JOB TITLE         Directing Attorney
JOB TYPE Exempt/Non-Bargaining
DEPARTMENT Immigrants’ Rights Project
REPORTING TO Vice President & Chief of Programs

Public Counsel is the nation’s largest provider of pro bono legal services. Founded in 1970, it is dedicated to advancing equal justice under law and addressing economic, racial, social, and other inequities by delivering free legal and social services to the most vulnerable members of our community. Public Counsel operates eight legal projects: Children’s Rights, Community Development, Consumer Rights & Economic Justice, Homelessness Prevention, Immigrants’ Rights, Veterans’ Rights, the Audrey Irmas Project for Women & Girls’ Rights, and our impact litigation project, Opportunity Under Law.

Public Counsel has a full-time staff of over 130. We are committed to building a diverse staff and encourage applications from people of color, people with disabilities, and people of all gender identities, gender expressions, and sexualities.



Reporting to the Vice President & Chief of Programs, the Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP) Directing Attorney provides direction and leadership for Public Counsel’s 25 immigrants’ rights advocates, including attorneys, social workers, paralegals, and administrative staff. Public Counsel’s IRP envisions a world where all (im)migrants live with dignity, power, and opportunity. Its team of advocates collaborates with clients and communities to fight fearlessly for legal protections and a just immigration system.

The Directing Attorney provides the management and strategic direction to carry out IRP’s mission and vision, and is accountable for setting and meeting the established short- and long-term goals of the Project. This includes oversight of all IRP programs, legal services, litigation, policy advocacy, and fund development efforts. Public Counsel strives to provide holistic services to our clients, integrating social work into our service delivery. The Directing Attorney must support Public Counsel’s values of equity, inclusion, and client- and community-centered advocacy. A passionate and effective leader, the next Directing Attorney will expand the impact of Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project for the greater benefit of immigrants across Los Angeles County and beyond.



Strategy & Organizational Leadership

  • Leads IRP’s efforts to bring about systemic and meaningful change on behalf of our clients, including by identifying opportunities to bring cases likely to have an extensive impact, and engaging in advocacy at the local, state, and national levels;
  • Provides vision and support to IRP’s supervising attorneys and its unionized staff to deliver high quality legal services, including direct representation, impact litigation, and policy advocacy;
  • Engages with external partners, community stakeholders, and the media to pursue strategic goals in partnership with management, IRP staff, and Public Counsel’s communications team;
  • Collaborates with management to inform, enhance, and execute agency-wide policies and initiatives;
  • Collaborates with management and IRP staff to further diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as trauma-informed services, within the organization.

Community Relations, Team-Building & Programming

  • Collaborates with community partners, including grassroots organizations, legal service providers, social service agencies, and governmental agencies, to advance the rights, dignity, and embracement of immigrants;
  • Leads collaborative process with management and the IRP team both to support and, if necessary, modify existing programs, and to design new programs in response to needs of immigrant community;
  • Supports IRP staff by overseeing recruitment and hiring, and providing mentorship, training, growth opportunities, and effective supervision that values staff well-being, including sustainable workloads;
  • Recruits pro bono attorneys to engage in impact litigation and direct legal services, and advises pro bono attorneys on immigration law;
  • Collaborates with Public Counsel’s Director of Social Work to identify social work needs and resources for immigrant clients.

Financial Management & Fund Development

  • Works with IRP staff, development staff, and leadership to maintain existing grant funding and seek new sources of funding to support and, where appropriate, expand IRP’s objectives and impact;
  • Manages grant compliance, including reporting;
    • Oversees IRP budget development and manages IRP budget.



  • At least 10 years of legal experience preferred;
  • Must be a member in good standing of any state bar, but State Bar of California membership preferred; if not licensed in California, must be prepared to join the California Bar if selected and needed for the position;
  • Significant management and mentorship experience in the non-profit and legal services sector preferred;
  • Significant leadership experience and vision for—as well as demonstrated commitment to—advancing the rights and dignity of immigrants, including by working in coalition with external partners and community stakeholders;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of immigration law and expertise with federal litigation in immigration law preferred;
  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-oppression, racial justice, and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and in the communities Public Counsel serves;
  • Demonstrated commitment to trauma-informed legal advocacy;
  • Experienced and effective communicator who works cooperatively across teams, levels, and functions within the organization;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including experience communicating with the press;
  • Excellent interpersonal, management, and organizational skills;
  • Collaborative, transparent, and compassionate management style;
  • Ability to read, write, and speak fluently in a language other than English (particularly Spanish) is a plus, but not required.



  • Full-time, Exempt position
  • Non-Bargaining
  • Salary starts at $125,000 and is commensurate with abilities and experience
  • Public Counsel offers a competitive benefits package including:
    • Medical, dental, and vision coverage with both HMO and PPO options;
    • The option to enroll in a Flexible Spending Account;
    • A 403(b) retirement plan with elective contribution and an employer contribution after a year of employment; and
    • Employer-paid life insurance and disability plans.
  • Generous paid time off and compensatory time up to 40 hours per calendar year
  • Parking and transit benefits



We value lived experiences and experiences working with clients across a range of settings. Please consider discussing such experiences in your cover letter, especially if they are not reflected in your resume.

Resume, cover letter, three references (including one person you have supervised), and writing sample (no longer than 25 pages) requested.

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Public Counsel requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees, including new hires. Pursuant to federal and state laws, Public Counsel will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs, unless doing so would pose an undue hardship.

Public Counsel follows all emergency state and local orders arising from the current COVID-19 crisis. Though generally this position is office-based, currently all staff must work remotely from their homes. Public Counsel will assess when the physical office will reopen in a manner consistent with public health and local and state emergency orders.



Public Counsel is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate against employees or prospective employees on the basis of union membership or activity, race, religious creed, religious observance, ethnicity, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or predisposition, military service, military and veteran status, pregnancy, child birth and related medical conditions, marital and family status, national origin, ancestry, age, medical conditions as defined by state or federal law, or disability, or any other basis prohibited by law.


All qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

Our leadership team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities discipline, discharge and general treatment during employment.



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