Programs and Operations Associate - Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT)

Programs and Operations Associate

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to join our team as the Programs and Operations Associate. This position serves as the first point of contact for many of our stakeholders and helps ensure that CDT is a highly functioning, positive place to work. This position reports to the Director of Finance & Staff Operations. 

The job requires an individual with the ability to handle a broad range of administrative and executive support tasks with very little supervision. An ideal candidate will have enthusiasm and energy for non-profit administration, and demonstrate a passion for our digital rights mission. CDT welcomes applicants who seek to use this position to gain greater exposure to public policy work. 

This position is based in CDT’s Washington, D.C. office, which currently operates on a hybrid schedule with a target of 4 days in office per week. 

About CDT

CDT is a leading nonprofit public interest organization working at the cutting edge of technology and social justice. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT engages in a variety of strategies to enhance online expression and privacy, including advocacy, public education, and research. CDT works on legislation, participates in agency rulemakings, engages in litigation, and fosters consensus-building among public interest and private sector stakeholders. CDT has offices in Washington, D.C. and Brussels. For more information, please visit our About page.



The Programs and Operations Associate is a support staff position, designed for candidates with a college degree and 1-4 years of experience, or equivalent work experience. An ideal candidate will be eager to gain experience in a high-performing public policy organization; able to interact and engage with all levels of staff and visitors; proactive, efficient, resourceful, highly professional, and respectful of confidentiality.


CDT offers substantial autonomy within a team environment, and fosters opportunities for staff wishing to learn more about and engage with the organization’s policy work. 

The compensation for this position ranges from $45K-$65K. Compensation is determined on a tiered pay scale based on years of experience and the responsibilities of the role. Salary is commensurate with experience and is competitive with public interest and government pay scales. 

Candidates may request guidance on where they would fall within the salary range during or prior to their first interview.


CDT also offers excellent benefits, including health care and dental coverage, a retirement plan, and generous vacation and parental leave. Benefits include:


Applications will be considered on a rolling basis starting on April 17, 2023. Application materials should be sent to Please submit:

The Center for Democracy & Technology is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer. CDT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation in any of its activities or operations. We believe that a diverse staff enables us to do better and more impactful work. Women, people of color, disabled people, and members of low-income, LGBTQIA+, and other marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Published: 04/18/2023