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The mission of Equal Justice Works is to create a just society by mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice.

Equal Justice Works is a recognized leader in the public interest law movement. We provide a continuum of opportunity that begins with incoming law school students and extends into later careers in the profession. From advocating for law school programs that instill public service values among students, to creating summer and postgraduate public interest jobs, to addressing the staggering educational debt that blocks lawyers from going into public service, Equal Justice Works inspires and provides opportunities for the legal community to change lives, make careers, and deliver on the promise of justice for all.

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PROGRAM MANAGER, FEDERAL PROGRAMS AND STRATEGIC INITIATIVES

ABOUT THE POSITION

The Federal Programs and Strategic Initiatives unit of Equal Justice Works seeks an experienced Program Manager with excellent program management skills to implement the AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps (36 attorneys and 350 law students working to improve the lives of low-income veterans), Disaster Legal Corps (4 attorneys and 10 law students providing legal assistance to victims of natural disasters in the U.S.) and the Office of Violence Against Women program (1 lawyer and 1 community worker) (the “Programs”). The Program Manager should have experience implementing programs that get results, ensuring compliance with governmental rules and regulations, thinking creatively to resolve anticipated and unanticipated issues, coordinating programs with many moving parts and communicating effectively. The Program Manager reports to the Senior Program Manager.

This is an excellent opportunity to grow as a program manager in a nimble, fast-paced, growing, well-funded and well-placed national organization, while ensuring that critical legal services are delivered to under-served communities.

RESPONSIBILITIES

• Implement and manage (i) the Veterans Legal Corps, a $1.5 million AmeriCorps grant for 40 lawyers and 350 law students, and (ii) the $70,000 Office of Violence Against Women Fellowship program for one lawyer and one community worker;
• Monitor Program host sites (about 20), provide technical assistance, implement systems for sites to document they are complying with requirements, and execute appropriate oversight mechanisms such as desk audits and site visits and undertake such other responsibilities as may be assigned from time to time by the Senior Program Manager;
• In collaboration with Equal Justice Works’ staff and consultants, ensure compliance by host sites and lawyers with all applicable grant regulations, such as allowable spending guidelines, and fingerprint background checks, balancing the need for maximum compliance with an understanding of the burdens on host sites;
• Assist with annual Leadership Development Training;
• Represent Programs to outside entities, host sites, attorneys and law students in a clear and engaging way;
• Pro-actively collect and share information and narratives with all Units of Equal Justice Works; and
• Ensure compliance with organizational policies and procedures, including those related to human resources, expense tracking and reimbursement, and communications with outside stakeholders.

QUALIFICATIONS

• Four to seven (4-7) years work experience, with at least one year program management, project management, or government grants or contracts implementation experience preferred.
• Demonstrated results managing a program with a budget of $100,000 or more.
• Excellent management and organizational skills.
• Ability to get up to speed on various regulations and reporting requirements and ensure that deadlines are met and rules are followed.
• Demonstrated track record of good judgment – knowing which types of problems, issues and opportunities should be highlighted for the Director and Executive Director, and which types of problems, issues and opportunities can be handled independently.
• Demonstrated track record of strong communication with diverse audiences. We are looking for someone who can provide clear guidelines and communicate effectively.
• Experience working on government-funded projects a plus.
• Experience with outcomes-based performance management a plus (logic models, theories of change, short term and long term outcomes, and evaluation).
• Experience working in teams.
• Bachelor's degree. MPA, MBA, MSW, JD or other advanced degree a plus.
• Familiarity with public interest law, social services, civil legal aid, Equal Justice Works programs, veterans or disaster relief a plus.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

The salary is commensurate with experience. Participation in our standard health insurance policy, dental insurance, flexible spending account plans, life and accidental death and disability insurance policies, 14 paid vacation days during the first year of employment, 10 days sick leave and two days of personal leave. Eligibility to participate in 403(b) retirement plan, and transportation fringe benefit program, as well as an ability to apply for participation in our loan repayment assistance plan, which currently provides up to $200 per month to offset educational debt payments. 

TO APPLY

Please send a concise cover letter with your salary requirements; short writing sample; and a resume to Tinna Jackson at humanresources@equaljusticeworks.org with the subject line "Program Manager Application."  Applicants who do not provide a writing sample or provide their salary requirements will not be screened. Applications can also be mailed to Tinna Jackson, 1730 M St. NW, Suite 1010, Washington, D.C. 20036.  We hope to fill the position immediately.  Resumes will be reviewed as they are received.  No phone calls please.

