Director, Digital Innovation Initiative

The Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) is seeking a results-oriented, innovative, and experienced thought-leader to serve as the Director of the Digital Innovation Initiative. The Director position requires an individual that has vast experience in both the operational and substantive areas of leading a program or initiative, particularly in the foreign policy or technology space. The successful candidate will have an established track record of demonstrated thought-leadership, fundraising, and program management, as well as a passion for and expertise in transatlantic relations and digital policy.

CEPA’s Digital Innovation Initiative (DII) explores trends in tech policy in Europe and the United States to advocate for transatlantic unity on digital regulation. Bringing together governments, companies, and expertise, DII works to ensure that democracies maintain the competitive edge on tech innovation.


  • Demonstrate thought leadership by engaging with the technology policy community; taking on speaking engagements and media; and producing written analysis for both CEPA and external outlets.
  • Provide strategic direction for the initiative on key substantive areas at the intersection of transatlantic relations and technology policy, including international cooperation on technology trade policy, government regulation of the digital sphere, and regulation of emerging technologies.
  • Oversee day-to-day programming and operations including managing staff, fellows, budget, and projects.
  • Ensure fiscal sustainability of the initiative through successful fundraising, relationship management, and engagement, including active prospecting/cultivation/stewardship of funders.
  • Proactively drive substantive programming in DII key areas of focus by writing or commissioning papers, hosting events, and recruiting new fellows.
  • Work closely with CEPA leadership to align programmatic priorities with CEPA’s mission.
  • Design for impact by thinking of creative ways to get DII products and analysis to key stakeholders.


  • Master’s level education is required;
  • Substantive knowledge and analytical track record on the key issue areas covered by DII;
  • Minimum five years of applicable experience, including at least two years in a think-tank or similar setting;
  • Extensive track record in project and team management;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks in a time-sensitive environment;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to handle sensitive information, meet deadlines and maintain grace under pressure;
  • Willingness to respond to an evolving set of priorities;
  • Desire to work independently to build an exciting and impactful initiative.

A successful candidate will:

  • Have an understanding of, and a commitment to, CEPA’s mission to transatlantic values and principles.
  • Be flexible, creative, solution-oriented, and positive in approaching challenges and problems.
  • Be highly organized and familiar with the functions of a public policy non-profit organization.
  • Meet timelines and manage multiple projects simultaneously with utmost professionalism.
  • Be able to work well independently, as well as be a key contributor in a highly dynamic team environment.
  • Demonstrate discretion when working with confidential or proprietary information.

CEPA offers exceptional benefits that include:

  • Competitive pay;
  • Generous employer-subsidized health insurance;
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan; and
  • Generous paid vacation leave, sick leave, personal leave and holidays.

Application Instructions:

We invite qualified candidates to send a resume and cover letter to: Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. Position available immediately with a view to filling the post as soon as possible. Applications considered on a first-come basis.

About CEPA:

The Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) works to ensure a strong and enduring transatlantic alliance rooted in democratic values and principles with strategic vision, foresight, and policy impact. Through cutting-edge research, analysis, and programs, we provide fresh insight on security, defense, and geopolitics to government officials and agencies; we help transatlantic businesses navigate changing strategic landscapes; and we build networks of future Atlanticist leaders. CEPA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, public policy institution.

At CEPA, we believe in creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity because we recognize there is value in difference. More importantly, we believe creating an environment where everyone, regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodiversity, disability status, or citizenship, can do their best work is the right thing to do. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply.