Program Manager, Public Programs Unit

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


Program Manager, Public Programs Unit

Washington, District of Columbia, United States


The mission of Equal Justice Works is to create opportunities for lawyers to transform their passion for equal justice into a lifelong commitment to public service. We believe that a community of lawyers committed to public service can fulfill our nation's promise of equal justice for all. Please go to to learn more. 

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.


Equal Justice Works seeks to fill up to two Program Manager positions for the Public Programs Unit. The Program Manager manages the planning and oversight of one or more post-graduate legal fellowship programs that place groups of lawyers and law students at nonprofit legal services agencies (host sites) to provide civil legal services focused around a particular issue area or community. The Program Manager is responsible for day to day program operations throughout the program lifecycle to ensure successful start-up, coordination, implementation and delivery of program activities to achieve defined outcomes. The position is based in Washington, DC. 


  • Leads daily program management throughout the program lifecycle, including defining program timelines, managing program budget, coordinating interdependencies, managing and utilizing resources, and identifying risks and taking corrective action. 
  • Manages relationships with participating host sites, including recruitment and fellow support 
  • Coordinates and delivers ongoing training and technical assistance to host sites and fellows on program management and administration, including webinars and individualized assistance
  • Plans and carries out program monitoring and subrecipient monitoring, including host organization and fellow calls, desk reviews of programmatic and financial documentation, and host site visits 
  • Analyses program data, prepares grant report narratives and coordinates financial progress reporting to federal and private donors in conjunction with Institutional Advancement Unit and Finance Team 
  • Maintains practice knowledge of all applicable regulations, grant terms and conditions, policies and procedures to support organizational and subrecipient compliance 
  • Maintains regular communications with donors in conjunction with the Institutional Advancement Unit and other key program stakeholders
  • Oversees program consultants and program contractors, such as subject matter experts, evaluators and substantive training and technical assistance providers as assigned
  • Participates in inter-departmental and cross-departmental initiatives to advance unit and organization-wide projects and objectives. Works closely with Finance staff, Marketing and Communications Unit, Institutional Advancement Unit and Law School Engagement and Advocacy Unit. 
  • Manages one or more support staff assigned to the programs (as applicable)


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Business or other advanced degree desirable.
  • Four to five (4-5) years of work experience, with at least three years of program management and project management experience with solid knowledge and handling of project management principles in complex projects with multiple interdependencies
  • Experience in managing large-scale initiatives that get results
  • Demonstrated experience with grants lifecycle (pre-award, award, and post-award)
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience of government-funded program management and compliance requirements, previous experience with Department of Justice awards preferred. Demonstrated familiarity with 2 CFR 200 Uniform Guidance.
  • Sound knowledge of budgeting and resource allocation methodologies and procedures
  • Advanced writing skills and strong proficiency in programmatic data review and evaluation
  • Ability to find innovative ways to resolve problems and manage concurrent priorities effectively and efficiently.
  • Diplomatic and skillful in developing and maintaining strong working relationships with and among diverse internal and external stakeholders
  • Supervisory management experience
  • Willingness to travel
  • Technical Skills: proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint). Project management (PMP certification a plus), budget and accounting, grants management, and report writing.
  • Understanding of the wider objectives of the fellowship program is essential, and knowledge of civil legal aid is a plus. 


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


The position is available immediately, and will be open until we find the right candidate. Applicants should send a resume and 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.