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Associate Director of Broadband Access
Benefits Data Trust (BDT) seeks an Associate Director of Broadband Access to develop and lead BDT’s strategies to ensure everyone has access to affordable high-speed internet by increasing participation in the federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) and other critical benefits. Today, one in five American households aren’t connected to the internet, which is essential for employment, education, healthcare, and civic life. With more than 30 million households eligible for but not receiving at least $30 a month to pay for high-speed internet, BDT seeks to increase ACP enrollment by leveraging its experience proactively connecting people to benefits like SNAP and Medicaid, working with the government to streamline access to these benefits and equipping higher education and other sectors to connect people to benefits.
The Associate Director will conduct an assessment to determine the biggest obstacles to ACP enrollment and develop digital access and equity strategies to address them. In particular, they will work with other BDT staff and key stakeholders to develop recommendations for what the federal government can do to increase uptake, and to assist state government and institutions of higher education in increasing access to ACP, including through the responsible use of data to identify and engage likely eligible households and individuals.
The Associate Director reports to the Senior Director of Policy. This is a grant-dependent position and is currently funded for 24 months.
BDT is a remote-first organization. Employees may work remotely or from BDT’s Philadelphia office. BDT has also adopted a mandatory vaccination and testing policy to safeguard the health of our employees from the hazard of COVID-19. Employees may request an exemption from the policy by providing documentation for medical or religious reasons if needed.
- Articulate BDT’s vision and strategies to increase ACP uptake based on an assessment of the biggest current challenges, opportunities, and gaps in the field and BDT’s expertise in benefits access
- Lead execution of these strategies to increase broadband access and equity, including working with other BDT staff to cultivate state government interest in increasing broadband access and ways in which BDT can assist them and to share expertise and promising practices
- Collaborate with BDT’s federal policy lead to develop federal policy recommendations to increase ACP uptake and streamline enrollment, secure key stakeholder support for these recommendations, and promote their adoption
- Collaborate with BDT’s Higher Education Innovation staff to assist colleges and other higher ed partners in increasing student participation in ACP
- Work with BDT’s Philanthropy and Partnerships staff to secure additional funding to implement these strategies
- Present at meetings, webinars, and conferences, speak with the media, and participate in national and state working groups to advance BDT’s broadband access and equity strategies
- Support development of BDT publications to implement BDT’s broadband access and equity strategies
- Build and maintain a strong knowledge of ACP policies as well as knowledge of other public benefits, including SNAP, and Medicaid
- A minimum of seven years related full-time employment in government or informing government policies or practices, including at least two years in the broadband access space, OR five years of related employment including at least two years in the broadband access space plus a relevant graduate degree
- Deep knowledge of internet/broadband access and equity issues and stakeholders
- Experience working in or with state or federal government
- Familiarity with public benefits landscape preferred
- Demonstrated ability to read and understand statutes, regulations, and policy manuals
- Creative problem solver, strategist, and entrepreneur
- Superior verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to change courses quickly and adapt to tight deadlines
- Ability to multi-task, prioritize assignments, and work independently and collaboratively
- High level of proficiency in MS Office (including MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
- Commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable populations
- Comfortable with some travel to meetings and conferences
The salary range starts at $100,000 and is commensurate with relevant experience.
Benefits Data Trust (BDT) improves health and financial security by harnessing the power of data, technology, and policy to provide dignified and equitable access to assistance. Together with a national network of government agencies and partners, we efficiently connect people today to programs that pay for food, healthcare, and more while helping to modernize benefits access for tomorrow. A nonprofit since 2005, BDT has secured more than $9 billion in benefits for households across the country, helping to reduce hunger and poverty and build pathways to economic mobility. Learn more about BDT – a proud recipient of Top Workplaces USA Awards in 2021 & 2022 – at bdtrust.org.
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