Legal Administrative Assistant [RFP-06]

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: COMPENSATION: Salary for this position is $52,703. Excellent benefit package provided.

Published

05/30/2018

Address

New York
New York
United States

Description

Legal Administrative Assistant [RFP-06]

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Reproductive Freedom 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 ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, advancing racial justice, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, preserving the right to vote or ensuring that people can access 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.

 

OVERVIEW

The Reproductive Freedom Project (RFP) of the ACLU’s National office in New York City seeks applicants for a full-time Legal Administrative Assistant.


The Project’s mission is to secure a world that respects and supports every person’s right to form intimate relationships and to decide whether and when to have a child, and where all people have the resources and tools to access the health care they need to effectuate these decisions. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, the ACLU strives to ensure that the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by some become the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by all. The ACLU is particularly committed to ensuring that individuals’ access to reproductive health care is not compromised because of their race, immigration or economic status, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability or where they live. Further, we recognize that people lead intersectional lives and believe that this work must be informed by broader racial and social justice considerations.


For four decades, the ACLU has been a leader in the efforts to reduce the shame and stigma around abortion and ensure that every person has access to safe, affordable abortion care in their communities. The ACLU has participated in nearly every reproductive rights case before the Supreme Court and in significant cases in federal and state courts too numerous to count. Below are just a few examples of current cases:


  • A challenge to the Trump Administration’s policy that bars immigrant minors like our client, Jane Doe, from obtaining abortions;
  • A federal constitutional challenge to Kentucky’s efforts to shut down the last abortion clinic in the state;
  • State constitutional cases seeking to restore Medicaid coverage for abortion in 2 states;
  • Federal constitutional challenges to abortions bans in 3 states;
  • Cases seeking to expand the availability and accessibility of abortion care; and 
  • A federal constitutional challenge to the Trump Administration’s attempt to roll back a rule requiring insurers to cover birth control.


The Reproductive Freedom Project is unique among reproductive rights organizations in that it works with the ACLU’s nationwide network of state affiliates as well as attorneys and advocates in the organization who specialize in areas such as immigrants’ rights, racial justice, LGBT rights, disability rights, and freedom of speech and religion.


The Legal Administrative Assistant will work with three or more professional staff from the Reproductive Freedom Project. They will attend regular staff meetings and will have the opportunity to learn about current threats to reproductive rights and justice and the legal landscape for challenging them. 

 

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Handle general clerical duties, including processing invoices, tracking expenses and case costs, generating expense reports, ordering supplies, etc.
  • Conduct research, including internet research.
  • Schedule meetings and conference calls, and prepare relevant material.
  • Handle travel arrangements.
  • Prepare, type, and proofread legal and other documents.
  • Maintain and organize electronic and hard copy filing systems.
  • Answer telephones, route calls and take messages.
  • Copy, mail and perform other clerical duties as assigned.
  • Provide administrative support for manager review of job applications.
  • 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.

 

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be able to take initiative and be extremely organized.
  • Strong organizational, time management and clerical/administrative skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; excellent telephone manner.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (e.g. Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.) and have experience with Internet research.
  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills.
  • Must be able to work independently as well as within a team.
  • An interest in civil liberties and reproductive rights is helpful.
  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or 1-2 years’ work experience preferred, but not required.

 

COMPENSATION

Salary for this position is $52,703. Excellent benefit package provided.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit letter of interest, current resume, names and telephone numbers of two references, and writing sample by email to hrjobsRFP@aclu.org. Reference [RFP-06/ACLU-W] in the subject line.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Please indicate where you learned of this job posting.


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 job 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, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, record of arrest or conviction, and veteran status.


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 address that is not related to 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

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

hrjobsrfp@aclu.org
https://www.aclu.org/careers/legal-administrative-assistant-rfp-06-reproductive-freedom-project-ny

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit letter of interest, current resume, names and telephone numbers of two references, and writing sample by email to hrjobsRFP@aclu.org. Reference [RFP-06/ACLU-W] in the subject line. Please indicate where you learned of this job posting. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.



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


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