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Dream Job Alert: Defend Digital Freedom as an EFF Activist

Friday, April 7, 2017 10:17
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Want to spend your days fighting for digital rights and building a grassroots movement across the U.S.? You’re in luck! EFF is hiring

We’re expanding the grassroots advocacy team at EFF. Part of our larger activism team dedicated to defending digital liberty in the public sphere, the grassroots team focuses on outreach to campus and community groups across the country and connecting them to advocacy opportunities, training resources, community organizing best practices and guidance, and allies both nearby and across the country.

The team’s signature project is the Electronic Frontier Alliance. Launched in 2016, the Alliance includes 52 autonomous local groups across the country, from small nonprofits dedicated to civil rights to campus student groups and hacker spaces. Every group in the Alliance embraces a shared set of digital liberty principles including privacy, security, access to knowledge, creativity, and freedom of expression.

Groups in the Alliance each set their own agendas and organize their own programs. EFF's grassroots team coaches them in pursuing various forms of public education (including discussion events, teach-ins, movie screenings, and interactive workshops), as well as advocacy opportunities (such as engaging policymakers at both the federal and local level, writing op-eds, and organizing the occasional protest). The team at EFF strives to inspire, coordinate, and amplify their work.

The Alliance is the grassroots wing of EFF’s traditional digital advocacy strategy. We’re building these connections in offline spaces to strengthen the digital rights movement beyond EFF and defend the rights of all Internet users.

EFF's grassroots team, and our work building and coordinating the Alliance, are also diversifying our community, ensuring that the digital rights movement of tomorrow engages technology users across gender, orientation, race, socio-economic background, age, political affiliation, and location.

The Activist role focuses on building local communities and support their independent efforts to defend digital rights. Every day includes opportunities to connect, encourage, inspire, and support people passionately concerned about free speech, privacy, and technology.

Sometimes those opportunities entail acting as a mentor to a student who wants to make a difference on their college campus. At other times, they involve connecting supporters seeking digital security training to others in their respective areas poised to address their needs. Others include speaking to public audiences about why free speech is vital to a functional democracy, why both values require privacy, and how individuals can meaningfully defend those values in their respective communities.

If you appreciate freedom, share our concerns about how freedom is threatened online, and enjoy facilitating workshops, hosting conference calls, speaking in public, writing articles, connecting allies to each other, and meeting with local digital rights activists to coach and guide their advocacy, you’ll love this job.

This position offers a chance for frequent travel and speaking engagements, so it is ideal for someone who is curious about seeing new places and eager to connect with new people. When you’re in town, you’ll work from the funky, fun, and fabulous EFF headquarters in San Francisco, a dog-friendly environment with flexible working hours, people from all walks of life, and staff-organized communities united around everything from weekend bike rides and board games to learning Spanish and baking pies. EFF offers unparalleled benefits, including dental & vision coverage, competitive pay, and retirement savings. We also offer further assistance with housing to ensure that employees (both renters and home buyers) can afford to live in the beautiful Bay Area, as well as relocation expenses for candidates moving from elsewhere.

What are you waiting for? Apply today and help us build the future of the digital rights movement.

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