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Impact Associate/Paralegal

​Protect Democracy is seeking a highly motivated individual to join the team as an Impact Associate/Paralegal. While the Impact Associate/Paralegal will be expected to fulfill a core paralegal role, a significant portion of the position’s responsibilities will consist of project management, communications, and policy advocacy work. Enthusiasm to learn and carry out a wide array of responsibilities, including paralegal duties, is required. Location is flexible.

The Impact Associate/Paralegal will be responsible for:

  • Helping to manage the work of our project teams to ensure they stay on schedule and deliver the outputs we need to achieve our mission
  • Cite-checking, fact-checking, and proofreading Protect Democracy court filings and public reports, letters, and other public-facing documents
  • Supporting litigation by managing document systems, creating and maintaining systems for tracking correspondence and deadlines, preparing and conducting court filings, helping attorneys prepare for court appearances and other proceedings, drafting correspondence, and interacting with a wide array of outside actors (including opposing counsel and courts)
  • Conducting research related to legislation, congressional oversight, communications, litigation, and policy advocacy work
  • Updating and contributing to content for Protect Democracy’s website
  • Preparing, submitting, and tracking Freedom of Information Act requests; drafting and assisting attorneys with filing Freedom of Information Act complaints
  • Drafting communications materials including press releases, media advisories, op-eds, tweets, talking points, outreach emails, and blog posts
  • Proposing and leading projects to advance Protect Democracy’s mission

Requirements

  • A passionate commitment to the preservation of democratic norms and institutions
  • Rigorous attention to detail and the highest standards for excellence in execution
  • Strong writing, research, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Ability to track, prioritize, and balance an assortment of ongoing responsibilities while anticipating the needs of staff
  • Affinity for team collaboration and comfort with managing others, including more senior staff
  • Nimbleness and an ability to perform in a rapid-paced environment
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability and willingness to quickly learn new research, communications, policy, and project management skills and processes
  • Ability and willingness to learn legal citation rules, legal document formatting, and rules and processes for filing cases and pleadings in federal and state courts
  • Comfort working in a start-up environment and having an entrepreneurial mindset; doing whatever is necessary to build the organization and support your own work
  • Comfort with an open and transparent culture with constant feedback up, down, and sideways
  • A healthy mix of idealism, sophistication, and practicality, coupled with personal kindness and generosity of spirit

About Protect Democracy

  • Competitive pay and phenomenal benefits. All positions are full-time and offer a salary and benefits that are commensurate with experience and designed to be at the leading edge of competitiveness for the social justice and non-profit sector. While we cannot match for-profit sector salaries, our intent is to not make finance a bar to people who want to do this work on the theory that paying for top talent will result in greater impact towards our mission. For example, our benefits package includes: three months of paid parental leave, a 401k plan in which we match employee contributions dollar for dollar up to 6% of salary, and full coverage for an excellent health care plan.
  • Commitment to a diverse workplace. Protect Democracy is an equal opportunity employer. Our culture principles emphasize that there is strength in diversity as we believe diverse teams are more innovative, creative, and productive. Protect Democracy encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.
  • Ample opportunities for personal & professional development. At Protect Democracy, we invest in our staff, and that includes fostering connections between members of the team and providing opportunities for training and continued education. Candidates who do not meet all listed criteria should still apply, as our organizational structure focuses on providing mentorship and opportunities for professional growth.
  • Open to applicants from all over the country. Location requirements are flexible. The only requirement is that your location be one that allows you to complete the demands of the position and mission. We currently have staff in DC, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Virginia, North Carolina, Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area. We offer shared workspaces in those locations for those who enjoy working in an office environment.

To apply: Please send a cover letter and résumé as a single PDF to jobs@protectdemocracy.org with the position you are applying for in the subject line followed by your last name.

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