Thorn’s work protecting vulnerable children sits at the nexus of technology, law enforcement and private industry as we work to push the bounds of technology in order to find child victims of sexual abuse. We are looking for a passionate and driven leader to navigate those worlds and communicate how technology is dramatically changing the landscape in the fight against child sexual exploitation. Thorn is newly engaging with government, and needs a creative individual who can build relationships with diverse constituencies, and effectively communicate Thorn’s message to key decision-makers in Washington DC. You will be responsible for representing Thorn to external government stakeholders, leading outreach in support of Thorn’s priorities, and building relationships within the DC community.
We are looking for a dedicated team player and leader, skilled communicator and highly organized self-starter who thrives on hitting ambitious goals and is excited by the challenge of building Thorn’s strategy in DC. You will both develop a deep technical understanding of the tools we build, as well as understand the political landscape that affects our work. Our ultimate goal is to ensure our work protecting children can continue and is eventually supported by government efforts.
Lead strategy and execution of Thorn’s efforts to increase federal funding for technology to defend children from sexual abuse, including driving our appropriations priorities
Manage Thorn’s relationships in DC including congressional offices, federal agencies, state government executives, and partner representatives (law enforcement, technology, NGOs, etc.)
Work with Thorn’s leadership team to define the organization's policy goals and execute on that vision
Keep the organization up-to-date on developments in policy that affect the sector, including regular briefings for the leadership team
Communicate about Thorn’s products and programs to various constituencies, including representing Thorn at relevant conferences, meetings, and events
Plan and execute relevant meetings and events for Thorn leadership in DC
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO WORK AT THORN?
At Thorn, we combine the nimbleness of a startup with the mission and values of a non-profit. Engineers are empowered. They move fast and have authority and responsibility over how our products are designed and built. 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. Through focused and persistent effort, we can stop online child sexual abuse
Day to day, we strive to balance hard work with care for ourselves and each other so that we have the resiliency we need to keep fighting. Working sane hours is just one of the ways we are committed to taking care of our team
Challenging work that allows you to learn and apply your skills to life-changing products.
Collaboration with experts who provide real world feedback to the tools you make.
Clear goals, unclear solutions, and the opportunity to make a big mark on our products.
Fully covered health care for you and your family.
Flexible work schedules and locations.
Monthly team and individual wellness session
Flexible vacation policy, standard holidays and three weeks off as a company, one for Thanksgiving, two between Christmas and the first week of the new year.
Amazing, amazing, amazing coworkers.
While the majority of our technical team is based in San Francisco, we are a distributed team that supports remote work. We’re together as a full team at least once a quarter. When we’re together there are fun team events, and one engineer is also a comedy writer, so that’s a plus for all the time we spend on Slack.
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.
5+ years of experience in or with Congress, policy advocacy organizations, or government relations
Understanding of the appropriations process and experience with government funding strategies
Ability to work successfully on both sides of the aisle on a challenging issue
Excellent communication skills, written and verbal, and comfort speaking with senior-level staff and officials
Thorn builds technology to defend children from sexual abuse. A woman-led organization, Thorn partners across industry, government, & NGOs, leveraging tech to combat predatory behavior, accelerate victim identification, and protect vulnerable children