Technologist Hiring Program

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Work at the FTC

Seeking technology researchers, engineers, UX researchers, content strategists, data scientists, product managers (part or full-time remote detail)

The Federal Trade Commission is looking for thoughtful and collaborative leaders to work on a variety of technology-related consumer protection and competition issues throughout the agency. Created in 1914, the FTC’s mission is to protect consumers and competition by preventing anticompetitive, deceptive, and unfair business practices. We conduct investigations, sue companies and people that violate the law, and develop rules to ensure a vibrant marketplace.

What we’re looking for

We are seeking technologists, researchers, engineers, UX designers, content strategists, and product managers to join us at the FTC. We aim to hire people who can adapt to a project’s needs, though we also hire specialists for particular projects. You will be working on consumer protection or competition related projects that are relevant to your specific technical area of expertise.

We are committed to building a team that is reflective of the communities we serve and strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, women, minorities, people with disabilities, system-impacted people, veterans, and people of all ages to apply.

We are seeking a variety of candidates with the following skills or subject matter expertise including but not limited to:

  • advertising technology
  • artificial intelligence
  • computer science
  • content management & strategy
  • data analysis
  • data science
  • digital forensics
  • human-centered design or research
  • mis/disinformation
  • privacy or security
  • quantitative and qualitative research
  • product or service design and engineering
  • programming and application development
  • prototyping
  • social science research or fieldwork
  • software engineering
  • social media and tech platforms
  • UX design and research

Type and duration of hire

We are currently hiring for non-reimbursable detail assignments through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act Mobility Program. A non-reimbursable detail assignment means that the home organization (the detailee’s current employer) would continue to pay their salary/benefits for the duration of the two years. The detailee agreement includes a provision for either party to terminate the agreement at any time. These agreements are designed to be mutually beneficial. We typically hear that these assignments are considered prestigious accomplishments by the home institution and for the candidate. Candidates from federal government, state & local government, academia, and non-profit are eligible for this program.

Process: Intergovernmental Personnel Act Mobility Program
Duration: 3 months – 2 years, project will be assigned based on expertise and fit
Commitment: Part-time or Full-time
Location: Remote
Start: Imminently, 2021

What you will do

At the FTC, you will be working on consumer protection or competition projects that are relevant to your specific area of expertise. We aim to hire people who can adapt to a project's needs, though we also hire specialists for particular projects. You will:

  • Work on small teams to drive the investigative efforts of our work for projects that affect millions of consumers. You’ll be involved from concept to implementation, technical investigative research, and championing user needs.
  • Conceptualize, develop, and conduct a research project, potentially using a range of technical or design methods.
  • Develop and produce written and verbal reports, memos, and briefing materials in tandem with other analysts and subject matter experts.
  • You will collaborate closely with the Office of the Chief Technologist, the Office of Technology Research and Investigation, and our attorneys to provide leadership and insights that will help the FTC effectively protect consumers and competition in the digital world and stay on the cutting edge of technology.

Ideal candidates

  • Equal parts systems thinker and advocate for end users
  • Highly resourceful, reliable, and detail-oriented self-starter
  • Ability to work independently with minimal oversight
  • Ability to lead or contribute to investigative research, and conduct in-depth user interviews and usability studies
  • Ability to communicate complex technical concepts with non-technical audiences
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated experience managing down, laterally, and up for successful outcomes

How to apply

If you are a federal government employee, please apply through Open Opportunities.

If you are an academia, non-profit, private sector, or other employee, please submit the following to technologists@ftc.gov:

  • Cover letter describing your current work and why you would be the ideal candidate for this position
  • Your resume
  • A link to your portfolio (if relevant)

For any questions, please reach out to technologists@ftc.gov.