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 historic desegregation campaign that culminated in the victory of Brown v. Board of Education, ending de jure segregation, was unequivocally one of the most transformational milestones in the history of the United States. LDF has spent more than six decades fighting to realize the full promise of Brown and to elevate the quality of education experienced by African Americans. As a critical component of its strategy for education equity, since the early 1960s, LDF has conducted one or more scholarship programs for undergraduate and law school students.

In 2021, LDF took its effort to expand educational opportunities for African Americans to the next level, with the launch of the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program (MMSP). MMSP is an innovative scholarship and legal training program designed to produce a highly skilled cadre of racial justice attorneys committed to working in the Southern region of the United States. Unparalleled in its scope, MMSP will significantly increase the number of students LDF assists, expand the ways these students are supported and prepared, create a path for MMSP scholars to realize an exceptional, equal educational opportunity, and support and launch their careers as civil rights attorneys.

MMSP will seed the South with a cohort of well-trained and highly dedicated civil rights attorneys to provide superior legal representation to African American communities. It is LDF’s intent that the Program will provide pathways to leadership, self-sufficiency, and socio-economic progress. Moreover, LDF aims to develop individuals to become ambassadors and eventually advocates for transformational change in African American communities, bringing increased and much-needed resources to the South. By providing a broad range of support—financial, educational, and mentoring—the Program will offer a new generation of law students the opportunity to succeed and transcend barriers. The Program is a critical and ambitious investment toward building the pipeline for tomorrow’s civil rights leaders.

LDF seeks a Program Coordinator to support the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program (MMSP). This position reports to the MMSP Program Director (Director) on all assigned matters for MMSP, including communications, event coordination (virtual and in-person), recruiting, and reporting.

Responsibilities:

Program Coordination

  • Assists in the coordination of MMSP special events such as scholar receptions, conferences, and other events as planned;
  • Leads logistical arrangements for the MMSP Selection Committee, including communications, scheduling and coordinating meetings, preparing materials, and attending meetings;
  • Assists in preparing MMSP application materials;
  • Records information from MMSP applicants; prepare summaries; save and file application information in an organized, accessible way to facilitate review;
  • Prepares and sends correspondence to applicants and scholars;
  • Maintains up-to-date applicant and scholar information in database and coordinate information exchange with other departments, especially Development and Communications; and
  • Serves as a point of contact for prospective applicants, answers questions, and engages in follow up to ensure that no important application procedures or deadlines are missed. 

Marketing & Communications

  • Develops a comprehensive communications plan to engage internal and external stakeholders;
  • Serves as the liaison with internal and external communications partners to facilitate the design and development of MMSP marketing and communications tools and materials;
  • Promotes and communicates with scholars, including organizing their attendance at LDF events and trainings; assisting in the coordination of their internships and fellowships;
  • Updates the MMSP website as needed and ensures that updates are properly posted on LDF’s website and advertised on the Internet and social media;
  • Collaborates with the Communications department to develop and implement a digital and social media strategy; and
  • Creates and maintains a database of prospective and current students and/or potential candidates that are a good fit for the MMSP.

Administrative Support

  • Other responsibilities as assigned. 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s/JD preferred;
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience preferred;
  • Commitment to the racial justice mission of LDF;
  • Excellent writing, telephone and communications skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Possess excellent administrative, organizational and time management skills;
  • Possess excellent computer skills: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), social media, and internet research skills;
  • Demonstrate superior administrative and program support;
  • Must be highly motivated and have a commitment to civil rights;
  • A minimum of 50 wpm typing speed with high degree of accuracy;
  • The ability to work in a high paced environment; and
  • Flexibility with work schedule to meet the demands of a vital institutional support

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts or requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned. This description does not constitute a contract of employment and LDF may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.

Please note that LDF requires all employees to be fully vaccinated, including a booster shot against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated, including the booster shot against COVID-19, and submit proof of vaccination prior to the commencement of employment unless they qualify for a reasonable accommodation for bona fide medical or religious reasons.

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The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, medical condition or disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other protected status under federal, state, or local law.

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