Associate Director for Pro Bono Initiatives

Associate Director for Pro Bono Initiatives

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Posted Job Title
Associate Director for Pro Bono Initiatives

Job Profile Title
Associate Director C

Job Description Summary
The Toll Public Interest Center (TPIC) harnesses the talent, expertise, and resources of the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School to engage law students in high-impact pro bono service with local, national, and global communities. Our award-winning pro bono program has grown from one of the oldest and most rigorous pro bono graduation requirements in the country. TPIC ensures that students are trained and supervised in wide-ranging, substantive, impactful law-related pro bono work. We are a passionate, mission-oriented staff that works collaboratively: while each of us manages an extensive list of individual responsibilities, we complete major projects as a team, maintain an open-door policy, and enjoy a mandate to generate and implement new ideas that benefit our students and the communities they serve.

The Associate Director for Pro Bono Initiatives reports to the Executive Director of the Toll Public Interest Center and collaborates with other TPIC staff members, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School staff colleagues, faculty, students, University and community partners, to direct the wide-ranging operations of the Law School's robust pro bono projects. The Associate Director oversees matters at the intersection of pro bono and student life. The Associate Director nurtures a climate of innovation, focused on increasing the capacity of our community partners through sustainable, well-managed, efficient, and effective pro bono initiatives.

Job Description

The responsibilities of the position include:

Oversee student pro bono projects

  • Provide organizational, governance, and other project management oversight to more than 20 student pro bono projects and over 100 student leaders across six practice areas.
  • Ensure exceptional training and supervision for our student pro bono project volunteers - working closely with community partners and offering supplemental supervision when needed to effectuate excellent pro bono service with minimal drain on community partner resources.
  • Facilitate annual sign-up fairs and other mechanisms for pro bono projects to recruit student volunteers - developing creative and efficient mechanisms for ensuring strong recruitment, retention, and management of volunteers.
  • Counsel and guide students seeking to create new pro bono projects - ensuring all such efforts are well-grounded in community needs and expanding access to justice for underserved communities, while helping students to engage strong community partners for new initiatives.
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships between projects and community partners to ensure mutually beneficial collaboration. Develop MOUs when necessary and appropriate.
  • Maintain database of attorney supervisors and stay in regular contact with supervisors, ensuring all projects are well-supported and meeting expectations. Develop ways to support attorney supervisors and community partners in ways that enhance collaboration.
  • Develop systems to measure and document the impact of our student service initiatives - on clients, community partners, and students. Work with TPIC colleagues and Penn Law Communications to ensure that the work of student pro bono projects is well-publicized across our various media platforms.
  • Oversee financial allocations to each pro bono project and maintain all project budgets.

Oversee Pro Bono Events

  • In close partnership with TPIC's Associate Director of Communitywide Public Interest Programs, plan and execute National Pro Bono Week and other events focused on highlighting the importance and impact of pro bono.
  • Bring in attorneys from law firms to discuss and explain how new associates can engage in pro bono.

Manage all matters related to student compliance with the New York Pro Bono Requirement

  • Stay well-informed regarding the New York and any other state bar's pro bono requirements.
  • Keep students well-informed of the requirements; advise and support them with compliance.
  • Develop efficient systems for assisting students and community partners in completing all documentation relating to state bar pro bono requirements.
  • Obtain the necessary credentials to become a notary for purposes of notarizing the requisite documents.

Manage Service Trips

  • Work closely with TPIC colleagues, faculty, supervising attorneys, involved alumni, and student trip planners for student group service trips to ensure trips are well supervised, that they are organized to meet a community need, that service is the core purpose of the trip, and that the service activities are eligible pro bono under University of Pennsylvania Carey Law guidelines.
  • Collaborate with International Programs to ensure that all Law School and University protocols are followed when trips are global.


  • Provide other support to effectuate TPIC and Penn Carey Law programs as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS: A commitment to service and a desire to focus on expanding access to justice through pro bono service is essential. Candidates must be licensed to practice law, preferably in Pennsylvania, and be willing and able to become a notary public. Candidates must also have demonstrated project management skills and the ability to maintain order within a complex, high-volume, and fast-paced environment. Extensive pro bono experience highly preferred. Teaching and/or training experience a plus. Strong oral and written communication skills are essential, as is the ability to work diplomatically with multiple constituencies. Candidates should be highly motivated and possess strong personal initiative and drive. Must be able to work independently, effectively balance multiple tasks simultaneously, and work collaboratively in a student-oriented environment.

All applicants are expected to submit a resume and cover letter.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hybrid eligible - This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule with a work week that is divided between working onsite and working remotely.

Department / School
Law School

Pay Range
$51,824.00 - $78,096.00
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement
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Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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