Pro Bono Manager

Job purpose

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Pro Bono Manager leads the development, management, implementation, and evaluation of Legal Aid of Marin’s Pro Bono program. The Pro Bono Manager oversees the recruitment of legal and non-legal volunteers, administers the placement of pro bono cases and matters, fields requests from LAM Staff for client and mission-related pro bono assistance, and designs and supports legal clinics. The Pro Bono Manager develops partnership opportunities with law firms, corporations, law schools, colleges, bar associations, and other organizations to increase Marin residents’ access to civil legal services. The Pro Bono Manager serves as an ambassador to the private sector, other community-based organizations, and statewide pro bono networks, among others. The Pro Bono Manager actively engages in projects where fundraising and pro bono engagement intersect. The Pro Bono Manager serves as a member of Legal Aid of Marin’s senior leadership team, supports volunteer recognition and fundraising events, drives communications with volunteers, and participates in other projects that relate to systems, funds development, services delivery, and outcomes.

Duties and responsibilities

  • FUNCTIONAL:
  • Actively recruit, coordinate training, mentor, retain, and support volunteer attorneys, interpreters, and other individuals to provide access to legal services and resources, specifically engagement with the Community Court program, the Marin Superior Court Unlawful Detainer Mandatory Settlement program, and LAM’s community outreach efforts.
  • Develop, sustain, and expand relationships with lawyers, law firms, corporations, bar associations, and law schools to advance LAM’s mission and vision.
  • Under the supervision of the Executive Director, develop and implement new pro bono projects with lawyers, law firms, corporate counsel, and law students.
  • Partner with other legal services organizations on projects related to pro bono services and access to justice.
  • Promote LAM’s visibility among local lawyers and law firms, other potential funders, and within the community, through relationship-building and communications.
  • Ensure LAM Pro Bono’s program compliance with all applicable laws and with restrictions imposed by all funding sources.
  • Track, implement, and communicate trends, initiatives, and best practices as they relate to pro bono services and access to justice.
  • MANAGERIAL:
  • Oversee LAM's Pro Bono program, which offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities for attorneys, law students, and other individuals to provide pro bono services.
  • Oversee lawyer, law firm, law school, and other community outreach programs and recruitment for legal and non-legal volunteers including attorneys, paralegals, law clerks, etc.
  • Direct the placement of all pro bono cases and matters (including clinics) and manage all resources supporting these cases and matters.
  • Under the supervision of the Executive Director, manage the administration, tracking, evaluation, and reporting of all LAM Pro Bono activities.
  • In partnership with LAM’s Managing Attorney, operate LAM’s summer and school-year intern and externship programs, including recruitment, interviewing, and on-boarding; coordinate new attorney fellowship programs in collaboration with Managing Attorney.
  • Collaborate and connect with the broader network of community-based organizations and legal services providers to address regional gaps in services, explore areas for innovation, and make successful referrals.
  • In close consultation with the Executive Director, establish and implement the long-range goals, strategies, and policies furthering LAM’s pro bono initiatives.
  • ORGANIZATIONAL:
  • Participate actively on various projects where fundraising/development and pro bono engagement intersect, and where programs/systems and pro bono engagement intersect.
  • Under the supervision of the Executive Director, produce grant proposals, reports, and other materials that relate to systems, services delivery, and outcomes.
  • Serve as a resource to LAM Staff on volunteer-related issues and assist with Staff-volunteer relationships as needed.

Qualifications

  • • California Bar membership or eligibility
  • • At least three years of legal experience. • Attorneys with multiple years of experience also are encouraged to apply.
  • • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law, community lawyering and the mission and vision of Legal Aid of Marin.
  • • Ability to work effectively and respectfully with individuals from varied backgrounds, including survivors of trauma, discrimination, and systemic marginalization.
  • • Experience working interdepartmentally and collaboratively with colleagues, board members, and volunteers.
  • • Excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to interact skillfully with diverse stakeholders, including law firm partners, board members, academics, potential funders, volunteers, colleagues, clients, and community-based organizations.
  • • Enthusiasm for pro bono engagement, and the ability to represent LAM Pro Bono effectively throughout the County, region, and State.
  • • Ability to work collaboratively by managing “up” and “across” a small, nimble organization.
  • • Knowledge and observance of ethical obligations and best practices.
  • • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • • Strong attention to detail. • Able to work effectively and efficiently in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment.
  • • Flexibility in meeting organizational challenges by using collaborative problem solving methods and shifting resources as needed.
  • • Intermediate-Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office suite and ability to enter, gather, and report data using Legal Aid of Marin’s database platforms.
  • • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends as required to carry out the responsibilities of this position; the ability to travel throughout the County as needed to promote LAM’s mission and vision.

Compensation:

Starting salary ranges from $80,000 to $100,000 annually, dependent on experience and competencies. Benefits include 15 paid holidays; vacation leave; health, dental, vision, and long-term disability insurance; and retirement plan participation.

How to Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to Vivian Alatorre, Operations Manager, via email to: valatorre@legalaidmarin.org. No phone calls please. Our review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Due to the number of applicants, we will only contact candidates moving forward in the interviewing process.

Legal Aid of Marin is committed to promoting a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, BIPOC individuals, LGBTQ community members, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from historically underrepresented groups to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer and refrain from discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, citizenship status, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.