FLSA: Full-Time, Exempt
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: Currently remote, with San Francisco office open as an option. Hybrid/remote office likely in future. Must reside in California.
We are looking for a creative, passionate, seasoned attorney to direct our pro bono program and oversee strategic partnerships throughout the Bay Area and California. By bringing your deep dedication to dismantling inequities in our society, strong organization skills, and experience building strategic relationships across diverse sectors, you will be an essential part of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCRSF) leadership team. You will help steer our pro bono partnerships with mission-aligned strategies and practices to ensure we maintain and grow a well-trained, well-supported, engaged pool of pro bono attorneys who are crucial to our direct services and impact work.
As one of the most enduring civil rights institutions on the West Coast, LCCRSF works to dismantle systems of oppression and racism and to build an equitable and just society. Formed in 1968 to bridge the legal community and the Civil Rights Movement, we’re known for advancing the rights of people of color, immigrants, refugees, and low-income individuals. We also invest in legal fellows and support a network of over 1,000 active pro bono attorneys and volunteers. We are in this work for the long haul. Our goal is to make this work sustainable, to rest as needed and take care of each other and our communities, so we can be fierce in the face of power through our core issue areas of Racial Justice, Immigrant Justice, Economic Justice, and Educational Justice. Learn more at lccrsf.org.
About the Pro Bono Team
Each year, LCCRSF mobilizes over 1,000 pro bono attorneys who contribute over 30,000 hours of free legal assistance—services valued at over $25 million. Leveraging the power of the private bar enables LCCRSF to engage in impact litigation, policy advocacy, and direct legal services across all program areas.
The Director of Pro Bono & Strategic partnerships works in collaboration with the Executive Director, the management team, staff, and the Board of Directors to develop and implement strategic visions and plans to strengthen and expand pro bono support from lawyers, non-lawyers, private law firms, corporations, and other partners. This role will collaborate with staff across teams to take the organization’s pro bono work, strategic growth, and infrastructure to the next level. Critically important to LCCRSF’s pro bono work is mission alignment, anti-racism, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). You will be part of a team that prioritizes creativity, balance, warmth, and community building on the road to justice. Core responsibilities include:
Program Pro Bono Support (50%)
- Oversee and implement strategies, in collaboration with program staff, to engage, train and support pro bono attorneys and other volunteers, including legal interns, in support of LCCRSF’s programs.
- Work with program staff to support, innovate, and problem-solve ongoing pro bono involvement in each of the direct legal services programs, and for impact litigation.
Strategic Planning (15%)
- Create, guide, and supervise, in collaboration with the Executive Director, the strategic direction of LCCRSF’s pro bono and volunteer programs to meet program needs, as well as alignment with LCCRSFSF’s mission and values.
- Share leadership responsibilities with the management team to further the organization’s short and long-term goals, and contribute to additional projects as assigned by the Executive Director.
- Work with management and staff to align pro bono and law firm fund development strategies with program and organizational priorities. Assist in the preparation of program and organization marketing materials, fundraising proposals, appeals and reports.
- Oversee, enhance, and maintain pro bono and volunteer management systems.
- Strengthen and implement protocols for case/volunteer recruitment, retention, status reports and feedback from clients and pro bono partners.
- Support overall project management on the annual State Bar of California IOLTA/EAF application and reporting.
Glide Clinic (10%)
- Supervise the Pro Bono/Clinics Manager, who supports all aspects of the pro bono program and staffs the GLIDE Unconditional Legal Services clinic. Provide technical support for pro bono attorneys who staff the GLIDE clinic.
- Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with client groups, communities served, the private bar, corporations, LCCRSF board members, volunteers, and other partners. Support program staff to do the same.
- Represent LCCRSF at public events, donor/foundation events, and in media.
- Work with staff and Development team on Pro Bono Awards nominations and pro bono program components of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards event.
- Knowledge of and demonstrated commitment to the mission, goals and priorities of LCCRSF, including deep understanding of and commitment to eradicating systemic racism and white supremacy culture.
- Minimum of 5-8 years of experience in the social justice or legal sector (5 years of legal experience in one of LCCRSF’s core legal areas strongly preferred).
- Demonstrated ability to develop strategic partnerships and enhance relationships across a wide variety of sectors.
- Experience working with law firms and corporate legal departments, with a strong preference for experience with San Francisco Bay Area law firms.
- Demonstrated ability to develop cross-team strategies and implementation systems and infrastructures, including strong problem-solving skills.
- Demonstrated ability to advance and lead on anti-racism and DEI strategies.
- Ability to think creatively and strategically about pro bono services and demonstrated ability to develop and maintain relationships in support of pro bono strategies.
- Demonstrated management or supervisory experience (minimum of 3 years of management level experience or working in supervisory capacity with increasing responsibility).
- Appreciation of the values of working cooperatively, and commitment to meaningfully contributing to a culture of mutual-support and wellness, both within the organization and in the community.
- Excellent written and oral advocacy skills.
Salary, Benefits, Work location
This position is full-time, exempt, with an annual salary of $105,000-$120,000 and reports to the Executive Director. Full benefits package includes 100% paid medical + 80% for dependents, 403b retirement with employer match after one year, and more. Generous time off: 3 weeks’ vacation, 12 days of sick time, personal day, Short Fridays and one week Winter Break.
Our office is located on the Embarcadero in downtown San Francisco, close to many transit options. We’re currently remote with our office available for optional use, or as needed. We do not yet have a target date for return to the office, but we expect to offer, at minimum, part-time remote. While remote, may not work outside CA for more than 30 consecutive days at a time. Employees must be fully vaccinated according to CDC COVID-19 guidelines for in-person work.
General working hours are 9am-5pm, M-F. LCCRSF is woman- and minority-led, with 32 staff. We are flexible, family-friendly, and value health, wellness and balance. We follow ADA guidelines – reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with different abilities to perform the essential functions.
Job is open until filled and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We hope to have someone start ASAP! Applicants should submit 1) a thoughtful cover letter; 2) a resume; and, 3) four professional references by email to email@example.com (put “Pro Bono & Strategic Partnerships Director)” in the subject line.) Questions can also go to that email.
In your cover letter, in addition to describing your interest in the position and qualifications, please respond to the following question: What in your background and experience has prepared you to work for an organization dedicated to advancing racial equity and immigrant justice? Feel free to think broadly about your response, applying professional or personal experiences.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area thrives as an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. BIPOC, LGBTQ+ candidates, people of all gender identities, persons with disabilities and individuals over 55 are encouraged to apply.