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Electronic Frontier Foundation

Privacy and Surveillance Activist

Activism – San Francisco, California
Department Activism
Employment Type Full-Time - Exempt

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, is seeking a full-time activist. This position will focus on privacy issues—particularly on advocacy around government surveillance.

While this position will be focused on fighting surveillance at the federal and local levels, EFF’s activism team is highly cross-disciplinary: depending where threats to digital civil liberties arise, you may need to quickly get up to speed on any number of issues on EFF’s docket. Expertise in EFF’s core issues is desirable, but curiosity and self-directed research are essential.

The ideal candidate will be a superb writer with a passion for protecting freedom online and the ability to think critically and manage time effectively. You can produce excellent written work for the web, often under very tight deadlines. You excel at bringing people together to work for a common purpose and keeping a positive attitude while navigating disagreements. You can read and understand legal or highly technical information and explain complicated issues gracefully. You’re a great project manager who can see a major project through to completion while also handling smaller, day-to-day tasks.


  • Writing blog posts and other materials on issues related to privacy and civil liberties.
  • Developing and managing online campaigns urging EFF members to speak out to their members of Congress and other policymakers.
  • Research and write bill opposition/support letters, fact sheets, and other materials to educate lawmakers on digital rights issues.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with national networks of coalition partners. Organize and coordinate campaigns with partner organizations.


  • Excellent writing skills, including writing and editing collaboratively
  • Professional experience researching and writing about public policy issues for a general audience
  • Familiarity with and passion for digital civil liberties issues
  • Social media fluency
  • A track record of successfully managing complex projects while maintaining an upbeat attitude
  • The ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders, both inside and outside the organization
  • A proven ability to work quickly with few mistakes

Any of the following skills and areas of expertise would be advantageous:

  • Understanding of the issues of national security, privacy, and mass surveillance
  • Experience with the U.S. legislative process, be it as a Congressional staffer, a lobbyist, an advocate, or a journalist
  • Professional expertise in any of the following issues: free speech online, intermediary liability, consumer privacy, encryption, journalist freedom, emerging technology policies, blockchain
  • Technical skills, including content management systems;
  • Public speaking experience;
  • Professional journalism, or formal training in journalistic or creative writing; and
  • Experience organizing online activism for an advocacy-oriented nonprofit organization.

This is a full-time exempt position based in EFF's office in San Francisco, CA.  If you don’t want to live in the Bay Area, you should not apply for this job but rental housing benefits are available.

EFF is a great place to work. We offer a supportive and empowering environment, along with an excellent benefits package including housing cost assistance, student loans assistance, medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 403(b)(7) retirement savings program with matching, paid time off, holiday benefits, paid parental leave, a dog-friendly workplace, and more.

As an advocacy organization, EFF is committed to being part of a diverse community. Diversity of life experiences makes a big difference in how we identify and litigate legal issues, design privacy-enhancing software, and organize our activism. To that end, we deliberately seek applicants with different perspectives, identities, and experiences to build an inclusive workplace to better inform our advocacy and defense of freedom in our digital world. EFF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of all races, genders, ages, abilities, orientations, ethnicities, and national origins to apply. 

Interested in applying? Please click below and include each of the following:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. A minimum of 3 but up to 5 online writing samples linked to in the area provided in the application form.
  4.  Optional: Links to any other supporting materials (such as videos of presentations you’ve given, multimedia collateral you have created, etc). Please ensure the links you provide are not behind a paywall

The writing samples should:

  • Make an argument. They should not only be informational, but also have the aim of convincing the reader of a certain position or persuading them to take action.
  • Demonstrate your ability to summarize a complicated topic for a broad audience.
  • Be online. Don’t send copies as attachments; just send links in the space provided. If they aren’t already online, then publish them online. Please ensure that the links you provide are not paywalled.
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