Program Assistant – Lawyers for Reporters – Vance Center

The Vance Center advances global justice by engaging lawyers across borders to support civil society and an ethically active legal profession. A unique collaboration of international lawyers catalyzing public interest innovation, we bring together leading law firms and other partners worldwide to pioneer international justice initiatives, provide pro bono legal representation to social justice NGOs, and strengthen the ethical practices of the legal profession.  The Vance Center is a program of the New York City Bar Fund, the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the New York City Bar Association.

Program Description

Lawyers for Reporters is a nonprofit program providing pro bono legal services to nonprofit and local news reporting organizations throughout the United States, which began in March 2020.  Clients include print and online publishers, radio, television and Internet content providers, photographers, documentarians, videographers, and cinematographers, as well as investigative, advocacy, and academic publishers of public interest content. 


A collaboration with the Press Freedom Defense Fund of First Look Institute, LFR provides the full range of legal advice and representation that reporters and news organizations need.  Newsroom services include pre-publication review, newsgathering liability advice, demand letter response, subpoena defense, access litigation, intellectual property licensing, and dispute resolution.  Other services include corporate, real estate, employment, and taxation advice.  To provide these services, LFR has developed and relies on a network of law firms that co-counsel with the Lawyers for Reporters team.  In addition to direct legal services, the program involves training and capacity building through collaboration with partner organizations and technical specialists.


Responsibilities (include, but are not limited to):

Assist with all the aspects of program including:

  • Scheduling meetings; drafting/circulating meeting agendas, supporting materials, and minutes; gathering data to provide regular reporting 
  • Assisting with compiling, organizing, and creating presentations and reports from communications and database statistics
  • Drafting, proofreading, and/or editing internal and external communications
  • Assisting in planning and executing programs and events
  • Serving as a point person between the Vance Center and PFDF and providing administrative and project management support 
  • Assisting with updating website content and other communications channels and materials
  • Provide administrative support and creative support for communications initiatives, including website support, social media posts, newsletter development, and advocacy and impact reports
  • Data entry, maintaining electronic files; scanning, photocopying, and other general administrative assistant type work
  • Handling additional responsibilities/special projects as needed

Qualifications, Skills & Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required, additional education preferred
  • Minimum 2-3 years directly relevant experience required, preferably in a professional setting/office environment
  • Self-starter / ability to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as collaboratively with a team
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, good time management, high attention to detail, and demonstrated ability to anticipate needs and efficiently multi-task and prioritize workload
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to maintain a courteous and professional demeanor with a diverse range of clients, co-workers, volunteers, and other stakeholders
  • Strong computer skills, including intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and website management software
  • Interest in journalism, nonprofit/public interest legal work, serving communities that are under-resourced, and advancing social and economic justice

The starting salary is in the low $50,000’s annually based on a 35-hour work week, plus additional pay for overtime. We provide a competitive benefits package including generous paid time off (vacation, personal, sick time, 12 paid days for holidays remaining during 2022 calendar year, day off for volunteer work, extra time off in summer), choice of medical plans (some offered at practically no charge to employee), dental, vision, 401K, life insurance, commuter benefits program, Employee Assistance Program, short-term/long-term disability insurance, employee discounts.

The position is fully or partly remote, based on agreement with the candidate selected. The Bar Association requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to entering the building. Additional information about this policy is available via Human Resources.

Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. We are not able to sponsor visas for this position.

Application Instructions

Applications will be considered when received, until a qualified candidate is hired. To apply, please email a resume, a cover letter explaining your interest, and a list of three references by clicking on the following link:

No phone calls please.

The Vance Center is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, and we particularly encourage applications from candidates belonging to communities historically under-represented in the legal profession. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender (including gender identity and sexual harassment), sexual orientation, disability, arrest or conviction record, pregnancy, credit history, salary history, caregiver status, marital status, partnership status, or status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, religion, sex, genetic information, military status, unemployment status or any other characteristic as protected by law. With regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act and other related laws, we will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for persons due to their religious beliefs; disability; pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition; or because the individual was a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking.