Democracy Program Writer/Editor

The Brennan Center for Justice
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 12

Position description

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.

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.


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.

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