Start Small Think Big is a non-profit on a mission to empower and catalyze under-resourced entrepreneurs. Founded 10 years ago in New York City, we have successfully expanded our work to San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. We are now in the midst of another period of rapid growth and expansion, as we work to replicate our model nationally and grow existing programs to serve larger numbers of entrepreneurs.
In order to connect under-resourced small business owners with the strongest pro bono legal, financial and marketing support to transform their growing businesses, build wealth for themselves and their families, and create jobs for others in their communities, Start Small has:
- Partnered with the majority of the top 100 U.S. law firms, including Simpson Thacher, Weil Gotshal, Cleary Gottlieb, Debevoise & Plimpton, DLA Piper, Gibson Dunn, Cooley, Wilson Sonsini, and Morgan Lewis, among many others.
- Partnered with the biggest and most well-respected financial institutions and corporations, including American Express, Morgan Stanley, Google, and Goldman Sachs.
- Secured significant support for our work from some of the largest and most forward-thinking foundations in the space, including Kauffman, JPMorgan Chase, eBay, and Citi.
The CA Associate Director for Start Small’s Legal Programs, reporting directly to the Director of Legal Programs, will be responsible for managing a caseload of CA clients, creating and refining the processes and tools needed to deliver legal services, building and maintaining relationships with key Pro Bono, Corporate, and Community partners, and create and deliver critical content to support clients transactional needs. We are seeking a mission-focused, strategic, and systems-oriented candidate who can support the growth of our legal work throughout California and the West Coast region, contribute to the legal programs holistically at the national level, and provide high value, meaningful services to our clients.
Core legal service delivery
- Maintaining an active caseload, both directly and increasingly through the recruitment, training, supervision, and delegation of responsibilities to legal fellows, interns, externs, and volunteers. This consists of identifying and addressing clients’ legal needs, including through scheduling and conducting interviews with clients, collecting relevant documentation and maintaining case files, overseeing the coordination of legal referrals to Start Small’s pro bono partners, providing legal information on an ongoing basis and, when appropriate, engaging in limited scope representations.
- Overseeing a series of small business legal education workshops. This consists of developing the strategy, design, and production of content with respect to the workshop series, facilitating such workshops as appropriate, and coordinating with other Bay Area or NYC based staff to effectively market, coordinate, and administer workshops, both in CA, the West Coast broadly, and Nationally.
Business, programming, and relationship development
- Establish, maintain and enhance strong collaborative relationships with community and governmental organizations as well as legal and other service providers to ensure appropriate and sufficient client referrals and to foster the development of collaborative projects. Represent Start Small at community partner events to provide subject matter expertise as needed.
- Leverage relationships with corporate teams to bridge the gap to the business side. Develop, vet, pitch joint legal, financial, marketing, and sales programming. Pilot clinics with corporate teams, sometimes with and sometimes without law firm support. Collaborate with corporate partners to develop innovative and iterative approaches to pro bono service delivery, incorporating increasing participation related to business strategy and the intersection between strategy and law to provide holistic support to women and minority small business clients.
- Determine rules and collaborate with the Director to develop best practices for expanding remote consultation partnerships in California, the West Coast, and Nationally. Develop relationships with inhouse corporate counsel teams, local NGOs, and government agencies as Start Small scales our programming statewide and regionally. Conduct or oversee research into ethics rules and regulations, and develop programming and best practices with the Director to expand remote access to legal support to underserved and low income communities
- Engage in ongoing professional development, including participating in trainings, technical assistance, networking, and resource sharing opportunities.
- Carry out special projects and other duties as assigned. Including e.g. development of educational and training resources for both clients and legal volunteers.
- J.D. from an accredited law school; member in good standing to the California Bar.
- Relevant legal experience, 3+ years of work as an attorney focused on business or transactional legal issues, in California.
- Experience performing legal work at a community economic development organization and/or corporate law firm experience, preferred.
- Ability to communicate with diverse groups, including clients, pro bono coordinators and volunteer attorneys at large corporate law firms, and other external constituencies, such as community and governmental organizations, civil legal service providers, and press.
- Spanish fluency is strongly preferred, additional language skills will be noted.
- Demonstrated commitment to inclusive community/economic development, social and economic justice work, and/or anti-poverty work.
- Meticulous attention to detail.
- Self-starter with an ability to take initiative and manage multiple priorities.
- Excellent judgment and sound decision-making capacity.
- Flexibility, adaptability, and creativity.