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American Civil Liberties Union

Published 12 days ago


The ACLU seeks a full-time position of Legal Administrative Assistant in the Criminal Law Reform Project of the ACLU’s National office in New York, NY

The Criminal Law Reform Project seeks an end to excessively harsh crime policies that result in mass incarceration and criminalization and stand in the way of a just, equal, and humane society. To reduce the number of people entering the criminal punishment system, CLRP focuses on preventing over-incarceration and over-criminalization at the “front end” of that system. We fulfill our mission through strategic litigation and advocacy that promotes reform. Key priorities are creating robust statewide indigent defense systems to ensure that people charged with a crime have access to effective assistance of counsel; ending unnecessary and unjust pretrial detention through bail reform and other abusive pretrial practices; reforming unconstitutional and racially biased police practices; challenging prosecutorial and judicial abuses of power that result in or enable regressive and unconstitutional practices; reforming our nation’s punitive drug policies, which have failed to achieve public safety and health while eroding constitutional rights and criminalizing unprecedented numbers of people, particularly people of color; and reclaiming equal protection of the laws and guaranteeing substantive and procedural due process protections at each stage of the arrest-to-sentencing process of criminal cases. CLRP works closely with the ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice, which collaborates with partners to build a movement for social change, promote racial justice, and win state-based reforms needed to cut the size of our nation’s incarcerated population by 50 percent.

Reporting to the Project Director the Legal Administrative Assistant will be responsible for providing administrative support to the legal project.


  • Handle general administrative duties including processing invoices, tracking expenses and case costs, preparing expense reports, ordering supplies, etc.
  • Respond to written and verbal inquiries
  • Schedule and arrange meetings and conference calls and prepare materials for same
  • Handle travel arrangements and calendar for Director and other staff
  • Type, prepare, proofread and edit legal and other documents
  • Maintain and organize electronic and hard copy filing systems
  • 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
  • Handle special projects and other duties as assigned


  • Strong research skills, including Internet research, required
  • Must possess strong organizational and administrative skills and the ability to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal; strong interpersonal skills
  • An ability to work independently as well as within a team while maintaining a high level of efficiency and professionalism
  • Commitment to public interest work and to civil liberties in particular
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
  • 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, disability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts


  • Bachelor's Degree and/or 1-2 years of work experience preferred
  • Experience providing administrative support
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office; familiarity with mail merges and spreadsheets preferred


Salary for this position is $62,871. Excellent benefits package provided.


For 100 years, the ACLU has worked 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, 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.

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 all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.


The ACLU seeks a full-time position of Legal Administrative Assistant in the Criminal Law Reform Project of the ACLU’s National office in New York, NY

The Criminal Law Reform Project seeks an end to excessively harsh crime…

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New York, NY

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