Career Opportunities

Policy Director for S&T Vertical

Washington, D.C. — Full Time

In 2021, the Day One Project is working to develop & implement innovative and actionable ideas in science and technology policy as well as working to build the capacity to provide support to government agencies in onboarding scientific and technical talent. The Project is seeking to onboard Policy Directors to lead each of its four policy verticals: Innovation & Entrepreneurship, National Security, Science Policy, and Technology Policy. Applicants are requested to apply to lead policy development in one of the four areas.


The Policy Director will serve as the key point person driving all aspects of policy development and implementation strategy in one of the four core verticals. This includes sourcing and drafting policy proposals, orchestrating policy accelerators to engage a broader community in the policy focus area, hosting policy workshops, driving a comprehensive implementation strategy, and overseeing the day to day management of all related activities. The Project seeks a mission-driven individual with substantive policy expertise and direct experience in government capable of tapping an existing network across the legislative and executive branches to drive strategic policy development.

Specific responsibilities for the Policy Director include:

  • Engaging subject matter experts, current government officials, and the academic community to drive strategic policy development;

  • Sourcing, editing, and drafting policy proposals and reports in the topic area of focus;

  • Organizing policy accelerators to engage a broader community in strategic policy development in the core focus area;

  • Leading issue education and undertaking the dissemination of proposals to meet the needs of current policymakers across the federal government;

  • Supporting efforts to drive strategic communication in the core vertical;

  • Collaborating with additional Day One Project staff working on projects in the policy domain;

  • Leading the day-to-day management of the Policy vertical and overseeing the execution of all related tasks.

Experience and Qualifications

The Day One team is seeking an entrepreneurial, ambitious, and resourceful individual who brings subject matter expertise to the role of Policy Director and has the ability to thrive in a dynamic team environment.

Strong candidates should have some of the following experience and qualifications:

  • Subject matter experience and expertise in one or more of the core policy verticals of Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and/or National Security;

  • Experience in the legislative or executive branch advancing policy with direct experience in one of our priority policy domains,

  • Possess a deep network in the legislative and executive branch to engage in advancing strategic policy development;

  • Experience managing projects and processes in policy, government or other similar organizations;

  • Experience building partnerships and collaborating across networks;

  • Experience working in an entrepreneurial culture, recruiting people and building teams;

  • Experience in policy development, strategic communication, or another core aspect of the Day One Project’s work;

  • A minimum of 6-8 years of professional experience preferably working in science, technology and public policy

  • A graduate degree in public policy, law, economics or a related field is preferred;

  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and pursuing it within the mission of the Day One Project;

Compensation commensurate with knowledge, skills and experience.

The Day One Project is looking to fill this position quickly. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Early submission will ensure your application receives full consideration.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please send your CV/resume and cover letter to [email protected] with “Policy Director Application” in the email subject line.


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