Animal Legal Defense Fund
The Pro Bono Manager supports the Pro Bono Program to advance the emerging field and practice of animal law. The Pro Bono Manager is responsible for securing law professional volunteers to support ALDF projects and cases with a primary focus on advancing our litigation, criminal justice, and legislative goals. Additionally, the Pro Bono Manager will market ALDF as the leading animal law resource provider by delivering online and in-person presentations at law firms, bar association events, and national conferences, supporting state/regional bar animal law sections and committees, and by keeping legal professional members current on the latest professional development opportunities and events in animal law.
Project Management (50%)
- Collaborate with ALDF’s Litigation, Legislative Affairs, Criminal Justice and other programs to research candidates and obtain pro bono counsel for projects as needed.
- Manage the tracking of pro bono hours donated annually to ALDF projects by law firms and law professionals.
- Research, and identify candidates for ALDF legal professional spotlight series, which recognizes valued pro bono law firms, attorneys, and legal staffers.
- Manage the selection, implementation, and promotion of the annual ALDF Advancement of Animal Law Pro Bono Achievement Awards, with an emphasis on developing additional methods to promote these awards online.
- Identify and execute updates in the pro bono project and attorney database. Provide ongoing guidance on the implementation of best practices in legal practice management systems to improve efficiency, track matter progression and tasks, meet deadlines, and generate reports. Track ongoing cases, projects, and associated pro bono teams, and compile summary reports on pro bono engagement.
- Collaborate with the Litigation Program to respond to public requests for legal assistance and to provide ALDF resources. Make recommendations on which matters to support, communicate vetted opportunities to ALDF’s pro bono network, and manage the process to closure.
- Assign research projects to law clerks as needed.
Law Professional Outreach Management (40%)
- Support the Senior Pro Bono Manager in coordinating and delivering law firm presentations and webinars. Provide supplemental content as needed.
- Collaborate with the Litigation Program, the Criminal Justice Program, and Legislative Affairs Program to identify strategic areas where future pro bono support will be required (both in terms of subject matter expertise and geographic location) and develop and implement plans to recruit that pro bono support.
- Identify, develop and maintain relationships with law firms, law professionals, bar associations, and animal protection organizations, both via in-person meetings and remotely via regular online communication opportunities.
- Identify both in-person and online outreach opportunities and represent ALDF by speaking and tabling at various animal, legal, and public interest conferences, CLEs, meetings, webinars, and other events as needed.
- Monitor both local and national professional development opportunities and events in the field of animal law (such as CLEs, conferences, symposia, etc.) and ensure they are posted on ALDF’s webpages.
- Manage and create regular content for Law Professional eNewsletters and regional law professional email list updates.
- Monitor developments in pro bono programs to identify new opportunities to collaborate to advance animal law. Prioritize opportunities consistent with the furtherance of ALDF’s mission and overarching strategic and business plans. Develop and implement plans to capitalize on those opportunities.
- Support the development of new, and the continuity of current, state/regional bar animal law sections & committees and monitor the activities of those that are active. Promote animal law bar association events and deliver educational content.
- Coordinate with the Animal Law Program to manage and implement the Law Student Mentor Program and identify law professionals interested in teaching animal law courses and speaking about animal law when needed.
- Participate in Pro Bono Program meetings and provide progress reports to the Pro Bono Program Director as needed.
- Maintain updated records on outreach to law professionals, law firms and supporters.
Communications Support (5%)
- Coordinate with the Communications Program to promote law professional outreach via social media platforms.
- Work closely with Communications Program to create new online content (resource webpages, blogs, etc.) as needed.
- Work with ALDF’s Communications Program to identify and promote successful pro bono projects and outreach, both in person and via online methodologies.
Other duties as assigned (5%)
The ideal candidate will:
- Understand and be fully committed to the mission, vision, and core values of the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
- Have a minimum of 2—3 years’ experience in a pro bono/volunteer coordinator program role in either a nonprofit and/or for-profit organization(s), or equivalent.
- Have experience or demonstrated understanding of how litigation and other legal action can advance the organization’s mission.
- Be an excellent communicator, public speaker, and writer who can articulate messages to different audiences.
- Have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively with law professional members, supporters, colleagues, board members, community members, and the media.
- Be able to implement vision, think strategically and cross-programmatically, creatively problem solve, and exercise good judgment.
- Have superior program management, organizational and prioritization skills and be able to meet deadlines.
- Have a facilitative and collaborative work style.
- Be “computer literate,” comfortable with information technology, and have experience with software applications, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other applications. Experience with case management software and webinar programs is a plus.
- A J.D. is required.
The Pro Bono Manager must be available for periodic travel to conferences, trainings, meetings, and other events as required.
The workplace is a busy, two-story office located in Cotati, California. The workplace environment is business casual and includes companion animals. Products made from animals or animal parts are prohibited in the office. Working from a remote office is also supported.
Salary and Benefits:
Competitive compensation package with comprehensive benefits.
How to Apply:
Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and list of references (in PDF format only) to the attention of the Pro Bono Program Hiring Committee at email@example.com (no phone calls, please). Additionally, please include “Pro Bono Manager” in your email subject header.