Centre for Internet & Society

The Board of the Centre for Internet and Society is looking for a new Executive Director to lead the organisation in its mission to generate cutting-edge policy and academic research on digital transitions and their multivalent impact on individuals, society and governance institutions.

The Board has constituted a search committee for this purpose. As a part of this process, the search committee is issuing this open call for applications for this post. The search committee may also identify suitable persons who may not have formally responded to this call. The decision of the Board will be final in this regard.

CIS is an equal opportunities employer. Indian citizens belonging to historically marginalised communities, including caste-oppressed communities, women, LGBTQIA+ people, and people with a disability are highly encouraged to apply and self-identify themselves in their application. 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with preference given to applications sent before 15 September 2022.

About the role

The Executive Director reports to CIS’s Board of Management and works under its oversight. The candidate will lead a team of 40+ professionals, and will be responsible for the overall functioning of the organisation, including administration, regulatory compliances, enabling and diversifying research output, and maintaining institutional communication with all stakeholders.

The role includes (but is not limited to):

  • Domestic and international fundraising
  • Managing full grant life cycles
  • Facilitating research delivery and strategically identifying emerging areas of work
  • Strengthening team capabilities in all aspects of the organisation’s mission and collaboratively developing the necessary organisational policies and culture
  • Overseeing statutory compliances and building institutional capacity for the same
  • Developing effective strategies to creatively disseminate CIS’s research
  • Participating in Board functions and collaboratively strengthening CIS Society

What we are looking for

  • At least 5 years in a leadership or managerial role in the domain of Internet policy, regulation, research, and governance
  • Evidence of fundraising, strategic planning, and program delivery in non-profit, academic, trade body, or donor settings
  • Demonstrated experience in capacity building, including working with a plurality of stakeholders including government, grassroots actors, academic institutions, industry associations, etc.
  • Strong grasp of values, governance, and statutory compliance for the non-profit sector in India
  • Commitment to transparent, accountable, and participatory institutional processes
  • Demonstrable evidence of alignment with CIS’s mission and social justice agendas
  • Effective communication skills including strong public speaking and writing abilities in English


  • A post graduate degree, its equivalent, or higher qualifications in areas central to CIS's research portfolio
  • Strong research and publication competence, and public outreach history
  • Familiarity with and prior experience in CIS's research areas or allied streams
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally



The Executive Director role is required to be based in either Bangalore, or New Delhi, with a preference for Bangalore.

Salary and benefits

We offer a competitive compensation package commensurate with the relevance of prior work, skill set, and qualifications.
CIS also provides a modest health insurance plan, mental health support, and a generous leave and holidays policy.

Application materials

  • Your resume or CV
  • Cover letter (upto 500 words). You may reflect upon your prior and ongoing experience to illustrate your suitability and motivation for this role
  • One or more of the following:
    • 3 samples of published writing
    • Links to media exposure, public speaking, and podcasts
    • Technical grant reports in relevant areas
  • Names, affiliations, and email addresses of 3 references whom the Board may approach (after seeking your consent). At least one reference must be a past supervisor or employer.

Please send application materials as a merged PDF or zipped folder to [email protected]

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