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Director of Corporate Sponsorships and Communications

Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit organization using innovative technology to increase legal assistance for the poor, seeks a Director of Corporate Sponsorships and Communications to oversee its new corporate sponsorship program and the organization’s strategic communications activities.   This position reports to the Executive Director and is based in New York City. 

Pro Bono Net 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.

Thirty states and regions currently use Pro Bono Net’s web based platforms to provide self-help legal resources for low-income persons facing legal problems, as well as online support forums for more than 26,000 legal advocates working on behalf of the poor.  Our members include thousands of private attorneys from 98 of the nation’s top 100 law firms, and lawyers from public interest legal organizations around the country. 

With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the organization has recently launched a corporate sponsorship program focused on the companies that market technology products and services to large law firms. 

For more information, visit www.probono.net and www.LawHelp.org.

• Define and develop overall strategy for and grow organization’s national corporate sponsorship program: 
        o initiate, negotiate, manage, and fulfill sponsorship packages
        o work closely with existing sponsors to continuously identify and cultivate new, mutually beneficial opportunities for collaboration
        o identify additional cause marketing ideas, industry categories and markets to pursue
        o conduct evaluation of sponsorship program to ensure sponsor satisfaction
        o work with one or more subcommittees of Board of Directors related to sponsorship program
        o produce annual grant report on sponsorship achievements for submission to Gates Foundation

• Oversee organization’s communications, marketing and public relations activities to improve Pro Bono Net’s national and regional visibility:
        o develop and implement all marketing strategies and publicity campaigns
        o develop story ideas, write and distribute news releases, and work with media to secure press coverage
        o develop and maintain media contacts list
        o oversee creation of collateral materials for organization’s overall services and initiatives o edit quarterly newsletter

• Attend conferences and tradeshows and organize in-person and virtual meetings and demonstrations
• Provide support to Executive Director on additional fundraising endeavors as needed
• Some travel required

Candidate Qualifications
• Undergraduate degree required.  Graduate degree (e.g. MBA, JD) a plus
• 5+ years marketing, communications or corporate relations/sales experience
• Experience securing and managing corporate sponsorships or equivalent accounts/relationships
• Proven success in conceiving and implementing marketing/communications/public relations strategies
• Demonstrated ability to work well with people and coordinate team projects
• Excellent written and oral communications skills, and confidence speaking publicly
• Strong project management skills
• Creativity and vision
• Web-savvy and fluency in the discussion of web-based tools required; knowledge of online marketing/advertising preferred
• Experience with nonprofit organizations; technology/internet or legal sectors; and/or fundraising/development a plus
• Independent, self starter who is comfortable working in an entrepreneurial, start-up paced organization
• Sense of humor and excellent interpersonal skills

Competitive salary.  We offer full medical benefits, a liberal vacation policy and a collegial work environment. 

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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