Program Manager
Job Details
Corporate HeadQuarters - Washington, DC
Full Time
4 Year Degree
$59,800.00 - $71,000.00 Salary/year
Up to 25%
Professional Services
Position Overview

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 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.

In collaboration with the Senior Program Manager/ Director, the Program Manager leads planning and oversight of one or more post-graduate legal Fellowship programs that place groups of lawyers and law students at nonprofit legal services agencies (host organizations) to provide civil legal services focused around a particular issue area or community. The Program Manager is responsible for day-to-day program operations throughout the program lifecycle to ensure successful start-up, coordination, implementation, delivery of program activities to achieve defined outcomes, and program close out. This position is supervised by a senior staffer.

 Specific Responsibilities

  • Leads day-to-day program management throughout the program lifecycle, including defining program timelines, managing program budget, coordinating interdependencies, managing, and utilizing resources, and identifying risks and taking corrective action.
  • Manages relationships with participating host organizations, including recruitment and Fellow support.
  • Coordinates and delivers ongoing training and technical assistance to host organizations and Fellows on program management and administration, including webinars and individualized assistance.
  • In partnership with a Senior Grants Manager, plans and carries out program monitoring and subrecipient monitoring, including host organization and Fellow calls, desk reviews of programmatic and financial documentation, and host site visits.
  • Analyzes program data, prepares grant report narratives and coordinates financial progress reporting to federal and private donors in conjunction with Institutional Advancement Unit and Finance Team.
  • Maintains practice knowledge of all applicable regulations, grant terms and conditions, policies, and procedures to support organizational and subrecipient compliance.
  • Maintains regular communications with donors in conjunction with Senior Staff and the Institutional Advancement Unit and other key program stakeholders.
  • In conjunction with Institutional Advance Unit/Finance and Senior Staff develops program and grant budgets, supports drafting of program concept notes, and solicited and unsolicited proposals.
  • Works with program consultants and program contractors, such as subject matter experts, evaluators and substantive training and technical assistance providers as assigned.
  • Participates in inter-departmental and cross-departmental initiatives to advance unit and organization-wide projects and objectives. Works closely with Finance staff, Marketing and Communications Unit, Institutional Advancement Unit and Law School Engagement and Advocacy Unit.
  • Manages one or more support staff assigned to the programs (as applicable).
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Direct Reports




Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree (JD) desirable.
  • Four to five (4-5) years of work experience with solid knowledge of project management principles in complex projects.
  • Experience in managing large-scale initiatives that get results.
  • Demonstrated experience with grants lifecycle (pre-award, award, and post-award). Familiarity with federal funding and funding compliance preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest and social justice issues and familiarity with nonprofit organizations.
  • Diplomatic and skillful in developing and maintaining strong working relationships with diverse internal and external stakeholders.
  • Commitment to upholding Equal Justice Works’ mission, vision, values, and (DEI) Diversity Equity and Inclusion principles.
  • Willingness to travel domestically.

Technical Skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Project management (PMP certification a plus), grants management, and reports writing.
  • Sound knowledge of budgeting and resource allocation methodologies and procedures.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and strong proficiency in programmatic data review and evaluation.
  • Ability to find innovative ways to resolve problems and manage concurrent priorities effectively and efficiently.
  • Understanding of the wider objectives of the Fellowship program is essential, and knowledge of civil legal aid is a plus.


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

A cover letter and resume are required to apply for this role. Applications without a resume and cover letter will not be considered.