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23 Aug 2023

Full-Time Communications & Program Assistant

Stateimpactcenter – Posted by Stateimpactcenter New York, New York, United States

Job Description

Position: Communications & Program Assistant  

Location: New York City
Start Date: Fall 2023

Why Work With Us

Support the work of the State Impact Center in addressing the climate crisis and environmental injustice as the Communications & Program Assistant at the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center at NYU School of Law. This position offers an exciting mix of operational and programmatic work, and an opportunity to do creative social media and design work. The Center is passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working environment for our staff. We offer a generous benefits package through NYU, which includes tuition remission and retirement benefits. Salary: $55,000-63,000

About the Center 

The State Impact Center is a nonpartisan academic think tank based at NYU School of Law. The Center is dedicated to working towards a healthy and safe environment, guided by inclusive and equitable principles. To accomplish this, the Center studies and supports the work of state attorneys general and other state-level agencies in defending, enforcing, and promoting strong laws and policies in the areas of climate, environmental justice, environmental protection, and clean energy. We undertake academic research, hold workshops, and issue special reports that advance legal and policy analysis. We are a small, collaborative team, and value each person’s insights and contributions. 

Diversity is a core value of the Center. We are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working environment for our staff. We believe every member on our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions.

Who We Are Looking For

The State Impact Center is looking for a Communications & Program Assistant to begin in fall 2023. The Communications & Program Assistant will play a key role in the State Impact Center’s climate, clean energy, and environmental work and in helping manage the Center’s daily operations. This will include social media work; tracking court cases and issues of interest; writing and editing the Center’s newsletter and other communications; assisting with event coordination; and helping track the Center’s budget. 

The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and have an enthusiasm for environmental and climate issues. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive team and encourage women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community to apply.

Core Responsibilities

    • Writing & Design:
  • Assist in drafting and editing press releases, statements, newsletters, reports, op-eds, website copy and other communications products
      • Keep track of court cases, issues of interest, and journalists
      • Develop engaging and timely social media content (e.g., Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, and LinkedIn)
      • Design visuals (aesthetic and informational) for social media, newsletters, event invitations, etc. using programs such as Adobe Suite and Canva
  • Events:
      • Run Zoom logistics for virtual events, including creating registration pages 
      • Schedule and plan meetings 
      • Have primary responsibility for coordination of logistics for in-person events
  • Budget & Fundraising:
    • Assist in tracking the Center’s budget
    • Support fundraising efforts through research and writing reports and proposals and assisting with scheduling 

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Education & Experience: bachelor’s degree and 1-3 years of experience (we include summer or other internships).
  • Collaborative: able to work well within a team in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Deadlines: comfortable working under pressure and tight deadlines; seeks input as needed; can prioritize workload and stay organized. 
  • Writing and Editing: high level of attention to detail; ability to clearly summarize and present material. 


Deadline: We will begin reviewing applications September 18, 2023. 


Salary: $55,000-63,000


Our office is located in New York City, and this position would be appropriate for a hybrid schedule, with up to two remote days per week on a regular basis (approval of schedule required). 

Benefits offered include medical/dental/vision, tuition remission at certain NYU schools, retirement benefits, and more. State Impact Center staff also have access to academic enrichment opportunities at NYU School of Law, including some faculty workshops, colloquia, and other scholarly forums. 

In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is $55,000 – $63,000. 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.

NYU is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its recruitment and hiring process without regard to age, alienage, caregiver status, childbirth, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, domestic violence victim status, ethnicity, familial status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital status, military status, national origin, parental status, partnership status, predisposing genetic characteristics, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, unemployment status, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

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How to Apply

Interested candidates can apply by sending a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to stateimpactcenter@nyu.edu Writing samples should be primarily drafted by you and demonstrate organizational and communications skills. We would consider many different written products, including a blog post, op-ed, annual or other report section, slide deck, article, memo, or class paper. The writing sample can be an excerpt and should be approximately 2-5 pages in length.  Please send your application as a single PDF file saved as LastName.FirstName.pdf. If chosen as a finalist, references will be required. The Center is unable to review applications submitted through alternate methods, such as LinkedIn or Indeed.   EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity  

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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