Director of Advocacy and Pro Bono
The Director of Advocacy and Pro Bono, reporting directly to the Executive Director, assumes a pivotal role that occasionally involves decision-making in the Executive Director’s absence. This position holds the responsibility of overseeing decisions made by other Directors, particularly those influencing the legal program, such as the cancellation of clinics, internship programs, and training sessions. The Director of Advocacy and Pro Bono is tasked with the following key responsibilities:
- Project Oversight:
In collaboration with the senior management team, the Director of Advocacy and Pro Bono evaluates VLP legal project work. This involves assessing the viability of current and prospective projects, deciding on the implementation or discontinuation of projects, and actively participating in discussions about grant opportunities and VLP application directions. While the ultimate decision to add or cancel a legal project rest with the Executive Director, the input of the Advocacy and Pro Bono Director is considered integral to this process.
- Supervision of Staff Attorneys:
Directly supervising the Supervising Attorneys across all units, the Advocacy and Pro Bono Director ensures proper support for staff attorneys. This includes providing quality supervision and training to staff attorneys, paralegals, and students within their unit. Responsibilities encompass examining the quantity and quality of work in various units, enhancing attorneys’ supervision skills, and aiding in their professional development. The Director is also accountable for scheduling a monthly attorneys meeting, which may feature presentations from external organizations or community groups. Collaborating with the Director of Compliance and Technology on compliance issues, the Advocacy and Pro Bono Director communicates regulatory changes and ensures staff training compliance.
- Pro Bono Recruitment and Retention / Volunteer Performance:
Serving as the direct supervisor of the Pro Bono Manager, the Director of Advocacy and Pro Bono supports pro bono efforts by identifying recruiting events, coordinating training and outreach, and reviewing volunteer protocols and newsletters. Collaborating with the Executive Director, the Director addresses volunteer performance issues and approves volunteers for the VLP panel. Responsibilities also extend to ensuring the Pro Bono Manager schedules new panel member orientations, recruiting events, and Bar Association events for volunteer recruitment and training. The Director assigns attendance at bar association events, trainings, and other recruiting opportunities to exempt legal staff as appropriate.
- Staff Trainings and Director’s Meetings:
The Director identifies and suggests training opportunities for attorneys and support staff to enhance the quality of their work at VLP and provide professional development. Eventually, the Director assumes responsibility for planning and leading the weekly directors’ meeting, including agenda creation, review with the Executive Director and senior management, and post-meeting annotation. Collaborating with the senior management team, the Director contributes to setting the agenda for bi-weekly all-staff meetings and incorporates it into the Staff Meeting Agenda template.
This multifaceted role requires a proactive approach to project oversight, staff supervision, pro bono initiatives, and organizational leadership, reflecting a commitment to the mission and success of VLP.
VLP is committed to a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Our ideal candidates are respectful of an inclusive work environment. VLP strives to ensure that those working in our organization reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. VLP encourages applicants from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to apply for positions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity and expression, pregnancy, national origin, veteran status, and military status or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state, or federal law.