Director of Pro Bono Services
Location: Collar County Region, IL
Prairie State Legal Services (PSLS) is a not-for-profit legal aid organization that provides civil legal aid services to the poor, elderly, and people with disabilities. PSLS has 12 offices serving 36 counties throughout northern and central Illinois. We focus services on legal problems that impact the ability of our clients to meet their basic human needs, including physical safety, access to healthcare, adequate housing, and similar needs. PSLS is the only legal aid organization in the majority of our service area. Annually, we handle over 22,000 applications for legal help and serve over 16,000 clients. We pride ourselves on providing high quality legal services to our clients while fostering a work environment that is motivating, collaborative, and fun, with plenty of opportunities for professional growth.
PSLS encourages and invites private-practice attorneys to provide pro bono legal help to low-income clients to supplement the work of its paid staff. There are nine individual staff members who devote all or a portion of their time to local pro bono coordination. Some of this local work has been recognized regionally and nationally. We are proud of the number of clients we are serving through pro bono involvement, but we know there is opportunity to do much more. The Director of Pro Bono Services is a new position for PSLS which will be focused on building upon best practices, expanding pro bono work that has the best impact for our clients, and developing relationships to expand pro bono services using untapped volunteer resources.
The start date for this position is October 1, 2019.
Among other duties as assigned, the Director of Pro Bono Services will:
Salary and Benefits
Full-time position, 37.5 hours per week. Salary starts at $70,000 per year, higher depending upon experience; Excellent comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, retirement, training and education, and generous leave time.
The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to serving disadvantaged populations and we will give preference to candidates who have knowledge of poverty law, and experience with a legal services program, pro bono service, bar associations, and/or firm or corporate practice.
Local travel is required, with a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
Please indicate “Director of Pro Bono Services” in the subject line and email a letter explaining your interest and experience, resume, three references, and a short writing sample (no more than 10 pages) to:
Resumes accepted until position is filled
Prairie State Legal Services is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. We will recruit, employ, pay, and promote qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or any other legally protected status.