Pitt Cyber seeks to hire a full-time policy director
Posted on 09 Jan 2023 9:00 AM

Policy Director

Pitt Cyber seeks to hire a full-time policy director.

This position will be responsible for managing Pitt Cyber’s policy efforts on issues ranging from cybersecurity to algorithmic accountability to disinformation. The director will build upon current efforts, as well as lead research and foster growth in new policy areas.


The policy director should have significant familiarity with one or more of the above issues or demonstrated expertise with other tech policy issues. The director should also have an understanding and track record of policy research and comfort with building collaborations and coalitions. The director must be able to communicate complex technical, policy, and legal topics in a compelling manner to the public.


The director may also seek adjunct appointments to teach as relevant to their expertise and educational backgrounds.


Key Responsibilities

  • Research and communicate on an array of cyber policy issues, including through reports, briefs, op-eds, speeches, and other materials for public consumption
  • Build on existing Pitt Cyber policy initiatives
  • Initiate and develop new policy proposals and initiatives
  • Provide policy research support and related activities for Founding Director, as needed
  • Represent Pitt Cyber in the media and with funders, policymakers, community groups, and other key constituencies


Required Qualifications

  • Strong experience and commitment to tech policy issues
  • An earned post-graduate degree (preferably JD or PhD)
  • 5+ years of experience in private and/or public sector on technology policy issues
  • Record of success in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Demonstrated track record in and strong writing and public speaking skills
  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit


About Pitt Cyber

The University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security (Pitt Cyber) provides a unique interdisciplinary environment to tackle cyber challenges. Our researchers engage on critical questions of networks, data, and algorithms, with a focus on the ever-changing gaps between law, policy, and technology. Pitt Cyber’s work includes technology policy research, workforce development programs, and multidisciplinary research efforts—all with an eye toward real-world impact.


Pittsburgh or Washington, DC location preferred; remote options considered.


Interested applicants should reach out to:

Beth Schwanke (she/her)
Executive Director
University of Pittsburgh
Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security
beth.schwanke@pitt.edu | 412.383.4335