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Research & Program Associate, Liberty & National Security Program - NYC

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 Liberty and National Security program works to advance effective national security policies that respect constitutional values and the rule of law. Areas of focus include restoring the proper flow of information between the government and the people by securing increased public access to government information and strengthening privacy protections; ensuring government policies targeting terrorists do so effectively and without religious or ethnic profiling; and securing appropriate mechanisms and institutions for effective government oversight.

Position: The Brennan Center seeks a full-time Research & Program Associate (RPA) to work in the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program.  A 2-year commitment is required. For the first year, the RPA will focus on research and advocacy surrounding the impact of counter-radicalization programs, racial and religious profiling, surveillance reform, and the use of technology by law enforcement. The second year may be a continuation of this advocacy or an expansion into other issues, as dictated by evolving program priorities and current events.

This position is offered in our New York, NY office. The RPA will report directly to Faiza Patel, Co-Director of the Liberty and National Security Program.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting legal and factual research on our issues.
  • Performing a wide range of administrative, database, paralegal support, and program management tasks, including (but not limited to) making travel arrangements, copy-editing, maintaining contact lists, completing expense reports, and checking legal citations.
  • Organizing and staffing program and Brennan Center events.
  • Organizing and/or participating in coalitions of allies.
  • Working with attorneys, Fellows, Communication and Development professionals, editors, other Research and Program Associates, and organization leadership.
  • Drafting and editing publications, reports, newsletters, blogs, press releases, and other public communications as needed.
  • Overtime (compensated at 1-½ times the regular hourly rate) will occasionally be required before deadlines.

A significant portion of the Research & Program Associate’s time may be spent on administrative tasks depending on program priorities.

Qualifications: 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). 
  • Previous research experience
  • Excellent writing skills and attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Previous experience in national security is preferred, but not required.

Salary:  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits package. For more information about the Brennan Center, visit our website:

Applications: The application deadline is April 6, 2018 but applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis and decisions will be made as soon as appropriate candidates are identified. We encourage applicants to submit their applications early. The anticipated starting date for this position is July 23, 2018 (with some flexibility as to a later start date), and a firm two-year commitment is required.

To apply, please visit and upload the following application materials online: cover letter (copy and paste), resume, writing sample (up to 10 pages), and contact information for three references.  Please include Internet hyperlinks to writing samples where available.  

Online application on our website is preferred.  If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by e-mail to: with “LNS Research & Program Associate - NYC” 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, and sexual orientations, and applicants who have been previously incarcerated.

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