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Fellow, Center for Digital Talent

As emerging technologies continue to increase strategic competition and shift the world order, the United States faces the most dynamic and uncertain international environment since the end of the Cold War. Protecting U.S. national security in the 21st century requires maintaining a technological edge. To do this, however, the United States must overcome the shortage of technical talent within its national security community.

The Center for Digital Talent (CDT) is an initiative of Schmidt Futures that aims to expand and enrich the national security technical workforce. CDT will source technical talent, provide best-in-class training and resources for technologists and government leaders, and strengthen connections between the technology and national security communities.

During its pilot phase, CDT worked with several Department of Defense organizations to source candidates for technical positions and developed a Playbook on best practices for recruiting, hiring, and retaining technical talent. CDT is now searching for a Fellow to help scale its efforts to ensure that the nation’s brightest technical minds are matched with opportunities to make an impact in service to the United States.
This Fellow will advance the Center for Digital Talent’s mission by:

  • Developing strategies to accomplish short and long-term CDT objectives focused initially on closing the technical talent gap by sourcing  talent for critical roles in national security
  • Managing gifts, grants, contracts, and / or investments in support of CDT’s mission
  • Overseeing the work of implementation partners on work plans and deliverables
  • Supporting the broader Schmidt Futures team in designing programs with a focus on closing the government technology talent gap


Key Responsibilities

Program Design and Implementation

  • Design and test new offerings and capabilities that advance CDT’s core objective to source top technical talent and get them hired into critical national security roles
  • Establish clear “product-market fit” to ensure CDT’s offerings meet customer needs including talent sourcing, talent development, govtech startup support, and the development of toolkits or resources for national security leaders and HR professionals
  • Evaluate program outcomes with focus on long-term strategic plan definition
  • Develop or refine key performance indicators for CDT designed to measure progress toward accomplishment of objectives and key results
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with existing government technology partners, technical talent, and national security practitioners
  • Source and review gifts/grants/investments that advance CDT’s mission to expand and enrich the national security technical workforce and identify opportunities to improve execution and impact

Thought Leadership

  • Generate new ideas – independently and in collaboration with national security experts and partners – for current and future Center for Digital Talent offerings
  • Develop content that positions the Center for Digital Talent and Schmidt Futures as a leader in identifying exceptional talent and matching them to critical roles in government
  • Identify new talent-focused opportunities, market failures, or problem sets that Schmidt Futures can address with future programs that leverage a similar approach to CDT


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Familiarity with government hiring authorities and technology talent hiring
  • Exceptional critical thinking ability and creativity in new idea generation
  • Project management skills, including capabilities to manage complex stakeholders and ensure effective implementation
  • Demonstrated teamwork ability and record of impact in high-intensity, team-based environments
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills, for both conceptual and analytical problems;
  • Values-based, collaborative working style with a demonstrated commitment to the highest standards of ethics and confidentiality
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills



  • Have 12+ years of work experience in business, government, technology, and/or the military
  • Be an expert in technology and other relevant subject areas for Center for Digital Talent’s work (e.g., public policy, national security); and
  • Be based at the Schmidt Futures office in Washington, DC, and be able to travel within the U.S. and internationally on a regular basis as needed following company policy and permitting circumstances.


About Schmidt Futures

Schmidt Futures is a philanthropic initiative, founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt, that finds exceptional people and helps them do more for others together.  We knit talent into networks, bet on the most promising ideas through diverse forms of competition and support, and equip people to scale through partners and modern tools. To realize this vision, Schmidt Futures uses a broad set of tools — including gifts, grants, investments, and startup activity — for charitable, educational, and commercial efforts with a public purpose. Our initiative brings together the efforts of various charitable and non-charitable entities to improve our potential impact by making diverse types of capital available to the efforts we support.


Futures Action Network, LLC, which operates Schmidt Futures, is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer that proudly pursues and hires a diverse workforce. We do not make hiring or employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion or religious belief, ethnic or national origin, nationality, sex, gender, gender-identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws or prohibited by Company policy. We strive for a healthy and safe workplace and strictly prohibit harassment of any kind.

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