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Who We Are

The Marshall Project is a nonprofit news organization dedicated to covering America’s criminal justice system. In 2016 and 2021, The Marshall Project was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. We have also been honored with the Goldsmith Prize, multiple National Magazine Awards, and for General Excellence from the Online Journalism Awards. We are not advocates—we follow the facts and we do not pander to any audience—but we have a declared mission: to create and sustain a sense of urgency about the criminal justice system. We do not generally cover breaking news (although we curate the reporting of other news outlets in our morning newsletter). Our work includes investigative and explanatory projects and shorter pieces aimed at highlighting stories that other news organizations miss, underestimate or misunderstand. To assure our work reaches a larger audience we partner or co-publish with other media outlets on almost all of our work; we have partnered with more than 200 newspapers, magazines, broadcasters and online sites.

We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity. We welcome qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, physical abilities, genders and sexual orientations, including people who have been incarcerated or otherwise involved with the criminal justice system.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the President in a range of duties—including but not limited to the scheduling and management of appointments, correspondence, travel, briefings, agendas, and related tasks.
  • Help prepare reports, PowerPoints and other materials on a range of subjects for the President and other staff to use to explain our work.
  • Manage activities for board of directors and our advisory board(s); schedule board meetings; prepare material for meetings and calls; attend all regular and committee meetings; record and circulate minutes and other materials.
  • Manage documents and forms related to the board of directors; maintain databases of current information for members of the board and advisory committees.
  • Assist with the preparation of fundraising initiatives, communication with donors, and prospect outreach, with oversight by the Chief Development Officer.
  • Handle the preparation and sending of letters to donors.
  • Enter data into the Salesforce database and manage gift proposals and tasks; maintain and add to the fundraising archive.
  • Receive general inquiries via phone, email, and snail-mail, and respond accordingly.
  • Assume responsibility for all travel arrangements, including the preparation and communication of itineraries for the president, and for other colleagues as necessary. Provide logistical support and problem-solve issues in the office during extended travel.
  • File expense reports.
  • Continuously search for opportunities, technologies, practices and systems that improve the operation of the President’s office.
  • Participate in the implementation, planning and coordination of special events as assigned.

Who You'd Be Working With

Carroll Bogert, President of The Marshall Project. Carroll oversees the business side of our work, focused on overall strategy, board relations, fundraising, finance and human resources, and general operations, including our news products for incarcerated audiences. You will be in daily contact with Carroll and she will directly supervise your work.

Elizabeth Seuling, Chief Development Officer. Elizabeth oversees our fundraising team and focuses on securing the financial resources necessary to make The Marshall Project’s journalism possible. While Elizabeth is not your direct supervisor, you’ll be in frequent contact with her and be helping her and her team, especially with data entry in SalesForce Carroll has four other people reporting to her directly, and you will interact with all of them regularly: the Chief Strategy Officer, Ebony Reed; Chief Financial Officer, Eli Stern; Director of Human Resources and Chief Administrative Officer, Crystal Hayes; and the Publisher of The Marshall Project Inside, Lawrence Bartley.

Susan Chira, Editor-in-Chief of The Marshall Project. She oversees our newsroom and is in frequent contact with Carroll about all sorts of things, so you’ll be interacting with her as well.

The Board of Directors of The Marshall Project. You’ll be scheduling board and committee meetings and will get to know each of these important supporters of our work.

Job Requirements

  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to manage several projects at the same time.
  • Calmness under pressure.
  • Discretion and good judgment. This position handles some information that must be kept confidential.
  • Great people skills, with the ability to be diplomatic, friendly and helpful when others may be rushed or under stress.
  • Experience in Google Workspace and Microsoft Office very helpful.
  • Experience with the criminal justice system and the harms it generates is a definite plus.
  • Experience working as an assistant at a busy nonprofit organization is a plus, but not a requirement.
  • Experience working with journalists is a plus, but not a requirement.
  • Experience with data entry and/or familiarity with systems such as SalesForce is a plus, but not a requirement.

We do not expect every candidate to be equally skilled in all these areas, and this is not a complete list of all relevant qualifications applicants might bring to the job. Please tell us about your other assets not mentioned here that may be valuable to this role. Reaching talent across a range of backgrounds and experiences is deeply important to us. If you do not have the exact combination of skills listed here, but are still interested in this role and/or in The Marshall Project, we'd love to hear from you.


This job is full-time, with a competitive salary and benefits. A New York location is preferred, but not required.

Salary Range : $65,000 - $72,000

100% employer-paid medical, employer subsidized vision and dental insurance; matching traditional and Roth 401k (immediate vesting). Voluntary benefits include: Health and Dependent Care FSA, commuter benefits, pet insurance, short and long term disability insurance, employee and dependent life insurance, AFLAC accident, hospital indemnity, and critical illness coverage, legal benefits, personal excess liability insurance, and employee discount marketplace. We also observe 17 days of paid time off each year (in addition to office closure between Dec. 24 and Jan. 2), and provide paid parental leave.

How To Apply

To apply, use this form to send a cover letter and resume.

Due to the expected volume of applications, we will follow up with the most promising candidates but cannot respond individually to all applicants. Please know it usually takes us more than a month to review applications.