million in federal funding for states to enhance cybersecurity and manage the challenging 2020 elections during the pandemic. In 2020, we ran a $15 million “Count Every Vote” campaign to defend the integrity of our elections. In 2021, our advocacy – along with key partners – led to the establishing of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack and the passage of the Electoral Count Reform Act in 2022. We have built our Faces of Democracy campaign to lift up America's election workers and advocate for increased federal funding for our elections and protections for election officials and poll workers.
Because we recognize that election protection sits at the intersection between trust in elections and social media-driven election propaganda – including the use of AI to disrupt our elections – Issue One launched the Council for Responsible Social Media (CRSM) in 2022 to unite stakeholders in the fight for social media reform to create a healthier democracy for our digital age. The CRSM is the most prominent group of its kind that has ever come together to speak with one voice to hold tech companies accountable and improve our digital information environment. Beyond its primary focus, the CRSM has been a key player in advocating for the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA). This bill provides families the tools and safeguards to protect children from online threats. By pushing for stronger privacy policies and more transparent practices on social media platforms, CRSM aims to shield our communities from disinformation, ensuring a safer and more trustworthy digital space for all.
This is an exciting opportunity to be at the cutting edge of technology and democracy reform in Washington, D.C., and beyond. The Program Manager, Technology Reform will be instrumental in leading Issue One and the Council for Responsible Social Media’s advocacy and policy efforts on artificial intelligence and national security. This position will require experience and/or subject matter expertise on technology reform, particularly on issues related to generative AI, national security, and the impact of social media on democracy.
The ideal candidate has previously worked on technology policy and has some expertise on foreign policy/national security issues and/or generative AI. Prior advocacy, legislative, campaign, or policy experience is required. Technical expertise, such as computer programming or related skills, is a plus but not required.
National Security Policy and Advocacy Development (40%)
Artificial Intelligence Policy and Advocacy Development (40%)
Event Planning and Other Activities (10%)
Work Coordination and Supervision
Our preference is for the candidate to be based in the Washington D.C. area; however, we are open to considering remote candidates, with the understanding that the role will include traveling to D.C. up to once per month.
If based in the DMV area, we require all local staff to be in the office every Tuesday and Wednesday. This hybrid approach facilitates close collaboration and engagement with our team and relevant stakeholders.
Issue One has developed a comprehensive benefits package that invests in our staff to improve their health and promote a solid work-life balance.
Additional Job-Related Abilities
The successful candidate will also possess the following characteristics:
Team Player – Works well with others in a congenial, collaborative environment involving shared responsibility and credit. Is comfortable with leading and following, as well as working in tandem with peer colleagues on joint projects.
Superior Influencing Skill – Draws upon an active network of contacts and relationships to gain access and influence with key stakeholders. Is a “known entity,” enjoys a reputation for working well with a wide variety of people, and is well received on both sides of the political aisle. Works on and through coalitions to achieve objectives.
Leadership – Demonstrates “situational diplomacy” and an appreciation for the personal and agency-level differences involved in executing an effective lobbying strategy. Able to lead teams through effective communications, clear direction, and steadfast follow-through. Hands-on and self-sufficient.
Self-Directed – Able to spearhead initiatives, translate plans into specific actions across a team, and execute with urgency. Creates a level of trust with partners around sound judgments in an environment of shifting initiatives, priorities, and public opinion.
Impeccable Integrity – Embodies and practices world-class ethical standards. Creates an environment of trust by acting with fairness and consistency, keeping commitments, and providing a rationale for decisions.
Ego Maturity – A highly motivated, seasoned, and self-assured quality leader, with high confidence in her or his superior professional skills and ability to drive decisions.
Intelligence – A person with strong intellectual capabilities who can synthesize complex data, legal concepts, and government/regulatory issues for the organization’s Hill education and policy efforts. High level of academic and professional achievement, demonstrated through credentials and recognition of key institutions.
Flexible Work Style – Comfort working within a public policy environment in general and within an organization proud of its reputation for collegiality, diversity, and creativity in delivering excellent policy and partnership outcomes.
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