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, 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.

The Digital Justice Fellow will work with LDF litigators, policy advocates, and organizers and assist in the development of litigation, legislation, and advocacy tools to critically examine and address the role of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data in the creation, maintenance, and furthering of racial inequality.

While TMI and LDF are interested in the impact of emerging technologies in Black communities across our core issue areas, our digital rights work has primarily addressed three priorities: 1) police surveillance technologies; 2) algorithmic discrimination as a barrier to economic justice; and 3) the impact of AI on Black political power. The Digital Justice Fellow will advance TMI and LDF’s racial justice and emerging technologies agenda by producing reports, briefs, and other written materials and working collaboratively within LDF to educate the public and to support our visionary advocacy work. Experience with racial bias analysis and with technology required. 

Responsibilities:

  •  Conduct background and investigative research on issues consistent with LDF program areas, organizational priorities and goals, including collecting, compiling, and analyzing statistical and other information from public and private sources and short-term and long-term research projects;  
  • Conduct research and monitor developments on civil rights and other issues relevant to the priority projects within SID and/or LDF’s advocacy from other departments as assigned;
  • Prepare for, and participate in, internal and external calls, meetings, conferences, and other convenings as directed; 
  • Assist LDF staff in preparing written reports, briefs, blogs, fact sheets, toolkits, and other public education materials;  
  • Occasional travel to communities where LDF has campaigns or is litigating or investigating cases to conduct on-site research (for example, in local libraries, courthouses, and archives); and
  • Other responsibilities as 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Demonstrated commitment to civil rights and racial justice work;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse communities;
  • Highly motivated and takes initiative; 
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills; 
  • Outstanding analytical skills, including comfort with analyzing complex issues and familiarity with interpreting data; 
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Outstanding research, writing, and oral communication skills;
  • Superb computer skills, including familiarity with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Westlaw, Lexis, Pacer, and ECF (familiarity with database systems and project management software a plus); 
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently;   
  • Willingness to learn and develop new skills and expertise; 
  • Resilient temperament in the face of urgent or unexpected demands; 
  • Ability to prioritize workload and complete tasks accurately and in a timely manner 

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.

The salary range for this position is $60,000 - $66,000. 

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.

Please note that LDF requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated 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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