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Fellows Program Research & Program Associate

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve 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. Brennan Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving 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 Fellows Program consists of a cadre of experts with diverse professional backgrounds in law, public policy, journalism, government, and academia. The fellows contribute to the intellectual life of the Brennan Center through writing (including books, reports, blog posts and other short-form pieces), public speaking, organizing convenings, and other collaborative work with staff. The fellows focus on issues that fall within the Brennan Center’s core programs, but also on related topics in law and policy and new initiatives. Fellows have focused on constitutional reform, the Second Amendment, the rule of law, civil rights, race and identity, and other topics in politics and social policy. 

Position: The Brennan Center seeks a full-time Research & Program Associate to work in the Brennan Center’s Fellows Program. This position will report directly to one of the fellows. 

Responsibilities include: 

  • Conducting legal, factual and historical research, and data analysis. 
  • Assisting with the drafting and editing of publications, newsletters, blog posts, and other public communications. 
  • Providing support through a wide range of administrative, program management, and paralegal tasks, including (but not limited to) making travel arrangements, copy-editing, and checking citations. 
  • Organizing and staffing program and organization events. 
  • Working with key stakeholders including fellows, attorneys, communications and development professionals, other research and program associates, and organizational leadership. 
  • Overtime (compensated at 1½ times the regular hourly rate) may be required before deadlines. 

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 research and writing skills, and excellent analytic, strategic, and organizational skills. 
  • A strong entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for the Brennan Center’s work. 
  • 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. 
  • Interest in American history, constitutional law, and government and politics. 
  • Ease working with data and statistics; experience with Excel helpful but not required. 
  • Strong communications skills and confidence to reach out to allied organizations, 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: Applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis and decisions will be made as soon as exemplary candidates are identified. Visit https://brennancenter.applytojob.com/apply/UwSl0AMbps/Fellows-Program-Research-Program-Associate.  Please upload the following application materials: cover letter (copy and paste where indicated), resume, writing sample (up to 10 pages), and contact information for three references.  If applicable, please include Internet hyperlinks to authored writing samples.  No phone calls or faxes please. Please reference where you saw this posting.

If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by e-mail to: brennancenterjobs@nyu.edu with “Fellows Program RPA” in the subject line, after registering in the online system.  Applying through our website is strongly preferred.

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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