Advocacy Campaign Coordinator, Elections and Government Program

  • New York, NY
  • Full Time
  • Entry Level

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. 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 Elections and Government Program works to improve the administration of our elections so that they are free, fair, and accessible for all voters; reduce the undue influence of private wealth, and amplify the voices of everyday people, in politics; and combat election disinformation that often disproportionately harms voters of color and other political minorities, among other goals. This work aims to bring the ideal of representative self-government closer to reality by eliminating barriers to full and equal political participation, countering racial and other discrimination in our electoral and political systems, and striving to ensure that public policy and institutions represent and reflect the diverse voices and interests that make for a rich democracy.

Reporting to the Senior Director/Directors of the Elections and Government Program, the Advocacy Campaign Coordinator will be responsible for strategically coordinating the Program’s engagement with external partners and stakeholders and for coordinating complex projects to achieve advocacy goals. 

Note: This is a hybrid position. Staff are currently working from home 2 days a week. Please review and follow application instructions at the end of the posting.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate external stakeholders — principally, election officials — to achieve program’s advocacy goals. 
    • Serve as point of contact with external stakeholders, including especially election officials and coalition partners.
    • Organize and prepare materials for Brennan Center-hosted convenings, meetings, trainings, and other events. 
    • Provide external stakeholders with research, talking points, and other support.
  • Coordinate the program’s engagement in the field.
    • Track, attend, and brief team on meetings, convenings, and briefings involving election officials, coalition partners, and other external stakeholders.
    • Develop and maintain productive relationships with election officials, grassroots allies, civic partners, government staff, and other external stakeholders.
    • Identify and create opportunities to advance program goals in the field, as well as to improve program’s advocacy with learning and perspectives from the field. 
  • Provide effective and efficient project coordination.
    • Initiate and coordinate production schedules, meetings, record-keeping, and inter-departmental communications for projects and publications. 
    • Coordinate the work of contractors, law students, and interns in assisting with data tracking, research, and other projects.
  • Contribute research and writing for policy and empirical research reports that form the bases of advocacy campaigns. 
  • Support program’s media and public education work with research, talking points, and project coordination. 
  • Assist with program support alongside program associates and special assistants.  

Experience and qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree and at least two years of work experience are required.
  • Experience holding full-time responsibility in a campaign setting such as electoral campaigns, issue or legislative campaigns, or community or labor organizing.
  • Strong drive and ability to take initiative, plan, prioritize (and, occasionally, pivot), and keep self and colleagues at various levels of seniority informed, organized, and on task in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to execute advocacy campaign-related deliverables, such as convenings, reports, sign-on letters, partnership agreements, contact lists, or databases.
  • Strong ability to track and synthesize complex information and convey it persuasively, in writing and oral presentations, to different audiences including government officials, community-based organizations, and the public.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the desire and ability to build and maintain positive relationships within and outside the organization.  
  • Mature judgment, a problem-solving approach to challenges, a growth mindset in the face of setbacks, and ability to keep calm under pressure. 
  • Exceptional professionalism, integrity, discretion, and tact.
  • Enthusiasm to learn and advocate the work of the Elections and Government Program, including a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and in improving U.S. democracy. 
  • Working familiarity with election administration or voting procedures is a significant plus.
  • Proficiency in MS Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

The Brennan Center is committed to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workplace. We continuously work with our staff to find new ways to increase diversity and to build and cultivate an inclusive and equitable work environment, where everyone can be their true self and feel a strong sense of belonging. As such, we seek to hire employees who have a commitment to and/or experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, we expect employees to participate/contribute with DEI initiatives or activities with recruitment, retention, and workplace culture.

Deadline

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage interested applicants to apply early, as the position will be filled once a qualified candidate is found.

Application Instructions

To apply, visit https://brennancenter.applytojob.com/apply/k23Kruts48/Advocacy-Campaign-Coordinator-Elections-And-Government-Program-Hybrid.  Please upload as one document the following application materials: resume, cover letter, writing sample (up to 10 pages), and contact information for three references. If applicable, include internet hyperlinks to authored writing samples.  Also, identify where you saw this ad.  

Please, no phone calls or faxes; it is strongly preferred that you apply on our website. If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by e-mail to: brennancenterjobs@nyu.edu with “Advocacy Campaign Coordinator, Elections and Government Program” in the subject line, after registering in the online system.

NoteThe Brennan Center is committed to public health and to the safety and wellbeing of our colleagues and visitors. As such, we have adopted a policy requiring all employees working in the New York and Washington, DC offices to be vaccinated against COVID-19, including having a booster, or to meet the legal guidelines for an exemption.

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.
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