The Project Assistant provides primary support to the Law Firm Pro Bono Project, which works to enhance the pro bono culture and performance of major law firms in the U.S. and around the world. The Law Firm Project’s goal is to integrate pro bono into the practice and culture of firms so that they provide the institutional resources, infrastructure, and encouragement essential to fostering a climate supportive of pro bono service. This position combines administrative and substantive responsibilities and offers significant opportunities for professional development and growth. The ideal candidate will be good-natured, detail-oriented, calm under pressure, collaborative, and thrive in a fluid and fast-paced environment.
Assist with the delivery of off-the-shelf products and the planning, development, and implementation of new approaches to providing information, services, and benefits to law firms
Provide excellent service to law firms and other stakeholders (by phone and email), including answering general questions and maintaining and distributing timely, substantive information
Provide significant substantive, administrative, and logistical support for the Pro Bono Institute Annual Conference, which draws participants from law firms, corporate in-house legal departments, and public interest organizations around the world
Assist with the development, design, production, and distribution of promotional materials (fliers, brochures, mailings, etc.)
Research, write, edit, proofread, design, and publish original materials and content on substantive, mission-focused subjects for a variety of publications, including the website, blog, and electronic newsletter
Maintain project files and records in iMIS contact-management database
Manage and promote an online Resource Clearinghouse, including oversight of content and user experience (including registration, password and account management)
Maintain and update Project-focused pages on the website
Co-produce (schedule guests, research, prepare scripts, edit, draft social media marketing) the Pro Bono Happy Hour podcast
Provide guidance to undergrad and law school student interns
Provide administrative support, including preparing mailings, periodic (weekly/monthly/quarterly) reports, and analytics; maintaining files and spreadsheets; coordinating and scheduling conference calls, meetings, and webinars; and providing internal and external communication with stakeholders and vendors
Manage and track annual law firm membership recruitment campaign and provide information and benefits to Member law firms
Coordinate annual survey to collect, analyze, and report data on the performance of the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® initiative
Provide similar substantive and administrative support to other Pro Bono Institute efforts and staff, as needed.
Highly organized, energetic, mature, collaborative, and motivated with excellent attention to detail
Strong written and oral communication skills
Creative, curious, critical thinker and problem solver
Strong time management skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities for different supervisors
Strong interpersonal skills, good judgment, and a sense of humor
Ability to get along well with others (this is particularly important in our small office)
Ability to work independently with a significant degree of initiative, while being open to direction and feedback
Ability to organize projects and work flow, set and adjust priorities, meet deadlines, and execute multiple, concurrent tasks, and to anticipate needs and respond accordingly
Ability to write and format professional correspondence, memos, reports, and supporting documentation
Strong computer and internet research skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook
Prior experience with InDesign, iMIS, and/or Qualtrics preferred
Familiarity with statistics, quantitative reasoning, and/or analytics preferred
Prior work experience (especially at a law firm or nonprofit organization) strongly preferred
How to Apply
Applicants should send a resume, cover letter, list of references (two to three), and brief writing sample (no more than 500 words) to:
Mr. Chris Niebling
Pro Bono Institute
1001 G Street, NW, Suite 305 WEST
Washington, DC 20001
No phone inquiries, please.
Application review begins on a rolling basis immediately, and the deadline for applications is December 29. (Please note that PBI will be closed from December 21 through January 1, and we will review applications received during that time after January 1.)
The Pro Bono Institute is an equal opportunity employer, committed to ensuring fairness without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability or any other aspect protected by law, and welcomes and encourages diverse applicants and employees
About Pro Bono Institute
Founded in 1996, the Pro Bono Institute (PBI) is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization. With an unparalleled depth of knowledge, resources and expertise, PBI is the respected resource for all things pro bono. Through our work with law firms, in-house corporate legal departments, and public interest organizations, PBI is the global thought leader in exploring, identifying, evaluating, catalyzing, and taking to scale new approaches to and resources for the provision of legal services to the poor, disadvantaged, and other individuals or groups unable to secure legal assistance to address critical problems.
Our rigorous empirical research and analysis; white papers and reports; and advice and support allow us to reach a wide variety of audiences and transform the concept and practice of pro bono. By providing expert consultations and technical assistance, educational programming, and local, national and global pro bono convenings, our goal is to constantly improve and enrich pro bono service.
We count among our members, supporters, and partners the most respected law firms and in-house corporate legal departments in the world, as well as the most effective and cutting-edge public interest organizations.