Associate Director for Pro Bono Impact, Toll Public Interest
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Posted Job Title
Associate Director for Pro Bono Impact, Toll Public Interest
Job Profile Title
Associate Director D, Student Services
Job Description Summary
The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School is one of the
nation's oldest and most distinguished law schools. The School
offers a unique approach, incorporating cross-disciplinary legal
education, a distinctly collaborative environment, and an
innovative curriculum to enrich student learning. The small and
highly interdisciplinary faculty achieves scholarly excellence
while emphasizing a shared effort to advance understanding of the
law. The result is an intellectual community that bridges
traditional boundaries and disciplines within a renowned internal
culture of collegiality, making the University of Pennsylvania
Carey Law School an extraordinarily supportive academic community
for all its members.
The Toll Public Interest Center (TPIC) harnesses the talent,
expertise, and resources of Penn Carey Law to engage in high-impact
public 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
TPIC's ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR PRO BONO IMPACT reports to the
Assistant Dean and Executive Director of TPIC, and collaborates
with other TPIC staff members, Penn Carey Law staff colleagues,
faculty, students, University and community partners, managing four
key responsibilities: directing the wide-ranging operations of Penn
Carey Law's robust community partner (external) pro bono
placements; tracking and reporting the depth and breadth of student
pro bono accomplishments; and advising students on their pro bono
planning while monitoring student compliance with the Penn Carey
Law pro bono requirement; guide students in meeting state bar pro
bono requirements. The Associate Director oversees all aspects of
measuring, managing, and messaging the Law School's pro bono impact
to students, staff, faculty, alumni, funders, and other audiences
Manage all student pro bono work that takes place outside of
student pro bono projects (i.e. external pro bono
Develop short-term pro bono initiatives that enable students to
perform pro bono service remotely. These, primarily research-based
initiatives, will assist legal services agencies in Philadelphia
and in more remote geographic areas build their capacity to provide
information and assistance to their clients.
Provide supplemental supervision for students in external pro bono
placements when community partners have limited or no attorney
staffing or would significantly benefit from supplemental
Create temporary, short-term assistance, pro bono initiatives,
sometimes referred to as “pop up pro bono.” These “pop-ops” offer
students the opportunity to deliver limited legal services to
underserved communities in Philadelphia and beyond.
Advise students on their pro bono planning while monitoring
student compliance with the Penn Carey Law pro bono
Collaborate with TPIC colleagues to inform students about the pro
bono requirement and the many opportunities to engage in pro bono
Meet with students to discuss their plans for engaging in pro bono
Partner with TPIC colleagues on tracking student pro bono
compliance with the Law School requirement, and on providing
additional support and counseling to students when needed.
Track and report on the depth and breadth of student pro bono
Develop tools to compile qualitative and quantitative data
regarding the quality and quality of pro bono service performed by
Develop assessments for students, community partners, and
supervising attorneys, to evaluate how all are experiencing student
pro bono service, and to identify ongoing opportunities to modify
or expand service initiatives.
Collaborate with Communications and other law school colleagues to
publish comprehensive reports and publicity regarding the impact of
student pro bono legal service.
Manage all matters related to student compliance with state bar
pro bono requirements.
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
Collaborate with other law school departments as needed to help
students meet these requirements.
Obtain and maintain the necessary credentials to become a notary
for purposes of notarizing the requisite documents.
Other: Provide other support to effectuate TPIC and Penn Carey
Law programs as needed.
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and 5 to 7 years of
experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is
required. A commitment to social justice 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.
Excellent organizational, communication, and advocacy skills are
required. A strong interest in nurturing student development is
essential, as well as a commitment to and experience in addressing
the legal needs of underserved clients and communities. Clinical,
externship, and/or pro bono experience in law school is preferred.
Strong oral and written communication skills are essential, as is
the ability to work diplomatically with multiple constituencies
including employers, faculty, alumni, current students, prospective
students, and colleagues. Candidates should be highly motivated and
possess strong personal initiative and drive. The ideal candidate
will be a team player who has an established track record of
collaboration in the workplace. We emphasize individual
responsibility while requiring strong team support.
A cover letter is required with application materials.
Job Location - City, State
Department / School
$61,046.00 - $100,000.00 Annual Rate
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experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the
requirements of the position, as well as internal and market
factors and grade profile.
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