Program Associate - Prepared to Vote and Voting Rights Defender Projects

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The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative–to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

LDF’s litigation, policy advocacy, organizing, and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system.

Focusing on four interrelated areas of Political Participation, Criminal Justice, Education Equity, and Economic Justice, LDF employs litigation, advocacy, and education to bring about structural, permanent change. This work is undergirded by LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute, a multidisciplinary center within LDF that complements the organization’s traditional litigation, strengthening it through innovative research and publications, targeted advocacy, and public education campaigns.

For more than a decade, LDF’s Prepared to Vote (PTV) initiative has disseminated non-partisan public education materials to prepare voters for elections and engaged volunteers around Election Day in targeted jurisdictions, primarily in the South, to work on the ground at polling places answering questions and providing voters with important information about how to comply with election laws. PTV also provides support to identify and respond to instances of voting-related discrimination. A new initiative of LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute, the Voting Rights Defender (VRD) project, will broaden LDF’s monitoring and tracking of voter suppression efforts in targeted jurisdictions months in advance of Election Day to identify as early as possible those suppression measures (e.g. polling place changes, voter purges, local practices that result in long waits to vote on Election Day) that warrant a responsive action, and connect local partners with a resource team to combat suppressive measures using public exposure/media coverage, advocacy efforts with local actors/decisionmakers (e.g. calls, letters, petitions), and, if necessary, litigation. These efforts will also extend to issues pertaining to the 2020 decennial Census and post-Census redistricting.

LDF seeks an individual who is organized, resourceful, and has attention to detail with strong research and writing skills to support the PTV and VRD project team members. The Program Associate will report to the PTV/VRD Program Manager. The position has an initial term of two years.

This position will be remote until September 2021. Beginning October 2021, any candidate selected should be prepared to report to work in the office location assigned to this position.

Responsibilities include:

·      Support and assist PTV/VRD team members in developing public education and training materials and reports, developing state-by-state plans for voter protection and education, monitoring and reporting on election day activities, collecting and tracking data, assigning teams for election day, and managing data bases and websites;

·      Coordinate efforts to gather relevant elections information through research and from state offices, including records requests;

·      Coordinate with technology contractors for volunteer and project management tools;

·      Manage and organize cross-state information streams;

·      Prepare tools to assist with volunteer management and collecting and tracking data;

·      Support in preparing election follow up advocacy materials (i.e. letters);

·      Responding to the needs of the PTV and VRD team members to make any/all necessary logistical arrangements and information handling;

·      Organize, schedule, and coordinate meetings and conferences, including contacting participants, coordinate the development of meeting agendas and materials and taking and maintaining meeting notes and action item lists;

·      File and organize correspondence and communications for PTV and VRD team members on assigned matters, including directing inquiries to appropriate persons;

·      Process and code monthly invoices, reimbursement requests and check requisitions; 

·      Prepare and proofread all correspondence including e-mail;

·      Create and maintain contact and group lists and databases (e.g., directories of cooperating outside members);

·      Prepare and send mass mailings and e-mails;

·      Conduct Lexis, Westlaw, Concordance, other legal database research, and fact research, as needed;

·      Book travel arrangements for PTV and VRD team members; and

·      Other responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications include:

·      College degree;

·      Minimum of 1 year of experience with voting rights information;

·      Commitment to the racial justice mission of LDF;

·      Experience in campaigns and/or with volunteer management;

·      Experience at a public interest legal or nonprofit organization;

·      Superb oral and written communication skills;

·      Excellent computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Suite;

·      Experience with website maintenance and generally with digital tools;

·      Strong research, writing and analytical skills;

·      Highly organized with strong attention to details;  

·      Willingness to engage deeply with new information or changing election policies on a quick learning curve;

·      Willingness to learn and develop new skills and expertise;

·      Willingness to travel extensively to both urban and rural areas in the United States;

·      A valid driver’s license preferable;

·      Available to work overtime, including occasionally on weekends; and

·      Ability to:

o  work independently and as part of a team.

o  work in a fast-paced environment.

o  prioritize workload.

o  complete tasks accurately and in a timely manner.

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts or requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned. This description does not constitute a contract of employment and LDF may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.

To Apply:

This position is open until filled.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:

If submitting via email, please include your name (last name, first name) in the email subject line.


Oris Diaz

Director of Human Resources/Administration

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

40 Rector Street, 5th floor

New York, New York 10006


The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, medical condition or disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other protected status under federal, state, or local law.

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S…

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  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Entry level


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
Associated Location
Washington, DC, USA

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