Program Officer for Procedural Advocacy

This position will be based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 About FIRE

 The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to defending liberty, freedom of speech, due process, academic freedom, legal equality, and freedom of conscience on our nation’s college campuses. Please visit thefire.org to gain a sense of our work and mission.

 Position Description

 The Program Officer for Procedural Advocacy will report to and work directly with FIRE’s Vice President for Procedural Advocacy, in addition to corresponding with students, faculty, attorneys, and the media. The duties for this position include, but are not limited to: 

  • Write case briefs summarizing new decisions for FIRE’s Campus Due Process Litigation Tracker;
  • Assist Vice President for Procedural Advocacy with researching cases, collecting documentation, cataloging information, and tracking case progress;
  • Serve as primary contact for referring due-process-related case submissions not fitting FIRE’s mission or capabilities;
  • Draft and review letters to educational institutions as needed regarding their compliance with principles of due process and fair procedure;
  • Assist in the preparation of amicus curiae briefs in due process cases;
  • Blog about campus due process issues;
  • Monitor media for news related to campus due process;
  • Assist Vice President for Procedural Advocacy as assigned.

This position will also perform other support functions for the day-to-day operation of FIRE and will collaborate with other staff members and departments on general duties and specialized projects, including but not limited to contributing to FIRE’s blog; working with FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program to address cases with a due process focus; and working with Legislative and Policy staff on legislative efforts at the state and federal level with the potential to impact student and faculty due process rights. 

The expected start date for this position is as soon as possible. 

Qualifications

A successful candidate must demonstrate a knowledge and passion for FIRE’s mission and an ability to articulate that passion in a way that will make others enthusiastic about our cause. A candidate must also be able to demonstrate:

  • Excellent legal research and writing skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and general copy-editing skills;
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills, including:
    • The ability to communicate sensitively with individuals, families, and the public about campus disciplinary matters;
    • The ability to forge consensus and work productively across disciplines and viewpoints;
  • The ability to collaborate and work with remote staff members successfully over email and phone.

Candidates must be a graduate of an ABA accredited law school and a member of the bar of at least one state. If not already a member of the Pennsylvania bar, candidates must be willing to obtain licensure in Pennsylvania.

Salary and Compensation

 Starting salary is negotiable and depends upon experience and education level. FIRE conducts periodic evaluations where employees may receive raises or bonuses for outstanding and excellent work. FIRE also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes employer-paid comprehensive health, dental, and life insurance; a Section 125 Flexible Spending Account option; matching retirement contributions; and a generous paid time-off plan.

 Applications

 Applicants should provide a resume, cover letter, a writing sample, salary requirements, and contact information for at least two professional references. All applications are confidential. Please address applications to Peyton Cudaback, Director of Human Resources. Applications can be emailed to hr@thefire.org.

FIRE is an equal opportunity employer.