Head of Policy & External Pressure - Job Application
About the Center for Humane Technology
Launched in 2018 by deeply concerned tech ex-insiders — including world-renowned design ethicist Tristan Harris (called the “closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience” by The Atlantic magazine) and highly-acclaimed technology investor Roger McNamee — the Center for Humane Technology (CHT) is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to realign technology with our humanity.

We’ve had tremendous momentum and impact to date, including:

>>> Driving a cultural awakening through massive media coverage that has reached hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

>>> Helping to initiate a “race to the top” between the largest tech giants to protect users’ wellbeing and "time well spent", leading to features now shipping to over a billion phones without writing a line of code.

>>> Applying political pressure by advising global heads of state and policymakers.

>>> Cultivating pivotal insider relationships with tech leaders and technologists, including propagating core messaging to support the launch of digital well-being initiatives by Google, Apple, Instagram, and Facebook.

The massive urgency of our work is driven by a nuanced and deep understanding of a global crisis where technology has become dominant, shaping our mental health, relationships, and understanding of the world. Today’s financially-incentivized technology platforms are built on personalized, artificially-intelligent algorithms that distort our choice-making and sense-making environments. We see evidence of social decay all around us: declining physical and mental health, damage to our social relationships, shortening of our attention spans, as well as polarization, disinformation, and the manipulation of democracies. These threats are increasing exponentially in scope and scale, far outpacing our human ability to respond as we suffer from their impact.

CHT’s ultimate aim is to drive a comprehensive shift toward Humane Technology by changing the way technologists think about their work and build their products.

Learn more and meet our team at http://www.humanetech.com.

About the Job
We are looking for an experienced, action-oriented Head of Policy to lead our interactions with policymakers, shareholders, advertisers, and other people who can externally pressure companies to adopt humane practices. The role will focus on (1) educating stakeholders about the problem and our approach to addressing it, and (2) advising on policies that open up new change levers from disempowered stakeholders, (3) crafting ways that government can make unmanageably complex, automated products that cause harm more expensive, while incentivizing companies to build more humane technologies.

This position involves:

- Working closely with our core CHT team to understand our description of the problem and solutions in order to communicate it effectively to policymakers, shareholders, advertisers, etc.
- Educating and advising partners involved in policy-related work
- Advising on legislation that policymakers may be considering
- Working with strongly leveraged shareholders and advertisers to increase external pressure on companies

Ideal candidates will have many years of experience working on policy with a wide range of stakeholders, including government officials, corporations, lobbyists, movement-building organizations, etc.

Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential, as are strong product and project management skills.

The candidate must also have outstanding collaboration skills (strong empathy, exemplary ethics, general communication skills) and the ability to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances.

Job Details
LOCATION: San Francisco Bay Area

EMPLOYMENT TERMS: This is an employee position with an immediate start date.

COMPENSATION: We offer competitive compensation alongside the opportunity to help solve a pressing global problem.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis.

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