Program Associate

  • Nonprofit Full Time
  • New York
  • City: New York

Reiss Center on Law and Security

The Reiss Center on Law and Security (RCLS) at NYU School of Law and the NYU Center for Cybersecurity (CCS) are seeking an enterprising, dynamic Program Associate. The Program Associate role offers an opportunity to contribute to all aspects of our work on many of the most challenging national security and cybersecurity issues of our time.

We are looking for a collegial teammate who is curious and 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 publications and events include an original, open-source database tracking presidential war powers practice over five decades; high-level panel discussions on topics such as foreign intelligence surveillance reform, the indictments against the former president, and geopolitical developments; and keynote addresses and fireside chats with leading experts, including senior government officials. The Reiss Center is home to Just Security, the online publication on law, rights and national security. Reiss Center 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 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 bring more students into the cyber field. CCS’s recent activities at NYU School of Law include the Women Leaders in Cybersecurity conference series, a multi-panel event on Crime, Security and International Regulation of Artificial Intelligence, and smaller dinner roundtables covering the creation of a diversion program for juvenile cyber offenders and developer liability for software flaws.

Key Responsibilities

As Program Associate, 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—ranging from news-driven rapid response initiatives to major, multi-month innovative research projects.
  • Help design and execute how we communicate our work, including by managing the centers’ WordPress-based websites and Mailchimp distributions, and by enhancing our online presence through social media and other outreach.
  • 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 staffing and other logistical support.
  • Assist in conceiving and developing new programs and initiatives.
  • Liaise with the centers’ fellows and external partners, speakers, and other leaders in the field to further the centers’ programming.
  • Assist the centers’ leadership with preparation for their national security and cybersecurity coursework at NYU Law.
  • Provide occasional research and drafting for Just Security.
  • Assist the Operations Manager with finance and other administrative tasks, including working with and supervising student interns.

Experience and Qualifications

Competitive candidates will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant subject area, including International Relations, Political Science, History, or related field.
  • At least one year of relevant professional experience and/or advanced degree preferred.
  • Excellent research, proofreading and editing skills, with a commitment to quality.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • 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.
  • Background and interest in U.S. foreign policy and national security, and/or cybersecurity and tech policy.
  • Comfort with or willingness to become fluent with the following tools:
  • WordPress
  • Mailchimp
  • Zoom meetings and webinar management
  • Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.)
  • Social media: X, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.
  • Ideally you will also have an eye for visual design and branding.
  • Ability to work occasional evening or off-hours for events or other demands.

Salary and Benefits

In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is $58,000-63,000. 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.

This position comes with a generous array of NYU benefits, including medical, dental and vision & other wellness perks; retirement contributions; generous vacation, personal, and sick leave policies; commuter benefits; and tuition benefits. Further information regarding benefits can be found here:

The Program Associate will work from our offices at NYU Law School in New York City, with the option of a hybrid remote/in-person model by mutual agreement.

To Apply

Please submit:

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

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

Applications should be submitted no later than July 29, 2024. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


Equal Employment Opportunity

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, reproductive health decision making, 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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