job opening: Brennan Center Liberty & National Security Project Director Position

* job opening: Director, Liberty and National Security Project, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law

From NYU’s announcement:

Background: The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law seeks a Director for its Liberty and National Security (“LNS”) Project, an initiative of its Justice Program. The Project strives to ensure that our government’s response to terrorism conforms to the nation’s deepest Constitutional values. Building on our work on checks and balances and detention policy, we are expanding our efforts on government transparency and accountability, and domestic counterterrorism policies, particularly those that may lead to ethnic or religious profiling and undue invasions of privacy. We deploy policy analysis, research, scholarship, public education, convenings, counseling of officials and activists, legislative drafting and advocacy, and litigation. We publish reports and books; wage legislative advocacy campaigns; work with affected communities; and conduct litigation (including before the U.S. Supreme Court).

The Position: The Director develops and implements the Project’s overall vision and strategy, is deeply involved in substantive initiatives, and manages a team of attorneys, policy associates, research associates and consultants. In addition, the Director works closely with the Development Department to raise funds and with the Communications Department to coordinate public education and media strategies.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a law degree, an extensive background in issues involving the intersection of national security and civil liberties, and human rights, and a demonstrated commitment to pursuing justice. We seek a candidate with exceptional leadership and vision, and a broad array of skills including: excellent research, writing, and analytical ability; demonstrated skill as a litigator and/or policy advocate; outstanding communications and public speaking skills; a strong work ethic and capacity for juggling multiple responsibilities; ability to work with diverse clients, coalition members, and governmental officials; ability to fundraise; and demonstrated ability to supervise staff. Lawyers in public interest, private practice, government, journalism, academia, or the military are encouraged to apply. The job is located in New York or Washington, D.C.

The Brennan Center, an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, is strongly committed to diversity and welcomes applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations, including people who have been previously incarcerated.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Applications: Applications should be submitted by October 15, 2010 at . Please upload, as one document: a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and the names and phone numbers of three references.

The Center: The Center is a nonpartisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice. The Center has approximately 55 staff, including attorneys, researchers, and public affairs professionals. The Center operates offices in New York and in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit: .

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