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.
ABOUT THE POSITION
Equal Justice Works seeks a program coordinator to provide administrative, programmatic, and communications support for the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps and VISTA programs, as well as other smaller grant programs as needed. This is an entry level position. The ideal candidate has a track record of, 1) being extremely well-organized, detail-oriented, efficient, and timely , 2) instituting creative and solution-oriented approaches to developing and improving systems 3) efficiently turning around assignments in a tight time frame, and 4) strong writing skills. This is an excellent opportunity to develop federal grant management skills and promote social justice while learning about the practice of public interest law. This program currently places 84 lawyers and more than 700 law students across the country to work on a variety of legal issues, including veterans, affordable housing, disaster relief, and foreclosures.
- Co-manage timely enrollment and exit process of 700+ law students in the AmeriCorps and VISTA programs and up to 80 Fellows, ensuring compliance with all rules and regulations.
- Oversee criminal history check process for 700+ applicants, working with outside vendors to ensure compliance with all rules and regulations.
- Review reporting from fellows and law students in consultation with Program Manager, noting trends, challenges, and using data to inform supplemental processes
- Analyze program compliance systems, make recommendations for improvements, and follow through on process improvements.
- Maintain and update Site and Fellow information in the organization’s database and others systems.
- Assist Program Managers and Senior Manager with oversight of nonprofit host sites.
Administrative & Finance (20%)
- Assist with financial coding of reimbursements, check requests, and invoices from vendors.
- Provide administrative support to program staff, including: managing Site and Fellow contacts in organizational database, coordinating conference calls, helping to plan and coordinate staff travel – including site visits, expense reimbursements, the creation and presentation of webinars, and other assistance as needed;
- Serving as a point of contact for Communications Department on AmeriCorps, Vista, and other Federal Programs to update and create content for the website;
- Respond promptly to inquiries from Fellows, site staff, law student members and other Equal Justice Works staff on issues related to program policy.
- Assist with outreach and recruitment campaigns to attract candidates for Equal Justice Works Attorney Fellowships law student service opportunities.
- Monitor email inboxes and respond promptly to inquiries related to finances or compliance. Track inquiries and response for entire team.
- Help with annual conference planning and execution; and
- Provide similar support to other Equal Justice Works programs as needed.
- Bachelor’s Degree and relevant work experience (can include internships);
- Track record of effectively managing projects with attention to details;
- Excellent and concise writing skills;
- Skills in basic spreadsheets and budget management;
- Driven to be organized, devise schedules, and strategically manage time;
- Track record of effective use of technology, particularly Excel spreadsheets and databases;
- Telephone and e-mail communication skills, including the ability to use tact and professionalism with a wide range of audiences;
- Experience working on federally funded grant projects, nonprofit or legal aid experience is a plus.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary is $38,000 per year. Some domestic travel may be required. Comprehensive and generous benefits package, including loan repayment assistance, full health insurance coverage for employee, employer sponsored disability insurance program, monthly transportation stipend, retirement plan with up to 4% employer match, 13 holidays, 14 days vacation, 2 personal days, and sick leave.
Applicants should send a one-page resume, three references, and cover letter (500-word limit in the body of the letter) describing in detail their experience, qualifications and why they would be a good fit to: Tinna Jackson, Operations Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Program Coordinator Application.” Applications may also be mailed to Tinna Jackson, 1730 M St. NW, Suite 1010, Washington, D.C. 20036. The start date is flexible.
PROGRAM MANAGER, FELLOWSHIPS AND ADVANCEMENT
This is an exciting opportunity for the qualified applicant hoping to integrate legal experience, strategic, fundraising, storytelling, and organizational skills, and a desire to help mobilize the next generation of public service lawyers committed to equal justice. The qualified applicant will undertake to help Equal Justice Works expand its fellowship opportunities and fundraising base. The qualified applicant must be able to prioritize among competing demands, be flexible when confronted with obstacles, and be a strong creative thinker.
The Manager, Fellowships and Advancement serves as a portfolio manager, responsible for an assigned group of current and prospective donors, including individuals, general counsels, law firms, and corporations. The Manager has significant fundraising responsibilities in assigned geographic regions. As a member of the Fellowships and Advancement Unit, the Manager reports to the Associate Director of Fellowships and Advancement who, in turn, reports to the Director of Fellowships and Advancement.
The qualified applicant must be able to demonstrate his/her ability to:
- Think strategically and creatively
- Work collaboratively with other team members
- Steward and retain existing sponsors
- Manage the fellow selection process
- Monitor the performance of the funded fellows
- Recruit new sponsors and individual donors
- Solicit contributions to the Annual Dinner
- Help recruit and steward potential Dinner Steering Committee members
- Expand the alumni relations program for former Equal Justice Works Fellows
- Interface with sponsors and facilitate interaction between fellows and sponsors
- JD Degree
- Three (3) to Five (5) years relevant work experience
- Law firm experience preferred
- Strong understanding of social justice issues and non-profit organizations
- Fundraising experience preferred
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate with others
- Outstanding written and oral communication skills, including the ability to write for third parties
- Demonstrated communication and marketing skills
- Demonstrated success with public presentation and networking
- Ability and willingness to travel (30-40 percent)
SALARY AND BENEFITS
The salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include 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 ability to apply for participation in our loan repayment assistance plan, which currently provides up to $200 per month to offset educational debt payments.
Qualified applicants are invited to send a concise cover letter, responding to the qualifications, including salary requirement; and a resume to email@example.com, ATTN: Tinna Jackson, Operations Manager with “Manager, Fellowships and Advancement" in the subject line. Applicants who do not include salary requirements will not be screened.
Equal Justice Works is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, physical or mental handicap, matriculation, or political affiliation.