Vice President of Policy Research

POSTED: December 13, 2022
BUSINESS: Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy
POSITION TYPE: Full-time
START DATE: Immediate Availability

Founded in 2021, the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue is the preeminent global authority on tech statecraft, combining high-tech Silicon Valley strategies with foreign policy tools and deep technology expertise to ensure that technology advances freedom. KITDP is a bipartisan initiative under the Purdue Research Foundation (PRF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliated with Purdue University, with offices in West Lafayette, IN and Washington, DC.  

The Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue is seeking a VP of Policy Research, who will play a critical role in researching and developing the Institute’s policy positions across all critical and emerging technology sectors, developing and advancing the Global Tech Security Strategy, engaging with partner organizations and policymakers in the U.S. as well as foreign allies and partners, and ultimately help to achieve the Institute’s crucial mission: advancing freedom through trusted technology. 

The VP of Policy Research serves as an integral policy leader for the organization, working with the Institute Director, as well as Fellows and Advisors, to shape and execute KITDP’s policy vision. The position is primarily responsible for Policy Research, Development and Quality Control. This includes overseeing and coordinating the policy research of the organization, developing policy papers and reports on critical and emerging technology topics, leading quality control efforts across KITDP materials and strategic initiatives, liaising with U.S. and allied/partner governments on policy topics, and development and execution of KITDP’s research and policy agenda.

The VP of Policy Research must possess a keen understanding of and experience in domestic and international tech policy. He or she must be adept at research and analysis and possess excellent writing, editing and oral communication skills, as well as strong leadership and project management skills. This is a unique opportunity for someone who is mission-driven, passionate about freedom and technology, and is comfortable and enthusiastic working in a start-up and growth environment. Excellence, teamwork and a can-do attitude are essential.

Candidates in the DC area preferred.

Responsibilities 

  • Serves as an advisor to the Director on all domestic and international tech policy-related matters
  • Leads the recommendation and development of KITDP’s policy positions and research agenda, working with the Director and other KITDP stakeholders, including Fellows and Advisors
  • Anticipates trending issues and potential opportunities and implications accurately
  • Writes and develops tech policy papers and reports for the Institute, effectively translating technical information for diverse audiences
  • Reviews materials produced by the Institute (e.g. reports, white papers, curriculum, etc.) to ensure quality and consistency with KITDP’s objectives; includes other materials such as op-eds, testimony and talking points as needed.
  • Represents the Institute in the development of the bipartisan and international Global Tech Security Strategy as part of the Global Tech Security Commission
  • Partners closely with the Institute’s marketing and communications team to ensure proactive, accurate and effective communication of KITDP’s policy priorities and agenda to critical stakeholders
  • Partners closely with the Institute’s Director of Training Programs to ensure that KITDP’s training and curriculum reflects its policy priorities and meets the training needs of policymakers and other training participants based on timely policy matters and priorities
  • Works with national and international partner organizations, policymakers and other stakeholders around key policy issues, including in the U.S as well as foreign partners and allies 

Qualifications

  • 10+ years of experience focused on domestic and international technology policy, including government relations, Capitol Hill, private sector or an equivalent form of specialized expertise
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Ability to research, understand, and summarize complex, nuanced technology issues for a broader audience and communicate the political and real-world stakes for diverse target audiences
  • Experience with federal advocacy efforts—preferably but not necessarily in technology related fields—including government affairs, coalition work, direct Capitol Hill experience, government experience, or anything equivalent
  • Understanding of key stakeholder dynamics and political/geopolitical environment around technology policy issues
  • Ability to draft written products in multiple formats that are concise and easy to follow without losing important policy nuance
  • Experience operating in high-stakes environments that require producing high-quality, accurate products under tight deadlines
  • Keen eye for new opportunities to advance messaging
  • High level of creativity with the ability to solve problems and identify creative approaches to challenges
  • Strong understanding of how to develop and maintain connections and relationships to make advocacy efforts more effective; this experience may include participating and leading one-on-one, small, and large group meetings
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and deadlines while maintaining high-quality work
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in teams and across organizations
  • Commitment to the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy’s mission and goals 

If you are interested in applying, please click here to begin the process: https://www.applyatprf.com.

A criminal conviction check and negative controlled substance test are required for employment in this position. 

The Krach Institute of Tech Diplomacy at Purdue is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. KITD views, evaluates, and treats all persons in all KITD-related activities solely as individuals on the basis of their own personal abilities, qualifications, and other relevant characteristics.  All qualified applicants for employment will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, gender, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran.  

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