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Education Policy Center

Deadline date

Rolling deadline until the position is filled. Applications will be accepted and reviewed immediately.

Terms of Employment: Regular Full-Time Exempt

Salary: $82,000 - $130,000 (Attorney Pay Scale)

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation's leading advocates on behalf of constitutional rights and liberties.  Founded in 1951, as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, the NYCLU is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with more than 180,000 members and supporters, and eight offices statewide. We work in the courts, in the legislatures and on the streets to advocate for racial and economic justice, free speech, freedom of religion, privacy and equality before the law for all New Yorkers. For more information please visit our website: www.nyclu.org.

Summary Description

The Education Counsel will report to the Deputy Director of NYCLU’s Education Policy Center, and work in in close coordination with the Legal and Policy departments on litigation and legislative matters. They will play a key role in the NYCLU’s mission to ensure all children have equal access to a fair, adequate and safe public education.  This position is based in New York City, with some travel required.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Play a lead role in the NYCLU’s program strategy on education issues including:
    • school desegregation
    • ending the school to prison and school to deportation pipeline
    • protecting student privacy
    • improving school climate
    • protecting the rights of students with disabilities
    • limiting the use of high stakes standardized testing
    • addressing public funding of religious schools
  • Significantly participate in the development and conduct of impact litigation;
  • Draft demand and advocacy letters, and public records requests;
  • Build and maintain partnerships with key allies in the education and civil rights fields, including government representatives, educators, and advocates across the country;
  • Draft public education materials, such as know your rights guides and public policy reports, on various education issues;
  • Represent the NYCLU in lobby visits, community events, coalition meetings, panels and rallies, media appearances, and government negotiations;
  • Prepare and deliver testimony at public and legislative hearings;
  • Manage and support education policy strategy for the NYCLU’s chapter offices;
  • Participate in strategic planning.


The ideal candidate for this position is an accomplished professional in the area of education policy and/or litigation. In addition to technical credibility, they must have strong written and oral communication, legal research and writing skills, and the ability to build partnerships among diverse constituencies. Fluency in a language in addition to English is welcome.

  • Must have a J.D. & be admitted to practice law in New York;
  • Must have either 4-6 years (mid-level) or 8+ years (senior level) of progressively responsible and directly relevant experience in education, public policy, or litigation;
  • Strong cultural competency;
  • Ability to work effectively under time constraints;
  • Classroom experience & fluency in languages other than English a plus;
  • Demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and civil rights.

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume via https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/217948/New-York-Civil-Liberties-Union-Foundation/Education-Counsel  

  • Cover letter that includes:
    • your unique qualifications and interest in this position
    • your preference for either the mid-level or senior education counsel position
    • your minimum salary requirements
  • Two writing samples, including one legal memo or brief

The NYCLU is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, gender identity, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or record of arrest or conviction. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and having a workforce that reflects the population that we serve.

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