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Pro Bono Net - New York Program Coordinator

May 2007

 

Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit organization using innovative technology to increase legal assistance for poor persons, seeks a highly qualified candidate to spearhead pro bono recruitment campaigns and support and maintain partnerships with nonprofit legal aid organizations in New York building legal resource web sites to serve clients, lawyers, and pro bono volunteers. 


Background

 

Pro Bono Net is a nonprofit organization that works in close partnership with nonprofit legal organizations across the country to increase access to justice for poor and moderate-income people.  It seeks to do so through (i) supporting the innovative and effective use of technology by the nonprofit legal sector, (ii) increasing participation by volunteers, and (iii) facilitating collaborations among nonprofit legal organizations and advocates working on similar issues or in the same region.

 

Currently almost thirty regions are using Pro Bono Net?s tools to build web-based self-help legal resources for low-income persons facing legal problems, as well as online support forums for legal advocates working on behalf of the poor.  Started in New York originally, these statewide website projects bring together representatives from legal services programs, pro bono projects, courts, law schools, libraries and social service organizations across the state to collaborate and coordinate their development.  To view existing statewide web sites, visit www.lawhelp.org and www.probono.net. 

 

Responsibilities

 

Partnership Development and Support

§         Coordinate and support activities of over 15 different pro bono and legal aid programs that are hosting substantive law practice areas on www.probono.net/ny;

§         Work closely with partner organizations in New York on pro bono recruitment and support, and on the strategic development of these online communities and resources;

§         Spearhead development of new online practice areas on www.probono.net/ny to support private bar and public interest collaboration in New York;

§         Identify and develop opportunities for new collaborations and program expansion;

§         Work with other PBN program staff to continue development of existing program support for statewide website network;

§         Facilitate discussions among local and national service providers, courts, and community organizations regarding creating and sharing online resources on www.probono.net/ny;

§         Serve as PBN representative on the New York LawHelp Consortium, responsible for oversight of www.lawhelp.org/ny.

 

Training and Resource Development

§         Work with partner organizations to provide training, technical assistance, and cultivate new partnerships;

§         Make presentations at law firms, conferences, and other venues around the state to gain support for projects and cultivate community partnerships;

§         Facilitate use of collaborative support tools, e.g., email lists, model documents, online user guides and training materials, and content management tools;

§         Work with host organizations to identify improvements and new features on the sites;

§         Manage all New York program funding activities, including grant writing and reporting;

§         Coordinate special development projects as needed;

§         Participate as a moderator and/or trainer in state and national industry conferences.

 

Qualifications

§         JD and/or 3+ years poverty law experience required; Experience in pro bono program management preferred;

§         Excellent communication and writing skills;

§         Strong self-motivation and initiative required;

§         Very web-savvy and fluent in the discussion of web-based tools required;

§         Demonstrated ability to work well with people and coordinate team projects;

§         Demonstrated multi-tasking and prioritization skills;

§         Sense of humor required.

Compensation/benefits:  The salary for this position will be commensurate with experience.  Full medical benefits.  Liberal vacation policy. 

 

Pro Bono Net is an equal opportunity employer.  Women, people of color, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

 

Email resume, references, and cover letter to jobs@probono.net.  No calls or faxes please.

 

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