Location: Washington, D.C. or Remote
Supervisor: Director of Law Enforcement Accountability
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) is the preeminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing. NACDL envisions a society where all individuals receive fair, rational, and humane treatment within the criminal justice system. The Association’s mission is to serve as a leader, alongside diverse coalitions, in identifying and reforming flaws and inequities in the criminal justice system, and redressing systemic racism, and ensuring that its members and others in the criminal defense bar are fully equipped to serve all accused persons at the highest level. NACDL is a professional bar association founded in 1958 with thousands of direct members in 28 countries – and 90 state, provincial and local affiliate organizations totaling up to 40,000 attorneys – including private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, military defense counsel, law professors, and judges committed to preserving fairness and promoting a fair, rational, and humane criminal justice system.
NACDL’s Full Disclosure Project aims to disrupt the culture of secrecy that shields law enforcement misconduct by changing police secrecy laws and empowering the defense community to track police misconduct. We are looking for a Project Coordinator to function as the main point of contact for defense organizations (“sites”) interested in receiving NACDL support to set up a database application to track police misconduct. The Project Coordinator will be responsible for engaging in outreach to potential sites, evaluating applications for NACDL assistance, and preparing sites for our engagement. They will also be responsible for creating a resource library and assisting in jurisdiction-specific research.
Essential Functions & Responsibilities:
- Conduct outreach to potential partners, defender organizations and community groups
- Evaluate, triage, and track applications for the project’s assistance
- Provide project and application demonstrations and be available to answer site questions
- Remain in close contact with future sites, providing updates as the project progresses and preparing them for NACDL assistance
- Conduct research on project sites, including information relating to defender operations and relevant laws and policies relating to the accessibility of police misconduct data
- Identify potential sources of local, state, and national misconduct data
- Develop and maintain a library of resources and guidance materials for sites and the public
- Assist in establishing a network between current and future sites, NGOs, and other related organizations
- Manage discussion groups, community groups and networking between organizations
- Engage with any parties interested in supporting or volunteering with the project and manage volunteer projects and pro bono support
- Organize national conferences/meetings/workshops for practitioners
Education, Experience and Competencies:
- Bachelor’s degree preferred
- 3-5 years of prior administrative experience required
- Excellent organizational and communication skills
- Strong commitment to social justice and the mission of the project is required
- Proficiency in legal research and understanding of criminal defense function a plus
- Experience working with databases or computer science a plus
- Ability and willingness to learn more about the technical aspects of project
- Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively and respectfully with others in multicultural teams, across organizational boundaries and multiple time zones
- Ability to manage competing priorities and rapid-response demands
Benefits and Application Process:
This position is based at NACDL’s Washington, D.C. office, but may be completed remotely. The salary range is $40,000 - $45,000, commensurate with experience. NACDL employees enjoy a generous benefits package including subsidized health, dental and vision insurance, company-paid life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, a pre-tax commuting subsidy, a 401(k) plan with generous company contributions, paid time off, and paid holidays.
To apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (3-5 pages) to email@example.com with “Full Disclosure Project Coordinator” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Position is open until filled, and prospective candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
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