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Special Assistant to the Director, Democracy Program @ Brennan Center for Justice

  • 31 Jan 2019 4:27 PM
    Message # 7139559
    Jason Fierman (Administrator)

    Special Assistant to the Director, Democracy Program

    Brennan Center for Justice -

    New York, NY 10271 (Financial District area)

    The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. Among our core priorities, we fight to protect voting rights, end mass incarceration, strengthen checks and balances, and preserve Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. Part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting-edge communications hub, we start with rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them — in Congress and the states, the courts, and in the court of public opinion.

    The Brennan Center’s Democracy Program advances and defends core democratic values and includes projects dedicated to expanding the right to vote and improving the administration of our election systems, reducing the corrupting influence of money in politics, maintaining the impartiality of the judiciary, and promoting a fair redistricting process. The program seeks to bring the ideal of representative self-government closer to reality, by eliminating barriers to full and equal political participation and by striving to ensure that public policy and institutions represent and reflect the diverse voices and interests that make for a rich and energetic democracy.

    We seek a Special Assistant to the Director to provide administrative support and research assistance to the Democracy Program Director and to help the Director manage the program’s day-to-day operations. This energetic, motivated, well-organized individual will have the opportunity to be involved in top-level non-profit management and will play a central role in the daily functioning of the program. S/he will work closely with the Program Director to address key democracy issues in this critical period, while also helping to keep the entire program organized and on-task.

    Responsibilities will include:

    • Supporting and working closely with Program Director on all aspects of program management, including organizing program meetings, compiling and editing quarterly board reports, and creating systems to manage the Program Director’s workflow
    • Managing the Program Director’s calendar, email, and travel arrangements
    • Providing ad-hoc research assistance to the Program Director and to particular program teams as needed
    • Communicating with external constituents, including allies, donors, and the media on behalf of the Democracy Program
    • Helping to coordinate inter-department initiatives with Communication and Development teams, in addition to other programs within the organization
    • Providing research, editing, and writing support to the Program Director in preparation for articles, speeches, reports, amicus briefs, and organizational materials
    • Writing occasional articles and blog posts
    • Providing general administrative support including filing, drafting correspondence, and answering and screening incoming emails

    The ideal candidate will have:

    • A bachelor’s degree (this is an entry level position; lawyers and individuals with advanced degrees will not be considered)
    • Keen attention to detail and an ability to multi-task, self-start and complete projects with little supervision
    • Ability to take the lead and delegate tasks as needed in a deadline-driven environment
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Excellent organizational skills
    • Experience in and enthusiasm for politics, research, or nonprofit management
    • An interest in democracy issues
    • A high level of professionalism and confidence
    • A high degree of integrity, discretion and tact
    • An openness to evolving responsibilities and a sense of humor
    • An ability to build positive working relationships
    • Proficiency in MS Office including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

    Salary: Commensurate with experience.

    To Apply: To apply, please visit and upload, as a single document (where it says “attach resume”), a cover letter, resume, and writing sample. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and decisions will be made as soon as an appropriate candidate is identified-however the deadline for submission is March 30th. We prefer applications to be submitted through our website. If you have difficulty uploading these items as one document, e-mail them to, with “Special Assistant, Democracy Program” in the subject line. No phone calls or faxes please.

    The Brennan Center for Justice is committed to a workplace based on equal opportunity and a strong belief in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce. To this end, Brennan Center

    • Hires staff that reflects this country's full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic identities;
    • Creates a workplace where true diversity is fostered and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged;
    • Ensures that all members of the Brennan Center community feel welcome and respected, and have equal opportunities to thrive and advance within the institution; and
    • Is committed to supporting low-income communities and communities of color particularly affected by social inequities.

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