New York Civil Liberties Union, 125 Broad Street, NY, NY 10004 (Remote position for an extended period of time due to COVID-19)

Deadline date

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be considered until hiring is complete

Contract/Part-time up to 10 hours/week May-August 2021


Hourly, Commensurate with experience

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.

DEI Vision Statement

The NYCLU affirmatively values the humanity and contributions of those we work with, inside and outside of the organization; and will take action to build and sustain an equitable, anti-racist culture that centers the voices and experiences of marginalized and directly impacted people and communities, and an organizational environment where all people feel valued, trusted, and respected. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and having a workforce that reflects the population that we serve and actively recruit people of color, women, people with disabilities, formerly incarcerated people, and LGBTQ and gender non-conforming people.

Summary Description

The NYCLU seeks a law graduate for a 40-hour research consultancy during May- August 2021. The research consultant will engage in policy and legal research and writing to support the Executive Director and Executive Counsel on civil rights and civil liberties legal and policy advocacy, primarily, but not exclusively regarding education. 

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Conduct legal, social science and policy research relevant to school governance, with particular reference to East Ramapo Central School District, and other civil rights and civil liberties issues under the supervision of the Director and Executive Counsel or their designee.
  • Draft and edit legal research and memos and legislative analyses as needed
  • Communicate by email and or telephone to provide updates on the work.
  • Participate in meetings as needed.
  • Produce a final exit memo.



  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated experience with legal research tools and legal writing;
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills, with the ability to efficiently manage multiple projects simultaneously with consistency and accuracy;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the NYCLU’s mission and goals;
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively;
  • JD required (admission to the NY Bar not required for this position);

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter that includes your unique qualifications for this position, where or how you learned of this job posting, and a recent writing sample that is wholly your own unedited work via https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/571066/New-York-Civil-Liberties-Union-Foundation/Executive-Policy-and-Legal-Research-Assistant. If feasible, please submit these materials as a single PDF.

The NYCLU is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, sex, gender identity or expression, age, disability, religion, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and having a workforce that reflects the population that we serve.

The NYCLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail ldecicco@nyclu.org.  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.