The Policy Director has a critical role to play on the Luminate
Strategic Initiatives team. The Policy Director will play a leading
role in delivering LSI's strategy, through policy position
development, grantmaking, expertise and advocacy work.
The Policy Director will report to the Vice-President, LSI and
will collaborate closely with the LSI senior leadership team
(Director of Campaigns and Media, Director of Ecosystems and
Partnerships, Director of Operations and Director of Strategic
This position could be based in either Berlin, Brussels,
or London. Successful candidates must have the right to
work in one of the identified locations. Competitive salary and
benefits are offered.
Luminate Strategic Initiatives (LSI) is an exciting new team at
Luminate designed to scale its work on the threat posed by Big
Tech. We aim to help advance a healthier information ecosystem
by strengthening the integrity of digital media. We seek urgent
change in moving from today’s polarising information market to a
healthy digital environment that promotes social cohesion and
the need to create an internet that better advances the world we
want to live in. It’s an inter-disciplinary team that brings
together deeply experienced policy advocates, campaigners,
strategic litigators, and ecosystem builders. The team is primarily
focused on Europe, which is where this work is most promising. LSI
is executing a strategy that leverages European laws and
regulations together with the willingness of European policymakers,
regulators, courts, and the public to rein in Big Tech, with a
specific lens on healthy information ecosystems, AI and human
rights. (Our website is here.)
- Delivering on Luminate Strategic Initiatives’ (LSI) strategy,
in close collaboration with the rest of the team, including
- Grants management of groups working on policy in line with
- Advocacy work with regulators and policy makers where relevant
and complementary to the efforts of organisations in the
- Leading and coordinating the development of relevant LSI and
Luminate policy positions, related to platform accountability and
data & digital rights.
- Support and engage with groups most impacted by platform
accountability harms and solutions on policy development and
- Working jointly with the partnerships team to increase the
overall amount of funds available to the ecosystem for this work in
- Keeping track of policy developments (positive or negative), in
close collaboration with the litigation, and campaigns & media
- As part of the LSI leadership team, play an active role in the
overall direction and management of the team, culture, strategy and
- Bring a diversity, equity, inclusion and justice lens to policy
- Managing LSI’s Policy grant making and operational budget.
EXPERIENCE & SKILLS
Note: We view this section as a guide, not a checklist. We
encourage you to apply even if you don’t satisfy every single
bullet on this list.
- You’re passionate about and an experienced expert in addressing
the problems of Big Tech, AI, data & digital rights, and
supporting the development of a healthy information ecosystem and a
- You have a wide and diverse network in Europe of NGOs, policy
makers, experts in this space.
- You love getting into the weeds of policy positions and
understand how to conduct relevant policy research, and can bring a
feminist, human rights perspective to policy making.
- You have great people and leadership skills; you’re quick to
establish rapport and build trust.
- You have experience in moving concepts all the way into
concrete, adopted policy in more than one country in Europe.
- You’ve spent significant time in collaborative roles that
require bringing diverse parties together, identifying common
ground and doing meaningful work together.
- You’ve played a key role in developing new initiatives /
collaboratives / coalitions involving multiple, diverse
- You’re good at developing strategy and have the patience and
focus to execute it.
- You have a good understanding of what it takes to be a good
grant maker, either through direct experience in funding, or in
- You’re financially literate and able to develop and manage a
- You’re fluent in English and ideally in one additional European
HOW TO APPLY
Our screening process requires candidates to respond to a
handful of questions that provide perspective on how your skills
would relate to the day-to-day job. Submissions will be anonymised,
randomised and reviewed by a panel of reviewers from the hiring
team. If you are shortlisted, we’ll invite you to the next step,
which includes meeting with members of the team.
Applications are due by Monday 12th June 2023 (11.59pm - British
Luminate is a global foundation
working to ensure that everyone – especially those who are
underrepresented - has the information, rights, and power to
influence the decisions that shape society. The foundation is
focused on enabling people to fully participate in civic and
political life, to safely challenge power, and to access accurate,
trustworthy information. It was established by philanthropists
Pierre and Pam Omidyar and has worked for over a decade on issues
related to governance and citizen engagement.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION YOU SHOULD KNOW
Luminate is a high performing, diverse and inclusive
organisation where people can do their best work. We believe in
matching individuals to a role that best suits their skills,
experience, and career aspirations so that people can successfully
fulfil their potential and continue to develop throughout their
career with the organisation.
Luminate believes that diversity and inclusion make us more
successful in our work, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain
the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion,
disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status,
gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by
local, state, or national law.