Manager of Pro Bono Partnerships and Projects

National Office Justice Campaign

15 Oct 2018

National Office

Justice Campaign


Full Time


5 - 8 years

Career Level

Mid Level

FLSA Classification


Manager of Pro Bono Partnerships and Projects

About American Immigration Council

The American Immigration Council, established in 1987, works to strengthen America by shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration and by working toward a more fair and just immigration system that opens its doors to those in need of protection and unleashes the energy and skills that immigrants bring. The Council brings together problem solvers and employs four coordinated approaches to advance change—litigation, research, legislative and administrative advocacy, and communications.

The Immigration Justice Campaign is a collaboration between the American Immigration Council and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. The Campaign is a broad-based project to activate a community of lawyers (and other volunteers with supporting skills) to defend detained immigrants facing removal and to advocate for due process and justice for noncitizens targeted for immigration enforcement.

Position Summary

The Manager of Pro Bono Partnerships and Projects will oversee and manage the Immigration Justice Campaign’s pro bono programs, through which Justice Campaign volunteers provide or support pro bono legal services to detained immigrants. The Manager will ensure the proper functioning of the Campaign’s diverse array of pro bono programs, including: (a) established partnerships with legal services organizations around the country; (b) the Dilley Pro Bono Project; (c) the Remote Bond Team Project; and (d) any special projects that may arise from time to time.

The Manager will take primary responsibility for overseeing the Campaign’s processes for volunteer placement and pro bono support, from ensuring that cases are referred by our local partner organizations to ensuring that Campaign team members are providing top notch training, mentorship and technical assistance to Campaign volunteers at the national level. This position will require liaising internally with Campaign team members and externally with local partner organizations to satisfy pro bono program deliverables, evaluate and troubleshoot the Campaign’s innovative approaches to pro bono services, and manage the collection of pro bono program data by the Campaign.

A significant portion of the Manager’s time will be devoted to serving as the Campaign’s primary point of contact for the Dilley Pro Bono Project (DPBP)—a collaboration between the Campaign and other organizations. The Manager will manage and oversee the relationship between the Campaign and other DPBP collaborators, and work with those partners to jointly set goals for the DPBP.

The candidate must possess substantive immigration law expertise not only to serve as a thought partner to our local allies in the field of pro bono work, but also to think creatively and strategically to help the Council adapt its pro bono representation models. In addition, the role is responsible for devising and implementing new pro bono models to respond to myriad enforcement contexts.   

Essential Job Functions

  • Serve as a thought partner to the Campaign’s local allies in the field of pro bono work and think creatively and strategically to help the Campaign adapt its pro bono representation models.
  • Lead the Campaign’s pro bono program by overseeing day-to-day operations of relevant Campaign team members and local fellows and ensure that everyone is fulfilling weekly, monthly, and quarterly pro bono deliverables.
  • Implement Campaign’s vision of scaling pro bono representation by ensuring that pro bono program operationalizes the Campaign’s theories of change. Help the Campaign adapt by testing these theories of change and revising strategies as needed.
  • Work closely with Campaign team members to ensure that the Pro Bono Program supports other areas of the Campaign’s portfolio, including volunteer engagement, advocacy, litigation, communications and fundraising.
  • Spearhead special pro bono projects that arise from time to time as the Campaign grows or in response to enforcement trends.
  • Oversee and manage the collection of pro bono program data to evaluate the effectiveness of the Campaign's strategies.
  • Regularly liaise with representatives at local partner organizations to ensure thorough and effective coordination of the pro bono program between the local and national level and hold local partners accountable for deliverables. 
  • Oversee and manage the Campaign's work as a collaborator in the Dilley Pro Bono Project (DPBP) and its relationships with fellow DPBP collaborating organizations. Oversee and manage the administrative, budgetary and operational responsibilities of Campaign's work on DPBP.  Work with the Director of the DPBP to set joint goals and priorities.
  • Ensure that Council staff members who are deployed to the DPBP and work on the ground in Texas have the appropriate employment contracts. Work with the Managing Attorney of the DPBP (who is the on-the-ground Supervisor) to set overall goals and expectations for these staff members. Conduct periodic performance reviews in collaboration with the Managing Attorney.

Supervisory Responsibilities

In this role, the Manager of Pro Bono Partnerships and Projects is accountable for performance management, including selection, hiring, contracts, termination, performance reviews, salary administration, and career development of the following positions:

  • DPBP Advocacy Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, and Project Manager.

Required Education and Experience

Juris Doctor as well as 5-8 years relevant experience and/or sufficient relevant work experience, including managerial experience, required.