Public Policy Associate or Counsel

Washington, DC
Full Time
Exp.: 1 - 4 Years
The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law seeks an energetic, passionate, and creative Public Policy Associate or Counsel—reporting to the Director of the Washington Office and the Senior Legislative Counsel—to help broaden the Brennan Center’s reach, influence, and impact in Congress and the Executive Branch.

The Center—part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting edge communications hub—is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve systems of democracy and justice within the United States. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. The Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving constitutional protections in the fight against terrorism.

Members of Congress and their staff, allies, and political leaders from across the political spectrum rely on our experts and research. Our policy proposals have been embraced by political leaders from both parties. Center staff appear widely in the media, testify at committee hearings, host and participate in Hill briefings, and help draft legislation. The Center’s work is routinely cited on newspaper front pages and in editorials, on television and radio, and in new media, including in the DC market.

We now aim to deepen our reach among congressional members and their staff, and increase our impact in the nation’s capital. This is a newly conceived position in the Brennan Center’s growing Washington Office, which will require the incumbent to work closely with staff in the Center’s Washington and New York offices.

Core responsibilities:
Assist the Senior Legislative Counsel in all aspects of the Brennan Center’s federal legislative efforts. Those activities include, but are not limited to:
  • working with NY and DC program staff to advance priorities on Capitol Hill,
  • staffing and attending briefings and hearings,
  • advocacy and direct lobbying,
  • fielding Hill inquiries across a range of Brennan Center work, and
  • monitoring legislation and hearings.
  • Assist the Washington Office Director in preparing for media appearances and other public engagements, including speechwriting and advance work.
  • Work with Washington staff in planning, organizing, developing, and executing events and convenings to build support for the Center’s legislative goals.
  • Represent the Center at a range of coalition meetings.
  • Assist Washington staff with operations-related work, as needed.

The ideal candidate would have:
  • One to four years of political, public policy and/or advocacy experience
  • Ideally, experience in the democracy, criminal justice, and/or national security/civil liberties realms and a passion for those areas.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Team player with excellent interpersonal skills; proven ability to develop strong relationships and work with ideologically diverse groups.
  • Hardworking with a sense of humor.
  • A graduate degree (especially law or public policy) and/or Hill experience a plus, but not required.

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