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Special Assistant to the Co-Directors, Liberty & National Security Program

Special Assistant to the Co-Directors, Liberty and National Security Program

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, strengthen checks and balances, preserve Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism, and end mass incarceration.

The Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program works to advance effective national security policies that respect constitutional values and the rule of law. The program’s goals include making national security policy more transparent and accountable; shoring up constitutional checks and balances; and ensuring that counterterrorism policies are narrowly targeted to the terrorist threat, rather than sweeping too broadly or relying on religious profiling.

We seek an energetic, motivated, well-organized individual to provide administrative support to the Co-Directors of the Liberty and National Security Program Co-Directors, as well as occasional research assistance. The Special Assistant will work closely with the Co-Directors in all aspects of their roles at the Brennan Center and will play a central role in the daily functioning of the program. Although the work will be primarily administrative, the Special Assistant should expect substantive research opportunities as well. S/he will work closely with the Program Co-Directors to address key legal and policy issues in this critical historical moment, while also helping to keep the entire program organized and on-task.  

Responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting and working closely with Program Co-Directors on all aspects of program management, including coordinating program meetings, compiling and editing quarterly board reports, planning and executing program events, filing expense reports, and creating management systems for the program
  • Managing the Program Co-Directors' schedule and travel arrangements
  • Coordinating key strategic projects and meetings
  • Providing ad-hoc research assistance to the Program Co-Directors
  • Communicating with external constituents, including allies, donors, and the media
  • Organizing inter-department initiatives with Communication and Development teams, in addition to other programs within the organization
  • Providing research, drafting, editing, and/or proofreading support for the Co-Directors' public presentations, op-eds, articles, reports, and other writings
  • Completing time-sensitive research or other requests for the Co-Directors as they arise, particularly in response to media requests, as well as assisting in amplifying the program’s social media reach
  • General administrative support including filing, drafting correspondence, and answering and screening incoming emails

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 1-2 years of work experience
  • 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 oral and written communication skills
  • Experience in and enthusiasm for politics, research, or nonprofit management
  • An interest in the issues the Liberty and National Security Program works on
  • A high level of professionalism and confidence
  • 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
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Proficiency in MS Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

To Apply: To apply, please visit, click on "Apply Now," and upload (preferably as pdf) 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 -- however the deadline for submission is August 11.  We prefer applications to be submitted through our website.  If you have difficulty uploading these items online, e-mail them to with “Special Assistant, Liberty and National Security Program” in the subject line.

As an equal opportunity affirmative action employer, the Brennan Center is strongly committed to diversity and welcomes applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientations, and applicants who have been previously incarcerated.


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