2012-13 PSLawNet Fellowship

January 4, 2012

The PSLawNet Fellow is the principal manager and administrator of the PSLawNet website. PSLawNet, which is housed at the NALP, is the nation’s largest public interest law jobs database, and also includes detailed information on thousands of public interest and government employers, as well as a library of resources to aid job seekers.

The Fellow has responsibilities for: development of online educational content, management of student interns, basic technology and data management, co-editing the PSLawNet Blog, using social media to promote PSLawNet, interacting with NALP members, delivering presentations about the public interest job search, and other tasks as they arise. Just before the 2012-13 PSLawNet Fellow begins work, NALP will launch a new version of PSLawNet. The fellow will play an integral role in marketing the new website, improving its functionality, and orienting website users to new features.

The PSLawNet Fellowship provides a wonderful opportunity for a public-interest minded law graduate who also has an interest in nonprofit administration and technology.

Further, the fellowship offers a bird’s-eye view of the public interest arena for law graduates on public service career paths.

The Fellow will work at NALP’s Washington, DC office.

Performance Expectations — Content and Responsibilities of the Position

I. Program Administration – takes primary responsibility for day-to-day management of PSLawNet functions

– Supervises part-time data entry staff (3-6 part-time interns each semester), coordinates schedules and daily assignments, and approves timesheets

– Manages website content – continuously updates substantive content, reviews work for accuracy and form, and performs some data entry as needed

– Oversees data management, including the maintenance of job listings and employer organization profiles on PSLawNet

– Responds to support requests from PSLawNet users, via telephone and email

-Maintains relationships with administrators at law schools which subscribe to PSLawNet

II. Technology Management

– Recommends and implements enhancements to website content and functionality

– Implements substantive and stylistic changes to PSLawNet web pages

– Interacts with PSLawNet’s outside web development contractor to address website operation problems

-Manages PSLawNet’s social media platforms, including The PSLawNet Blog as well as PSLawNet’s presence on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn

III. Education and Resource Development

– Plans the content and logistics for NALP’s annual Public Service Mini-Conference

– Produces NALP’s 2012-13 Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide

– Researches and produces new PSLawNet content, and edits existing content

– Delivers presentations to law students, law school administrators, and public interest employers at job fairs, conferences, on-campus events, and other events (some travel required)

– Submits original content for publication in NALP’s monthly Bulletin 

Qualifications

The fellowship candidate will be a recent law school graduate with a demonstrated commitment to public service and should have:

– the ability to interact well with legal and other professionals at law schools and public service employer organizations;

– strong computer/electronic media skills (a basic understanding of HTML, web design, and database management – or a background that would allow for quick learning in these areas – is highly desirable);

– experience in the public service legal arena (strongly preferred);

– highly developed organizational and writing abilities; and

– public speaking experience.

S/he should also have demonstrated abilities to:

– work independently and be self-directed;

– pay very close attention to detail;

– handle multiple tasks and deadlines;

– manage part-time personnel (prior supervisory experience is preferred); and

– maintain friendly working relationships with colleagues

Compensation

The salary range for the fellowship position is $48,000-50,000, annually, depending on qualifications. Benefits include medical and dental coverage, paid holidays and vacation. This one-year fellowship will run from approximately mid-August 2012 through mid-August 2013, with a possible option to renew. Only candidates who can commit to a full year should apply.

Application Procedure

Application Deadline: 2/29/12

Email a cover letter and resume to Steve Grumm at sgrumm@nalp.org. Please write

“ATTN: PSLawNet Fellow Search” in the email’s subject line. The cover letter should detail experience in public interest work and with Web-based technology/social media. Feel free to contact Mr. Grumm by phone/email with questions about the position. Candidates selected for further consideration will be asked to submit a writing sample and at least two professional references. The application deadline is February 29, 2012.

NALP is a leading advocate for diversity in the legal profession and an organization committed to the diversity of its membership and staff. 

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