Program Associate

Job Type

Full Time




United States



The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate, teaching tolerance, and seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. With offices throughout the southeastern United States, the SPLC employs litigation, legislative advocacy, and public education to advance criminal justice reform; protect the rights of children, immigrants and LGBT individuals; and combat policies and practices that punish people for being poor.

The Program Associate will support the Legal Director (LD) and the Associate Legal Director (ALD) with a wide array of programmatic and administrative responsibilities. The ideal candidate is an organized, efficient administrator with strong writing and research skills, and an analytical thinker who is a self-starter comfortable working under general supervision.

Primary Job Functions:

  • Plan and coordinate meetings, trainings, retreats and other events;
  • Conduct social science and factual research;
  • Assist in the development of legal department policies;
  • Maintain the legal department’s litigation docket;
  • Manage orientation for new Montgomery legal hires regarding administrative equipment, office procedures, and employee-related computer applications;
  • Provide administrative support to the LD, ALD and Legal Program Manager, including preparing and submitting invoices, check requests, and expense reports; handling travel arrangements; scheduling meetings; and many other administrative tasks as required;
  • Maintain the database of legal files.

Qualifications –

Education and Related Work Experience:

  • College degree or relevant life or work experience;
  • At least one-year of experience managing or performing high-level administrative functions for a project/program;
  • Event planning experience preferred. 

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively at all levels and to build and maintain relationships and networks;
  • Must be a team player and have the ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment;
  • Strong research, writing and editing skills;
  • Strong computer skills; quick learning with willingness to learn and master internal and Microsoft Office computer applications and databases; 
  • Strong multi-tasking, organizational, and prioritization skills, coupled with creative problem-solving skills; must have the ability to work efficiently, meet deadlines, and work under pressure;
  • Ability to shift between strategic and tactical responsibilities;
  • Ability to think proactively to anticipate, take initiative, and plan for upcoming work needs;
  • Must have continual attention-to-detail in composing, grammar, typing, and proofing materials;
  • Must respect and maintain confidentiality at all times;
  • Commitment and passion for social justice issues.

Other Special Considerations:

This job is performed under general office conditions and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.


The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement