Director, Law School Engagement & Advocacy

Washington, District of Columbia, United States Full-time


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 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.


The purpose of this position is to lead and manage the Law School Engagement & Advocacy Unit.  


  • Lead, manage and motivate a team of four.
  • Create and manage compelling programs for students that instill an interest in public interest law and build the pipeline of public interest lawyers.
  • Advocate for law schools to adopt programs and practices that support students’ pursuit of public service.
  • Educate law students about how to manage educational debt barriers to public service.
  • Advocate for programs to alleviate educational debt burdens.
  • Develop and strengthens relationships with law schools and law students, including making public presentations to key audiences.
  • Collaborate with directors of fellowships and public programs units to identify and prioritize strategies and tactics to increase participation in Equal Justice Works’ programs.
  • Lead efforts for successful law school membership participation, student representative program, Conference and Career Fair, and educational debt relief.
  • Set annual performance goals, create and implements measurement tools, and conduct periodic and reportable assessments of measurable progress.
  • Develop, monitor and manage departmental budget.
  • Collaborate with Executive Vice President on strategic planning and talent management.
  • Serve as member of organizational leadership team.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • JD degree and six or more years’ successful management experience (nonprofit experience a plus)
  • Strong understanding of public interest law and law school education.
  • Experience working with or in law schools on pro bono, public interest, or clinical education programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, manage and motivate a team.
  • Skilled, persuasive public speaker and advocate—public policy advocacy experience desirable.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and interpersonal and collaborative skills.
  • Proven ability to bring stakeholders together and work strategically to achieve program goals.
  • Ability to think creatively, strategically and analytically.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects and priorities effectively and achieve results.
  • This position travels 30% - 40%.


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


Applicants should send resume and three references, cover letter describing in detail their experience, qualifications and why they would be a good fit. Please note: Phone calls and direct emails will not be accepted.   Applications without cover letters will not be reviewed.

EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS is an equal opportunity employer, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, political affiliation or any other basis covered by appropriate law.