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Democracy Researcher - Redistricting

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 full-time Researcher to conduct quantitative and qualitative research relating to redistricting. The Researcher will support a major initiative focused on redistricting ahead of the 2020 Census and the subsequent nationwide redrawing of congressional and legislative districts. This opportunity comes at a unique and important juncture in the redistricting field, after a decade with the most gerrymandered maps in history, and the recent development of new tools to fight both partisan and racial gerrymandering. This year and over the next few years, the U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts are set to consider a number of critical cases that will define the legal landscape in this area for years to come. The cutting-edge issues these cases will address include the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering, the future application of the Voting Rights Act to redistricting cases, and the types of remedies available to address mapdrawing abuses. At the same time, robust and exciting efforts to reform the redistricting process ahead of the next round of mapdrawing are underway around the country. The Researcher will report directly to the senior attorney in charge of the Center’s redistricting project.

Responsibilities: 

  • Original research – including empirical and quantitative research on the impact of redistricting, redistricting reforms, and gerrymandering. Collection and analysis of public data, and interviews of public officials and private individuals. Supervision of research. 
  • Policy and data analysis. 
  • Drafting and editing publications, policy reports, articles, resource and case pages, newsletters, op-eds, blog posts, and other public communications. 
  • Assistance with legal briefs, legal research, and cite checking. 
  • Working with attorneys, fellows, communications and development professionals, editors, allies, clients, and organizational leadership. 
  • Public presentations of research findings and data. 

Qualifications: 

  • A bachelor’s degree. Additional relevant degrees a plus. 
  • Thorough and meticulous research and interview skills. 
  • Strong and proven quantitative skills. 
  • Excellent writing skills, including ability to write for audiences ranging from courts to the general public. 
  • The ability to work effectively in a team-based and deadline-driven environment. 
  • Openness to receiving and implementing constructive feedback. 
  • Creativity in ferreting out information. 
  • Ease working with data and statistics. 
  • Attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines. 
  • Sincere interest in democracy advocacy and reform. 
  • A self-starter. 
  • Ability and confidence to work with a diverse group of allies, public officials, reporters, and members of the public.

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. To apply, please visit http://brennancenter.applytojob.com/apply/FUXLgrMYoo/Democracy-Researcher-Redistricting and upload the following application materials: cover letter (copy and paste), 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: brennancenterjobs@nyu.edu with “Redistricting 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.

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