Apply: Ford Foundation Technology Fellow | Diplomacy Opportunities

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The Technology Fellows program is administered by the Internet Freedom unit at the Ford Foundation, which works globally to advance economic and social protections in the Internet environment. Technology Fellows will play a strategic advisory role to the foundation as well as provide practical technical expertise to staff and grantees (Note that this role does NOT include IT and administration responsibilities). Technology Fellows will enable the foundation to better serve the technical needs of grantees, identify emerging opportunities and threats related to technology, help develop networks and communities of social justice mission-driven technology experts, and enrich the diverse perspectives of the thematic areas program experts. As information technology suffuses every aspect of our lives, the Ford Foundation believes that philanthropy has a unique role to play in ensuring that government and public interest organizations truly understand the technical landscape and how developing technologies serve the public interest.

The Technology Fellowship Program has three overarching goals:

  • Enrich perspectives within the foundation by adding a technical lens
  • Increase technical capacity throughout each of the foundation’s seven thematic areas of work
  • Generate novel, innovative ideas and build new relationships and networks


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience with minimum 4 years’ professional experience working with media, technology, advocacy or policy organizations
  • Strong ability to critically assess technologies relevant to the thematic area, particularly regarding usefulness, effectiveness, security risks, and potential impact
  • Sophisticated knowledge about existing and emerging technologies, and their potential intersections with at least one of the three thematic areas named above
  • Experienced in understanding needs of individuals, organizations or communities and collaboratively designing technical solutions to meet them
  • Strong strategic communication skills, including the ability to collaborate with and articulate the potential roles and importance of technology to diverse audiences – particularly those utilizing more traditional forms of engagement
  • Self-motivated and disciplined with a high degree of comfort working both independently and collaboratively
  • Familiarity with the use of information and communication technologies designed to serve the public interest
  • Experience working with a range of individuals in civil society, government and/or the private sector
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively as part of a team and with colleagues of diverse backgrounds and perspectives
  • Excellent analytical, oral presentation, writing, and interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to work in New York City

To apply


  • Advanced degree in related field of work or equivalent experience
  • Professional experience working internationally or within a global context
  • Experience working at the intersection of technology and one of the three thematic areas named above

Apply here


March 11, 2017 at 5:59am In your local timezone (GMT +1)

SALARY: Salary is competitive and based on experience and the Foundation’s commitment to internal equity. A generous benefits package is provided.

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