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 Democracy Program advances and defends core democratic values and includes projects dedicated to stopping vote suppression, expanding the right to vote; and improving the administration of our election systems; reducing the corrupting influence of money in politics; maintaining the impartiality of the judiciary; and promoting a fair and equitable redistricting and census process. 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 Vice President for Democracy/Democracy Program Director. This person would help the Vice President manage the Brennan Center’s largest program, comprising roughly forty people. The Special Assistant to the Vice President will have the opportunity to witness and be involved in top-level non-profit management and will play a central role in the daily functioning of the program. They will work closely with the Vice President to keep the entire program organized and on-task and push reform goals during this critical moment for our democracy.
Note: Please review and follow application instructions at the end of the posting.
Responsibilities will include:
- Supporting and working closely with Vice President on all aspects of program administration, including organizing program meetings, compiling and editing quarterly board reports, and creating systems to manage the Vice President’s workflow
- Managing the Vice President’s calendar, inbox, and travel arrangements
- Providing ad-hoc research and drafting assistance to the Vice President
- 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
- Helping to manage and train junior staff in connection with administrative work
- General administrative support including filing, drafting correspondence, and answering and screening incoming emails
- Excellent organizational skills
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Experience and/or enthusiasm in nonprofit administration and management or a similar field
- Experience in a law firm or legal organization and providing administrative support to senior level attorneys is a plus
- 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 initiative and organize colleagues as needed in a deadline-driven environment
- Mature professional judgment and high integrity
- Flexibility and a sense of humor
- An ability to build positive working relationships both internally and outside of the organization
- A bachelor’s degree
- Proficiency in MS Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
To Apply: To apply, please visit https://brennancenter.applytojob.com/apply/HyqJzMKazl/Special-Assistant-Democracy-Program and upload, as a single document (where it says “attach resume”), a cover letter, resume, and writing sample. 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 email@example.com with “Special Assistant, Democracy Program” 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.