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*NEW* Attorney, Voting Rights & Elections Program

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve the 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 protections 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, in the courts, and in the court of public opinion. 

Position: As we enter peak election season, the Brennan Center seeks an experienced attorney to join our Voting Rights and Elections Program team. The team works to ensure that voting is free, fair, and accessible for all citizens. Our methods include policy advocacy, legislative drafting, media and public communications, litigation, research and public writing, and public education. The attorney will work to protect and advance the right to vote, largely through legislative and public or legal advocacy campaigns, working in coalition with state-based partners, and providing strategic and policy advice to state decisionmakers. One immediate focus is to protect the franchise leading up to the 2020 election. The attorney will report to the Director of the Voting Rights and Elections Program. The position may include managerial responsibilities, depending on experience. 

Responsibilities will include: 

  • Driving legislative and policy advocacy, working in coalitions, with elected officials and other policy makers, and with other advocates. 
  • Counseling federal and state policy makers and advocates, including drafting and reviewing legislation. 
  • Conducting research and writing reports to advance policy discussions and goals. 
  • Advancing goals through media and public communications, including public speaking engagements, media appearances, op-eds, analyses, and conferences. 
  • Participating in civil rights litigation. 
  • Contributing to team administration, including recruitment and hiring, and working with communications and development professionals. 
  • Supervising and mentoring junior colleagues, where appropriate. 

Qualifications: This position requires a J.D. and admission to the New York State Bar (or admission within six months of being hired). 

The ideal candidate will have the following experience and qualifications: 

  • Two years of relevant legal work experience, though attorneys with significantly more experience are encouraged to apply. Responsibilities, including possible managerial duties, will be tailored to the experience level of the successful candidate. 
  • Experience working on policy advocacy campaigns. 
  • Strategic-thinking, problem-solving, organizational, and planning skills. 
  • Ability to write and speak persuasively for a variety of legal and lay audiences. 
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and ability to build and maintain relationships with a diverse array of allies, officials, funders, and other stakeholders. 
  • A commitment to civil rights and racial equity. 
  • Ability to meet deadlines and prioritize effectively in an often fast-paced advocacy environment. 
  • Eagerness to work in a team-based environment and openness to feedback from colleagues at all levels of experience. 

Salary: The salary is highly competitive in the field and commensurate with experience, set according to a published scale. A generous benefits package is provided as well. 

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/CldeMDOQy3/Attorney-Voting-Rights-Elections-Program and upload (in pdf) the following application materials: cover letter, 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 “Attorney (Voting)” 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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