Legal Administrative Assistant [HRp-01]
American Civil Liberties Union - New York, NY

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Legal Administrative Assistant [HRp-01]

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Human Rights Program, NY

For more than 93 years, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU ) has been at the forefront of virtually every major battle for civil liberties and equal justice in this country. Principled and nonpartisan, the ACLU has offices in all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, and brings together the country's largest team of public interest lawyers, lobbyists, communication strategists, members and activists in the advancement of equality, fairness, and freedom, especially for the most vulnerable in our society.

The Human Rights Program (HRP) of the ACLU'S National office in New York City is seeking a Legal Administrative Assistant .


The ACLU Center for Democracy works to strengthen democratic institutions and values, including the values of government transparency and accountability, and to reinforce the United States' commitment to human rights and the rule of law. The Center for Democracy houses the ACLU's Human Rights Program, which works to ensure that the U.S. government complies with universal human rights principles in addition to the U.S. Constitution.

The Program uses human rights strategies to complement existing ACLU legal and legislative advocacy primarily in the areas of immigrants' rights, national security, women's rights, prisoners' rights, criminal law reform, and racial justice. It conducts human rights documentation and related advocacy to combat human rights violations in the U.S., and it engages in advocacy and litigation before U.S. courts and international bodies, including the United Nations and regional human rights bodies (such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights).

  • Maintain professional and user-friendly office filing system.
  • Schedule meetings and conference calls, and prepare relevant material.
  • Answer telephones, screen calls and take messages.
  • Fax, copy, mail and complete other general administrative duties as assigned.
  • Prepare, proofread and edit legal and other documents.
  • Handle travel arrangements.
  • Conduct Internet and other factual research.
  • Bachelor's degree or 2 years related experience is preferred.
  • Must have excellent organizational skills and be detail-oriented.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) and have experience with Internet research.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong research and writing skills.
  • Must be able to work independently as well as within a team.
  • A demonstrated interest in international human rights framework is preferred.
  • Commitment to assisting the ACLU in its mission to defend civil liberties and human rights.
  • Fluency in Spanish is preferred but not required.

Salary for this position is $41,586. Excellent benefits package provided.


Please submit a letter of interest, a current resume, the names and telephone numbers of two references, and a writing sample to - Reference [HRp-01/ID] in the subject line . Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to Human Rights Program postings. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials.

Alternatively, applications can be mailed to:

Human Resources Department

RE: [ HRp-01 /ID]

American Civil Liberties Union

125 Broad Street, 18 th Floor

New York, NY 10004

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.

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, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.

We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: . Correspondence sent to this 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."

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