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SENIOR MANAGER, FEDERAL PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

ABOUT THE POSITION

The Federal Programs & Strategic Initiatives Unit of Equal Justice Works is seeking an experienced Senior Manager with excellent program management skills to implement fellowship and other programs which currently support 63 attorneys and 360 law students serving Veterans, victims of disaster, indigent defendants, and homeowners facing foreclosure in low-income and under-served communities across the country.  The Senior Manager will:

  • Coordinate and implement programs with many “moving parts.”
  • Ensure compliance with government rules and regulations.
  • Think creatively to solve anticipated and unanticipated issues.
  • Demonstrate excellent project management skills.
  • Lead and manage a high-performing team to contribute to program success and deliver optimal results.
  • Effectively communicate and engage with internal and external stakeholders.

 

Fundraising is not required in this position, as we are looking for a skilled leader who can implement the programs upon confirmation of funding.  This is an excellent opportunity to make a difference as a team leader in an expanding, fast-paced, well-funded and well-placed national organization, while ensuring that critical legal services are delivered to under-served communities.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Senior Manager is assisted by a team of four (two program managers and two coordinators) and is expected to:

  • Develop and adjust annual program plans that are consistent with the terms of the $3-5 million in federal grants as well as the strategic objectives of Equal Justice Works, while supporting legal fellows, law students, and the local non-profit host sites meet their established goals.
  • Execute grant budgets, including the Federal AmeriCorps grant, and determine the budgets and the awards to sub-grantees, which include organizations such as legal aid offices, courts, and other entities who qualify for such sub-grants.
    • Develop and implement a grant control system and the accompanying statistical data needed for agreed upon reporting responsibilities.
    • Formulate, administer and monitor the operating budget for the grants.
    • Report monthly progress towards established goals and expenditure of funds against the annual program plan for funding.
    • Establish and implement effective and workable systems for sites to document regulatory compliance and perform appropriate oversight mechanisms, including desk audits and site visits.  
    • Oversee high-quality annual Leadership Development Training within budget and with sound logistics.
    • Identify successes and problems on an ongoing basis, and make adjustments relative to these issues.
  • Recruit, propose and monitor host sites, including establishing and implementing effective systems and oversight mechanisms to document compliance.
  • In collaboration with external consultants, evaluate program results to ensure that outcomes are consistent with the terms of the grants to local non-profits, and then make needed adjustments based on the results of the periodic evaluations conducted.
  • Prepare an annual report to Director of Federal Programs & Strategic Initiatives to identify trends and anticipate future requirements.
  • Supervise and develop team to ensure that these individuals have the skills and experience needed to achieve work objectives.  The team may include temporary employees as needed and possible additional staff and/or consultants as new funding becomes available.  
  • Motivate team members by providing clear assignments, periodic and constructive feedback, mentoring, and professional development opportunities.
  • Ensure staff compliance with organizational policies and procedures, including human resources, expense tracking and reimbursement, and communications with outside stakeholders. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Seven years of work experience, with at least three years’ experience with government-funded projects and outcomes-based performance program management, including:  
    • Implementing, managing and evaluating grant programs and the funding mechanisms associated with such grants of similar size and complexity.
    • Managing relationships with sub-grantees on a nation-wide basis.
    • Collecting, analyzing and reporting on financial data and related program evaluation data and results.
  • Demonstrated results managing a program with a significant budget.
  • Demonstrated track record of effectively directing and supervising at least two staff.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to understand, master and ensure compliance with all applicable grant regulations and reporting requirements.
  • Demonstrated track record of “managing up,” i.e. knowing which challenges and opportunities to escalate to the Director and/or Executive Director.
  • Bachelor's degree.  MPA, MBA, JD or other advanced degree, a plus, or years of experience in related areas as a substitute for advanced degrees.  Familiarity with public interest law, civil legal aid, Equal Justice Works programs, law firm and pro bono legal landscapes a plus.  

SALARY AND BENEFITS

The salary is commensurate with experience.  Participation in our standard health insurance policy, dental insurance, flexible spending account plans, life and accidental death and disability insurance policies, 14 paid vacation days during the first year of employment, 10 days sick leave and two days of personal leave.  Eligibility to participate in 403(b) retirement plan, and transportation fringe benefit program, as well as an ability to apply for participation in our loan repayment assistance plan, which currently provides up to $200 per month to offset educational debt payments.

TO APPLY

Please send a concise cover letter with your salary requirements; short writing sample; and a resume to Tinna Jackson at humanresources@equaljusticeworks.orgwith the subject line "Senior Manager – Federal Program Management” Application."  Applicants who do not provide a writing sample or provide their salary requirements will not be screened. Applications can also be mailed to Tinna Jackson, 1730 M St. NW, Suite 1010, Washington, D.C. 20036.  We hope to fill the position immediately.  Resumes will be reviewed as they are received.  No phone calls please.

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