Legal Administrative Assistant [SPT-05]
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Center for Democracy, 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, and members and activists in the advancement of equality, fairness, and freedom, especially for the most vulnerable in our society.
The Center for Democracy (CFD) of the ACLU'S National office in New York City is seeking a full-time Legal Administrative Assistant .
The ACLU's Center for Democracy works to strengthen democratic values, promote human rights and ensure government accountability. The Center for Democracy includes the National Security Project, the Human Rights Program and the Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. The Legal Administrative Assistant will support the Human Rights Program and Speech, Privacy and Technology Project .
The Human Rights Program (HRP) is dedicated to holding the U.S. government accountable to its international human rights obligations and commitments. 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).
The Speech, Privacy and Technology Project is dedicated to protecting and expanding the First Amendment freedoms of expression, association, and inquiry. It is also dedicated to expanding the right to privacy, increasing the control that individuals have over their personal information; and ensuring that civil liberties are enhanced rather than compromised by new advances in science and technology. The Project is currently litigating cases and conducting other advocacy efforts on a variety of issues, including political protest, freedom of expression online, privacy of electronic information, journalists' rights, scientific freedom, and openness in the courts.
The Legal Administrative Assistant position will support the work of the Human Rights Program and the Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. The Legal Administrative Assistant will be afforded the opportunity to learn about current threats to domestic human rights, free speech, privacy and the implications for civil liberties of new technology. S/he will also have the opportunity to support ACLU's work to strengthen democratic institutions and values. This includes the values of government transparency and accountability, and reinforcing and upholding the United States commitment to international human rights and the rule of law.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Maintain professional and user-friendly office filing system.
Schedule meetings and conference calls.
Answer telephones, screen calls, and take messages.
Fax, copy, mail and complete other general administrative duties as assigned.
Prepare, proofread and edit legal documents.
Cite-check briefs and memoranda.
Conduct internet and other factual research.
Prepare background memoranda on selected policy issues.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelor's degree or 2 years related administrative 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 domestic human rights and civil liberties issues is preferred.
Commitment to assisting the ACLU in its mission to defend civil liberties and human rights.
Salary for this position is $41,586. Generous benefits package provided.
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a letter of interest, a current resume, the names and telephone numbers of two references, and a writing sample (1-2 pages) to firstname.lastname@example.org . Reference [SPT-05/ID] in the subject line . Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to Speech, Privacy and Technology 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
American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street, 18 th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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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.
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