American Univ. Law School – Assistant Director of Public Interest

April 13, 2012 The Assistant Director, Public Interest (Assistant Director) will be responsible for developing new programs, bringing coherence to WCL’s vision and managing the many on-going public interest/pro bono projects sponsored by WCL.  This position will be an advocate for public interest law and will be responsible for maintaining an institutionalized, formal Pro Bono Honors Pledge Program that promotes specific work opportunities and offers students guidance in selecting pro bono projects. This position also provides administrative oversight for several law school fellowship programs. The Assistant Director will encourage students to volunteer and become active participants during their law school career. The individual will also have oversight responsibilities for the Public Interest Public Service (PIPS) Scholarship Program and will work with each class of PIPS scholars to focus on various public service commitments while in law school. The Assistant Director will work with the Office of Financial Aid and others on the administration and award of the annual Public Interest Loan Repayment Program (PILRAP) and will develop substantial knowledge in the area of education debt management.  This position will empower the candidate to promote WCL’s long tradition as a center and active community leader in the public interest/pro bono area and will provide a cohesive positive image for the law school.
Educational Requirements:
A Bachelor’s degree is required.
Minimum Requirements:
– J.D. degree, with a minimum of 3-5 years of legal practice, academic or related experience preferred
– Demonstrated interest in public interest law
– Excellent oral and written skills
– Strong computer skills
– Highly developed interpersonal skills, organizational skills, initiative, flexibility, adaptability, and ability to work well in groups
– Ability to exercise independent judgment in daily operations
Preferred Requirements:
– Experience in program development

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