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Employment Opportunities

  • Director of Communications/Media Strategist

    April 21, 2016

    The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice. LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has always been transformative: to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

    LDF’s litigation, public policy advocacy and public education programs in the areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system. 

    Position

    The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is seeking to hire a Director of Communications/Media Strategist. The Director will report to the President and Director-Counsel and the Associate Director-Counsel.  S/he will have the opportunity to build the Department and to develop a comprehensive communication plan for the organization. S/he will have primary responsibility for creating and managing a department responsible for developing strategies to support the public education mission of the LDF and for ensuring that LDF’s legal work is promoted in print, radio, television, electronic and social media. 

  • Senior Communications Strategist

    April 21, 2016

    The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization.  Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality.

    From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative -- to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

    LDF’s litigation, public policy advocacy and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system.

    LDF seeks a Senior Communications Strategist to help drive and support the Communications department activities internally and externally.  In addition to working closely with the Director of Communications on media relations, the Communications Associate will also work with Legal Department on message development and the Development department on fundraising initiatives.  The ideal candidate for this position will have a deep commitment to social and economic justice work and demonstrated experience with media strategy, social media, writing, media relations and project management.

  • Communications Associate

    April 21, 2016

    The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization.  Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality.

    From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative -- to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

    LDF’s litigation, public policy advocacy and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system.

    LDF seeks a Communications Associate to help drive and support the Communications department activities internally and externally.  In addition to working closely with the Director of Communications on media relations, the Communications Associate will also work with Legal Department on message development and the Development department on fundraising initiatives.  The ideal candidate for this position will have a deep commitment to social and economic justice work and demonstrated experience with media strategy, social media, writing, media relations and project management.

  • Policy Counsel

    April 21, 2016

    The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) seeks an experienced Policy Counsel to join its policy team. 

    LDF and the Thurgood Marshall Institute at LDF:

    LDF is the nation’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Since its founding under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall in 1940, LDF has been committed to transforming this nation’s promise of racial equity and justice into reality for all Americans.

    LDF uses litigation, public policy advocacy, organizing and public education programs to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair criminal justice system. 

    In 2015, LDF celebrated its 75th anniversary with the launch of the Thurgood Marshall Institute.  The Thurgood Marshall Institute at LDF is a collaborative hub within LDF that combines a multidisciplinary approach to advocacy with LDF’s traditional litigation strengths to advance a modern vision of racial justice.  The Institute’s goal is to advance racial equity, justice and a more inclusive democracy through research and public education, targeted advocacy and communication campaigns.

    Through the Thurgood Marshall Institute, LDF will have the ability to generate and integrate innovative research, organizing, advocacy, and communications aimed at educating the public and key decision makers. This added capacity will leverage LDF’s litigation expertise, advocacy experience and unique leadership role on matters of race, law, and policy to shape the narrative on racial justice and equity. Through targeted campaigns that attack entrenched problems of racial bias, the LDF Thurgood Marshall Institute will partner with local advocates to advance holistic strategies to achieve obtainable and lasting solutions on issues of criminal justice, political participation, education and economic opportunity.

    LDF seeks an experienced Policy Counsel to develop and implement the policy initiatives of the Thurgood Marshall Institute. 

  • Senior Research Fellow for Race and Policing Reform Campaign

    April 21, 2016

    The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) seeks an experienced Senior Research Fellow to advance its Race and Policing Reform Campaign. 

  • Database Information Coordinator

    April 21, 2016

    LDF is the nation’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Since its founding under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall in 1940, LDF has been committed to transforming this nation’s promise of racial equity and justice into reality for all Americans.

  • Senior Counsel

    April 21, 2016

    The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization.  Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. 

    From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative--to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

    LDF’s litigation, public policy advocacy and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system.

    Position

    LDF is looking to hire an experienced attorney to serve as Senior Counsel.

  • Director of Policy

    April 21, 2016

    The Director of Policy of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) will be responsible for managing LDF’s policy group and articulating and executing LDF’s policy initiatives. The Director of Policy will also serve as a member of LDF’s Senior Management Team and work closely with the newly created Thurgood Marshall Institute, a research and strategic communications hub within LDF.<--break->

  • Volunteer Research Assistant

    April 21, 2016

    The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is currently accepting applications from law graduates for the position of research assistant to the Associate Director Counsel in LDF’s New York Office.  This is an unpaid, part-time position.  The research assistant will be responsible for legal research, memorandum writing, factual investigation, administrative support, and a host of other needs that arise in LDF’s litigation and advocacy efforts in the areas of Education, Political Participation, Economic Justice and Criminal Justice. The research assistant will work closely with the Associate Director-Counsel on special legal and administrative projects, including assisting in the preparation of public education presentations, speaking engagements, and communications.  In addition, the research assistant will have the opportunity to participate in regular group discussions of LDF’s work, attend professional events, and interact with other LDF attorneys.