Program Analyst, Individual Rights Defense Program
This position will be based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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.
The Program Analyst will assist with the day to day operations of FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program (IRDP) and focus on utilizing news reports and social media to identify potential threats to freedom of expression, freedom of the press, and due process rights of students and faculty. The duties for this position include but are not limited to:
- Manage automated Internet search systems and review collected news reports and social media for potential matters and reports pertinent to FIRE’s mission;
- Manage case and impact metrics collected by IRDP, including information concerning case intake and alerts generated by LexisNexis concerning cases or scholarship of interest;
- Distribute daily lists of cases generated by LexisNexis to relevant IRDP staff members and conduct metrics research as assigned;
- Review individual case submissions from students, student organizations, and faculty members and provide input on future action/referral;
- Correspond with case submitters and assist in managing case intake, information-gathering, and metrics;
- Assist Program Officers in investigating and gathering information relating to individual cases;
- Review and edit letters to universities concerning student and faculty rights;
- Draft, edit, and/or post case descriptions to FIRE’s website using WordPress;
- Write blog entries for FIRE’s website and assist with the drafting and fact-checking of press releases and other documents;
- Analyze departmental work to optimize newsgathering, case intake, public communications, and other aspects of IRDP’s daily tasks.
Occasional work on weekends and evenings should be expected.
The expected start date for this position is flexible.
A successful candidate must demonstrate a knowledge and passion for FIRE’s mission. A candidate must also be able to demonstrate:
- Familiarity with general First Amendment law/principles;
- Familiarity with general university conduct codes, principles, and administrative structure;
- Familiarity with social media, particularly Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat;
- Interpersonal communication (phone and email courtesy, ability to properly manage sensitive information/maintain confidence of students and faculty);
- Strong research and writing abilities;
- Strong attention to detail and organizational skills;
- Familiarity with LexisNexis, WordPress, or Streak are preferred, but not required.
Candidates must have a four year undergraduate degree. Those with an educational, professional, or informal background in journalism, programming, or social media are especially encouraged to apply.
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.
Applicants should provide a resume, cover letter, a writing sample, salary requirements, and contact information for at least two professional or academic references. All applications are confidential. Please address applications to Peyton Cudaback, Director of Human Resources. Applications can be emailed to [email protected].
FIRE is an equal opportunity employer.