Director to expand pro bono legal services and access to justice (Washington, D.C.)
Founded in 1996, Pro Bono Institute (PBI) explores and identifies 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. PBI supports, enhances, and transforms the pro bono efforts of major law firms, in-house legal departments, and public interest organizations in the U.S. and around the world. Rather than providing direct legal services, PBI is a catalyst, administering projects that support, guide, and inspire legal institutions to enhance access to justice.
The Law Firm Pro Bono Project provides a wide range of services to larger law firms (firms with at least 50 lawyers), including administering the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® Initiative; webinars and regional meetings; empirical research, surveys, and publications; a clearinghouse of materials and information; and confidential, individualized consulting services.
Pro Bono Institute seeks a Director for its Law Firm Pro Bono Project. The ideal Director will be a creative, energetic, and experienced professional ready to lead the Law Firm Pro Bono Project. The Director should be an entrepreneurial visionary who can see the big picture and who is also able to roll up their sleeves and get things done. The Director should be an expert and strategic leader who understands the modern law firm pro bono landscape.
Interested candidates with the following qualifications are encouraged to apply:
- JD required, with at least 10 years of experience practicing law.
- Minimum of 7 years of experience in practice at a law firm with a demonstrated commitment to pro bono, with a minimum of 5 years in a pro bono management role.
- Knowledge of and experience with public interest or legal services organizations.
- Ability to collaborate with a small staff, including with PBI’s President and other senior staff, volunteers and leadership, and a wide range of stakeholders from a variety of diverse backgrounds.
- Ability to administer complex projects that require peer input.
- Ability to recognize areas for growth and develop creative, problem-solving initiatives.
- Understanding and recognition of PBI’s successful past, with a vision for the future that can be adapted to keep up with the times.
- Commitment to advancing organizational standards and priorities in both content and operations.
- Experience setting clear priorities and success in driving a strong, results-oriented agenda that ties back to PBI’s long-term goals and strategy.
Questions, resumes, cover letter, and writing samples should be sent to: [email protected], subject line: Pro Bono Institute