Democracy Research & Program Associate- D.C.

Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Dec 20

Position description

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. 


The Democracy Program seeks to perfect the ideal of representative self-government by advocating for public policies and institutions that reflect a diverse, engaged, and energetic democracy. The Program collaborates with grassroots groups, advocacy organizations, and reform-minded government officials to promote policies that eliminate barriers to full and equal political participation. 

Project areas include work on voting rights (including the rights of students and people with felony convictions); reform of election administration (including voter registration modernization, ballot design, and defensive work against photo ID and other practices likely to suppress the vote or have a disproportionate impact on communities of color); campaign finance reform at the federal, state, and local level; protecting the independence, impartiality, and integrity of the courts; eliminating partisan gerrymandering and other manipulations of electoral maps; combating efforts to undermine the fairness and integrity of the census; and efforts to shore up the rule of law. 


The Brennan Center seeks a full-time Research & Program Associate to work in the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, in our Washington, DC office. This position will report directly to attorneys in the D,C, office. The position’s likely focus will be campaign finance, voting, ethics, and rule of law issues. 

Responsibilities include: 

  • Conducting legal and factual research and data analysis. 
  • Drafting and editing publications, reports, newsletters, testimony, blog posts, and other public communications. 
  • Performing a wide range of administrative, database, paralegal support, and program management tasks, including (but not limited to) making travel arrangements, copy-editing, and checking citations. 
  • Organizing and staffing program and Center events. 
  • Working with attorneys, fellows, communications and development professionals, editors, allies, clients, other research and program associates, and organizational leadership. 
  • Scheduling and, where appropriate, attending meetings on Capitol Hill and with other parts of the government. 
  • A significant portion of the Research & Program Associate’s time may be spent on administrative tasks, depending on program priorities. 


  • A bachelor’s degree (this is an entry level position; lawyers and individuals with advanced degrees will not be considered). 
  • Exceptional writing skills and excellent analytic, strategic, research and organizational skills. 
  • A strong entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for the work of the Center. 
  • The ability to work effectively in a team-based and deadline-driven environment. 
  • Openness to receiving and implementing constructive feedback. 
  • Creativity in ferreting out information. 
  • Ease working with data and statistics; experience with Excel helpful but not required. 
  • Strong communications skills and confidence to reach out to allies, public officials, reporters, and members of the public. 
  • Fluency in a foreign language, such as Spanish, helpful but not required. 

Salary: $45,000-$55,500, commensurate with years of experience. Overtime (compensated at 1½ times the regular hourly rate) may be required before deadlines. Excellent benefits package. For more information about the Brennan Center, visit our website:

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