Policy Manager (Data Protection)

  • Job Title: Policy Manager (Data Protection) 
  • Salary: £35,000 – £40,000 (pro-rata, 4 days per week) 
  •  Benefits: Flexible working; parental leave; 7% pension contribution; generous training and development budget; 25 days paid annual leave (pro rata) plus public and bank holidays and additional time off in December when office is closed; company-provided Macbook. 
  • Location: Nationwide (home-based/remote). Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK.
  • Duration: Permanent
  • Deadline for Applications: 9am on 13 June 2022
  • Interview Dates: W/C 20 June 2022
  • Start Date: ASAP

Open Rights Group (ORG) is a digital rights campaigning organisation. We want to stop the government’s destruction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and we’re looking for a policy manager to help make this happen. 

What we’re looking for:

Above all else, we need a passionate and effective advocate. And as regards the rest, we’re more interested in your skills, rather than your knowledge. 

  • You might have a strong policy background with an interest in data protection issues. 
  • You might be an academic in this space with the potential to step into a policy role.
  • You might have a highly analytical mind and have a demonstrated commitment to digital rights.
  • You might have significant work experience at the crossroads of technology and law. 
  • You might have experience of UK parliamentary procedures, with a network of contacts and a good understanding of how to creatively engage policy-makers.

You might have something else: inspire us!

What the job will involve:

  • Policy research: for example on the future of the UK’s data protection framework, the role of the UK’s data protection regulator in upholding data protection standards and comparative work with EU policy.
  • Drafting policy documents: including public-facing documents such as consultation responses and reports.
  • Outreach to policy-makers: including engagement with Senedd and Holyrood. 
  • Feeding into our campaigning work: through collaboration with our Campaigns Manager, to ensure that your policy research is fed into our campaigning and grassroots activism.
  • Coalition building: through collaborating with other team-members to expand our coalition of cross-sectoral allies.
  • Comms outputs: such as blog posts summarising policy submissions and campaign materials.
  • Some public speaking: such as giving press quotes and interviews, as well as representing ORG at external events.

What we’re like:

ORG is a vibrant digital rights campaigning organisation. Founded in 2005, we have over 20,000 members and supporters and 10 local groups across the UK. 

We uphold human rights like free expression and privacy. We condemn and work against repressive laws or systems that deny people these rights. 

We campaign, lobby, go to court – whatever it takes to build and support a movement for freedom in the digital age. 

Our remote team is spread across the UK. We’re a supportive, flexible group with high standards. We’re innovative and agile. You’ll work hard but be rewarded by the impact you collaboratively achieve. 

We take staff well-being seriously and meet up regularly for in-person work and social events. 

How to Apply 

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter (no longer than 2 sides of A4) setting out how you are suited to the role by emailing recruitment@openrightsgroup.org by 9am on 13 June 2022. 

Please ensure that your email has the subject heading ‘Policy Manager (Data Protection)’ and that all attachments are sent in PDF format. 

Interviews for short-listed candidates will be held online. 

Length and Salary 

The Policy Manager (Data Protection) will be employed on a permanent basis following successful completion of a six-month probation period.

The annual salary is £35,000 – £40,000 pro-rata for 4 days per week less any required deductions for income tax and national insurance. As mentioned above, the position is home-based, though travel into London for in-person events is required. 

Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK.

ORG is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that a diverse and inclusive team working in a supportive environment is vital to the success of our work. We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as well as from LGB, Trans and non binary candidates.