Career Opportunity

Program Associate/Special Assistant to the Executive Director


The Reiss Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law (RCLS) and the NYU Center for Cybersecurity (CCS) seek an enterprising, dynamic candidate to serve as Program Associate/Special Assistant to the Executive Director and contribute to all aspects of the centers’ work. This position offers an opportunity to work at leading institutions engaging on many of the most challenging and complex law and policy issues of our time.

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 legal, policy and strategic questions that will shape the national security field for years to come. The Center convenes panels, conferences and workshops; publishes research and writing on innovative and topical issues for both academic and popular discourse, ranging from short-form pieces to major research projects; and creates academic programs and resources for students at NYU School of Law. The Reiss Center is also home to Just Security, the online forum on law, rights and national security.

The Reiss Center’s Executive Director, Faculty Directors and Fellows/Affiliates have significant collective experience in national security law and policy. Current and former affiliates include: a former homeland security advisor to the President; numerous former government attorneys, including a former White House Counsel, a former Deputy Legal Adviser to the National Security Council and former General Counsel of the FBI; a former Director of Policy Planning at the State Department; a former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center; 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 (along with other NYU schools and departments) 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 help enrich students in the cyber field.

CCS’ recent activities at NYU School of Law have included conferences on cybercrime enforcement; women leaders in cybersecurity; transatlantic perspectives on data privacy and security; and emerging deepfake technology in the public and private sector contexts. Affiliates of CCS include the former General Counsel of Verizon; former Chief of Economic Crimes in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey; and a host of experts in engineering, policy and regulation.


The Program Associate/Special Assistant will work closely with the RCLS Executive Director, RCLS/CCS Director of Operations and Strategic Development and leadership and affiliates of RCLS and CCS to contribute to these world-class academic and policy research centers. Specific duties include:

  • Conduct research on national security, foreign policy, cybersecurity and related issues, including for the RCLS Executive Director and RCLS/CCS leadership and affiliates—ranging from news-driven rapid response projects to major, multi-month innovative research projects;
  • Assist in strategic planning for the centers’ programs, including conceiving and developing new events and initiatives;
  • Help lead and execute communications efforts, managing the centers’ WordPress-based websites and enhancing their online presence through social media, email and news media outreach, including through the use of Twitter and MailChimp;
  • Coordinate event preparation, including sending invitations and managing RSVPs, corresponding with speakers, helping design and prepare materials for distribution and providing other logistical support;
  • Manage and coordinate student interns in providing administrative support to RCLS and CCS;
  • Liaise with the centers’ fellows and external partners, speakers and other leaders in the field;
  • Assist the centers’ leadership with research and preparation for the national security and cybersecurity coursework they will teach at NYU Law;
  • Provide occasional research and drafting for leadership at Just Security.


  • Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Political Science, History or related field with superior academic record. Advanced degree and/or several years’ work experience in related fields strongly preferred;
  • Excellent research, proofreading and editing skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Background and interest in U.S. foreign policy and national security and/or cybersecurity and tech policy;
  • Experience with communications and social media work is a plus, as is an eye for graphic design and experience with WordPress/web publishing;
  • 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 not only work collaboratively with others but also to act as a self-starter with substantial independence and keen judgment.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send their cover letter, resume and unofficial transcript(s), in that order, as a single PDF file to, with “Program Associate Application” in the subject line. Materials should be addressed to Ms. Sarvenaz Bakhtiar, RCLS/CCS Director of Operations and Strategic Development. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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.