- Legal Administrative Assistant [SPT-03], USA

Legal Administrative Assistant [SPT-03]
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, New York, NY

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, record of arrest or conviction.


The Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project (SPT) of the ACLU’S National Office in New York City seeks a Legal Administrative Assistant. The Legal Administrative Assistant will be a core member of the SPT team, will attend regular staff meetings, and will have the opportunity to learn about legal issues relating to speech, privacy, and technology.

The Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project is dedicated to protecting and expanding the First Amendment freedoms of expression, association, and inquiry; expanding the right to privacy and 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.


Maintain and organize professional and user-friendly office filing system.
Schedule meetings and conference calls, and prepare relevant materials.
Answer telephones, screen calls, and take messages.
Fax, copy, mail and complete other general administrative duties as assigned.
Handle travel arrangements.
Collect, analyze, and organize legal, factual, social science and other non-legal research for use in litigation documents and policy presentations; conduct searches on internal and external document databases and systems, cull relevant information from a variety of resources such as newspapers, magazines, libraries, case documents and trade associations.
Provide administrative support for manager review of applications for intern positions.
Work jointly with interns and communicate routine and/or procedural guidance on projects assigned by managers.
Handle special projects and other duties as assigned.
Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.


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.
Excellent research and writing skills.
Must take initiative, be highly organized and detail-oriented, and possess strong interpersonal and time-management skills.
Ability to work independently as well as within a team.
Basic knowledge of Access, Excel, WordPerfect and is preferred.
A commitment to assisting the ACLU in its mission to defend civil rights and civil liberties.
A demonstrated interest in human rights and civil liberties issues relating to free speech, privacy and technology.


Salary for this position is $49,486. Generous benefit package provided.


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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Reference [SPT-03/ACLU-W] in the subject line. Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.

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Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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 description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

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.

The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

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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.”

Job posted on 3rd November 2017
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