*Applications for this position are closed as of April 30*

The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is seeking an energetic and engaged Operations Associate to join our team. We are looking for candidates who have strong organizational skills; an eye for detail; experience working in a fast-paced environment and on small teams; a desire for professional growth; and a demonstrated interest in human rights and/or technology policy. This is an entry-level position based in Washington, DC, focused on administrative and operational duties, with competitive compensation and benefits for a nonprofit organization.

The mission of GNI is to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy rights in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry by setting a global standard for responsible company decision making and serving as a multistakeholder voice in the face of government restrictions and demands. Our global membership includes academic experts and academic organizations, civil society groups (including digital rights and press freedom groups), leading ICT companies, and investors from around the world.

Working with a team of six full-time staff, some working remotely, the Operations Associate will help GNI provide unique collaboration and governance functions for over 65 members from across the world. This job will provide opportunities to work with a small, dedicated staff and engage with leading practitioners at the intersection of technology policy, human rights, and corporate responsibility. It is an excellent starting position for a young professional eager to enter the fields of corporate social responsibility, business and human rights, and/or technology policy.


  • Reporting to GNI’s leadership, support GNI’s day-to-day operations.
  • Organize, manage, and update GNI’s internal file management systems, and other digital collaboration tools (calendar of events, process tracking, etc.).
  • Work with staff, external accountant, and external partners to support contracts, invoicing, payment processing, expense management and tracking, taxes, and audit processes.
  • Assist in the logistical preparation for quarterly board meetings and other external meetings and events, including travel planning, general administrative support.
  • Assist with the work of GNI committees in the areas of accountability, development, learning, membership, and policy. 
  • As needed/time allows, provide research and writing support for GNI’s policy and shared learning work.


The ideal candidate will:

  • Have experience managing operations and logistics, particularly with respect to finance and event planning; 
  • Be comfortable handling administrative work and operating in a fast-paced environment;
  • Be a team player; 
  • Demonstrated adaptability and the ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization;
  • Be attentive to detail, resourceful, and creative;
  • Be a self-starter comfortable working on a small, decentralized team;
  • Have strong research, writing, and communication skills; and
  • Have an undergraduate or graduate degree, or equivalent work experience.

Other useful experience:

  • Familiarity with US government grant administration;
  • Academic background, experience, or demonstrated interest in human rights, technology policy, media policy, and/or corporate social responsibility; and
  • Experience working with the Google Suite of applications.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time position with a one-year, renewable contract. Health care and retirement benefits are included. 

To Apply 

Please send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are a good fit for this position and your interest in GNI, together as a single PDF file with the subject line: “Operations Associate application” to [email protected]. Applications will be accepted until April 30.

About the GNI

GNI was launched in 2008. Our mission is to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy rights in the ICT sector by setting a global standard for responsible decision making and serving as a multistakeholder voice in the face of government restrictions and demands. GNI members include ICT companies, civil society organizations (including human rights and press freedom groups), academics, academic institutions, and investors from around the world. See the GNI website for more information about our work: www.globalnetworkinitiative.org.

GNI’s strength lies in the diversity of views, opinions, and backgrounds of our members and staff. We seek applicants from all backgrounds. GNI is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.