Program Associate, Democracy Program

Published 16 days ago

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 Election Reform 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 Director and Deputy Directors of the Election Reform Program, the Program Associate will be responsible for performing administrative, research, and operational duties that are central to the program’s ability to achieve key goals. 

Note: Please review and follow application instructions at the end of the posting. 


  • Provide broad logistical support and assist in managing the day-to-day operations of the program. 
  • Support smooth and timely execution of deliverables by planning, tracking, prioritizing, and providing progress reports on tasks and projects. 
  • Provide paralegal and administrative support for litigation, publications, and other projects. 
  • Organize internal and external meetings, including calendaring, distributing reference materials, timekeeping, note-taking, and following up with next steps. 
  • Manage scheduling, expense reports and invoices, travel arrangements, and team events and logistics with accuracy and timeliness. 
  • Collect and synthesize information to draft memos, talking points and presentations, board reports, correspondence, and other communications. 
  • Communicate with external constituents, including allies, government officials, donors, and journalists. 
  • Help to coordinate inter-department initiatives with the Communications and Development teams, in addition to other programs within the organization. 
  • Research and summarize legal, academic, and news sources; fact-checking; writing and proofreading to support preparation of articles, speeches, reports, and organizational materials, with opportunities for named authorship. 
  • Engage in special projects and other duties as assigned. 
  • Work collaboratively, respectfully, and productively with colleagues at all levels of the organization. 

Experience and qualifications: 

  • A bachelor’s degree and at least one year of work experience are required. 
  • Exceptional attention to detail, accuracy, timeliness, and organization 
  • Drive and ability to take initiative, anticipate needs and solve problems, and complete tasks and projects with a high degree of focus and independence 
  • Strong ability to manage time and successfully multi-task in a deadline-driven environment 
  • Excellent writing, fact-checking, and proofreading skills 
  • Strong ability to conduct and accurately summarize legal, academic, and news-based research 
  • Experience and interest in politics, government, research, nonprofit administration, or a related field. 
  • Enthusiasm to learn and support the work of the Election Reform Program 
  • Exceptional professionalism, integrity, discretion, and tact 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the desire and ability to build positive working relationships with colleagues within and external to the organization. 
  • 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. 


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 Please upload as one document (where it says “attach resume”) the following application materials: resume, cover letter, writing sample (up to 10 pages), and contact information for three references. Please include all work experience on your resume, even if it isn’t relevant to this position (i.e., cashier, host, etc.). 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: with “Program Associate, Democracy Program” in the subject line, after registering in the online system. 

Note: The 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 or to meet the legal guidelines for an exemption.

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…

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