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Democracy Research & Program Associate

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve the systems of democracy and justice in the United States. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. The Brennan Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving Constitutional protections 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, in the courts, and in the court of public opinion. 

The Democracy Program seeks to perfect the ideal of representative self-government by advocating for public policies and institutions that reflect a diverse, engaged, and energetic democracy. The Program collaborates with grassroots groups, advocacy organizations, and reform-minded government officials to promote policies that eliminate barriers to full and equal political participation. 

Project areas include work on voting rights (including the rights of students and people with felony convictions); reform of election administration (including voter registration modernization, ballot design, and defensive work against photo ID and other practices likely to suppress the vote or have a disproportionate impact on communities of color); campaign finance reform at the federal, state, and local level; protecting the independence, impartiality, and integrity of the courts; eliminating partisan gerrymandering and other manipulations of electoral maps; and combating efforts to undermine the fairness and integrity of the census. 

Position: 

The Brennan Center seeks a full-time Research & Program Associate to work in the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program. This position will report directly to the attorneys in charge of the relevant project area. 

Responsibilities include: 

  • Conducting legal and factual research and data analysis. 
  • Drafting and editing publications, reports, newsletters, blog posts, and other public communications. 
  • Performing a wide range of administrative, database, paralegal support, and program management tasks, including (but not limited to) making travel arrangements, copy-editing, and checking citations. 
  • Organizing and staffing program and Center events. 
  • Working with attorneys, fellows, communications and development professionals, editors, allies, clients, other research and program associates, and organizational leadership. 
  • 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). 
  • Exceptional writing skills and excellent analytic, strategic, research and organizational skills. 
  • A strong entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for the work of the Center. 
  • 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; experience with Excel helpful but not required. 
  • Strong communications skills and confidence to reach out to allies, public officials, reporters, and members of the public. 
  • Fluency in a foreign language, such as Spanish, helpful but not required. 

Salary: $45,000-$55,500, commensurate with years of experience. Overtime (compensated at 1½ times the regular hourly rate) may be required before deadlines. Excellent benefits package. For more information about the Brennan Center, visit our website: www.brennancenter.org

Applications: Applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis and decisions will be made as soon as appropriate candidates are identified. Applications are due on or before February 17, 2019. The anticipated start date for this position is after the Memorial Day holiday (with some flexibility as to an earlier or later start date). A firm two-year commitment is required. Please visit https://brennancenter.applytojob.com/apply/P5ZMvqY9AN/Democracy-Research-Program-Associate and upload (where it says “attach resume”) the following application materials: cover letter (copy and paste where indicated), resume, writing sample (up to 10 pages), and contact information for three academic or professional references.

Please include Internet hyperlinks to writing samples where available. If you have difficulty with the online system, contact us by e-mail at: brennancenterjobs@nyu.edu with “Democracy Research & Program Associate” in the subject line. No phone calls or faxes please.

The Brennan Center for Justice is committed to a workplace based on equal opportunity and a strong belief in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce. To this end, Brennan Center

  • Hires staff that reflects this country's full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic identities; 

  • Creates a workplace where true diversity is fostered and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged; 

  • Ensures that all members of the Brennan Center community feel welcome and respected, and have equal opportunities to thrive and advance within the institution; and 

  • Is committed to supporting low-income communities and communities of color particularly affected by social inequities.
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