Portfolio Manager

Washington, District of Columbia, United States | Public Programs | Full-time | Allows remote



About Equal Justice Works

The mission of Equal Justice Works is to create a just society by mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice. Equal Justice Works is a recognized leader in the public interest law movement. Please go to www.equaljusticeworks.org to learn more about Equal Justice Works. 

Equal Justice Works provides a continuum of opportunity that begins with incoming law school students and extends into later careers in the profession. From advocating for law school programs that instill public service values among students, to creating summer and postgraduate public interest jobs, to addressing the staggering educational debt that blocks lawyers from going into public service, Equal Justice Works inspires and provides opportunities for the legal community to change lives, make careers, and deliver on the promise of justice for all. 


Position Overview

This position supports the efforts of the Director of Fellowships to grow the Fellowship program. The Portfolio Manager is responsible for managing relationships with current and prospective donors in the Midwest and DMV including law firms, general counsels, and others, and running the Fellowship program in the assigned region. Each portfolio is constructed around specific geographic areas,and Portfolio Managers have significant fundraising and program responsibilities in the assigned cities and regions. The position requires significant travel, *. The balance of responsibilities for this position is approximately 60% programmatic and 40% fundraising.

*In light of COVID-19, travel for this position is temporarily suspended, and will resume when it is safe and reasonable to do so.


Specific Responsibilities

  • Expand Equal Justice Works’ fundraising base in the Midwest and DC/Maryland/Virginia by recruiting and supporting an assigned group of current and prospective donors.
  • Create and implement a plan for renewing each Fellowship in their region in a given year. Develop creative co-sponsorship arrangements as needed to secure Fellowship renewals.
  • Steward and retain his/her/their existing sponsors by managing the Fellow selection process for sponsors in his/her/their portfolio and monitoring the performance of their Fellows.
  • Gain a clear understanding of sponsor’s expectations at the beginning of each Fellowship, and oversee performance of Fellows on sponsor engagement (including pro bono) to ensure sponsor satisfaction.
  • Support individual Fellows in portfolio by serving as staff contact. Support Fellowship class as a whole and alumni by participating in Leadership Development Training, other trainings as necessary, and other cross-unit collaborations.
  • Assist with Fellow presentations, prepare written reports and alumni booklets, and support management and others engaged in sponsor renewal.
  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit new donors; steward donors, including individuals in portfolio region; solicit gifts from existing donors; and solicit Dinner sponsorships and recruit general counsels from existing constituents to serve on the Steering Committee. Work with Executive Director and Institutional Advancement unit to support stewardship of organizational donors.
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Ability and willingness to travel 30% of the time.


  • JD preferred. 
  • Knowledge of the public interest law sector required, including understanding of social justice issues and familiarity with nonprofit organizations.
  • Fundraising experience or relationship management experience preferred. 
  • Law firm or in-house legal department experience preferred.  
  • Must be experienced in using databases. Experience with CRM a plus.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects; self-starter; operates independently and works well in a team environment; great communicator.
  • Minimum of four years of acquiring and using industry knowledge and/or skills in similar positions.

Salary and Benefits

  • Comprehensive and generous benefits package commensurate with education and experience, including loan repayment assistance, full healthcare coverage, dental and 401k.
  • Salary Range - Compensation commensurate with experience.

EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, physical or mental handicap, matriculation, or political affiliation.