Terms of Employment: Full-time, salaried

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

Application deadline:  March 29, 2019 (applications will be considered as received 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 civil 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 


The NYCLU seeks a highly experienced attorney to help support and manage a growing and dynamic litigation team of over twenty people. Working under the supervision of the Legal Director, the Deputy Legal Director also will be responsible for supervising the work of NYCLU senior staff attorneys, staff attorneys, and legal fellows and will be expected to play a leadership role in the NYCLU. The NYCLU may hire two deputy legal directors as part of this process.

The NYCLU’s Legal Department is comprised of seventeen lawyers, an investigator, three paralegals, a data analyst, and a legal assistant. Legal Department staff work on a wide range of civil rights and civil liberties cases in federal and state courts and in administrative tribunals. They also support the legislative, advocacy, and communications work of the NYCLU.


  • Assume significant responsibility for management of the legal department, including supervision of senior staff attorneys and other staff and for design and implementation of systems to promote equity, opportunity, and accountability;
  • Supervise a wide range of federal, state, and administrative litigation, including complex, class-action litigation and cases undertaken with the national ACLU, with other advocacy organizations, and with cooperating attorneys;
  • Play a leading role in strategic planning of the programmatic work of the legal department and of the NYCLU;
  • Play a leading role in the advocacy work of the legal department, which includes working with the NYCLU’s advocacy, legislative and communications departments; working with NYCLU offices around New York; and working with other advocacy organizations and elected officials; presenting testimony before legislative bodies and administrative agencies; participating in public education on civil liberties issues by speaking at public events and publishing articles and essays; and
  • Participate in the mid-level management of the NYCLU, which includes being responsible for programmatic and operational initiatives across the organization.


  • Demonstrated ability to manage, support, and develop a diverse team engaged in complex, public-interest (including government) litigation, including a demonstrated commitment to effective diversity, equity, and inclusion practices;
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise complex public-interest litigation;
  • Substantial experience in having successfully engaged in all aspects of complex public-interest litigation, including case development and filing, discovery, evidentiary proceedings, appeals, settlements, and monitoring;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and to work collaboratively with a diverse community of colleagues, allies, and clients;
  • Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically and to advocate effectively, including an ability to initiate and follow through on public-interest litigation or advocacy;
  • Demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and the priorities of the NYCLU;
  • Substantial experience with policy or non-litigation advocacy; and
  • Admission to the New York Bar or ability to be admitted within one year of hire.


E-mail your resume to apply.legal@nyclu.org with “Deputy Legal Director” 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
  3. Your salary requirements

The NYCLU will accept applications March 29, 2019, or until the position is filled.  Applications will be accepted and reviewed immediately. Qualified candidates may be asked to submit additional information, including performance samples and references from people they have worked with in the past.

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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