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Project Director, Civil Justice Innovation Project

Location US-DC-Washington

 

Overview


The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life.

We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.

Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the public interests.

With offices in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Australia, Brussels and London, and with additional staff in other regions of the United States and around the globe, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.

Project Description:
The civil justice innovation project launches in 2018 as an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. The project works to make the nation’s civil legal system more accessible and affordable to the public by implementing the most promising technologies and tools to assist self-represented litigants and improve state court efficiency.  The project provides technical assistance to courts to encourage the broad-scale adoption of these technologies and conducts evaluations to determine best practices.

Specifically the project will:
Promote the adoption of online dispute resolution as an official judicial procedure in five states, through deployment statewide or in a major municipal subdivision of the state court system.
Support the successful implementation of statewide legal-assistance portals in two states that provide access via the internet to diagnostics of civil legal problems and referral to a variety of information and services to assist self-represented litigants.
Identify the next set of states to target for the adoption of statewide legal-assistance portals.
Produce evaluations of four online dispute-resolution systems and two legal-assistance portals that estimate the expected return on investment for and examine changes in affordability, access, and time to case resolution for these technologies compared to traditional processing.
Convene a prominent civil justice working group to produce recommendations regarding additional technologies and reforms that would improve access to justice.
Position Overview:
The project director position, based in Pew’s Washington, DC, office, will report to the senior director, state campaigns.  The project director will have primary responsibility over all facets of the project, developing opportunities, delivering technical assistance and conducting evaluations, to achieve the goals of the project. This person will manage the initiative, supervise project staff and collaborate closely with other Pew colleagues, including communications, government relations, philanthropic partnerships and operations. The position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.

Responsibilities


Leadership and success of all aspects of the initiative, ensuring all aspects of the project, ensuring they are well coordinated and strategically focused.
Manage and mentor project staff.  Contribute to professional development, providing constructive feedback on performance.
Design and monitor state technical assistance efforts, ensuring they are well-conceived and effectively implemented.
Oversee the development of a diverse coalition of stakeholders to support the project’s goals.
Oversee an evaluation effort that will determine the impact on cost efficiency, timeliness and accessibility, user satisfaction, and return on investment of online dispute-resolution systems.
Oversee a research agenda that will fill important knowledge gaps in the field and be relied upon to guide continued reform.
In conjunction with Pew's communications team, develop a communications strategy to support the project’s goals.
Manage the initiative’s budget, ensuring compliance with all internal procedures, including those for entering into and managing contracts.
Collaborate with Philanthropic Partnerships to engage external funders.

Requirements


Bachelor’s degree required; law degree preferred.
At least ten years of experience in public policy that demonstrates a high level of understanding of issues including: the civil justice system; the use of technology to help address fundamental government services; experience working with senior state policy makers, researchers, advocates and other stakeholders strongly preferred.  Excellent understanding of current trends, leading thinkers and climate for change in states and court systems.
Minimum of three years of previous direct supervisory experience required including experience overseeing performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel.
Experience convening groups of policymakers, researchers, and other professionals, and supporting their efforts to reach consensus and move toward a desired outcome.
Proven success in overseeing complex projects and achieving measurable results.  Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.  Must be flexible, creative, and consistent and assume high accountability for all areas of responsibility.
Strong and diplomatic interpersonal skills, demonstrating strong collaborative spirit and ability to make decisions.
Seasoned judgment. Ability to creatively solve problems, justify recommendations, and be responsive to colleagues and partners.
Superb oral and written communications skills.  Ability to articulate complex ideas, thoughts and concepts clearly and effectively.
Ability to thrive in a creative, fast-paced and highly professional corporate culture that emphasizes excellence, collegiality and teamwork.
Acute political awareness and non-partisan perspective and approach.

Travel
Domestic travel will be required for this position.

Compensation and Benefits
We offer a competitive salary and complete benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance.            


The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

 


DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY FOR ELDER LAW AND HEALTH CARE
Baltimore City - Full-time

Maryland Legal Aid announces an exciting full-time employment opportunity for a Director of Advocacy for Elder Law and Health Care to qualified applicants.

