Public Policy Analyst

Website GitHub

GitHub is seeking a Policy Analyst to join its policy team within Corporate External and Legal Affairs. GitHub’s impact is global, and our role in the support of open source software and software collaboration is key to creativity, innovation, and success in software transformation. GitHub’s policy team is focused on protecting and promoting the ability of the global interconnected community of developers to accelerate human progress. This role will help the GitHub policy team monitor and research a broad range of technology policy and societal issues in order to discern how developers may be impacted, and to develop materials and strategies for informing developers, policymakers, and internal stakeholders alike. This role will also help us advocate for and develop policies that reflect the realities and concerns of developers and software development. In other words, it is hard to imagine a better opportunity for a policy professional with a passion for technology, open source, and global collaboration.

GitHub’s Policy team uses GitHub to work collaboratively, transparently, and efficiently with all other teams in the company. We believe strongly in working together and from first principles, in questioning tradition and basic industry assumptions, in being attuned to GitHub’s unique GitHub culture. We value diversity of thought and experience, deep intellectual engagement with one’s subject matter, intellectual curiosity, innovation, social awareness, and high emotional intelligence.

A cover letter is required. A crisp cover letter, preferred.


  • Track, summarize, and create detailed research and analyses pertaining to how policy proposals and related trends and events impact software developers
  • Contribute to blog posts, presentations, amicus briefs, educational materials, working documents/spreadsheets/databases supporting/resulting from above analyses
  • Contribute to/help maintain policy-relevant internal and public open source repositories

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Great research and organizational skills with exceptional follow through and attention to detail
  • Fast, accurate, precise writer on technology policy topics
  • Loves reading, dissecting, editing, and understanding from all sides policy documents such as those related to legislation, court cases, regulations, standards, site policies, licenses, policy-enacting software code, academic papers, and datasets
  • Experience taking on projects involving different subject matters, and working with cross-functional organizations
  • Demonstrated success in issue spotting, problem solving, and the ability to be agile through change
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative, transparent, fast-paced, and distributed workplace
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Deep understanding of Open Source Software, developer ecosystems, and internet law and policy
  • Strong technical facility: how obtained and in what specific technologies do not matter, but solid high-level understanding of how software development, the web, the internet, etc., work, and demonstrated ability to quickly learn details of any info technology are essential

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