Unchained At Last

Senior Writer & Researcher

Job Logistics Summary

Posted on: 
January 11, 2024
  • Position: Senior Writer & Researcher
  • Job Type: Full-time
  • Location: Westfield, NJ - Mostly remote (in the office a couple of days each month). Please do not apply unless you live within commuting distance of Unchained's office in Northern New Jersey, less than a 40-minute train ride from New York City.
  • Compensation: $82,000


About Unchained

Girls, women, LGBTQ individuals and others across the U.S. are being pressured, tricked, threatened or beaten into marriage, usually by their own parents. For them, marriage often means a lifetime of rape and domestic servitude.

Unchained is the only organization dedicated to providing comprehensive, often life-saving legal and social services and emotional support — always for free — to help women, girls and others in the U.S. to resist or escape their forced marriage. Unchained also is the only organization dedicated to promoting social, policy and legal change to end forced and child marriage in the U.S. The organization started and now leads a growing national movement to end child marriage in every U.S. state and at the federal level.

A day at Unchained is rarely dull. Members of the small but feisty Unchained team are followed frequently by news and filmmaker cameras and travel all across the U.S. to testify at legislative hearings and to Chain-In, in bridal gowns and chains, to protest forced and child marriage. In just the last few years, team members ate dinner with Chelsea Clinton, watched Broadway shows and got tattoos together to commemorate Unchained’s first historic legislative victory that ended child marriage in Delaware.

Unchained prioritizes self-care and team building. Unchained team members take daily team walks (virtually or in person), end work early every Friday for a virtual “we survived the week” celebration, join monthly art therapy sessions and set aside random days as work-free “nap days.” They enjoy semi-annual staff retreats during which they go for a hike in the woods, play board games for hours and eat too much guacamole.

Unchained At Last, the survivor-led nonprofit at the helm of the national movement to end forced and child marriage in the United States, seeks a Senior Writer & Researcher to help steer that movement.


The Senior Writer & Researcher, reporting directly to the Executive Director, uses the power of the pen to convince federal and state lawmakers, funders, potential allies and other key stakeholders to join Unchained in its quest to eliminate forced marriage and child marriage in the U.S. Specifically, the Senior Writer & Researcher gets the opportunity to:

  • Research and write memos, fact sheets and other materials about the harms of child marriage and forced marriage (with pro bono legal-research support from some of the world’s largest law firms)
  • Compose web posts, eblasts and other communications
  • Draft grant proposals (after receiving extensive training) and
  • Identify new funding opportunities (also after receiving training).


You might be a good fit for this position if you:

  • Have at least five years of professional writing experience, including grant proposals and/or advocacy communications
  • Can make people sob or laugh out loud with the power of your prose
  • Would not be caught dead using a dangling modifier or comma splice
  • Are detail oriented and highly organized
  • Hold a college degree and
  • Feel passionately about Unchained’s mission.
  • Unchained encourages survivors of forced marriage to apply.

NOTE: An internal study at HP found women applied for a promotion only if they met 100 percent of the qualifications, while men applied if they met 60 percent. Regardless of your gender, if you are excited about this job, GO FOR IT -- even if you do not meet 100 percent of the qualifications.


The compensation package for this position includes:

  • Salary of $82,000
  • 401(k) retirement plan
  • High-quality health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account so you can pay certain health and commuter costs pre-tax
  • Solid work-life balance (the workday ends at 5pm — and earlier on Fridays — except in emergencies)
  • Generous paid time off, including parental leave
  • Monthly art therapy sessions with the Unchained team
  • Mostly remote work (in the office a couple of days each month with the option to work fully remotely if necessary) and
  • United Nations grounds pass.

Application Instructions

An Unchained team member will reach out if you seem to be a good fit for the open position. You will then have the chance to advance through Unchained’s multi-step interview process, which typically takes a couple of weeks.
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