Head of Technology, Media, and Digital Free Expression

Washington D.C. or Remote /
Lincoln – Policy /
Lincoln Network was founded in 2014 with a mission to help bridge the gap between Silicon Valley and DC, advancing a more perfect union between technology and the American republic. We believe in a world of free people and competitive markets, and that fostering a robust innovation ecosystem is crucial to creating a better, freer, and more abundant future. We see our value proposition in cross-pollination, network building, and translation between groups that don’t speak the same language. Our work includes helping innovators understand the policy world, and bringing the voices of founders, technologists, and entrepreneurs into policy conversations.

To help advance this mission, Lincoln Network is seeking to hire a Program Head or Director for their policy team focused on a range of issues intersecting with online platform governance, including: the future of news in the digital era, threats to online free expression, internet infrastructure regulation, and the emerging creator economy. This role will work closely with Lincoln Network’s Executive Director and will be responsible for producing original research and commentary, organizing policy events and convenings, and other work supporting the Lincoln team. This person will also have the opportunity to build out this program area, with considerable research independence within their policy silo, and freedom to allocate their program budget (consistent with Lincoln’s broader goals and mission).

This is a full-time position, preferably located in Washington, DC. Extraordinary candidates who live in other areas will also be considered. This position will work from a co-working space or remotely.

Responsibilities Include

    • Produce original research papers (around 1 per quarter), commentary (around 1-2 per week), and other content that address relevant issues in this policy space.
    • Manage fellows, junior staff, contractors, and outside experts to produce high-quality research and commentary.
    • Work with Lincoln’s operations team to plan and execute conferences, policy forums, salon dinners, and other activities.
    • Assist with programming for Lincoln’s Policy Hackers fellowship program, including teaching sessions and curating expert speakers.
    • Domestic travel 2-4 times per quarter. This includes biannual staff retreats with the full Lincoln team, as well as conferences and events. Key regions for Lincoln programming include Miami, San Francisco, San Jose, and Austin. 

Qualifications Include

    • Enthusiastic support for the Lincoln Network’s mission, unique approach to policy, and market-oriented values.
    • Entrepreneurial and self-motivated, and able to work effectively in a fast-paced and horizontally-organized work environment. Highly refined communication skills, both written and verbal, in order to communicate complex ideas through both traditional and social media forms. 
    • Highly organized and able to consistently meet deadlines and produce deliverables.
    • Strong competency with academic writing best practices, ethical norms, and style. Past publication history in academic policy journals and top national media outlets.
    • Proficiency with common business software applications like Office and Google Docs. Deep subject matter expertise in tech policy, including laws, regulations, and jurisprudence. This might include areas such as free speech, online copyright, telecom, antitrust, digital privacy, etc. 
    • College degree in a related field (e.g. economics, politics, law, or STEM) is recommended but not required. Law degree (JD or LLM) is also preferred, but not required. Programming or statistical software skills are a plus.
    • Applicants should have substantial work experience in this field.

Benefits and Perks Include

    • Robust benefits package including health/dental/vision insurance, 401K match, professional development allowance, tax-advantaged bonus structure, and an unlimited vacation policy.
    • Flexible work schedule in a remote-office environment (or co-working space).
To apply, qualified candidates should submit the following materials:

Resume (one page preferred).
Informal cover letter describing your interest in Lincoln Network’s mission.

Lincoln Network, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We review applications for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, uniformed services, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, or any other basis prohibited by law.