Director of Society

Arlington, VA
Schmidt Special Competitive Studies Project – Panels /
Fixed Term /
Founded by Dr. Eric Schmidt, the Special Competitive Studies Project (SCSP) is a 501(c)3 private foundation tasked with making recommendations to strengthen America’s long-term global competitiveness for a future where artificial intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies reshape our global strategic environment. The project is organized into six panels–Foreign Policy, Intelligence, Defense, Economy, Society, and Future Technology Platforms. Each panel will analyze AI and other emerging technologies, address how these technologies will reshape their field and produce detailed recommendations to ensure that America is organized to win the techno-economic competition.

The Society Panel is seeking a full-time Director of Society. As part of the Society team, you will gain exposure to a broad range of topics related to AI and other emerging technologies, AI governance issues, ethical and responsible AI, international norms, and the policy-making process. The Society Panel strives to ensure resiliency of democratic ideals for Americans in a new technology era.

SCSP offers a dynamic work environment, and each employee becomes an integral part of our
team. This is an in-person position at our headquarters in Arlington, VA.


    • Lead and/or manage Society team research projects, including providing guidance and tasks to Associate Director(s) and Research Assistant(s), focused on AI governance, ethical and responsible AI, and Intellectual Property.
    • Develop and implement advanced research plans and methods to gather and analyze relevant to pending policy proposals.
    • Utilize analytical tools, data, and other relevant information to identify patterns, trends, and correlations in societal implications of AI and other emerging technologies.
    • Collaborate with ethics experts, including representatives from industry, academia, civil society and policymakers, to evaluate the impact of various governance strategies and policy decisions.
    • Prepare comprehensive reports, briefings, and presentations to communicate research findings and strategic recommendations to senior officials, government stakeholders,and key decision-makers.
    • Provide SCSP leadership with status updates, plans of action, as well as providing situational awareness on developments affecting completion of the mission, while exercising considerable autonomy in carrying out his/her duties.
    • Think creatively and independently to identify, evaluate, and solve issues connected to the research.
    • Work collaboratively with other SCSP Directors on joint projects, cross-cutting issues, and in engagements with outside stakeholders.

Minimum Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Social Sciences, Computer Science, or a related field.
    • Master’s or Ph.D. degree in an above field is strongly preferred.
    • 5 to 10 years of experience in policy, with a proven track record of leading high-impact projects.
    • Expertise in governance and social policy making.
    • Strategic thinking and analytical skills, with the ability to synthesize complex information into clear and actionable insights for senior leadership and policymakers.
    • Strong leadership and/or team management abilities, including mentoring and developing the skills of Associate Director(s) and Research Assistant(s).
    • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to convey a variety of concepts to diverse audiences.
$80,000 - $180,000 a year
This is an exempt position.