Pro Bono Institute (PBI) seeks an experienced, creative, and energetic professional to serve as the Assistant Director of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project, which works to enhance the pro bono culture and performance of major law firms in the U.S. and around the world. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to access to justice and pro bono and be good-natured, detail-oriented, calm under pressure, collaborative, and flexible. This person should be a well-rounded individual, who enjoys working in a small nonprofit environment with substantive, administrative, and organizational responsibilities. This position reports to the Director of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project.
Research, develop, write, edit, proofread, design, and market original materials and content on substantive, mission-focused subjects for a variety of publications, including PBI’s website, blog, and electronic newsletters
Provide consultative services to law firms and other stakeholders to address issues specific to their pro bono efforts and that further enhance pro bono legal services and access to justice
Research and prepare presentations on trends in law firm pro bono
Assist in developing PBI’s Annual Conference, which draws hundreds of participants from law firms, in-house legal departments, and public interest organizations
Organize and maintain an online Resource Clearinghouse
Manage and track annual law firm membership recruitment campaign and provide information and benefits to Member law firms
Coordinate annual survey to collect, analyze, and report data on the performance of the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® initiative
Provide guidance to undergraduate and law school student interns
Develop and assist with the production of other educational programs and events, such as webinars, podcasts, regional events, PBI Annual Dinner, etc.
Additional substantive and administrative responsibilities as needed in a small office setting
A JD is required
Minimum of four years of hands-on familiarity with pro bono from work at a law firm and/or legal experience at a public interest, legal services, or pro bono program
Highly organized, energetic, mature, collaborative, and motivated with excellent attention to detail
Strong written and oral communication skills
Creative, curious, critical thinker and problem solver
Strong interpersonal skills, good judgment, and a sense of humor
Ability to get along well with others (this is particularly important in our small office)
Ability to work independently, while being comfortable with direction and significant feedback
Ability to organize projects and work flow, set and adjust priorities, meet deadlines, and execute multiple, concurrent tasks, and to anticipate needs and respond accordingly
Strong computer and internet research skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, as well as experience with design, database, and analytic software, such as InDesign, iMIS, and Qualtrics
Familiarity with statistics, quantitative reasoning, and/or analytics preferred
Some travel required
How to Apply
Applicants should send a resume, cover letter, list of references (two to three), and one brief writing sample (no more than 500 words) to:
Mr. Chris Niebling Operations Manager Pro Bono Institute 1001 G Street, NW, Suite 305 West Washington, DC 20001 firstname.lastname@example.org
No phone inquiries, please. Application review begins on a rolling basis immediately.
PBI is an equal opportunity employer, committed to ensuring fairness without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability or any other aspect protected by law, and welcomes and encourages diverse applicants and employees.
About Pro Bono Institute
Founded in 1996, the Pro Bono Institute (PBI) is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization. With an unparalleled depth of knowledge, resources and expertise, PBI is the respected resource for all things pro bono. Through our work with law firms, in-house corporate legal departments, and public interest organizations, PBI is the global thought leader in exploring, identifying, evaluating, catalyzing, and taking to scale new approaches to and resources for the provision of legal services to the poor, disadvantaged, and other individuals or groups unable to secure legal assistance to address critical problems.
Our rigorous empirical research and analysis; white papers and reports; and advice and support allow us to reach a wide variety of audiences and transform the concept and practice of pro bono. By providing expert consultations and technical assistance, educational programming, and local, national and global pro bono convenings, our goal is to constantly improve and enrich pro bono service.
We count among our members, supporters, and partners the most respected law firms and in-house corporate legal departments in the world, as well as the most effective and cutting-edge public interest organizations.
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