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Special Assistant to the Director and Counsel, Washington D.C. Office

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 Washington D. C. office is the organization’s liaison to Congress and the Administration advocating for our justice and democracy issues in addition to coordinating coalition work with other civil rights, social justice and democracy organizations in Washington.

We seek an energetic, motivated, well-organized individual to provide administrative support to the Director and Counsel of the Washington D.C. office in addition to performing office manager duties for the D.C. staff. 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 office. S/he will work closely with the Director to address key advocacy and policy issues in this critical period, while also helping to keep the entire office organized and on-task.  

Responsibilities will include:

  • Managing the Director’s calendar and travel arrangements
  • Coordinating key strategic projects and meetings
  • Providing ad-hoc research assistance to the Director
  • Acting as surrogate in meetings on the Hill, at the White House or with other outside organizations
  • 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 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 drafting correspondence, ordering supplies, vendor management 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 Brennan Center 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.


Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. To apply, visit Click on Apply Now (under this position) and please upload the following application materials (preferably as pdf): cover letter, resume, 2 writing samples, contact details for 3 references. If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by e-mail to: with “Special Assistant to the Director and Counsel, DC” in the subject line, after registering in the online system.

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

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