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Program Associate and Special Assistant to the Executive Director

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New York, New York, USA

The Reiss Center on Law and Security (RCLS) at NYU School of Law and the NYU Center for Cybersecurity (CCS) seek an enterprising, dynamic candidate to serve as Program Associate and Special Assistant to the RCLS Executive Director. The position offers an opportunity to contribute to all aspects of our work on many of the most challenging national security issues of our time.

We are looking for a collegial teammate who is excited about learning new subjects and skills; who is sharp, self-driven, and dedicated to quality output; and who maintains good judgment and attention to detail while working across multiple projects.

About Us

The Reiss Center on Law and Security is a non-partisan multidisciplinary research institute focused on cultivating an informed dialogue, educating the next generation of leaders, and fostering groundbreaking research on the vital law and policy questions that will shape the national security field for years to come. Reiss Center events and publications include a high-level panel discussion on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine; an expert interview series on national security and the COVID-19 pandemic; and an original, open-source database tracking executive branch war powers reporting practice over five decades. The Reiss Center is home to Just Security, the online forum on law, rights and national security. The Reiss Center’s leadership and affiliates have significant collective experience in national security law and policy – including at the State Department, White House, and Department of Justice – and include regional and foreign policy experts and legal scholars.

The NYU Center for Cybersecurity is an interdisciplinary research institute at New York University that is dedicated to training current and future generations of cybersecurity professionals and to shaping both public discourse and the legal, policy and technological landscape on issues of cybersecurity. Its unique structure as a partnership between NYU School of Law and the Tandon School of Engineering (along with other NYU schools and departments) provides exciting opportunities to examine cybersecurity law and policy while supported by deep technical expertise. CCS also runs several scholarship programs for law and engineering students to help enrich students in the cyber field. CCS’s recent activities at NYU School of Law have included conferences on women leaders in cybersecurity and a panel on technological tools to counter deepfakes and disinformation.

Areas of Responsibility: 

As Program Associate and Special Assistant, you will be an integral part of the team with an opportunity to take initiative and excel across a range of vital responsibilities. Specific duties include:

  • Conduct research and draft memos on national security, foreign policy, cybersecurity and related issues, for the RCLS Executive Director and RCLS/CCS leadership and affiliates—ranging from news-driven rapid response initiatives to major, multi-month innovative research projects;
  • Assist in strategic planning for the centers’ programs, including conceiving and developing new programs and initiatives;
  • Help design and execute how we communicate our work, including by managing the centers’ WordPress-based websites and enhancing our online presence through social media, email and news media outreach (including through the use of Twitter, Facebook and MailChimp).
  • Assist the center's leadership with preparation for their national security and cybersecurity coursework at NYU Law; 
  • Provide occasional research and drafting for Just Security;
  • Coordinate event preparation for both virtual and in-person events, including sending invitations and managing RSVPs, corresponding with speakers, helping design and prepare materials for distribution, and providing day-of and other logistical support.
  • Assist the Operations Manager with finance and other administrative tasks, including working with and supervising student interns.
  • Liaise with the centers’ fellows and external partners, speakers and other leaders in the field to further the centers’ programming.

Competitive candidates must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Political Science, History or related field. Work experience and/or advanced degree in related fields preferred;
  • Excellent research, proofreading and editing skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Background and interest in U.S. foreign policy and national security and/or cybersecurity and tech policy;
  • Strong organizational and multitasking skills with a keen attention to detail;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work calmly in a fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others but also to act as a self-starter with substantial independence and keen judgment;
  • Willingness to work occasional evening or off-hours for events or other demands.

Ideally you will also have:

  • An eye for graphic design and visual branding;
  • Comfort with or willingness to learn:
    • WordPress/web publishing
    • Zoom meetings and webinar management
    • Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.)
    • Mailchimp
    • Social media: Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn

The base salary for this position is $50,000 and comes with generous NYU benefits, including:

  • medical, dental and vision;
  • matching retirement contributions;
  • generous vacation, personal, and sick leave policies (including 22 paid vacation days per year plus university holidays);
  • tuition remission at certain NYU schools after one year of employment.

Details and further information regarding benefits can be found here:

The position is based at NYU Law School in the Greenwich Village area of New York City, with some remote work from home possible.

How to Apply: 

Application Instructions

Please submit

  • a resume;
  • a cover letter explaining your qualifications for this role, what excites you about the position, and a sense of your career aspirations;
  • a brief, sole-authored writing sample (excerpted materials from a longer piece are fine); and
  • unofficial transcript(s).

Applications may be submitted at this link: If you encounter difficulties with the application interface or have any questions about this position, please email [email protected].

Applications will be reviewed starting on June 13, 2022 and on a rolling basis thereafter until the position is filled.

Organization Info

Reiss Center on Law and Security

New York, NY, USA
About Us
Areas of Focus: 

Founded in 2003 and renamed in 2018, the Reiss Center on Law and Security is a non-partisan multidisciplinary research institute at NYU School of Law. We are focused on cultivating an informed dialogue, educating the next generation of leaders, and fostering groundbreaking research on the vital legal, policy, and strategic questions that will shape the national security field for years to come.


The Reiss Center on Law and Security is engaged in innovative research and programming, and undertakes activities focused on both recent developments and long-standing issues in national security law and strategy. In all its work, the Reiss Center studies national security law and practice against the backdrop of an era defined by significant change—from geopolitical developments to rapid technological advances—as well as enduring challenges.

The Reiss Center’s Program of Study includes:

National Security at Home: Domestic Law, Policy and Process

The Reiss Center’s work begins at home, studying how the United States orders and engages in the practice of national security. From classic questions of separation of powers and war-making authorities, to current developments in the national security bureaucracy, to systemic vulnerabilities at the intersection of national security and democracy, the Reiss Center works to identify pragmatic and principled solutions to the most salient issues facing practitioners today.

Use of Force and Emerging Security Threats

The Reiss Center examines emerging issues in the use of force, including in the counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, and nation-state contexts. We study domestic legal and policy trends, challenges and opportunities stemming from bilateral and multilateral security cooperation, and questions that arise as technological advances change the nature of warfare and adversaries increasingly employ tactics below the threshold of force.

National Security in a Shifting Geopolitical Context

National security law and policy are not created in a vacuum; their substance is shaped by a larger framework of world events, domestic and international law, and evolving norms and behaviors. The Reiss Center leverages the global mission and resources of NYU to promote an understanding of broader trends as they relate to national security law and practice—including increasing strategic competition and strained alliances; innovative and disruptive technologies; rising authoritarianism and nationalism; and challenges to the rules-based order and the nature of rule-making itself.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
May 24 2022
Active Until: 
Jun 24 2022
Hiring Organization: 
Reiss Center on Law and Security