Legal Administrative Assistant [CLRP-22] - Criminal Law Reform Project

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

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

Published

10/29/2018

Address

New York
New York
United States

Description

Legal Administrative Assistant [CLRP-22] - Criminal Law Reform Project, NY

 

Office: National Offices, New York, NY

Location: New York

OCTOBER 29, 2018

 

Legal Administrative Assistant [CLRP-22]

AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION

Criminal Law Reform 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, 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, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, record of arrest or conviction.

The Criminal Law Reform Project in the ACLU’s National office in New York City is seeking applicants for the full-time position of Legal Administrative Assistant.

 

OVERVIEW

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; 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; challenging governmental abuses of power, particularly by police and prosecutors; 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.

The Project is part of the ACLU's Trone Center for Justice and Equality, which also includes the National Prison Project, the Capital Punishment Project, and the Racial Justice Program. The Center seeks to transform the U.S. criminal justice system into one that views incarceration as an option of last - not first - resort; that is effective, fair, and free of racial bias; that rejects death as a legitimate form of punishment; and that is evidence-based rather than fear-based.

 

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

·        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.

·        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.

·        Other general legal administrative assistant duties as assigned.

 

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

·        Bachelor’s Degree and/or 1-2 years of work experience preferred.

·        Experience providing administrative support preferred.

·        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.

·        Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office; familiarity with mail merges and spreadsheets preferred.

·        Commitment to public interest work and to civil liberties in particular.

 

COMPENSATION

Salary for this position is $52,703. Excellent benefits 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  hrjobsCLRP@aclu.org – reference [CLRP-22/ACLU-W] in the subject line.

Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address.  This email address is specific to the Criminal Law Reform 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 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.

 

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

Professional

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

HRJobsCLRP@aclu.org

Please submit letter of interest, current resume, names and telephone numbers of two references, and writing sample by email to  hrjobsCLRP@aclu.org – reference [CLRP-22/ACLU-W] in the subject line.


Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address.  This email address is specific to the Criminal Law Reform 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 the position is filled.



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