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 Brennan Center’s Voting Rights and Election Reform Programs advance and defends core democratic values and includes projects dedicated to voting rights, improving the administration of our elections so they are free and fair for all voters; building a more resilient and secure election infrastructure; combatting disinformation; and reducing the corrupting influence of money in politics. The program seeks to bring the ideal of representative self-government closer to reality by eliminating barriers to full and equal political participation, by countering racial discrimination in our electoral and political systems, and by striving to ensure that public policy and institutions represent and reflect the diverse voices and interests that make for a rich democracy.
We seek an energetic, motivated, well-organized individual to provide administrative support and research assistance to the Directors of the Voting Rights and Election Reform Programs. This person would help the Directors manage the two programs, comprising approximately thirty people. The Special Assistant to the Director will play a central role in the daily functioning of the program. They will work closely with him to push key reform goals during this critical moment for our democracy, while also helping to keep the entire program organized and on-task.
Note: Please review and follow application instructions at the end of the posting.
Responsibilities will include:
- Supporting and working closely with Directors on all aspects of program management, including organizing team meetings, compiling and editing quarterly board reports, and creating systems to manage the Directors’ workflow
- Managing the Directors’ calendars, inboxes, and travel arrangements
- Providing ad-hoc research and drafting assistance to the Directors
- Communicating with external constituents, including allies, donors, and the media
- Helping to coordinate inter-department initiatives with the Communications and Development teams, in addition to other programs within the organization
- General administrative support including filing, drafting correspondence, and answering and screening incoming emails
- Providing research, writing, and editing support to the Directors in preparation of articles, speeches, reports, and organizational materials; will have opportunity to write under own name, including articles and blog posts.
The ideal candidate will have:
- Keen attention to detail and an ability to multi-task as well as self-start and complete projects with little supervision
- Ability to take the lead and delegate tasks as needed in a deadline-driven environment
- Excellent writing and editing skills
- Excellent organizational skills
- Experience in and enthusiasm for politics, research, or nonprofit administration
- An interest in the issues of the Voting Rights and Election Reform Programs
- A high degree of professionalism and exceptional ability to focus and execute assignments
- A high degree of integrity, discretion, and tact
- An openness to evolving responsibilities and a sense of humor are a must
- An ability to build positive working relationships both with peers and more senior staff, both internally and outside of the organization
- A bachelor’s degree
- Proficiency in MS Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
Commitment: This position is for two years with the possibility of an extension to three years. A minimum two-year commitment is required.
To Apply: To apply, please visit https://brennancenter.applytojob.com/apply/FhC74NvPxr/Special-Assistant-Voting-Rights-Election-Reform and upload, as a single document (where it says “attach resume”), a cover letter, resume, writing sample (maximum 10 pages) and three references. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and decisions will be made as soon as an appropriate candidate is identified. We prefer applications to be submitted through our website. If you have difficulty uploading these items as one document, e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Special Assistant, Voting Rights and Election Reform Programs” in the subject line.
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
- Welcomes and hires applicants of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, socioeconomic identities and sexual orientations, including people who have been previously incarcerated;
- 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.