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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.

Please note Equal Justice Works only posts internal job announcements. We recommend visiting Idealist, NALP, NLADA or PSJD for posting job opportunities.


 

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

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.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Programmatic (60%)

  • 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;

Communications (15%)

  • 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.

Other (5%)

  • Help with annual conference planning and execution; and
  • Provide similar support to other Equal Justice Works programs as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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.

TO APPLY

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 humanresources@equaljusticeworks.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.

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PROGRAM MANAGER, FEDERAL PROGRAMS AND STRATEGIC INITIATIVES

The Federal Programs and Strategic Initiatives unit of Equal Justice Works seeks an experienced Program Manager with excellent program management skills to implement and monitor the Fellowship component of the AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps, the Employment Opportunity Legal Corps, and the Disaster Legal Corps as well as various other smaller grant 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 several large AmeriCorps grants and a smaller grant programs focusing on legal services including:

  • Developing and monitoring subgrant agreements with Fellows’ Host Sites
  • Developing recruitment strategies for Fellows interested in joining AmeriCorps Legal Fellows program as well as reviewing various components of the Fellow onboarding process to ensure accuracy and completeness as well as compliance with AmeriCorps regulations 
  • Monitoring subgrantee Host Sites including performance oversight, financial oversight, and technical assistance
  • Conduct desk audits and site visits to determine and document the effectiveness of their program, sound financial management, and compliance with AmeriCorps regulations and Equal Justice Works requirements
  • Manage and monitor relevant communication methods including general email box, phone calls, etc. responding to host sites and Fellows inquiries, solving problems, and offering guidance.
  • Assist with annual Leadership Development Training;
  • Represent Equal Justice Works’ federal programs to outside entities, host sites, attorneys and law students in a clear and engaging way;   
  • Develop solicitations to seek new host sites including developing RFPs and applications, reviewing and scoring proposals, and recommending applicants for funding.
  • 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 three year program management, project management, or government grants or contracts implementation experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated results managing a program with a budget of $250,000 or more.
  • Experience conducting site visits, desk audits, and various other monitoring techniques to monitor financial and programmatic compliance including reviewing financial reports, program reports, invoices, program descriptions, and performance data
  • Demonstrated track record of taking initiative, effective problem solving, and good judgment with regards to involvement of senior level staff
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Experience with outcomes-based performance management a plus (logic models, theories of change, short term and long term outcomes, and evaluation).
  • Excellent management and organizational skills including attention to details
  • 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.orgwith 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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PROGRAM MANAGER -- AMERICORPS JD, FEDERAL PROGRAMS AND STRATEGIC INITIATIVES

The Federal Programs and Strategic Initiatives unit of Equal Justice Works seeks an experienced Program Manager with excellent program management skills to implement and monitor the AmeriCorps JD component of the AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps, Employment Opportunity Legal Corps, and Disaster Legal Corps.  The Program Manager should have experience implementing high-volume, customer orientated initiatives that are well organized and compliant with government and/or relevant regulations. Highly qualified candidates will have experience in managing large-scale initiatives that get results, thinking creatively to resolve anticipated and unanticipated issues, tracking and managing projects with multiple moving parts, and developing effective and replicable systems.  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

  • Coordinate a large AmeriCorps funded program focused on public interest law students.  Specific responsibilities include the following:
  • Creating a system to respond to applicants at various stages of the application process to encourage them to finalize and complete their applications
  • Implementing an AmeriCorps compliant background check process that begins at the point of student application through enrollment to check NSOPW, State, and FBI registries for criminal history
  • Creating a follow-up and tracking process to identify missing information and gather missing documents from students needed for enrollment, program participation, or exit
  • Develop various reports for management to share program progress
  • Identify and flag programmatic issues; develop solutions and engage management as needed
  • Update various forms, documents, and manuals for students and/or stakeholders
  • Develop and implement interdepartmental outreach and student follow-up strategies to recruit students and sustain student membership in AmeriCorps JD
  • Develop strategy to follow-up with Host Sites and AmeriCorps JD alumni to ensure participation for the upcoming year
  • Implement and oversee AmeriCorps JD members enrollment and exit process and ensure compliance with AmeriCorps regulations
  • Review relevant program documents including service agreement, work plan, performance reports for approval and report on key information to management
  • Act as a team lead and provide leadership and guidance to program coordinators and interns to support the management of the AmeriCorps JD program
  • Oversee and monitor the AmeriCorps JD mailbox for efficient and effective communication, making recommendations for process improvements

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Four to seven (4-7) years work experience, with at least three year program management or project management experience
  • Demonstrated results managing a high-volume, customer-oriented initiative.  Experience working with college and/or graduate students a plus.
  • Exquisite attention to detail, ensuring completeness and accuracy of work products and projects
  • Demonstrated experience in developing organizational systems, tools, and processes to improve product or program performance, including the documenting and integrating these systems into common practice
  • Demonstrated track record of taking initiative, effective problem solving, and good judgment
  • Highly proficient in Word, Excel and other data management software. 
  • High energy, personable, multi-tasker with excellent customer service skills
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Bachelor's degree required.  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 – AmeriCorps JD” 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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STRATEGIC INITIATIVES SPECIALIST

The Strategic Initiatives Specialist plays an important role by assisting in developing new publicly-funded strategic initiatives by assisting in relationship management, database management, report development and grant writing.  This position is a great opportunity for someone to learn the worlds of public interest law, federal funding, and social entrepreneurship.  The position will report to the Director of Federal Programs and Strategic Initiatives.    

In recent years, the Federal Programs and Strategic Initiatives Unit has developed and won new publicly-funded programs including the Employment Opportunity Legal Corps, which places 36 lawyers and 100 law students in the field, removing barriers to employment by expunging criminal records; the Veterans Legal Corps; and the Illinois Foreclosure Fellowship program.  The Unit has ambitious goals to bring on new programs in the areas of affordable housing, immigration, and consumer protection and we are seeking a highly-organized, self-motivated individual to assist in increasing access to justice on a larger scale.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Identify opportunities to engage in possible initiatives (e.g. grants, contracts and cooperative agreements), by conducting internet research, database research and outreach to government officials and successful nonprofits.
  • Assist Director and Senior Manager with maintaining relationships with key staff in federal and state government agencies. 
  • Update and maintain the database with accurate, detailed records of donors and prospects.
  • Analyze data and compile various reports and mailing lists.
  • Assist in grant writing and foundation prospecting.
  • Manage schedule, prioritize and coordinate meetings and travel arrangements for Director.
  • Perform administrative duties such as expense reports, reimbursements and timesheet entry and submission.
  • Handle confidential documents and conversations with discretion and good judgment.
  • Support the Director with special projects as needed.  
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Federal Programs & Strategic Initiatives.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years of professional experience
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Superior knowledge and of Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, and Outlook.  Experience with database applications preferred.
  • Ability to prioritize and carry out multiple tasks with attention to detail in a fast-paced team setting.
  • Ability to work with a broad range of people including government officials, senior staff, and program participants.
  • Capability to manage sensitive and confidential information with discretion and good judgment.  
  • Excellent calendar management skills expected.
  • Keen sense of judgment and discretion as well as an ability to be tactful and diplomatic
  • Commitment to public interest work or social justice issues.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

Salary commensurate with education and 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 with match, 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 operations@equaljusticeworks.org with the subject line "Strategic Initiatives Specialist” 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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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.

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