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Counsel, Democracy Program

  • Job
    Mid Level
  • Government & Politics
  • New York City


  • Required. The position requires a J.D. The position also requires direct experience working on Capitol Hill or in the Executive Branch.
  • Ideal. The ideal candidate will have some combination of the following experiences and qualifications. We recognize that many excellent candidates may not have all these experiences and qualifications and we will provide support for the successful candidate to acquire additional skills.
  • A minimum of three years’ work experience.
  • Experience with federal policymaking, including anticipating and handling the day-to-day needs of advocacy campaigns.
  • Comfort working with think tank research and experts.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and sound judgment, including the ability to collaborate productively with diverse stakeholders both inside and outside the organization.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize effectively in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • A creative, problem-solving mindset with demonstrated ability to turn ideas into action.
  • Excellent legal research, writing, and analytic skills.
  • Experience working with civil rights, immigrant rights, or good government organizations, or community-based groups in a legal or non-legal capacity.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • A growth mindset that seeks and applies constructive feedback.


  • Advocating with federal policymakers, including direct communications with policymakers and strategy development with team members and allied organizations.
  • Assisting with the development and execution of advocacy campaigns.
  • Advising policy staff on successful federal affairs strategies and tactics.
  • Mastering organization policy positions and translating them for a general, non-legal audience.
  • Supporting senior leaders testifying before Congress.
  • Contributing to productive and collegial work within the team and across departments, including administration, recruitment, communications, and development.
  • Taking on special projects and other duties as assigned, potentially including related writing for public and legislative audiences.

We are a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice.

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Mission & Purpose

The Brennan Center for Justice is a non-partisan law and policy institute that focuses on improving systems of democracy and justice. They conduct research, advocacy, and litigation to protect voting rights, ensure fair representation, and promote justice reform. Their aim is to strengthen democracy, advance equal justice, and safeguard the fundamental freedoms that underpin the United States' democratic system. By addressing pressing issues through innovative solutions, the Brennan Center seeks to create a fairer, more inclusive, and more equitable society.

Culture & Values

  • Drive Visionary Goals through a Pragmatic Approach

    We strive to reform our systems of democracy and justice by delivering clear-minded and independent analysis. We earn trust in our professional expertise through rigorous research and a focus on facts. Realizing durable change takes time, so we always keep in mind the long-term impact of our initiatives. We set achievable goals with tangible outcomes, and reach them through practical, solutions-driven methods.

  • Promote Openness & Accessibility

    We produce our best outcomes by leveraging diverse experiences and perspectives. We foster an internal culture that is equitable and rooted in dignity and respect. Historically marginalized communities suffer most from the problems we seek to solve, and colleagues that reflect those communities enrich our work. We welcome all staff and external contributors at the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, age, ability, religion, and socioeconomic status. By exercising multidisciplinary thinking, we aim to generate ideas that are accessible and relevant to our teams and the broader multiethnic American public.

  • Nurture Growth & Excellence

    We foster a spirit of curiosity and inquiry, adapting to new information, taking ambitious risks, and learning new skills that will develop us professionally and personally. We exercise creativity and innovation in alignment with our mission, constantly advancing both the organization and ourselves.

  • Cultivate Meaningful Teamwork & Collaboration

    Collaboration and teamwork are essential to growing and sustaining our development. We strive to build trusting bonds through mutual accountability and communication that is inclusive and transparent. We reinforce these bonds with unwavering kindness, humility, flexibility, and empathy across all teams. We make decisions through a balance of thoughtful feedback, respectful candor, and careful consideration of all points of view.