Job, Hunt Alternatives, Technical Innovation Specialist, Demand Abolition, Cambridge, MA

Hunt Alternatives                                                                                   JOB DESCRIPTION

Technical Innovation Specialist                                                                Exempt position


About Hunt Alternatives

Hunt Alternatives (, is a two-generation family operating foundation based in Cambridge, MA with a $20M annual budget. Its mission is to bring daring goals, distinctive perspectives, innovative practices, and extraordinary talent to some of the world’s most complex and injurious challenges. Since its founding in Denver in 1981, the organization has devoted significant resources to social change through a blend of grant-making and operating programs.

Led by its CEO and Chair, Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Hunt Alternatives has five programmatic initiatives:

  • Advocating for full inclusion of all stakeholders (particularly women) in peace and security processes, consulting with governments, conducting field research, and providing leadership development for women leaders in conflict zones around the world. (Institute for Inclusive Security)
  • Supporting entrepreneurial leaders of diverse American social movements. (Prime Movers)
  • Finding innovative ways to advance women to the highest levels of U.S. political leadership. (Political Parity)
  • Combatting the purchase of prostituted adults and children in the United States. (Demand Abolition)
  • Disseminating our model for strengthening arts organizations for disadvantaged youth.  (ARTWorks for Kids)

The foundation has also incubated several other successful organizations, including Women Moving Millions and the Free for All Concert Fund.

Hunt Alternatives advances its mission by convening allies, building partnerships, and engaging in high-level advocacy, training, research, and program-related grant making. When possible, its actions are evidence-based and its assessments are metric-based in order to achieve breakthrough understanding and accomplish its goals.

Hunt Alternatives’ programmatic initiatives are supported by an operating platform that includes communications, development, finance, human resources, information technology and facilities, which also support Ambassador Hunt’s other professional and personal activities. Hunt Alternatives employs 80 staff and is poised for significant growth.


For more information about Ambassador Hunt, you can view her bio here and four brief videos, where she discusses her vision and commitment to the organization’s mission, here.

Learn about Hunt Alternatives’ Board of Directors and Senior Staff here.

Position Overview

Demand Abolition, a program of Hunt Alternatives, is committed to eradicating the illegal commercial sex industry in the US—and, by extension, the world—by combating the demand for purchased sex. We’re catalyzing social change to reflect the dignity of all people, insisting that an inherent human right is that no person can be bought or sold. Prostitution (which includes sex trafficking) continues to flourish, degrading the vulnerable adults and children being prostituted, as well as the men who are buying them.

There’s growing evidence that combatting the demand for prostitution reduces sex trafficking and is a critical element of any comprehensive anti-trafficking effort. In 2014, we launched a pilot-based initiative to reduce demand for purchased sex in key cities across the United States by 20 percent in two years. Technology has been a critical driver in the proliferation of the sex trade in the past 5 years. To effectively combat this issue, it is essential that we integrate technology-based tools and tactics for reducing demand.

Demand Abolition seeks a creative, entrepreneurial Technical Innovation Specialist to lead our efforts to conceive and uncover promising practices to fight the demand for illegal commercial sex in the United States. The Technical Innovation specialist will research different sectors – both within the anti-trafficking movement and other fields relevant to the issue – to identify and develop new technology based interventions to combat demand. This position reports to the Senior Manager of Social Innovation.



  • Work in partnership with coordinators in participating cities and key national partners to develop technology based strategies to reduce demand including rapid prototyping and testing of new interventions. We anticipate these approaches will work closely with a diverse cross section of stakeholders and industries including: law enforcement, digital forensics, public policy (state and municipal), prosecutorial and court innovation, community and technology partners in key cities
  • Research interventions within the anti-trafficking sector and others including market research, big data (analysis, acquisition, mining and structures), visualization, and information privacies
  • Identify key experts and partner institutions on a local and national level
  • Integrate technical innovation into emerging “Communities of Practice” comprised of stakeholders representing key sectors in the fight to combat sex trafficking including: law enforcement, survivors leaders, student groups, mental health experts, public health experts, business leaders and policy makers
  • Manage incubation of new tactics through “micro-grants” implemented by key partners. This will include: designing trainings and technical assistance resources for partners, establishing metrics and leading impact appraisals
  • Evaluate trends and insights relevant to the work of Demand Abolition
  • Assess the effectiveness of tactics implemented by our partners, strategic allies, key stakeholders and others  to identify promising practices successful in propagating efforts to achieve demand reduction
  • Provide input into the development of content for convening’s, media engagement and presentations
  • Partner with Network Learning Manager to develop case studies and learning tools resulting from promising interventions, data collection and trend information.
  • Serve as the primary liaison to THORN’s demand innovation embedded in technology-based intervention models
  • Collaborate with the CEASE Operations Coordinator to ensure ongoing engagement of  CEASE Network  cities
  • Partner with Research and Evaluation Manager to conceptualize and implement data needs for tracking industry trends and program impact
  • Manage technology vendors related to data collection and/or successful replication of tactic experiments




  • Minimum of five years of experience developing and implementing training and technical assistance resources and projects
  • Degree in computer science, computer and information technology, data analytics, data science or a related field preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to bring creativity and excitement to generate innovative ideas that enhance and accelerate impact
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze, synthesize, develop and present technical information to a wide range of audiences including: high-level policymakers, criminal justice professionals, and donors
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Strong strategic and multi-disciplinary thinker; able to quickly gain fluency in different sectors
  • Experience with online technology-related fields, especially big data, data mining and civic technology
  • Highly motivated, resourceful self-starter who enjoys working with a team
  • Ability to thrive in an extremely fast-paced environment and remain flexible
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and execute on multiple assignments
  • Experience with grants management a plus
  • Knowledge of the commercial sex industry, human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, pornography or related fields a plus
  • Must be able to work with diverse groups of people with respect and appreciation for differences
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office applications: Word, Power Point, and Excel; proficiency with Raiser’s Edge a plus



Cambridge, MA

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation will be commensurate with experience. Employee benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, life, ADD, and short- and long-term disability plans. The organization provides a 401(k) plan and matches 100% of the first six percent of an employee’s annual salary that she/he contributes to her/his plan. Additional discretionary matching of four percent is available to eligible employees. Hunt Alternatives offers 33 days of paid time off per year. This includes all holidays, sick days, vacation days, and personal days. Other benefits include parental leave, flexible healthcare and dependent care spending accounts, professional development and educational assistance, a pre-tax parking and transit program, and a matching program for personal charitable contributions.

To Apply

Interested applicants please visit to apply.


A diverse workforce helps Hunt Alternatives realize its fullest potential. We are committed to fostering an environment that embraces mutual respect, cooperation, and productive relationships.Hand Written Logo Bundle (vol.1)


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