NACDL is the preeminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing. A professional bar association founded in 1958, NACDL's many thousands of direct members in 28 countries – and 90 state, provincial and local affiliate organizations totaling up to 40,000 attorneys – include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, military defense counsel, law professors and judges committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal justice system. For more information about our organization, please visit www.nacdl.org.
Working with a broad cross-section of system stakeholders and NACDL policy staff, responsibilities will include coordinating local, regional, and national events around criminal justice issues.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities Include:
- Assist in organizing events to promote criminal justice reform, including lobby days, town hall meetings, webinars, and awareness around Second Chance Month.
- Assist in coordinating NACDL’s community expungement fairs, including recruiting partners, securing event facilities, securing pro bono attorneys, advertising, and other event logistics.
- Assist in planning and executing training events, including developing agendas, recruiting presenters and attendees, securing event facilities, coordinating travel, tracking expenditures and processing reimbursements.
- Help develop and maintain web-based materials used by criminal justice professionals and the public.
- Assist in the creation of multi-media educational materials, including the development of video content, web-based interactive learning materials, infographics, and toolkits.
- Provide administrative support for grant-related activities.
- Gather and evaluate quantitative and qualitative data relating to public defense projects.
- Assist in identifying new partners and opportunities for community engagement to further NACDL’s policy priorities.
Qualifications and Experience:
Qualified candidates will possess strong organizational skills and be comfortable with learning and using new technology. Ideal candidates will have a demonstrable interest in criminal or social justice issues either through professional experience, academic studies, or community activities.
Other necessary qualifications include:
- Associate’s or bachelor’s degree
- Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously
- Attention to detail
- Some experience with event planning preferred
- Adaptability when dealing with unexpected difficulties
- Ability to cultivate relationships with a broad cross-section of criminal justice system stakeholder groups
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
- Willing and able to travel domestically
- Proficient with Microsoft Office, especially Excel and PowerPoint
- Strong oral and written communications skills
- Adept at social media
Benefits and Application Process:
This position is based at NACDL’s Washington, D.C. office, conveniently located near several downtown Metro stations. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. NACDL employees enjoy a generous package of employee benefits, including subsidized health, dental and vision insurance, company-paid life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, a pre-tax commuting subsidy, a 401(k) plan with generous company contributions, paid time off and paid holidays.
To apply: Send cover letter, resume and writing sample (3-5 pp.) to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Special Projects Assistant” in the subject line. Applicants are also asked to provide a realistic statement of their salary expectation, as well as indicate their start date. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Position open until filled, and prospective candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
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