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Deputy Director Position Available

The Public Interest Law Center seeks a Deputy Director who will be responsible for supervising legal staff in litigation, advocacy, lobbying, organizing and participation in coalitions. This responsibility includes reviewing and developing, with staff and under the supervision of the Executive Director, potential new litigation or projects.  It includes initial case and project assignments, assisting lawyers in developing strategies, reviewing pleadings and other written documents, trial planning (including discovery), and securing staff training for any identified needs.  The Deputy Director will maintain his/her own caseload of cases and will participate directly in advocacy, lobbying, organizing and coalition support.

The Deputy Director will be responsible for the supervision of all of the Law Center’s interns, for recruiting pro bono counsel and for supervision of pro bono associates as needed.  The Deputy Director will collaborate with non-legal staff involved in communications, organizing, and advocacy initiatives.

In addition to substantive responsibilities, the Deputy Director will have organizational and professional development responsibilities. The Deputy Director will be part of the Public Interest Law Center’s management team and report directly to the Executive Director. (See job description below.)

The candidate must have at least ten years’ litigation experience (including experience in developing new litigation and class action litigation) and must demonstrate the following qualities: 1) success in supervising lawyers and capacity for teamwork with colleagues and clients; 2) excellent oral, written and analytical skills; 3) initiative, energy, creativity; 4) enthusiasm about our mission; 5) excellent organization, persistence, and follow up skills; 6) experience in working with clients of diverse backgrounds including people experiencing poverty, individuals with disabilities, English Language Learners, individuals with Limited English Proficiency, and persons with criminal histories. Candidates who have experience in the types of matters handled by the Law Center are preferred; e.g., cases involving IDEA, ADA and other civil rights statutes (title VI,VII, Fair Housing, Voting Rights).

The Public Interest Law Center is a nationally-renowned public interest law firm with a mission of using high-impact legal strategies to improve the well-being and life prospects of the Philadelphia region’s most vulnerable populations by assuring that they have access to the resources and services that all of us need to lead our lives including a high-quality education, health care, housing and community services, employment, a healthy neighborhood and the unencumbered right to vote.

The position is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The salary and benefits are commensurate with experience.

The Public Interest Law Center is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diverse candidates to apply.

To apply, submit a letter of interest, which describes relevant litigation and supervisory experience, a resume with salary requirements and a list of at least three references by mail or email to:

Mary Howard
Public Interest Law Center
United Way Building
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
mhoward@pilcop.org

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JOB DESCRIPTION FOR PUBLIC INTEREST LAW CENTER DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Substantive work

The Deputy Director will be responsible for supervising legal staff in litigation, advocacy, lobbying, organizing and participation in coalitions. This responsibility includes reviewing and developing, with staff and under the supervision of the Executive Director, potential new litigation or projects.  It includes initial case and project assignments, assisting lawyers in developing strategies, reviewing pleadings and other written documents, trial planning (including discovery), and securing staff training for any identified needs.  The Deputy Director will maintain his/her own caseload of cases and will participate directly in advocacy, lobbying, organizing and coalition support.

The Deputy Director will be responsible for the supervision of all of the Law Center’s interns, for recruiting pro bono counsel and for supervision of pro bono associates as needed.  The Deputy Director will collaborate with non-legal staff involved in communications, organizing, and advocacy initiatives.

Organizational and Professional Development

The Deputy Director will be responsible for administering the litigation practice which includes participating, with the Executive Director, in performance evaluations of the legal staff; preparing requests for approval from the litigation review committee of the board of directors; maintaining the firm’s litigation docket; preparing required input regarding litigation for the firm’s regulatory filings; providing input into the development and preparation of grant proposals; and securing and updating as necessary routine standard agreements such as retainers or co-counselling agreements.

The Deputy Director will be expected to participate in weekly staff , board of directors, and board committee meetings; and participate in ongoing office projects.  The Deputy Director will contribute to the visibility of the organization through publications, participation in advocacy organizations and community events.

The Deputy Director will be a member of the Law Center’s management team and will report to the Executive Director.

 

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