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We’re Hiring! Program Director

Founded in 1971, Washington Council of Lawyers is the only voluntary bar association in the Washington, DC area exclusively devoted to promoting pro bono and public interest law. We work to ensure that our legal system treats everyone fairly, regardless of money, position, or power. Our members represent the legal community’s diversity: They come from law firms, law schools, legal service providers, government, and other private and nonprofit organizations.

We promote pro bono and public-interest law by focusing on four pillars:  training and professional development, mentoring the next generation of public interest lawyers, advocating for issues that expand access to justice, and building a vibrant public interest community.

We currently are seeking a Program Director to support our work.

Reports to: Executive Director

Job summary:

We are looking for a Program Director who will help us to provide high-quality programs and advance our mission. The Program Director will be responsible for programmatic and logistical support for trainings and events; communications strategy and implementation as it relates to our programming; and member outreach and retention. The Program Director may also provide general operational support for the Executive Director.


  • Assist with creation, promotion, and implementation of programs, trainings, and events
  • Draft bimonthly newsletter
  • Manage Public Interest Jobs Clearinghouse
  • Coordinate and host in-person, virtual and hybrid events
  • Establish and maintain relationships with program co-sponsoring organizations
  • Provide quality control for training materials
  • Support committee work
  • Manage the Mentoring Program
  • Manage the Eviction Defense Cohort trainings
  • Perform other duties and special projects as assigned

Notes: (1) This job includes occasional transport of supplies and materials to events, etc.; reasonable accommodations will be made if the candidate is unable to perform such functions; (2) This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of key job functions, and job duties may change over time based on organizational needs.



  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office including Word and Excel
  • Familiarity with social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn and Hootsuite social media software
  • Must be able to work well with a wide variety of individuals
  • Must be detail-oriented, well-organized, and able to work independently
  • Excellent time and task management skills
  • Strong writing, editing, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment
  • A strong commitment to our mission and to professionalism


  • Experience with the public-interest legal community
  • Familiarity with Google platforms including Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Forms, Google Drive
  • Experience planning events or trainings
  • Experience with association management systems
  • Experience with video streaming software (i.e., Zoom)


This position is a full-time (40 hours per week) position. Hours are generally flexible with the majority of work occurring during regular business hours. Occasional evening work is required to assist with evening programs. We have traditionally split our time between working remotely and being in the office for meetings, programs, and events. We will continue to do so while following current COVID protocols.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is $55,000 – $65,000 annually depending upon qualifications and experience. We offer health, vision, and dental benefits; paid vacation and sick leave; medical leave; and parental leave.

To Apply:

Please email a resume and cover letter, which includes salary requirements, in one PDF document to with “[Full Name] – Program Director” as the subject of the email.

We encourage the submission of applications as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. The position remains open until filled.

Washington Council of Lawyers is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability status, or any applicable characteristics protected by law.

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