Legal Research Assistant or Legal Research Associate
New York University
Location: See position description.
Internal Number: 120761
The Tax Law Center at the New York University School of Law is seeking one or more full-time Legal Research Assistants or Associates, based on experience, to assist the Executive Director and other senior staff with cross-cutting research, writing, and project management.
You are an excellent writer with strong attention to detail and the ability to find and distill technical information into accurate, concise writing, spotting important issues and recognizing when further research is necessary. You are a highly-organized project manager and a clear communicator, able to assist senior staff and outside partners in collaborating to create high-quality, timely research products. You are excited to work closely with academics, legal practitioners, and policymakers to advance the Center's mission.
This is intended to be a two-year position, with case-by-case flexibility on exact start and end dates.
The Legal Research Assistant or Associate, who will report to an Attorney Advisor or a senior staff member, will be responsible for a wide range of activities in a start-up environment, including:
Researching, fact-checking, and writing, and contributing to a broader research agenda of tax law and policy issues, with guidance from senior members of staff.
Managing the production of blogs, policy memos, research reports, and other written products, ensuring that authors meet deadlines and receive the support they need, editing for clarity and consistency in style, tone, and accuracy
Maintaining productive working relationships with outside experts and partners.
Working alongside Center staff to help build out and improve organizational processes.
In addition to the responsibilities listed above, Legal Research Associates may also be supported to contribute to the Center's work by:
Leading the drafting of research products.
Representing the Tax Law Center at public engagements or in interactions with the media.
For the Research Assistant role: A bachelor's degree, with relevant coursework in economics, political science, public policy, or other related fields. Those who are considering attending law school and have interest in tax law are especially encouraged to apply.
Excellent research and writing skills.
Excellent communication skills.
A high degree of organization, time-management skills, and attention to detail.
Ability to juggle multiple project workstreams.
Independent judgment, proactive orientation, and the ability to identify gaps or opportunities and take initiative.
Either subject-matter knowledge in tax law or policy or economics, OR some previous exposure to the federal policymaking process.
A commitment to the mission of the Center.
For the Research Associate role: At least 2-3 years of relevant professional experience or an advanced degree in economics, political science, public policy, or another related field.
Prior experience with technical legal research or tax law is a plus but is not required, but you need to be excited to learn.
Some knowledge about refundable tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit is also helpful, but not required.
In compliance with NYC's Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is $55,000 to $75,000. New York University considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as market and organizational considerations when extending an offer. You will be an employee of New York University, with access to an excellent, comprehensive benefits package including generous paid time off and retirement contributions.
The Tax Law Center has physical office space at NYU School of Law in New York, but also offers hybrid or remote work arrangements from within the US.
You will be asked to upload a resume.
Please do not upload a cover letter; instead, you will be asked to provide brief answers to three short questions as part of the application form.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
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