Job Opportunity: “Assistant Director in the Office of Public Interest” at American University Washington College of Law

The Assistant Director in the Office of Public Interest will be responsible for developing new programs, bringing coherence to American University’s Washington College of Law’s (WCL) vision and managing the many on-going public interest/pro bono projects sponsored by WCL. This position will be an advocate for public interest law and will be responsible for maintaining an institutionalized, formal Pro Bono Honors Pledge Program that promotes specific work opportunities and offers students guidance in selecting pro bono projects.  More after the break and full details here.

The individual will have oversight responsibilities for the Public Interest Public Service (PIPS) Scholarship Program and will work with each class of PIPS scholars to focus on various public service commitments while in law school. This position also assists students and graduates in their search for funding to subsidize public interest pursuits and provides administrative oversight for several law school fellowship programs, including the summer funding for the Equal Justice Foundation.

This position maintains strong ties with the public interest alumni of the law school and manages the Public Interest Alumni Advisory Board. The Assistant Director will work with the Office of Financial Aid on the administration of the annual Public Interest Loan Repayment Assistance Program (PILRAP) and will develop substantial knowledge in the area of education debt management.

Educational Requirements:

A J.D. degree.

Minimum Requirements:

A demonstrated interest in public interest law.

Excellent oral and written skills required as well as computer skills.

Highly developed interpersonal skills, organizational skills, initiative, flexibility, adaptability, and ability to work well in groups are essential.

The ability to exercise independent judgment in daily operations is essential.

Preferred Requirements:

3-5 years of legal practice, academic or related experience

Experience in program development

Additional Information:

Applicants are encouraged to include a resume and cover letter with their application detailing their interest and experience.

At AU we offer a competitive benefits package including a 2:1 matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, 5 leadership development certificates, and have been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite. For more information regarding our benefits and life at AU please visit http://www.american.edu/hr/Benefits.cfm

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities.

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