Posted on: March 25, 2021
Administrator, Legal Department, The Public Interest Network
The Public Interest Network operates more than 15 organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to social change. These groups include U.S. PIRG, Environment America and National Environmental Law Center, and encompass 400-plus staff.
We tackle some of the biggest challenges facing our country today, such as: delivering clean air, clean water and a livable climate to the next generation; transforming our energy and transportation systems for the 21st century; growing food in ways that leave both people and the planet healthier; and responding to the worst public health crisis in a century.
Our researchers and advocates have dozens of ideas for how to meet these challenges. But having good ideas isn’t enough. We also have to find ways to cut through all the noise in today’s politics and win over decision-makers, opinion leaders and the public.
Over the past 45 years, our coordinated approach has won hundreds of victories. In the past year, we helped convince California, New Mexico, Washington state, Maine and Virginia to commit to getting 100% of their energy from zero-carbon sources. But we need to do more. And every day brings a new challenge or new opportunity. No matter how big the challenge, we know how to break down problems to a manageable size; set ambitious but achievable goals; and work hard to win and build the resources we need to win the next campaign.
In order to achieve these results, the groups in The Public Interest Network need a strong backup staff to provide the resources, guidance, and infrastructure it takes to make progress on these issues. We are currently hiring a Legal Administrator for our in-house legal department. The mission of the Network’s in-house legal department, based in Denver, CO, is to provide legal services to member groups across the country on a wide variety of matters and practice areas.
Representative Responsibilities include:
- Intake and tracking: Act as the Network’s contact person and gatekeeper for all new legal issues and inquiries. Responsible for evaluating incoming requests for completeness & level of priority, assigning matters to attorneys, and tracking progress to resolution. Facilitate attorney-client communications.
- Liaise with group directors: Effectively communicate legal issues to Network staff. Where necessary, assist in formulating and implementing organizational policy related to legal goals/imperatives. Protect the organizations’ interests in interactions with landlords, government agencies, vendors and contractors. Help to ensure the organizations’ First Amendment rights to go door to door, engage the public in public venues, and otherwise advocate on behalf of the public interest.
- Corporate & charitable compliance: Work with group directors to ensure the health of Network organizations, including working with boards of directors; drafting meeting agendas, resolutions, and minutes; and conducting regular internal compliance audits. He/she also serves as the central administrator for about a dozen organizations—filing or overseeing corporate and charitable solicitation reports in over 30 states.
- Form new organizations and projects: Assist in the creation and initial set-up of new organizations and entities.
- Legal department systems and projects: Set up and maintain the central departmental filing system, systems for tracking corporate and charitable registrations and reports, tracking of board meetings and board composition, and create and manage other systems and special projects as needs arise.
Applicants must be goal-driven and sharp, with a track record of exercising independent judgment and discretion to solve problems. Top candidates will be driven by the idea of building a non-profit organization, have an outstanding work ethic, and the maturity to manage confidential and/or sensitive information. This is not an attorney position—J.D. is not required. Candidates with 1-4 years working with nonprofits, campaigns or with strong leadership experience are encouraged to apply.
Compensation & Benefits
The compensation range for this position is $28,000-$34,000 and depends on relevant experience, education, and location. The Public Interest Network offers an excellent benefits package. Our benefits package may include medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and dependents, needs-based student loan assistance, 401(k) plan with employer match, commuter benefit program, paid time off, parental leave and long-term disability insurance. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.
Denver, Colorado. For the foreseeable future, all of our staff are working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Things to Know When You Apply
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The Fund for the Public Interest is an equal opportunity employer.