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

LDF’s litigation, policy advocacy, organizing, 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 Research and Intake Associate to manage the process of responding to requests for assistance and to support LDF’s advocacy efforts. Primary responsibilities will pertain to supporting and maintaining LDF’s processing of requests for assistance. The research and intake associate may also be called-upon to support LDF’s legal, policy, and public education work. This position reports to a senior attorney at LDF.

The successful candidate will be required to report to work in the office location assigned to this position, as responsibilities include reading and responding to physical mail.


  • Process, review, and respond to requests for assistance;
  • Compile and maintain a list of potential resources for individuals requesting assistance;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with referral network;
  • Conduct research, and monitor developments relevant to LDF’s advocacy, as necessary;
  • Occasional travel to communities where LDF is litigating or investigating cases, to conduct on-site research, for example in local libraries, courthouses, and archives; and
  • Other responsibilities as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences or humanities;
  • Demonstrated commitment to civil rights and racial justice work;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse communities;
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Outstanding research, writing, and oral communication skills; and
  • Proficiency with PACER, Westlaw, Word, Excel, and other relevant

Salary Range: $60,000-$66,000

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.

LDF offers a rich platform of benefits including medical (Empire), dental (Cigna), vision (NVA), flexible spending accounts (Flex Facts), transit/commuter plan, life insurance, AD&D, voluntary life & AD&D (UNUM), AFLAC, Employee Assistance Plan, and Health Advocate. As well as the many healthcare benefits, LDF offers a 403b plan with employer match, and a robust vacation, sick, and personal time program to ensure employees have a healthy work-life balance.

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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.