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 public interest law center, part cutting-edge communications hub, we are known for our rigorous research. We craft innovative policies and strategies, and we fight for them — in the courts, in Congress and the states, and in the court of public opinion.
Position: The Brennan Center is seeking a social scientist for the full-time position of “Researcher” to perform qualitative and quantitative analysis and conduct qualitative and quantitative research relating to voting rights, election administration, redistricting, money and politics, and the courts. The projects will be of varying time durations (quick turn-around and longer term), and will include research that is for internal use, as well as projects that will be outward facing and provide publishing opportunities. The candidate must have experience and knowledge of empirical research methods, as well as experience with, and an instinct for, using statistics and empirical findings to support real-time advocacy. The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree in political science, statistics, public policy, economics, sociology or another relevant field. Outstanding candidates with bachelor’s or PhDs will be given full-consideration.
The Researcher will use social science techniques to support on-going advocacy and campaigns, in the run-up to the 2018 and 2020 federal elections. The Researcher will be based primarily in the Voting Rights and Elections project, but may be assigned to other projects in the Democracy Program. The Voting Rights and Elections project works to ensure that voting is free, fair, and accessible for all citizens of the United States. The Researcher will work closely with a team of lawyers, research and program associates, and communications staff to support the advocacy projects of the Voting Rights & Elections project and the other projects in the Democracy Program. The Researcher must be interested in and able to perform top-flight analysis and research in a fast-paced environment with numerous deadlines.
Ideal candidates will have:
Salary: The salary is highly competitive in the field and commensurate with experience. A generous benefits package is available as well.
Applications: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until a qualified candidate is identified, but the preference is to bring someone on board before March 2018. To apply, please visit http://brennancenter.applytojob.com/apply/9kIGsVfDPC/Quantitative-Researcher and upload the following application materials (preferably in pdf format): a cover letter (copy and paste), a resume, two writing samples (up to 10 pages each), and contact information for three references. If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org with “Researcher” 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.