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Special Assistant to the Director, Democracy Program

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 an energetic, motivated, well-organized individual to provide administrative support and research assistance to the Democracy Program Director and to help the director manage the Brennan Center’s largest program, comprising roughly thirty people. The Special Assistant to the Director will have the opportunity to witness and be involved in top-level non-profit management, and will play a critically central role in the daily functioning of the program. S/he will work closely with the Program Director to address key election 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 coordinating program meetings, compiling and editing quarterly board reports, and creating management systems for the program
  • Managing the Program Director’s calendar and travel arrangements
  • Coordinating key strategic projects and meetings
  • Providing ad-hoc research assistance to the Program Director
  • Communicating with external constituents, including allies, donors, and the media
  • Organizing inter-department initiatives with Communication and Development teams, in addition to other programs within the organization
  • Researching, editing, and writing with Program Director in preparation of articles, speeches, reports, and organizational materials; will have opportunity to write under own name, including articles and blog posts
  • General administrative support including filing, drafting correspondence, and answering and screening incoming emails

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Keen attention to detail and an ability to multi-task as well as 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
  • Experience in and enthusiasm for politics, research, or nonprofit management
  • An interest in the issues the Democracy Program works on
  • 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 are a must
  • An ability to build positive working relationships
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Proficiency in MS Office including 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. 

As an equal opportunity affirmative action employer, the Brennan Center is strongly committed to diversity and welcomes applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientations, and applicants who have been previously incarcerated.

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