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Senior Policy Manager



United States · Remote
Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2023

At Thorn, our cause is our code. We are a nonprofit whose mission of defending children from sexual exploitation and abuse is deeply embedded within our core—a shared code that drives us to do challenging work with resilience and determination.

Here, you’ll work and grow among the best hearts and the best minds in tech, data, and business alongside our network of independent partners, NGOs, and law enforcement agencies. Together, we’re focused on building technology that protects children’s futures. We are looking for dynamic problem solvers with the desire to help address some of today’s toughest issues. You'll collaborate with a diverse group of peers in a remote environment centered on wellness, care, and compassion.

In 2019, we took the stage at TED and shared our audacious goal of eliminating child sexual abuse material from the internet. Come join us to help make this goal a reality and build a world where every child can be safe, curious, and happy.

About the Role:

Thorn’s Senior Policy Manager will play a key role within Thorn’s policy team to expand our US and international stakeholder outreach and engagement. Our goal is to ensure that key stakeholders around the globe recognize Thorn’s expertise and thought leadership with regards to child sexual abuse and exploitation as well as Thorn’s expertise is building and innovating technological solutions to eradicate the issue. You will develop a deep technical understanding of the cutting edge technologies and tools we build and the dynamic landscape that affects our work.

Regular in person meetings required and up to 30% travel.

What You’ll Do:

  • Partner with the Director of Policy on creating and executing Thorn’s global policy strategy;
  • Lead on key policy area affecting cross discipline work (example: transparency, global hash sharing) in collaboration with the Director of Policy;
  • Manage an individual portfolio of relationships with key stakeholders including policymakers and ecosystem partner organizations (law enforcement, tech, and NGOs);
  • Represent Thorn at government, tech, and NGO partner meetings, roundtables, and events;
  • Conduct policy research, including outreach to on-the-ground stakeholders;
  • Draft memos, strategies, meeting readouts, etc.;
  • Manage internal cross sector collaboration and programmatic work;
  • Identify and execute policy opportunities that further the company’s mission;
  • Act in place of the Director of Policy as needed.

What We’re Looking For:

  • 6-8+ years of Congressional, government, international policy, non-profit and/or policy experience;
  • Proven experience in judiciary, homeland security, technology and/or commerce issue areas;
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills;
  • Excellent judgment and awareness in high-stakes, fast-paced environments;
  • Ability to establish and strengthen internal and external relationships;
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with a remote team;
  • Ability to work independently with little guidance;
  • Prior knowledge of child exploitation issues is a plus;
  • Ability to travel up to 40% of the time;
  • Desire to serve Thorn’s mission.

Compensation and Benefits

A reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role is $117,000-$135,000/year. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions, including but not limited to location; skill sets; experience and training; licensure, and certifications.

Our remote-first work model is structured around working from home most of the time. But, there will be times that employees are expected to travel. For example, Thorn may host company-wide gatherings, and smaller teams may hold in-person meetings and team-building events, or require attendance at specific conferences.

At Thorn, we know that great people make a great organization. We value our people and offer employees a broad range of benefits. Learn more about what working at Thorn can mean for you.

Thorn is a strong and flexible team because of the diverse backgrounds of our staff. This includes professional background, subject matter expertise, culture, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, language, hobbies, etc. We strongly encourage women, minorities, and people from underrepresented backgrounds to apply. Your skills are needed here.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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