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Program Associate, Ranking Digital Rights

Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) seeks a Program Associate to support our growing policy, engagement and partnerships (PEP) work. This is an entry-level position that is ideal for a recent graduate or young professional with 1-3 years of professional experience who is looking to gain experience at the intersection of technology policy and human rights.

As Program Associate, you will support RDR’s U.S. and international policy work, engagement with companies and investors, and partnerships with civil society organizations by monitoring news and policy developments related to digital rights and technology policy, drafting internal memos on emerging issues, and maintaining various internal knowledge management resources related to RDR’s work. You will help organize webinars and other online convenings, and contribute to data collection, analysis, and production of the RDR Corporate Accountability Index and other RDR outputs. You will also provide administrative support to RDR’s PEP team as needed.

RDR works to promote freedom of expression and privacy on the internet by creating global standards and incentives for companies to respect and protect users' rights. We do this by ranking the world's most powerful digital platforms and telecommunications companies on relevant commitments and policies, based on international human rights standards. We work with companies as well as advocates, researchers, investors, and policymakers to establish and advance global standards for corporate accountability.

Ranking Digital Rights is an independent program at New America, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States. RDR is a globally distributed team, with staff working from the Washington, D.C. area, New York City, Berlin, Buenos Aires, and other locations. This is a fully remote position open to individuals with U.S. work authorization who are located within one time zone of Eastern Standard Time (i.e., Atlantic, Eastern, or Central time zones). The Program Associate reports to the RDR Senior Policy and Partnerships Manager, and works in close coordination with the Company & Investor Engagement Manager, Global Partnerships Manager, and other staff.


  • Support RDR’s engagement with policymakers, civil society organizations, companies, and investors by:
    • Scheduling calls with external stakeholders and taking notes as needed;
    • Drafting and managing correspondence with external stakeholders;
    • Maintaining RDR’s records of interactions, metrics, and notes from bilateral interactions;
    • Tracking PEP team activities and outputs, in coordination with RDR’s Director of Development and Impact, for the purpose of grant reporting, monitoring and evaluation;
    • Tracking news, research and policy discussions relevant to the companies ranked in the RDR Corporate Accountability Index as well as non-ranked companies, such as by monitoring relevant congressional hearings, think tank events, etc;
    • Producing succinct memos for internal dissemination;
    • Maintaining internal knowledge management systems including RDR’s internal resource library, shareholder resolutions database, PEP team files, and project management tools;
    • Helping to organize webinars and other online convenings;
    • Providing administrative support (expense reporting, travel booking, etc.) as needed;
  • Occasionally participate in data collection, analysis, and production for the RDR Corporate Accountability Index and other outputs.

Ideal candidates for this position will possess the following characteristics:

Required qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to protecting human rights in the context of business and technology;
  • Demonstrated interest in internet/technology policy, online content moderation, platform governance and accountability, and related topics;
  • Bachelor’s degree or demonstrated experience/interest in a field related to digital rights, such as communication, information studies, international affairs, political science, or sociology, or equivalent experience;
  • 1-3 years of full-time, professional work experience;
  • Highly organized, with keen attention to detail and strict adherence to deadlines;
  • Ability to learn quickly about complex topics through desk research;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with collaborators from diverse backgrounds and with diverse skill sets;
  • Experience using online collaboration and project management tools, and willingness to learn how to use new tools as needed;
    • RDR currently uses Google Suite, Slack, Asana, and Zotero
  • Current U.S. work authorization: we are not able to sponsor a visa for this position;
  • Must be located within one hour time difference of Washington, D.C. (Atlantic, Eastern or Central time zones).

Other desirable qualifications:

  • Graduate degree (or equivalent) in a field related to digital rights, such as communication, information studies, international affairs, law, political science, or sociology;
  • Familiarity with international human rights frameworks such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and other legal principles and instruments that affect tech and telecom sector policies, particularly with respect to the protection of free expression, privacy, and the right to nondiscrimination;
  • Previous professional or educational experience with environment, sustainability, and governance (ESG) investing, government affairs, international/multilateral organizations, and/or civil society organizations;
  • Event planning experience;
  • Professional fluency in one or more additional languages;
  • Experience operating in a remote work environment, including across multiple time zones.

Physical demands:

This position requires completing work at a computer and a reliable high-speed internet connection.


This is a full-time position with a budgeted salary of $50-60K annually, depending on experience, plus a generous benefits package. Must have current U.S. work authorization.

How to apply:

To apply, please submit a resume, one-page cover letter, and a brief (no more than three pages) writing sample. We will consider applications on a rolling basis; priority consideration will be given to those who submit their applications by September 12, 2021.

Please No Phone Calls, No Emails

Please submit your application through the New America portal. We are not able to respond to phone calls or emails.

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our employees, and our communities. We value and encourage the contributions of our

employees and strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential

and drive outstanding results. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment

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