Location

Upstate New York

Deadline date

Friday, August 16, 2019 (with applications considered as submitted and until the position is filled).
Terms of Employment: Full-Time, One Year Project, salaried 
 
Salary: Subject to the NYCLU’s salary scale and commensurate with experience and qualifications  
 
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: 

The NYCLU is currently advocating to expand the rights of New Yorkers with opioid use disorder (“OUD”) to receive medication-assisted treatment (“MAT”). Though widely regarded as a vital component of medical care for OUD. MAT is often denied to people with OUD, particularly those involved in the criminal justice system, often with devastating consequences. 
 
Working at the direction of attorneys in the NYCLU’s Legal Department, the investigator’s primary responsibility would be to interview people with OUD, law enforcement, advocacy groups, and treatment providers in upstate New York.  
 
Travel throughout New York State is required in this role and the investigator would ideally be based in upstate New York. The NYCLU will provide an internet-equipped laptop to the investigator and most of the investigator’s work would take remotely, with access to workspace in the NYCLU’s seven regional chapter offices as available. 
 

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

 
  • Assist in developing and supporting advocacy and litigation by investigating availability of MTA throughout the State, conducting non-legal background research and fact development, and presenting findings in memo form;
  • Conduct fact-finding interviews with people with OUD, law enforcement, advocacy groups and others in service of furthering advocacy and litigation;
  • Draft summaries of interviews and maintain interview records, as well as draft affidavits and declarations based on such interviews;  

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS: 

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree;
  • Experience with client-centric work and conducting interviews;
  • Excellent client engagement skills and the ability to communicate and relate to persons from a diversity of backgrounds; 
  • Excellent witness interview skills;
  • Excellent research skills;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Comfortable interviewing alone in jails, prisons, and other carceral settings;
  • Strong commitment to public interest advocacy and civil liberties; 
  • Ability to manage time and tasks independently and under pressure; 
  • Ability to manage multiple cases and meet deadlines; 
  • Cultural competency with respect to disability, including opioid use disorder; 
  • Driver’s license and access to a vehicle;
  • Willingness to work remotely and travel extensively within New York State; and 
  • A 1-year commitment to the position.  

Preferred qualifications:

  • Previous experience as an investigator, investigative journalist, or organizer;
  • Broad experience with civil rights advocacy and client contact, including familiarity with civil rights and advocacy organizations in New York; and
  • Familiarity with New York’s criminal justice system. 

HOW TO APPLY: 

 
E-mail your resume to apply.legal@nyclu.org with “Special Project Investigator” in the subject line.   
 
Please submit a resume with a cover letter (up to two pages) describing:
  1. Your unique qualifications for this position
  2. Where or how you learned of this job posting 
Applications will be accepted and reviewed immediately. The NYCLU may fill more than one position through this posting. Qualified candidates may be asked to submit additional information, including performance samples and references from people they have worked with in the past. 
 
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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