Search

Job

Holistic Defense and Strategic Partnerships Research and Writing Associate

Posted by
New
|
Published 13 days ago

The Bronx Defenders (BxD) –  an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks a passionate associate with a commitment to social justice to fill a position as Holistic Defense and Strategic Partnerships (HDSP) Research and Writing Associate. 

The Bronx Defenders is a public defender non-profit that is radically transforming how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the legal system, and, in doing so, is transforming the system itself. BxD seeks thoughtful, creative, energetic individuals with a strong commitment to social justice to join our dynamic and diverse staff. Our staff of over 400 includes interdisciplinary teams made up of criminal, civil, immigration, and family defense attorneys, as well as social workers, benefits specialists, legal advocates, parent advocates, investigators, and team administrators, who collaborate to provide holistic advocacy to address the causes and consequences of legal system involvement. Through this integrated team-based structure, we have pioneered a groundbreaking, nationally-recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for our clients. 

Each year, we defend more than 20,000 low-income Bronx residents in criminal, civil, child welfare, and immigration cases, and reach thousands more through our community intake, youth mentoring, and outreach programs. Through impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community organizing, we push for systemic reform at the local, state, and national levels. We take what we learn from the clients and communities that we serve and launch innovative initiatives designed to bring about real and lasting change.

The HDSP Research and Writing Associate is a newly created position at BxD who will work across the organization to curate and research relevant information from the field and create written materials related to the issues that impact the clients we work with, holistic public defense practice, and our innovative model, initiatives, and practices. In order to best support our clients through our legal practices, this new role at BxD will be a resource to our advocates by (1) conducting, organizing, and providing staff with research that demonstrates the interconnectedness of poverty in our legal systems and the impact of our holistic model (2) working closely with the practices to create new written materials that demonstrate the impact of our holistic model or the needs of our clients. 

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with members of the Management, Policy, Impact Litigation, Systemic Reform, Strategic Partnerships, and Communication Teams to provide research and writing support that can be used in various publicly facing documents or materials;
  • Conduct research relevant to our work including The Bronx, the criminal, family, civil, and immigration legal systems, and public defense, to be be used to support grant proposals, hearing testimony, white-papers, and other written content the organization needs to advance its work;
  • Synthesize learning across the organization by creating and organizing relevant research papers, case studies, field scans/mappings both for internally and externally produced knowledge products;
  • Map and collect quantitative and qualitative information about BxD’s initiatives, projects, and practices;
  • Create compelling written products that capture the evolution and impact of our work that can be used to elevate our work to funders and external partners. 
  • Identify and/or create tools and resources to support effective and reflective distribution of information about our holistic defense model.

Qualifications

Candidates must demonstrate: 

  • Commitment to challenging systemic injustice and carceral systems 
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Effective communication and active listening skills
  • Experience working in and with racially and socioeconomically marginalized communities
  • Ability to effectively and respectfully communicate, collaborate and connect with people with various backgrounds, identities and experiences 
  • Ability to analyze complex issues and translate ideas and stories into written materials 
  • Strong research and writing skills 
  • Ability to compile data to construct compelling narratives  
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to receive feedback constructively, reflect and shift behavior accordingly
  • Commitment to raising one’s cultural consciousness and challenging oppressive practices on an interpersonal and institutional level

Salary is commensurate with experience. For candidates with 1 or 2 years of directly relevant experience, the salary range for this position would be between $50,000 and $55,000. Full-time employees are also eligible for a comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to medical, dental and vision coverage; a 403(b) plan with employer contribution; a generous vacation, sick leave, and parental leave policy. More specific information about salary and benefits will be provided when and if an offer is extended.

The Bronx Defenders (BxD) –  an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks a passionate associate with a commitment to social justice to fill a position as Holistic Defense and Strategic Partnerships…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Application Deadline
    August 13, 2021

Salary

$50,000 - $55,000

Benefits

Full-time employees are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to medical, dental and vision coverage; a 403(b) plan with employer contribution; a generous vacation, sick leave, and parental leave policy. More specific information about salary and benefits will be provided when and if an offer is extended.

Full-time employees are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to medical, dental and vision coverage; a 403(b) plan with employer contribution; a…

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Bronx, NY
Associated Location
360 East 161st Street, Bronx, NY 10451, United States

How to Apply

To apply, please visit our Career Portal at the link provided, select the position of interest and upload your resume and a cover letter in one document when prompted. If writing a cover letter is not accessible to you, you may upload your resume as a document and separately upload a video or audio statement instead of a cover letter if that is more accessible to you. Your cover letter or video/audio statement should share why you want to do this work at our office, some key lived and/or professional experiences that have prepared you for this position, and any additional information you would like for us to consider. This information allows us to understand your distinct perspective, experience, and potential beyond the work history summarized on your resume. Your cover letter may be up to one page if written or up to 3 minutes if an audio/video statement. Please remember that you may submit a written cover letter or an audio/video, but not both, and applications without either will not be considered. The start date for this position is immediate or as soon as possible.

To apply, please visit our Career Portal at the link provided, select the position of interest and upload your resume and a cover letter in one document when prompted. If writing a…

Join Idealist

Sign up today to save your favorite jobs and get email alerts when new ones are posted.