Duties include, but are not limited to:  

Lead, coordinate and support Maryland Legal Aid’s elder law and health care advocacy statewide, including its work related to older adults and persons with disabilities;
Provide leadership, mentoring, co-counseling, lead counseling, technical assistance, and expertise on elder law and health care cases, including assistance with impact advocacy efforts and appeals, to attorneys and paralegals in all Maryland Legal Aid offices;
Handle health care and elder cases individually where appropriate;
Implement and serve as project manager for all grants related to elder law and health care. Provide leadership in the evaluation and outcomes measurement efforts for such grants;
Work closely with Maryland Legal Aid’s Program Development/Compliance and Development Units in researching and identifying funding opportunities as well as preparing grant applications and reports  related to elder law and health care;
Supervise the Long Term Care Assistance Project Director and Human Rights Project Director and other projects as assigned;
Coordinate policy advocacy on issues related to elder law and health care, including comments on state and federal regulations and legislative testimony as permitted by Legal Services Corporation restrictions;
Assist with designing and conducting trainings for internal and external audiences on elder law and health care topics;
Collaborate extensively with stakeholders including local, state and national advocates for older adults and persons with disabilities, government agencies, and industry leaders.
Conduct research and publish materials relating to current trends and emerging issues in the fields of elder law and health care;
Attend and play significant role in Maryland Legal Aid statewide task forces, including task forces focusing on elder law, health care, and public benefits.
Qualifications:  Admission to Maryland Bar or eligible and willing to take the first available Maryland Bar examination.  Minimum of five years’ experience as an attorney, expertise in elder and/or health care law, and prior supervisory experience in a legal services or similar program are highly desirable. Excellent mentoring and demonstrated communication skills (oral and written) are required.  Must be proficient with computer applications and systems.

This position is full-time and will remain open until filled.

**This site allows applicants to download resume and cover letter as one document only.  Attempts to upload more than one document may result in an error and/or loss of information.

Please send cover letter (required) and resume in a single document

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER


Pro Bono Net - Pro Bono and Strategic Initiatives Coordinator
November 2017

Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit organization using innovative technology to increase legal assistance for underserved communities, seeks a highly qualified candidate to join our team. This position will be divided between spearheading pro bono initiatives and partnerships in New York that leverage web-based resources to mobilize volunteers and strengthen the work of public interest legal advocates, and project management of new initiatives to incubate and scale innovative models of service delivery and collaboration. This full-time position is based in New York City.

Position Responsibilities

New York Program Development and Management (approximately 60%):

Manage strategic direction, goals and annual work plan of probono.net/ny network as a strategic technology resource in New York.

Engage and support pro bono and legal aid partner organizations that manage online substantive law practice areas on probono.net/ny.
Manage partnerships related to NYC Pro Bono Center (www.probono.net/nycprobono) including regular partner meetings and content development strategies.
Supervise program associate in the day-to-day administration of the NYC Pro Bono Center and related e-communication vehicles.
Spearhead program development of new online practice areas and resources to support private bar and public interest collaboration in New York.
Lead outreach efforts to raise awareness of Pro Bono Net’s resources to support volunteers among law firms, nonprofit legal aid programs and other key stakeholders.
Participate in relevant New York City and State Bar Association pro bono committees and networks.
Strategic Initiatives - Project Management (approximately 25%):

Manage a portfolio of New York and nationally-focused initiatives that leverage technology to expand access to legal assistance and strengthen collaboration within the justice sector.   
Manage partner relationships and project execution.
Oversee project impact evaluation efforts.
·       Work with other PBN staff to facilitate awareness and adoption of related innovations, such as LawHelp Interactive, LawHelp, Closing the Gap and Immigration Advocates Network resources.

Capacity-Building and Program Administration (approximately 15%):

Contribute to fundraising and communications activities, including assisting with grant proposal development and reporting.
Track data to determine effectiveness of program and communicate impact.
Participate as a trainer and thought leader at key conferences and events.
Work with partner organizations and other PBN staff to identify and scope new features on the probono.net platform, as needed.
Maintain reporting systems to document work with each state in an efficient and effective manner.
Qualifications:

JD and 3+ years of legal experience, including pro bono work, required; experience in pro bono program management and/or nonprofit legal organizations strongly preferred and highly valued.
Web-savvy and fluent in the discussion of web-based tools; demonstrated ability and strong interest in using technology to support innovative approaches to service delivery.
Demonstrated ability to lead projects, work well with people, and foster and facilitate collaboration among diverse stakeholders.
Detail oriented and highly organized, with ability to multitask, establish priorities and achieve results.
Confident and skilled communicator (written and verbal), particularly the ability to make technology understandable to people without a technical background.
Strong self-motivation and initiative required, with ability to thrive and be resourceful in a dynamic environment with new challenges to solve.
Ability to work well with others and coordinate team projects involving on-site and remote collaborators.
Willingness and ability to travel several times a year.

