Become the Next Director of PILP

At a critical time for lower-income communities and people of color, the Public Interest Law Project (PILP) seeks a new Director to lead one of California’s premier support centers for local and regional legal services advancing justice and equity. Our work enables systemic, anti-racist advocacy to increase and preserve affordable housing, fight displacement, eliminate discriminatory zoning, support unhoused communities, and protect and expand people’s entitlement to public benefits, income support, and supportive services. Co-founded in 1996 by Michael Rawson, PILP is a State Bar-certified legal services support center advancing social and economic justice, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. We provide local legal services organizations with the expertise and capacity to engage in impact litigation, policy development, and legislative advocacy. Mike will be stepping down as Director in this, our 25th anniversary year, to concentrate on supporting PILP’s law and policy advocacy.

We are looking for an attorney with management and development experience, expertise in housing, public benefits, or related public interest field, and an enthusiasm for our mission. The position combines direct involvement in PILP’s law, litigation, and policy advocacy with a leadership role in statewide systemic change.

The Director currently supervises four experienced attorneys and an experienced Administrative Director. The Administrative Director manages finances, human resources, communications, and development efforts and supervises an experienced Office Manager and experienced Legal Assistant. The Director’s duties will balance among management, development, and legal and policy work.



  • Direct the litigation and legislative advocacy efforts of the organization.
  • Lead at least one impact litigation case and legislative advocacy matter.
  • Guide decisions on legal trainings offered by the organization and assist in the preparation of training materials.
  • Guide the development of and updates to PILP publications.
  • Assist local legal services programs.


  • Represent PILP at external functions and public meetings
  • Supervise and recruit attorneys and staff
  • Oversee Administrative Director’s efforts in addressing human resources, communications, office equipment, and lease.
  • Guide the Administrative Director’s work on the budget, insurance, taxes and audits, and other financial matters.


  • Develop and execute a fundraising and grant strategy with the Administrative Director that allows PILP to expand its program work.
  • Guide submission of donor proposals and foundation grants with Administrative Director.


  • Strong desire to advance PILP’s vision and mission.
  • Law degree and minimum of 10 years of practice.
  • Admitted to practice in California or willing to take the California Bar
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Experienced litigator.
  • Proven record of leadership, collaborative management, and good judgment.
  • Excellent public speaking and oral communication skills
  • Willingness to travel throughout California
  • Experience working with and a demonstrated sensitivity to persons from diverse backgrounds, as well as a genuine recognition of the role implicit bias has in society and interpersonal actions and decisions.

Salary and Benefits

  • Compensation Package: $115,000 — $138,000 (Base $115,000 salary supplemented by a 20% employer contribution to retirement, but the selected candidate may elected to convert a substantial portion to salary.)
  • Benefits include full health benefits for employee and eligible family members, additional self-insurance for dental and other medical needs, generous vacation and leave, and a generous employer-contributed retirement plan plus access to an employee-funded 403(b) retirement plan.

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter, résumé, and a list of three professional references to, attention: Linda Hill. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

If you require an alternative application method, please send an email to the above address. No telephone calls, please.

COVID-19 Protocol: Until further notice, PILP’s staff generally are telecommuting. The hiring process will take place remotely, through video or conference calls, and it is expected the new Director will need to work remotely for at least a period of time.

The qualifications and responsibilities listed above are comprehensive, and we understand there are great candidates who possess only a subset of those qualifications listed, or who have other important skills and would meaningfully contribute to PILP’s mission. If you match some of these qualifications, please do not hesitate to apply.

The Public Interest Law Project (PILP) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We strongly encourage people of color, women, people with disabilities, older people, LGBTQ+ people, and individuals from other underrepresented groups to apply. It is PILP’s policy to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to establish and maintain equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, disability, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, medical condition, veteran status, national origin, marital status, familial status, or any other protected status.

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