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Senior Policy Manager

Rolling Deadline  |  Full-Time Job  |  Washington, DC US


Who We Are:

Thorn is a non-profit focused on building technology to defend children from sexual abuse. Working at Thorn allows you to apply your skills, expertise, and passions to directly impact the lives of vulnerable and abused children. Our staff solves dynamic, quickly evolving problems with our network of partners from tech companies, NGOs, and law enforcement agencies. If you can bring clarity to complexity and lightness to heavy issues, you could be an excellent fit for our team. 

In 2019, we took the stage at TED and shared our audacious goal of eliminating child sexual abuse material from the internet. 

What It’s Like To Work Here:

At Thorn, we combine the nimbleness of a startup with the mission and values of a nonprofit. Our success is measured by how many children we’ve helped save, how many cases we’ve contributed to solving, and how much harm we’ve prevented. Our culture is built and stands on three shared values:

Trust. Our team’s ability to build networks based on trust is ultimately what delivers impact for the children we serve. Our investment in building trust in our lives, relationships, and the company is an active resistance to the abuse we are fighting. 

Inclusion. With your different story, your different approach, your different opinions – we are stronger because of these differences. To succeed at our ambitious goal, we need solutions that have never been found before, from individuals willing to bring their unique personal and professional experiences to work on behalf of our mission.

Resilience. We love a challenge. We also know ourselves, and for the most part, we’ll work non-stop if we aren’t actively naming the trade-offs and costs of our work. To make sure we can keep building in the way that we love, we build personal, professional, individual, and group practices based on our hard-won wisdom so that we can sustain ourselves and our team for the long-term.

About the Role:

Thorn’s Senior Policy Manager will play a key role within Thorn’s policy team to expand our US and international government outreach efforts. Our goal is to ensure that policymakers understand how technology can both facilitate and combat child sexual exploitation on the internet, and trust Thorn’s efforts to build the technological tools and guide the global strategy to eliminate it. You will develop a deep technical understanding of the cutting edge tools we build and the dynamic political landscape that affects our work. In this role, the Senior Policy Manager will expand and strengthen our partnerships with policymakers, officials, and organizations that work in our ecosystem, and identify key policy opportunities to further our mission and achieve our goals. You will help shape critical policy conversations with a wide-ranging set of stakeholders on complex issues that have a direct impact on the children we serve.

What You’ll Do:

  • Lead outreach to Congressional and state officials; 
  • Support policy team engagement with international governments and organizations; 
  • Track local, state, federal, and global legislation and trends related to Thorn’s work; 
  • Represent Thorn at government and NGO partner meetings and events; 
  • Conduct policy research, including outreach to on-the-ground stakeholders;
  • Draft memos, bill summaries, hearing recaps, etc.; 
  • Manage internal policy communications to the Thorn team;
  • Identify and execute policy opportunities that further Thorn’s mission.

Skills We’re Seeking:

  • Must have 6+ years of Hill, government, campaign, 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;
  • Desire to serve Thorn’s mission.

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.


Fully covered healthcare for you & your family Flexible work schedules & locations Monthly individual & team wellness sessions Flexible vacation policy, standard holidays & three weeks off as a company, one for Thanksgiving, two between Christmas & the first week of the new year. Matched 401[k] Annual professional development budget for continued education Budget for a home office setup or coworking membership Monthly home internet & cell phone bill reimbursement New Macbook Pros for everyone

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