Deputy Director, The Global Network for Public Interest Law

Job Type

Full Time




120 Wall St 16th Fl
New York
United States


PILnet (The Global Network for Public Interest Law), a premier international public interest law organization, seeks a Deputy Director with leadership, management, fundraising and entrepreneurial skills and a collaborative style.


PILnet’s mission is to make law work for the poor, vulnerable and unrepresented. It pursues this mission by providing new tools and strategies to public interest lawyers and developing networks of pro bono lawyers to support them.

Law has historically been a form of state power, but today, much of that power is in the hands of private sector actors. While public interest lawyers have made great advances using law as an instrument to confront power, especially through impact litigation, corporations and wealthy individuals have benefited greatly from the use of a different set of legal skills that mitigate risks. Through forums, fellowships, and trainings that put new tools in the hands of public interest advocates, PILnet is creating a new front-line of advocates fighting for positive social change.

PILnet’s unique approach complements traditional rights-based strategies. PILnet engages the entire legal profession as a global public interest law and pro bono network, to form effective, long lasting collaborations with civil society. As a strategic intermediary between the public and private sectors, PILnet carefully pairs NGOs and corporate lawyers to address emerging concerns and systemic issues. Building these relationships and involving corporate lawyers in long lasting collaborations with civil society, is a crucial piece of the PILnet strategy: it allows NGOs to not only obtain high-quality, free legal assistance when it is urgently needed, but also to become aware of the full range of specialized legal assistance they can receive from corporate lawyers, including against ongoing, and even yet to be determined, threats. This ultimately leads to stronger, more resilient societies. In 2017, through its clearinghouses, annual Forums, strategic convenings, and specialized projects, PILnet assisted over 200 NGOs by engaging 50 law firms to provide direct legal services valued at approximately $3,705,000. At PILnet’s 2017 Global Forum, 340 participants spanning across 48 countries came together to focus on reclaiming law as a force for good.

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Reporting to the President, the Deputy Director assists the President in leading the organization and taking responsibility for its overall management and performance. This includes responsibility for oversight and development of policies and assurance of sufficient human and financial resources, consistent with the President’s vision. 

  • Assist the President in providing leadership, guidance, motivation and inspiration to staff to achieve the organization’s goals.
  • Help ensure the fiscal health of the organization by working with the President to set the annual organizational budget and monitor financial performance.
  • Work with the President and staff to identify and develop relationships with foundations, corporations, law firms and individual donors interested in supporting the work of the organization and annually secure funds to meet the needs of the organization.
  • Manage operational planning, effective staff performance and efficient administrative processes.
  • Serve as a deputy spokesperson for the organization and represent it in the media, in public presentations, in communications with other organizations and in the community at large.
  • Assist the President in working with an engaged Board to ensure oversight and enhance the work of the organization.


  • At least 5 years of experience managing and administering an organization or a significant program of an organization, including managing professional staff. 
  • Previous experience in development and grant reporting.
  • A self-starter with a strong work ethic and a passion for social justice.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and to implement programs that further the chosen strategy.
  • Someone who thrives in a highly collaborative and collegial environment, in which achievements are shared.
  • Proven ability to develop, maintain and leverage strategic relationships.
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to write clearly, communicate convincingly, and advocate effectively. 
  • A strong knowledge of public interest law, international human rights or other related social justice fields. 
  • A history of significant international engagement, including an appreciation of local cultural context and ability to assess political risk.
  • A degree in law is preferred, but not required. 


Salary is based on experience. PILnet offers a generous package of benefits.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to the PILnet Search Committee at, subject line: Deputy Director. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.