Portfolio Manager
Job Details
Corporate HeadQuarters - Washington, DC
Full Time
4 Year Degree
$61,000.00 - $91,600.00 Salary/year
Position Description

About Equal Justice Works

The mission of Equal Justice Works is to create a just society by mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice. Equal Justice Works is a recognized leader in the public interest law movement. Please go to www.equaljusticeworks.org to learn more about Equal Justice Works.

Equal Justice Works provides a continuum of opportunity that begins with incoming law school students and extends into later careers in the profession. From advocating for law school programs that instill public service values among students, to creating summer and postgraduate public interest jobs, to addressing the staggering educational debt that blocks lawyers from going into public service, Equal Justice Works inspires and provides opportunities for the legal community to change lives, make careers, and deliver on the promise of justice for all.

Position Overview:

The Portfolio Manager works within a team under the Director of Fellowships primarily responsible for the success of the Design-Your-Own Legal Fellowship program. The position sits within the Fellowships Unit which runs Equal Justice Works’ two post-graduate legal fellowship programs and Fellow alumni program. Equal Justice Works is hiring multiple Portfolio Managers at this time with responsibilities to be designated on the basis of regional division or other programmatic needs.  

The Portfolio Manager role holds both fundraising (40%) and program responsibilities (60%). Fundraising duties include the cultivation and stewardship of current and prospective fellowship sponsors to achieve fundraising targets and sponsorship engagement objectives. The position ensures the fulfillment of high-quality Fellowship projects and Fellow experience through supporting Fellows based at host sites, maintaining connections with regional Alumni, and actively contributing to the Unit’s overall programming aligned to the organization’s mission, vision, values, and strategic plan. 


Specific Responsibilities:

  • Sustain and grow Equal Justice Works’ funding portfolio and key constituent relationships in the assigned region - primarily law firms, corporate general counsels, and other regional funders
  • Solicit multi-year fellowship sponsorships and gifts from new and current donors
  • Steward fellowship sponsors through the annual Fellow selection process and throughout the fellowship term
  • Work collaboratively with the Institutional Advancement Unit to support overall fundraising and constituent relations objectives, including annual event Steering Committee and event sponsor cultivation
  • Act as primary relationship manager for Fellows in the portfolio, oversee and advise Fellows on sponsor relations including presentations and pro bono engagement, and monitor progress on individual fellowship projects 
  • Support the delivery of Fellow training and professional development initiatives, including annual Leadership Development Training for all current Fellows 
  • Cultivate relationships with Alumni in the portfolio region to advance alumni engagement program goals
  • Prepare various internal and external-facing written reports and communications
  • Deliver presentations to external constituents and represent the organization at sector and sponsor-related events and conferences
  • Contribute to the achievement of team and Unit workplans and organizational priorities and initiatives, including efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Other duties as assigned


Direct Reports:


Experience and Qualifications:

  • JD and legal work experience preferred but not required. Law firm or in-house legal department experience is a plus
  • Five years of related progressively complex professional experience, fundraising experience or relationship management experience preferred
  • Knowledge of the public interest law sector required, including understanding of social justice issues and familiarity with nonprofit organizations
  • Commitment to developing public service leaders and mentoring experience a plus
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects, problem-solve, and operate independently as well as working well in a team environment
  • Growth mindset with a strong sense of accountability for achieving results
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire and foster strong relationships with various stakeholders
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Commitment to upholding Equal Justice Works’ mission, vision and values and diversity equity and inclusion principles


Technical Skills
Experience with Microsoft Office suite required. Experience with CRM systems a plus


Ability and willingness to travel, approximately up to 30% during peak periods, unless otherwise precluded for safety and public health considerations


Equal Justice Works has a policy to support employee flexibility when making decisions regarding work arrangements.