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 Justice Program seeks to improve our criminal justice system by ending mass incarceration while keeping the country safe. The program blends law, policy, and economics to produce new empirical analyses and advance innovative policy solutions to advance this goal.
Position: The Justice Program is seeking a mid-level to senior Counsel to join a cutting-edge team that is part of a national, trans-partisan movement to end mass incarceration in the United States. This is a signal moment in criminal justice reform. Crime and punishment are front and center in the national political debate. Leaders across the political spectrum agree on the need for bold solutions, but must adapt their strategies and policies to confront a challenging political environment.
The Counsel will lead an interdisciplinary team working to produce data-driven statistical and economic analyses published as seminal Brennan Center studies. Topics include causes and trends in national crime rates, and quantifying the economic and societal harms of mass incarceration. The Counsel will supervise an economist and a research associate, and work closely with other attorneys, a communications team, and the Brennan Center’s Economic Advisory Board, with strategic direction from the Justice Program’s Director.
The Counsel will be the primary author of groundbreaking data-driven reports; ensure that the empirical methodology behind these reports reflects the realities and complexities of the criminal justice system; and translate and simplify methodology and findings into prose accessible to the broader public. This position will report to the Director of the Justice Program.
Responsibilities will include:
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have:
Salary: Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.
Applications: The application deadline is July 1, 2018, but applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis and decisions will be made as soon as appropriate candidates are identified. To apply, visit https://brennancenter.applytojob.com/apply/cGmPmJrAX8/Counsel-Justice-Program and please upload (where it says “attach resume”) the following application materials: cover letter (copy and paste where indicated), resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references. If applicable, please include Internet hyperlinks to authored writing samples.
If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org with “Justice Counsel” in the subject line, after registering in the online system. Applying through our website is strongly preferred.
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