The R Street Institute—a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices across the country—seeks an energetic policy fellow to conduct policy research on children and technology. If you want to join a young and energetic organization and do something extraordinary, this may be just the opportunity you need.

Specifically, the Technology and Innovation Policy department at R Street is looking to develop a program that investigates the role of technology as it affects children. Issues and areas of focus will largely be up to the discretion of the selected fellow, but may include:

  • Privacy laws and regulations, particularly pertaining to children
  • Children’s use of social media and other online technologies
  • Educational use of technology
  • Free expression interests as relevant to children
  • Reviewing scientific literature on children and technology

Your typical day at R Street may include writing research papers, meeting with congressional or executive agency staff, and working with media to promote issues and positions of relevance. The position will report to the Director of Technology and Innovation Policy.

Skills and Qualifications

  • A J.D. or other equivalent law degree. Legal practice experience is a plus but not required.
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in issues such as education, children’s welfare or human development.
  • Experience working with children, an educational background and/or a degree in child development are a plus but not required.
  • Knowledge of and enthusiasm for relevant technology policy areas, including privacy, free speech, online advertising, etc.
  • Familiarity with key legal regimes (COPPA, FTC authority, advertising regulations, etc.) is a strong plus but not required.
  • Passion for free markets and limited, effective government.
  • A sense of humor and a desire to grow with a dynamic organization.

This is a full-time job based in Washington, D.C., but we will consider candidates outside the D.C. area on an exceptional basis. R Street is growing rapidly but remains a close-knit team.

R Street strives to provide a compensation package superior to those at other think tanks and nonprofits. In addition to a highly competitive salary, we provide a health insurance option entirely paid by the employer (even for families), wellness benefits, employer-subsidized mobile phone benefit, 401(k) contributions with up to a four percent match and an exceptionally generous vacation policy.

R Street does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, era of military service, gender identity, relationship structure or anything else that’s illegal, immoral or stupid to use as a basis for hiring.

We currently plan to accept applications for this job until filled. We will contact ideal individuals for telephone interviews and conduct them on a rolling basis. We will hold in-person interviews in our D.C. office.

To apply, you must upload a cover letter, resume, and writing sample in Microsoft Word or PDF format.