Position: Investigator

Terms of Employment: Full-Time

Salary Range: The NYCLU offers a competitive and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the NYCLU compensation scale

Location:  125 Broad Street, New York, N.Y.

Application deadline: May 10, 2019 (with applications considered as submitted and until the position is filled)

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation's leading advocates on behalf of constitutional rights and liberties.  Founded in 1951 as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, the NYCLU is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with more than 180,000 members and supporters, and eight offices statewide. We work in the courts, in the legislatures and on the streets to advocate for racial and economic justice, free speech, freedom of religion, privacy and equality before the law for all New Yorkers. For more information please visit our website: www.nyclu.org

Summary of Position: The NYCLU seeks an investigator who will have responsibility for investigating matters and gathering evidence in current or potential litigation and supporting local and statewide advocacy campaigns to advance and defend civil liberties. The successful candidate must be prepared to start between July 8 and July 15, 2019.

Examples of Previous Projects: Our investigator previously supported litigation challenging solitary-confinement practices, litigation challenging the inadequate funding of public-defender systems, litigation challenging the lack of bond hearings for immigrants under detention, litigation challenging the detention of immigrant children, and bail-reform litigation. 


Under the direction and supervision of the Legal Department, the investigator will have the following responsibilities:

  • Assist in developing and supporting litigation by investigating case matters, gathering evidence, doing non-legal background research and fact development, and presenting findings in memo form;
  • Conduct fact-finding interviews with clients, potential clients and witnesses in service of furthering litigation;
  • Draft summaries of interviews and maintain interview records, as well as draft affidavits and declarations based on such interviews;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with existing and potential clients and witnesses, coalitions, grassroots groups, advocacy organizations, and government agencies;
  • Assist in preparing clients and witnesses for upcoming testimony in a deposition, hearing, or trial or with interviews with media;
  • Assist in drafting FOIA and FOIL requests and other written work product;
  • Review FOIA, FOIL, and discovery documents in service of potential or ongoing litigation;
  • Support and help develop state-wide investigations with Chapter Directors from around the state;
  • As needed, will have opportunities to identify issues and develop independent projects.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree;
  • Fluency in Spanish;
  • Experience with client-centric work and conducting interviews;
  • Excellent client engagement skills and the ability to communicate and relate to persons from a diversity of backgrounds;
  • Excellent witness interview skills;
  • Excellent research skills;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Comfortable interviewing alone in jails, prisons, and other carceral settings;
  • Strong commitment to public interest advocacy and civil liberties;
  • Ability to manage time and tasks independently and under pressure;
  • Ability to manage multiple cases and meet deadlines;
  • Driver’s license and willingness to travel extensively within New York State; and
  • A minimum 2-year commitment to the position.

Previous experience as an investigator, investigative journalist, or organizer is preferred, but not required.  Broad experience with civil rights advocacy and client contact, including familiarity with the civil rights and advocacy organizations in New York, is preferred, but not required.  A familiarity with the New York legal system is also preferred, but not required.  Notary public license is a plus.

How to Apply:

E-mail your resume to apply.legal@nyclu.org  with “Investigator” in the subject line.  Please submit your resume and cover letter as one PDF document using the following document naming convention: Last Name, First Name.

Please submit a resume with a cover letter (up to two pages) describing:

  1. Your unique qualifications for this position
  2. Where or how you learned of this job posting

The NYCLU will accept applications until May 10th, or until the position is filled.  Applications will be accepted and reviewed immediately.

The NYCLU is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, gender identity, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or record of arrest or conviction. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and having a workforce that reflects the population that we serve.

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