 

Application Instructions

Email resume and cover letter to jobs@probono.net with Pro Bono and Strategic Initiatives Coordinator in the subject heading. No calls or faxes please. Application deadline of December 15, 2017, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

 


Pro Bono Net is an equal opportunity employer and all interested individuals are encouraged to apply. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.

 


Michigan Legal Help Program Hiring
Program and Outreach Coordinator

The Michigan Legal Help Program (MLHP), offices located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, helps people who have to handle simple civil legal problems without a lawyer. One primary product of the MLHP is MichiganLegalHelp.org, an interactive, statewide website that provides legal information tools and referrals to self-represented litigants.  Legal information tools includes Articles, Common Questions and Do-It-Yourself tools, utilizing A2J Author and HotDocs, which enable litigants to complete their own legal forms. MLHP received the NLADA’s Innovations in Equal Justice Award in 2015, and the MSBF’s Access to Justice Award in 2017; we’re looking to add another dedicated staff member to our team.

Job Description and Responsibilities: This is a full time position; duties fall into four categories:
a) LiveHelp Program: LiveHelp volunteers provide chat-based assistance to web visitors daily. Responsibilities include volunteer recruitment, training, and management; supervising and monitoring volunteer performance; and coordinating with other MLH staff on LiveHelp operations.
b) Self-Help Centers: SHCs provide computers and trained Navigators to help people use MLH; currently we support 15 centers and add more each year. Responsibilities include collaborating with partners to establish new legal self-help centers (chairing meetings, ordering equipment, training navigators, helping to plan/advertise each opening, etc.), and providing ongoing education and support to all SHCs.
c) MLH outreach and marketing: The communications specialist will implement and manage MLH’s communications plans to reach our constituents, primarily the public and the legal aid community, the private bar, courts, law schools, and other organizations that serve lower-income Michigan residents. Duties include identifying outreach targets, developing and carrying out comprehensive plans to increase the use of MLH; maintaining social media presence; participating in training/education events; updating and distributing all PR materials, and other methods to increase our visibility in the state.
d) Content Management: Posting content to six other statewide websites; responsibilities include posting training materials, videos, and notices on Drupal websites as directed by content curators of those sites.
e) Provide front-line desktop support for 20-person office (we will provide training).

Qualifications: Applicants must have a Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field or commensurate experience in a related position, and should demonstrate a commitment to the low income community. Qualified candidates will work well with people and build collaborations; have excellent oral presentation and written communication skills; have some experience writing informational and promotional outreach materials, and conducting or facilitating meetings; have a willingness and ability to travel throughout Michigan by car; have an ability to effectively manage multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet all deadlines; and work well on a small team.

Benefits: Salary range begins at $31,000 annually, depending on experience. Benefits includes medical, dental, vision, long term disability insurance, participation in a 403(b) plan, and generous leave time. MI PLP, LLC is an equal opportunity employer; we encourage women, minorities, and persons with disabilities

To apply. 
Send a resume and cover letter to Angela Tripp, Director, MLHP via Amy Ciardiello at aciardiello@mplp.org. Applications accepted on a rolling basis; priority given to those received by 11/3/17.

 


Michigan Legal Help Program Hiring
Staff Attorney and HD/A2J Developer

The Michigan Legal Help Program (MLHP), offices located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, helps people who have to handle simple civil legal problems without a lawyer. One primary product of the MLHP is MichiganLegalHelp.org, an interactive, statewide website that provides legal information tools and referrals to self-represented litigants.  Legal information tools includes Articles, Common Questions and Do-It-Yourself tools, utilizing A2J Author and HotDocs, which enable litigants to complete their own legal forms. MLHP received the NLADA’s Innovations in Equal Justice Award in 2015, and the MSBF’s Access to Justice Award in 2017; we’re looking to add another dedicated staff member to our team.
Job Description: MLHP is seeking a staff attorney who is also a proficient (or willing and able to become a proficient) HotDocs and A2J Author developer. Staff attorney duties include: development of new legal information content and quality assurance updates on existing legal information content in the areas of Money and Debt; End-of-Life Planning; General Civil Procedure; Traffic, Crime and ID (inc. Driver's Licenses); mastery of plain language writing skills and reviewing work of others; maintenance of Guide to Legal Help in the same subject areas; and engagement in other projects as assigned. 

