Electronic Frontier Foundation is hiring for several positions

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development.

Job details


San Francisco, CA



Hours of work

Full Time



Assistant Director of Federal Affairs

What You’ll Do

The Assistant Director of Federal Affairs will work with the Director of Federal Affairs; both positions report to the Legislative Director. You will be responsible for the following:

  • Managing relationships with members of Congress, congressional committees, and congressional staff, including ensuring prompt responses to inquiries and requests;
  • Directly advocating for and explaining EFF policy positions and helping develop communications and other materials aimed at congressional staff, in collaboration with EFF attorneys, technologists, and activists;
  • Identifying digital rights issues drawing attention in DC and helping EFF’s policy groups think politically and strategically about EFF’s positions and messaging;
  • Working with existing coalitions and building new coalitions as needed to further EFF policy goals;
  • Traveling several times a year to DC for lobbying trips and other events as needed;
  • Drafting and/or commenting on legislative text and drafting agency rulemaking comments in collaboration with EFF colleagues.

What EFF’s Looking For

To be successful in this job, you’ll need:

  • Significant legislative experience: A demonstrated record of legislative policy work is essential. Ideally, this is experience working in a Congressional office, and does not necessarily need to be with a portfolio specifically related to digital civil liberties. Additionally, you are a great communicator comfortable with writing and speaking about a number of complex issues in concise, easy to understand language. You aren’t afraid to share your ideas or strategies, and can keep the big picture of furthering EFF’s digital rights mission in mind while managing multiple tasks.
  • An inclusive approach to relationship building: You approach coalition-building with a mindset of “winning hearts and minds,” and prioritize maintaining professional relationships even in the face of differences of opinion. You have brought different groups and people together before to achieve a legislative goal, and you understand that building success requires patience and consistency.

EFF is looking to fill this position as soon as possible so please submit your application promptly, and no later than Thursday, November 30, 2023. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Staff Attorney – Intellectual Property

Staff Attorneys advance digital rights by means of integrated legal advocacy, including: developing and prosecuting substantive lawsuits, filing amicus briefs, counseling clients, enforcing public records requests, lobbying legislators, communicating with the general public, helping develop EFF policy, and supporting the work of EFF’s activists and technologists.

Essential Functions:

  • Managing all aspects of litigation, including:
  • Developing and communicating EFF policy positions, including:
  • Counseling clients on non- or pre-litigation matters:
  • Communicating EFF positions to the public, including:
  • Organizational, administrative, and other support


In addition to legal and policy expertise, staff attorneys must have:

  • Experience and enjoyment exploring and advocating on digital rights issues
  • Strong time management skills
  • High level of organization, attention to detail, and follow-through
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent research, analysis, written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent judgment, especially when dealing with complex policy issues and unexpected questions
  • Must demonstrate care and respect toward coworkers, outside partners, members of the public, donors, and others with whom this role interacts
  • Must work to positively and collaboratively resolve conflicts and overcome challenges
  • Must be able to understand and articulate with accuracy EFF’s mission, positions, and work
  • Must be available and responsive to colleagues, outside partners and others over email, phone, and online chat, with the ability to respond and reliably to time-sensitive requests for assistance and opportunities during agreed upon work hours
  • Contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences including race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance

EFF will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but no later than November 22, 2023.