New CIS Staff Position: Privacy Director

The Stanford Center for Internet and Society (CIS) is looking for an experienced, innovative, entrepreneurial individual to direct the Center’s Consumer Privacy focus area.

CIS is a preeminent academic research center addressing the legal challenges of new technologies. CIS works to ensure that new technologies and legal regimes serve the public interest. A successful candidate for this job will be able to develop practical, interdisciplinary solutions for pressing technology law problems and work to make them a reality.

Specifically, the Director will help determine the strategic vision for the Center’s efforts regarding consumer privacy and emerging technologies. The Director will identify issues that impact consumer privacy, and then study these matters and develop proposals that promote the public interest. The Director will collaborate with CIS Directors, including Al Gidari and Daphne Keller. The Director will bring together companies, technologists, civil liberties groups, citizens, and policymakers to pursue winning policy solutions. The Director may present these policy proposals before legislatures and administrative bodies, at corporate headquarters, and in court. The Director will report to CIS Faculty Director Barbara van Schewick. 

The Director will also write for the CIS blog; work with students interested in privacy and civil liberties issues; organize research meetings and outreach; and engage in the intellectual life of the Law School generally.

Qualifications for this position include a strong background in privacy law and policy, familiarity with privacy enhancing technologies, and a commitment to the public interest. The Director must have exceptional research, writing and advocacy skills.

The ideal candidate will be a visionary and strategic leader capable of building external resources (including fundraising), identifying and managing high-impact projects, and collaboratively formulating and implementing policy decisions for the organization.

Two-year term, subject to renewal based on mutual interest and funding.


  • Help establish research agenda and strategic vision for privacy work at CIS
  • Conduct and manage original research, outreach, and advocacy related to consumer privacy
  • Manage CIS communications around privacy
    o   Field, answer, and assign inquiries from the press, officials, industry, non-profits and others related to privacy
    o   Coordinate efforts to raise awareness of CIS privacy projects and events
  • Manage CIS fundraising efforts around privacy
    o   Monitor funding opportunities
    o   Work with Development to write funding proposals
  • Work with executive director to manage budget for privacy-related work
  • Work with other Directors and personnel to collaborate on projects
  • Plan privacy-related events (e.g., speaker series, workshops, conferences)
  • Hire, mentor, and/or supervise fellows, students, and other researchers
  • Option to teach a privacy class


  • Advanced degree preferred
  • Demonstrated expertise in privacy law and or policy
  • Knowledge of relevant technology
  • Experience with personnel supervision and budget management
  • Aptitude for fundraising
  • Excellent oral and written communication

Competitive, based on experience
Excellent benefits

How to apply:

Application Deadline: CIS will be accepting and reviewing applications on a rolling basis.

All interested and qualified applicants must complete a dual application process by submitting their application to as well as via the Stanford Careers website:

A complete application will consist of the following in PDF format:

  • Cover Letter describing the applicant’s vision for the consumer privacy focus area at CIS.
  • CV
  • 2 Writing Samples
  • 3 References


About the Center for Internet and Society: The Center for Internet and Society (CIS) is a public interest technology law and policy program and a part of Law, Science and Technology Program at Stanford Law School. CIS brings together scholars, academics, legislators, students, programmers, security researchers, and scientists to study the interaction of new technologies and the law and to examine how the synergy between the two can either promote or harm public goods like free speech, innovation, privacy, public commons, diversity, and scientific inquiry. CIS strives to improve both technology and law, encouraging decision makers to design both as a means to further democratic values. CIS provides law students and the general public with educational resources and analyses of policy issues arising at the intersection of law, technology and the public interest. The Center is directed by Stanford Law Professor Barbara van Schewick.

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