Senior Technologist

San Francisco, California, United States

Common Sense ( is the nation's leading independent nonprofit organization devoted to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology.

Every day, millions of families turn to Common Sense for trusted advice and unbiased ratings. We offer the largest library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for everything your kids want to watch, play, read, and learn. Our movie and TV ratings are available on Netflix, Comcast, DirecTV, and many other partner networks, helping families and kids make smart media choices. Through Common Sense Education, we provide educators with a curriculum that teaches the essential digital citizenship and literacy skills every student needs to succeed. More than 100,000 member schools across the country use our ratings and free curriculum and content. Through Common Sense Kids Action, our advocacy arm, we work with policymakers, industry leaders, legislators, parents, and teachers to improve the media and education landscape for kids, families, and schools.

We are looking for a senior technologist to help shape our digital well-being policy agenda in California and beyond. We want to build out our efforts to both implement change at a state policy level while continuing to partner with tech companies and leaders who want and can realize significant change. Our Common Sense senior technologist will intimately understand the platforms and the technical reforms that can make for sound policy change. We want to build a healthier, more humane, more equitable internet for the millions of parents and families of Common Sense, and the rest of the world. Our senior technologist will help guide the way.

LOCATION: San Francisco/Sacramento


  • Develop a tech advocacy agenda that prioritizes kids' best interests, covering privacy and security, product design, AI, voice, and more.
  • Manage Kids Action tech legislative advocacy efforts in California and nationwide to protect and empower kids and families in the digital age.
  • Cultivate relationships with industry leaders and influencers to support humane tech reforms.
  • Work in partnership with the Center for Humane Technology to create standards for ethical design for tech companies and platforms.


  • Policy and tech background a must, including master's or equivalent.
  • 10 years of experience in tech and public policy
  • Business and/or youth development experience a plus
  • Platform knowledge and expertise
  • Strong research and analytical capabilities; deep knowledge of the policy environment; excellent strategic leadership and organizational management capabilities.


  • You have insider understanding of how tech platforms function, with an eye for how they need to work for people (and democracy).
  • You're a people person but also a lover of data and analytics and the details that make for sound policy.
  • You bring your diverse perspective to the job, advocating for great tech on behalf of kids everywhere, and you're someone uniquely positioned -- with a network, know-how, and the power of persuasion -- to help create a kid-healthy internet. 


  • The chance to work with talented, passionate professionals
  • Very competitive salary based on experience
  • Competitive health and welfare benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and a matching 401(k)
  • An organization that offers work/life balance


Common Sense Media values the diversity of its employees and is an equal opportunity employer.