A2J Author and HotDocs developer duties include:  drafting new Do-It-Yourself Tools in the subject areas listed above; developing new Do-It-Yourself Tools designed by other MLHP staff attorneys, testing of all Tools, and continued maintenance on MLHP's library of approximately 50 document assembly interviews.  Work in 2018 will also include working to migrate existing A2JAuthor 4 Tools to the A2J Author 6 platform.  MLH strives to develop approximately 10 new tools per year.  The developer will need to master both the A2J Author and HotDocs platforms, learn how to update and modify our existing library of tools, and work with MLH attorneys to create new tools and make modifications as part of an extensive testing process.

Qualifications: Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Michigan or eligible to take the bar examination at the next opportunity, and should demonstrate a commitment to the low income community, the principles of self-help, and the concept of using technology to increase access to justice. Priority will be given to those experienced with the A2J Author and/or HotDocs platforms. Qualified candidates will be self-motivated, organized, and independent workers capable of excellent communication; able to effectively manage multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet all deadlines; work well on a team and pitch in however needed to accomplish the goals of the organization; and demonstrate a desire and ability to learn A2J Author & HotDocs.

Salary/Benefits: This is a full-time position; the salary range starts at $44,000 annually, depending on experience. Benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, long term disability insurance, participation in a 403(b) plan, and a generous leave policy. MI PLP, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to apply. 
Send a resume and cover letter to: Angela Tripp, Director, MLHP via Amy Ciardiello at aciardiello@mplp.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with priority given to those received by November 3, 2017.

 


Pro Bono Net - Disaster Response Legal Fellow

To learn about Pro Bono Net's programs and partners, visit Pro Bono Net Programs

The goal of this initiative is to leverage Pro Bono Net's technology expertise, resources and national networks to aid in near-term legal response efforts on Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and other recent emergencies such as the California wildfires, and to strengthen a national disaster legal response infrastructure to build capacity and resilience for future disaster and rapid-response scenarios.  This initiative builds on Pro Bono Net's deep involvement in legal response efforts for vulnerable communities beginning with 9/11 through Huricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, and our role on the national Disaster Legal Aid Resource Center (DisasterLegalAid.org), a joint efforr with Lone Star Legal Aid, the American Bar Association, the Legal Services Corporation, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association and Texas Legal Services Center. 

Project Responsibilities
Provide field support to strengthen local legal response efforts:
● Gather information from local partners to determine needs for strengthened local
response
● Work to network needs among local partners in affected regions with allied efforts
nationally
● Work with local partners to enhance advocacy and pro bono engagement strategies,
including through the use of technology and online resources supported by Pro Bono Net
● Promote knowledge-sharing about new resources and strategies across affected
jurisdictions
● Maintain reporting systems to document work with partners and facilitate cross-program
knowledge sharing about needs
Coordinate expansion of pro se and pro bono use of online FEMA Appeals program:
● Work with local partners to determine pro bono and pro se needs with respect to FEMA
appeals, and support the effective use of the FEMA Appeals program in disaster-affected
areas
● Coordinate the creation of standard outreach and communications materials for the
FEMA Appeals program, and work with partners to adapt them in local outreach
campaigns
● Manage the process of having relevant materials translated into necessary languages
● Support implementation of LawHelp Interactive Connect as a tool to engage remote
attorneys in helping individuals prepare their FEMA appeals claims during the short
appeal window
● Work with partners to create and deliver training materials
● Track data to determine effectiveness of program
● Develop a toolkit to support rapid deployment of the FEMA Appeals program in future
scenarios, with an emphasis on attorney assistance models

In coordination with Pro Bono Net’s DisasterLegalAid.org partners, support expansion of
website content and tools to build national capacity for long-term and future needs:

● Assist with updating website content and volunteer guide listings related to active
disasters
● Work with partners to identify and publish new resources from regional efforts; assist
with adapting key resources for national use
● Work with partners and other PBN staff to expand use of the platform’s tools to support
networking and information-sharing among advocates nationally on key areas of disaster
law and effective advocacy on long-term, systemic needs
● Work with legal aid and law school stakeholders to expand resources relevant to law
student engagement in disaster relief efforts
● Conduct outreach and networking to promote awareness of new resources
● Track data to determine effectiveness of program
Qualifications
● Experience working with public interest legal, pro bono or access to justice organizations
strongly preferred; previous disaster experience highly valued
● Web-savvy and fluent in the use of web-based tools; demonstrated ability and strong
interest in using technology to support innovative approaches to service delivery
● Demonstrated ability to lead projects and foster collaboration among diverse stakeholders
● Detail oriented and highly organized, with ability to multitask, establish priorities and
achieve results
● Confident and skilled communicator (written and verbal)
● Strong self-motivation and initiative required, with ability to thrive and be resourceful in
a dynamic environment with new challenges to solve
● Ability to work well with others and coordinate team projects involving on-site and
remote collaborators
● Proficiency in Spanish a plus
● JD or advanced degree in law, policy or related field, or relevant work experience
● Willingness to travel occasionally, if necessary

Location and Benefits
This is a full-time, one-year position with a competitive nonprofit salary and excellent benefits,
including 4 weeks paid vacation. The position will be based in our New York office but work
with staff and collaborators across the country.

