Staff Positions

Public Interest Law Center Job Openings:

LEGAL DIRECTOR (Deadline November 30, 2015)

Substantive work

The Legal 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 Legal Director will maintain his/her own caseload of cases and will participate directly in advocacy, lobbying, organizing and coalition support.

The Legal 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 Legal Director will collaborate with non-legal staff involved in communications, organizing, and advocacy initiatives.

Organizational and Professional Development

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

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

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) experience in cases involving IDEA, ADA and other civil rights statutes (title VI,VII, Fair Housing, Voting Rights); 3) excellent oral, written and analytical skills; 4) initiative, energy, creativity; 5) enthusiasm about our mission; 6) excellent organization, persistence, and follow up skills; 7) 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.

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

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