Paralegal/Impact Associate

$58,916 - $64,528 yearly
  • Protect Democracy
  • Remote
  • Aug 15, 2023
Full time Legal Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

Job description

Protect Democracy seeks a highly motivated individual to join our team as a Paralegal/Impact Associate.

As a Paralegal/Impact Associate, you will primarily provide support to litigation and legal advocacy projects, while at the same time have the opportunity to contribute to impact projects using other tools, spanning policy reform and advocacy, strategic communications, research, and data analysis. For this role, prior paralegal experience and/or litigation support skills are required. This is an excellent opportunity for a candidate who wishes to hone your skills in all stages of litigation, case management, writing and research, and communications, and over time develop expertise in one or more areas of our work.

The ideal candidate brings a flexible, action-oriented mindset; excellent writing, research, and communication skills with a keen eye for detail; and a collaborative, team-oriented approach. We strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds and from across the political and ideological spectrum to apply.

Paralegal/Impact Associate responsibilities include:

  • Support litigation by contributing to the preparation of legal memos and pleadings, coordinating and conducting court filings, and assisting with the discovery process

  • Conduct research, synthesize findings, and draft related memoranda, reports, and other communications

  • Cite-check, fact-check, Bluebook, proofread, and assist with drafting court filings, letters, and other public-facing documents

  • Support the team’s engagement with clients, opposing counsel, partner organizations and other external stakeholders

  • Assist in drafting and publishing external-facing communications materials, including press releases, tweets, talking points, outreach emails, op-eds, and blog posts

  • Assist in managing litigation projects and workstreams, including developing work plans and tracking and communicating progress towards goals

  • Manage and coordinate projects, developing work plans and tracking and communicating progress towards goals

  • Strategize with other team members and actively contribute ideas during impact and litigation project brainstorming sessions

  • Propose new impact projects to advance Protect Democracy’s mission

Job requirements

The ideal candidate brings:

  • One to five years of professional work experience. Note: Because this is an early career role, candidates with more than five years of relevant professional work experience and/or a law or doctoral degree will not be considered for this role. However, we would encourage you to apply to one of the other posted roles on our career page that are for more experienced candidates.”

  • Prior paralegal experience, preferably supporting litigation, or litigation support skills, such as filing documents in court; cite checking and Bluebooking documents; drafting and issuing discovery requests; case management, litigation administration, and managing large quantities of documents; and navigating court rules

  • Strong writing, researching, editing, and proofreading skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Project management experience and the ability to manage up, down, and sideways

  • Nimbleness and an ability to perform well in a rapid-paced environment

  • Willingness to learn new research, communications, legal and policy skills and processes

  • Ability to foster collaborative relationships and work in a team environment with people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives

  • Rigorous attention to detail and the highest standards for excellence in execution

  • Ability to track, prioritize, and balance a diverse set of responsibilities

  • Growth mindset and enthusiasm for giving and receiving feedback up, down and sideways

  • Passion for protecting and improving our democracy


The starting salary range for this role is $58,916 to $64,528, commensurate with the candidate’s relevant experience, capabilities and skills and in alignment with internal equity.

About Protect Democracy

  • Flexible location. You can work from any location in the United States as long as your location allows you to complete the demands of the position and mission. All staff are required to travel at least two times per year to internal team retreats. (Accommodations to this requirement will be made only in exceptional circumstances.) We currently have staff in Washington, DC, New York, Massachusetts, California, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah, Michigan, Georgia, Washington, and elsewhere around the country. We offer shared workspaces in many of these locations for staff members who enjoy working in an office environment.

  • Commitment to a diverse workplace. Protect Democracy is an equal opportunity employer. Our culture principles emphasize that there is strength in diversity as we believe diverse teams are more innovative, creative, and productive. Protect Democracy encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.

  • Competitive pay and phenomenal benefits. This is a full-time position. In addition to a competitive salary, our benefits package includes an unlimited vacation and sick leave policy, along with 12 paid holidays, 4 weeks of paid family medical leave, and 18 weeks of paid parental leave. We also offer a 401(k) plan with up to 6% employer match that vests immediately, full coverage for an excellent health care plan that includes both dental and vision insurance, long-term disability and life insurance for all employees, a home office stipend, and as budget allows, discretionary bonuses.

  • Ample opportunities for personal & professional development. Candidates who do not meet all listed criteria should still apply, as our organizational structure focuses on providing mentorship and opportunities for professional growth.

To apply for this position, please complete the application at this page:

As part of your application, you will be asked to upload your resume and cover letter as a single PDF. Applications missing any of the required materials will be considered incomplete and not reviewed.

Please contact if you require accommodations at any point in the application process.