Senior Associate, AI Governance

  • Individual Contributor
  • Remote-Friendly
  • Remote, US (Remote)
  • Experience level: 5+ years

Website thefuturesoc The Future Society

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Position Summary:

The Future Society (TFS) is looking for a highly-motivated individual with 5+ years of experience developing, advocating for, and/or implementing artificial intelligence governance mechanisms in the U.S. and internationally. These can range from laws and regulations (federal or state) to standards or industry practices. This role involves monitoring and shaping the U.S. and global AI governance landscape, designing and leading high-impact AI policy recommendations, and mobilizing a community of stakeholders to advocate for them.

About The Future Society:

TFS is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in the US and Europe with the mission to align AI through better governance. We develop, advocate for, and facilitate the implementation of governance mechanisms designed to ensure that AI systems are safe and uphold fundamental values. We take a systematic approach to developing projects that address institutional barriers in AI governance: undergoing prioritization and impact-planning exercises to define promising AI governance projects, conducting applied research and collective intelligence exercises to design select projects, and building coalitions and advocacy campaigns to deploy projects with high impact.

Our work spans a range of governance themes, including AI and the Rule of Law, European AI Governance, and Global AI Governance. Through our work, we collaborate with intergovernmental organizations, governments, companies, academic institutions, and other civil society organizations. You are encouraged to look through recent updates on our Resources page to learn more about our recent work.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead TFS’s policy engagement in the United States, including developing, managing and advocating for TFS’s policy recommendations at the federal and state levels, preparing and disseminating AI policy memos and other outputs, and building and managing relationships with policymakers, civil society groups, and other relevant actors.
  • Support TFS’s AI governance activities including policy research, advisory and advocacy, and coordination with international stakeholders.
  • Convene and manage communities of key stakeholders by organizing and participating in workshops, working groups, reports, and conferences.
  • Map and build coalitions of stakeholders to support the implementation of our policy positions.
  • Represent TFS at AI policy forums and workshops with multi-stakeholder AI technical and policy experts.
  • Leverage internal IT systems and team-wide processes enabling productive teamwork and communications.
  • Support the organizations’ operational needs such as fundraising, grant proposals, strategic communications, and impact planning and assessments.
  • Contribute to team-wide organizational strategy discussions.

Preferred Qualifications:


  • 5+ years of relevant full-time work experience (or Ph.D. equivalent), of which at least 3 years are in AI policy/governance, for example in government, research institutes, law firms, consulting firms, AI labs, multilateral and/or civil society organizations.
  • Experience in project management, including managing junior colleagues, and collaborating with external partners and stakeholders.
  • Policy research and analysis skills, demonstrated by experiences such as tracking and drafting policy memos, and providing legislative or government feedback.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills to collaborate and represent TFS with high-level international stakeholders, including leading or participating in workshops, conferences and presentations.
  • Multi-stakeholder convening and community building, including event organization, workshops, conferences, and presentations.
  • Full professional working proficiency in English including excellent written communication.
  • Experience conducting impact planning and assessments is a bonus but not required.


  • Undergraduate, a master’s or doctoral degree(s) in public policy, economics, technology policy, law, computer science or engineering, or a related field.
  • Strong understanding of the AI policy landscape in the United States, regulatory initiatives and processes, technology trends, and stakeholder dynamics.
  • Strong understanding of AI risks, including security challenges presented by general-purpose AI systems.
  • Basic technical understanding of AI, including general-purpose AI systems.


  • Strong interest in our mission statement to align AI through better governance.
  • Established network and credibility with U.S. policymakers, regulators, civil society, and other stakeholders, including underrepresented groups.
  • Self-motivated and proactive, keen to shape our organization’s growth and deliver impact.
  • Ability to work and lead workstreams in an organized, independent, and detail-oriented manner.
  • Great team spirit, collaborative attitude, and professional ethics.
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally and work with international and diverse teammates and stakeholders.

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