Application Instructions
Email resume, cover letter and references to jobs@probono.net with Disaster Response Legal
Fellow in the subject heading. No calls please. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis
and the start date will be as soon as possible.

Pro Bono Net is an equal opportunity employer and all interested individuals are encouraged to
apply. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex,
national origin, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.


PROJECT DIRECTOR - REENTRY CLINIC

Center for Community Alternative (CCA) Syracuse, NY

 


NEW ORLEANS WORKERS' CENTER FOR RACIAL JUSTICE

Position:
Managing Attorney
New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice 

Based in New Orleans, Louisiana
Posted October 1, 2016

Organizational Background
The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice
(NOWCRJ) is a multi-racial organization dedicated to building the power and participation of low-income workers and communities.  NOWCRJ has been nationally recognized for direct worker organizing, strategic campaigns, policy advocacy, litigation, and coalition building to advance immigrant rights, racial justice, and economic equity.  NOWCRJ anchors three grassroots membership organizations: the Congress of Day Laborers, Stand With Dignity, and the National Guestworker Alliance.

NOWCRJ’s Legal Department provides legal support to NOWCRJ membership groups and their members to force employers and federal, state, and local agencies to comply with existing laws, to build worker power, to address issues at the intersection of economic justice and criminalization of immigrants and communities of color, and to protect workers’ rights to organize.  Our current work includes federal impact litigation and law reform cases, strategic immigration and detention work, administrative advocacy, policy advocacy, and campaign support.  Practice areas include workers’ rights, civil rights, immigration, and benefits.

Position Summary
NOWCRJ seeks a highly motivated managing attorney based in New Orleans to lead a team of attorneys in New Orleans with an intersectional legal practice.  The Managing Attorney will be expected to (1) direct and supervise the docket and staff attorneys and represent clients in complex cases; (2) oversee internal management of the legal department; and (3) serve as a key leader of the Legal Department. This position reports directly to the Legal Director.

Key Responsibilities
1. Set the direction for and lead NOWCRJ’ s legal work
o Lead staff of attorneys and legal fellows to build NOWCRJ’s docket, in alignment with the organization’s strategic direction; 
o Lead litigation work and represent clients, especially for particularly complex cases;
o Collaborate with campaign teams on legal and policy strategies;
o Coordinate planning process across the department and organization to keep work plans up to date;
o Maintain relationships with local and national legal allies and experts; and
o Ensure smooth communication and coordination within the department and across departments.

2. Manage legal department to ensure we deliver on our goals
o Supervise staff attorneys, legal fellows, and administrative staff in the legal department;
o Ensure that the team and individuals have ambitious goals and plans in place to meet them;
o Develop staff skills as attorneys and advocates by providing clear and useful feedback in an ongoing manner;
o  Provide support and accountability to attorneys and fellows including workplan development; and
o Work to ensure that top performers are retained.

3. Serve as a key leader of the legal team and support ongoing work to strengthen NOWCRJ
o Ensure legal and fiscal compliance and space/ infrastructure/ technology support for the department;
o Create and review adherence with annual department budget;
o Build innovative, disciplined, positive culture within the legal department and across the organization; and
o Support the Legal Director and Executive Director in identifying, building, and maintaining the NOWCRJ’s resources.

Qualifications
• Commitment to legal practice in a way that empowers collective vision and action by low-income workers and communities of color.
• Substantial experience one or more of the following legal areas: labor, employment, immigration, criminal, or civil rights.
• Supervision experience including legal supervision, case development, and project management.
• Ability to implement vision, think strategically, creatively problem solve, exercise good judgment, and lead change.
• Sense of humor in order to maintain perspective and balance.
• Minimum 5 years demonstrated litigation experience in labor, employment immigration, and/or civil rights law showing excellent skills and outcomes and innovative strategies.
• Juris Doctor and active bar admission and willingness to take the Louisiana Bar Exam.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Bilingual (Spanish/ English), bicultural experience a plus.

Women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to careers@nowcrj.org, subject line: NOWCRJ- Managing Attorney. Applications will only be accepted electronically. Please include a daytime phone number. The application process will be open until position is filled.