Portfolio Manager

Washington, District of Columbia, United States


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.

About the Fellowships Team:

The Fellowships Team runs the largest post-graduate legal fellowship program in the nation.  We are seeking a creative and energetic individual to help us grow this successful program.  Fellows design unique two-year projects that address a range of society’s most pressing legal issues, and their projects are funded by corporations, law firms, foundations, individuals, and cy pres awards.  The Fellowship serves as a launching pad for the future leaders of the public interest community; 85% of our Fellows continue doing public interest work throughout their careers.  This program is on a growth trajectory, and we are eager to increase the real impact on communities and on the lives of our Fellows.  The need for creative solutions to the challenges our Fellows address are now more pressing than ever; be a part of the dynamic team working to put more Fellows in the field nationwide!

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 on the West Coast, 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, at least 1-2 trips per month.  The balance of responsibilities for this position is approximately 60% programmatic and 40% fundraising.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Expand Equal Justice Works’ fundraising base on the West Coast by recruiting and supporting an assigned group of current and prospective donors.
  • Create and implement a plan for renewing each Fellowship in his/her region in a given year. Develop creative co-sponsorship arrangements as needed to secure Fellowship renewals.
  • Steward and retain his/her existing sponsors by managing the Fellow selection process for sponsors in his/her portfolio and monitoring the performance of his/her Fellows. 
  • Gain a clear understanding of sponsor’s expectations at the beginning of each Fellowship and oversee performance of Fellows to ensure sponsor satisfaction. Ensure Fellow has sufficient interaction with sponsors, including pro bono engagement, to ensure high satisfaction.
  • Support individual Fellows in portfolio by serving as staff contact for all sponsor-related inquiries. Support Fellowship class as a whole by participating in Leadership Development Training, other trainings as necessary, and other inter-unit collaborations.
  • Assist with Fellow presentations, prepares written reports and alumni booklets per sponsor requests, and supports management and others engaged in sponsor renewal.
  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit new donors, including sponsors and individual 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 Institutional Advancement unit to support stewardship of donors. 
  • Use Board members, alumni, current sponsors, and research to identify prospects new to Equal Justice Works. Support management and others engaged in donor and sponsor recruitment.
  • Other duties as assigned

Direct Reports:

  • None


  • BA degree required, JD strongly preferred
  • Extensive 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.  
  • 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.


  • Ability and willingness to travel 25%.

Physical Requirements:

  • Lifting responsibilities of up to 15 pounds.


  • Daily activities are conducted in a typical office environment.


  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Must have experience using databases. Experience with CRM a plus.

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

To Apply:

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