Paralegal, Women’s Rights Project

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: $53,474

Published

08/02/2018

Address

New York
New York
United States

Description

Paralegal [WRP-13], Women’s Rights Project, NY

Office: National Offices, New York, NY

Location: New York

 

JULY 30, 2018

 

Paralegal [WRP-13]

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Women’s Rights Project, NY

 

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s protecting the rights of immigrants, ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for women and the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, record of arrest or conviction.

The Women’s Rights Project of the ACLU’s National office in New York City seeks applications for a full-time Paralegal.

 

OVERVIEW

The Women’s Rights Project is part of the ACLU’s Center for Liberty, which is dedicated to the principle that we are all entitled to determine the course of our lives based on who we are and what we believe, free from unreasonable government constraint and baseless stereotypes.  The Center for Liberty encompasses the ACLU’s work on women’s rights, reproductive freedom, LGBT rights and the rights of people living with HIV, the rights of people with disabilities, and freedom of religion and belief.

Founded in 1972 by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Women's Rights Project (WRP) has been a leader in the legal battles to ensure women’s full equality in American society. WRP is dedicated to the advancement of the rights and interests of women and works to implement ACLU policy in the area of gender discrimination.  Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, WRP pushes for change and systemic reform in those institutions that perpetuate discrimination against women. WRP has been an active participant in virtually all of the major gender discrimination litigation in the Supreme Court and in significant communications and public education efforts on behalf of women and girls.

WRP focuses on women’s rights in the following priority areas: employment, education, and violence against women.

The Paralegal will be an integral part of the WRP team, will attend regular staff meetings and will have the opportunity to learn about women’s rights and the legal landscape for protecting them.

 

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

·        Respond to requests for legal assistance and ensure timely responses to inquiries

·        Cite-check, edit, format, produce and serve litigation documents, including briefs, memoranda, and correspondence

·        Draft, edit, and prepare declarations, discovery requests and responses, deposition summaries, and related materials, and review, organize, and maintain litigation and policy files

·        Conduct Internet and other factual research and collaborate with other WRP staff in preparing background memoranda on selected litigation and policy issues

·        Assist the WRP attorneys with legislative tracking and analysis

·        Collect and analyze social science and other research for use in litigation and policy presentations

·        Maintain and ensure the accuracy of WRP’s litigation docket, calendar, and timekeeping system

·        Assist in the development and maintenance of WRP’s website and other public information outlets

·        Act as liaison between staff attorneys and legal administrative assistants to disseminate work assigned by attorneys and provide routine and/or procedural guidance regarding work assignments

·        Provide administrative support for manager review of applications for legal administrative assistant and intern positions

·        Work jointly with interns and communicate routine and/or procedural guidance on projects assigned by managers

·        Work with other national ACLU projects, ACLU state affiliates nationwide, and allies

·        Work on special projects and other duties as assigned by the Director and staff attorneys

·        Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance

·        Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts

 

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

·        A Bachelor’s degree and one year of paralegal, or related experience, is preferred

·        Excellent research skills, including Internet research

·        Excellent communication skills, both verbal and writing

·        Must take initiative, be highly organized, detail-oriented and possess strong interpersonal and time-management skills

·        Strong computer skills with advanced knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite e.g. Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.  Basic knowledge of Westlaw is preferred

·        Experience creating tables of contents, tables of authorities, mail merges, and creating/inserting macros

·        Ability to work independently as well as within a team

·        Commitment to women’s rights and the ACLU’s mission to defend civil liberties and civil rights

 

COMPENSATION

Salary for this position is $53,474.  Excellent benefits package provided.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and the names of three references with contact information by email to  hrjobsWRP@aclu.org.  Reference Paralegal [WRP-13] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to the Women’s Rights Project posting. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address.

Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

 

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction.

The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: hrjobsincl@aclu.org.  Correspondence sent to this email address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed. Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.

The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU.”


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

HRJobsWRP@aclu.org
https://www.aclu.org/careers/paralegal-wrp-13-womens-rights-project-ny

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and the names of three references with contact information by email to  hrjobsWRP@aclu.org.  Reference Paralegal [WRP-13] in the subject line. 


Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to the Women’s Rights Project posting. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address.


Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.



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