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Fellow, Public Interest Cybersecurity (7397U) - CLTC
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Sep. 15, 2023
Title Fellow, Public Interest Cybersecurity (7397U) - CLTC
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Computer/Information Sciences

Fellow, Public Interest Cybersecurity (7397U) - CLTC

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

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Departmental Overview

The Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) is a premier research and collaboration hub dedicated to building secure digital futures. Housed within the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley, CLTC was founded in 2015 to build bridges between cutting-edge academic research and real-world industry and policy needs. Our approach is built on two key pillars: first, to focus on the future of digital security and second, to expand who participates in this field. Our public-private partnerships, research programs, and outputs help decision-makers act with foresight, and our students and alumni represent the next generation of leaders in cybersecurity technology, policy, research and practice.

CLTC is a pioneer in public interest cybersecurity and has a flagship program dedicated to understanding and scaling up cybersecurity for the public good. Our researchers have published and taught widely on the topic of digital security technical assistance, with a focus on activists, journalists, human rights organizations, and other public interest organizations at high risk of politically motivated cyberattack. We built and launched the world's first public-interest cybersecurity clinic, the Citizen Clinic practicum, and co-founded the Consortium of Cybersecurity Clinics, an international network of faculty, students and advocates committed to expanding university-based cybersecurity clinics. In 2023, CLTC hosted the inaugural Cyber Civil Defense Summit, a daylong conference focused on innovations in local and regional cyber defense.

Reporting to the Program Director, Public Interest Cybersecurity, the Fellow will assist with multiple policy projects. The Fellow will gather data and information, collect input from stakeholders, and prepare substantive and compelling issue briefs and reports on topics including municipal supply chain security, cyber volunteering and mutual aid efforts, and free cyber resources for under-resourced organizations. The Fellow will also support planning for CLTC's 2024 Cyber Civil Defense Summit and assist in developing processes, procedures, and resources for the continued growth of the Consortium of Cybersecurity Clinics. The Fellow should have interest and aptitude for evaluating the unique digital security needs of under-resourced public interest organizations (such as public agencies, nonprofits, and small businesses), and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

This is a 1-year contract appointment at 100% FTE.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: September 27, 2023 - Open Until Filled


30% Coordinates program planning for the 2024 Cyber Civil Defense Summit. Collaborates with CLTC program staff including the events and communications specialist, fundraising staff, and leadership to ensure planning and processes are aligned with organizational objectives. Coordinates with outside contractors. Researches and recommends solutions and presents findings in internal and external meetings.

25% Provides a variety of analytical duties in support of the Public Interest Cybersecurity program including data collection and analysis, interviews, briefing internal and external constituents, formulating recommendations, and writing research/policy reports.

20% Assists in developing processes, procedures, and resources for the continued growth of the Consortium of Cybersecurity Clinics. Using subject matter knowledge in higher education, university-based cybersecurity clinics, and cybersecurity technical assistance, collects and prepares information for use by individual Consortium members, for monthly Consortium meetings and for periodic meetings of the Consortium Executive Committee and subcommittees. Writes briefings, prepares case studies, and surveys Consortium members to make policy recommendations in service of Consortium membership.

15% Performs analysis for multiple cyber policy projects including municipal supply chain security, cyber volunteering and mutual aid efforts, and free cyber resources for under-resourced organizations.

10% Participates in program planning for Public Interest Cybersecurity, assists with project management and administration for cyber policy initiatives. Conducts outreach and collects survey input and other feedback from external stakeholders.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in cybersecurity, public policy, business, or related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • General knowledge of a technology-related field with a preference for cybersecurity-related fields, including cybersecurity, threat intelligence, cyber consulting, cyber policy, or research (hands-on-keyboard experience not required).
  • Proficient in written communication including briefs, white papers, case studies and reports.
  • Demonstrates ability to liaise with external partners and use sound judgment in responding to issues and concerns.
  • Demonstrates ability to analyze, research and synthesize large amounts of qualitative and quantitative data with strong attention to detail.
  • Proficient in project management and tracking. Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office, Google Suite, and common project management and collaboration applications (e.g. Monday, Basecamp). Working knowledge of WordPress, Salesforce, Eventbrite and social media is also helpful.
  • Demonstrated interest in contributing to the mission of the public interest cybersecurity initiative and assisting under-served organizations improve their resilience to cyber attacks.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $28.30 to $38.51 hourly. This is a 100% FTE, 1-year contract position eligible for benefits.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

Other Information

This is a 1-year, full time contract appointment.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

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