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Democracy Program Writer/Editor

Democracy Program

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. The 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.

Location: New York City, NY

Position Description

The Brennan Center seeks a Writer/Editor for its Democracy Program, which works on issues of voting rights, election security, money in politics, fair courts, redistricting, the census, and abuse of executive power. The Democracy Program advances its goals through a combination of research and writing, direct advocacy, public education, litigation, and legislative drafting. The team seeks a candidate with the desire and ability to work flexibly across our issue areas, with the purpose of creating or bolstering public writing projects. The ideal candidate would have a background in journalism, speechwriting, policy writing, or another writing-focused field. A law degree is not required.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Advancing program goals through written communications, including opinion pieces, analyses, blog posts, speeches, and materials for use by allies and experts.
  • Developing, in collaboration with other colleagues, written products (reports, explainers, op-eds, etc.) for various audiences, including the general public, opinion leaders, legislators and staffers, allies, and expert partners in the field.
  • Editing the written work product of attorneys and researchers.
  • Contributing to the effective administration of a dynamic and wide-ranging program, including supervision of junior staff, and working with communications, research, and development professionals.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate for this position will be able contribute to the team as a capable and enthusiastic writer and editor of colleagues’ work. They will have:

  • Exceptional writing and editing skills – and the desire to write for a variety of audiences.
  • Excellent analytic, strategic, and research skills.
  • The ability to multi-task and work effectively in a team-based and deadline-driven environment.
  • Creativity, versatility, and flexibility.
  • Ability to work effectively in a coalition with diverse allies, and in a complex office environment with multiple stakeholders.
  • Openness to feedback and editing on written products.
  • A strong entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for the work of the Brennan Center.

Applications

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with the position to be filled as soon as an appropriate candidate is identified. To apply, please visit https://brennancenter.applytojob.com/apply/86NtUh6Yaw/Democracy-Program-WriterEditor  and upload (in pdf) the following application materials: cover letter (copy and paste in the space provided), resume, two writing samples (up to 10 pages each), and contact information for three references. If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by e-mail to: brennancenterjobs@nyu.edu with “Writer/Editor Democracy Program” in the subject line, after registering in the online system.

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, socioeconomic identities, gender identities, and sexual orientations;
  • 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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