Legal Administrative Assistant, Racial Justice Program

Job Type

Full Time


Details: $52,703




New York
New York
United States


Legal Administrative Assistant [RJP-07], Racial Justice Program, NY

Office: National Offices, New York, NY

Location: New York


AUGUST 6, 2018


Legal Administrative Assistant [RJP-07]

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Racial Justice Program, 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 ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, advancing racial justice, 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 and civil rights cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than one 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 Racial Justice Program, of the ACLU’s National office in New York City seeks applications for a full-time Legal Administrative Assistant.

The Racial Justice Program (RJP) attorneys and staff work on a broad range of racial justice issues, particularly in the areas of criminal justice, education and economic justice. In the area of criminal justice, we are dedicated to reducing the unwarranted and disproportionate targeting, arrest and incarceration of people of color. In the area of education, we seek to ensure that all children have access to quality education, regardless of race or ethnicity. Our economic justice work focuses on eliminating barriers to fair borrowing and eliminating policies and practices that criminalize poverty. Specifically, we have filed civil challenges relating to the inadequate provision of indigent criminal and juvenile defense, racial profiling and disparate educational opportunities. We have also advocated against the racially disproportionate imposition of incarceration and school discipline among people of color as well as economic policies which have a disproportionate impact on communities of color, such as predatory lending, seizure of property through unfair asset forfeiture polices and jailing indigent people because of their inability to pay court fines.

The Legal Administrative Assistant will provide clerical support to the RJP team, will attend regular staff meetings and will have the opportunity to attend staff meetings and learn about protecting the rights of communities of color.



·        Handle general clerical and administrative duties for the Project including processing invoices, tracking expenses and case costs, preparing expense reports, ordering supplies, etc.

·        Type, prepare, proofread and edit legal and other documents

·        Maintain and organize files

·        Draft correspondence and other materials as requested; respond to written and verbal inquiries

·        Conduct research including Internet research

·        Answer telephones, route calls, and take messages

·        Schedule meetings and conference calls; prepare materials and take minutes

·        Handle travel arrangements for staff

·        Fax, copy, mail and complete other general administrative tasks as assigned

·        Provide administrative support for manager review of applications for intern positions

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

·        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



·        Must possess strong administrative, organizational and time management skills

·        Must possess strong writing and proofreading skills

·        Must be detail oriented and adept at managing multiple tasks simultaneously

·        Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; excellent telephone manner 

·        Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Word, Excel, Outlook) and have experience with Internet research

·        Must be a self-starter, take initiative, and work well in a fast paced environment

·        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

·        Bachelor’s degree or 1-2 years related work experience preferred

·        Commitment to the mission of the ACLU



Salary for this position is $52,703. Generous benefits package provided.



Please send a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and the names of three references with contact information to:   Reference [RJP-07/ACLU] in the subject line.

Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to the Racial Justice Program posting.  In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials.


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

Applications will be accepted until the 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.  

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Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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