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CareersPacific Legal Foundation is only as good as the talent we employ. Knowing this, our hiring philosophy is simple: we seek to hire the best talent available.

We’re constantly and aggressively on the lookout for employees who live and breathe our core values:

  • Positive and Optimistic: We seek positive change, confident that the principles of individualism and liberty will prevail over time. We work in a spirit of goodwill.
  • Strategic: We create opportunities and plan each new case and initiative with our objectives in mind.
  • Collaborative: We work together within the organization and seek cooperation with others who share our goals.
  • Principled: We act consistently with our belief that individual liberty is the key to the pursuit of happiness and a thriving society.
  • Determined: We forge ahead knowing that energy and persistence are necessary to succeed.
  • Committed to Excellence: We strive to produce the highest caliber work in all we do.
  • Just: We treat everyone with respect and fairness.

If you’re passionate about one or more of our job opportunities, and you’re enthusiastic about working alongside colleagues who share these values, then we encourage you to apply to be a part of the PLF team.

Deputy Legal Policy Director

PLF seeks an energetic and experienced legal policy and legislative professional to expand our legislative and administrative reform success. The Deputy Legal Policy Director will focus primarily on federal reforms to expand liberty but will also assist in policy promotion at the state level.

The legal policy component at PLF (at the state and federal levels) is a key part of the organization’s strategic plan. The legal policy position provides an opportunity to play an important role that will increase PLF’s prominence and expand its success advancing liberty outside the courts. Reporting to the Legal Policy Director, the Deputy Legal Policy Director will also work with the litigation, research, and communications teams to help develop and execute strategies to secure congressional and executive branch reforms to expand individual liberty. The Deputy Legal Policy Director will need a high degree of entrepreneurship and initiative to execute new projects that are part of the legal policy strategic plan.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop and strengthen relationships with congressional leaders, executive branch decision-makers, and policy influencers to promote PLF’s policy priorities
  • Occasional travel to target states, especially during their legislative sessions
  • Analyze and track legislation of interest, primarily at the federal level, and identify opportunities to improve, promote, or oppose legislation to further liberty
  • Assist in developing and executing all other aspects of PLF’s legislative and administrative strategy, and provide assistance at the state level, including:
  • Communicating accurately and effectively with lawmakers, executive officials, and their staff on complex policy and legal issues
  • Preparing and delivering legislative testimony and agency rule-making comments, and facilitating the same by others at PLF
  • Writing persuasively on a variety of policy issues for op-eds, website copy, social media, and other venues
  • Attending conferences and working group meetings to gather information, represent PLF and its interests, and further other PLF’s goals
  • Working effectively with affinity partners, including preparing talking points and other written material and leading discussions in working group settings
  • Working with the PLF legal team and others to draft legislation, rule-making comments, and administrative orders on priority issues and promote them effectively

Additional Skills/Preferred Experience

  • 3-10 years of relevant experience executing the key job duties
  • Have the ability to travel, especially January through April
  • Have federal government legislative or administrative experience
  • Have relationships of value (in the federal government and the liberty movement), be a natural at building and strengthening such relationships
  • A proven record of impact on policy or legal reform in the political branches
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Adherence to and knowledge of the principles of liberty
  • History of advancement over time in previous roles
  • Work well with every component at PLF, across several offices, and thus, have a record of working productively and collaboratively in analogous settings
  • A legal degree is not required but is desired; must have a demonstrated ability to understand legal nuance

This is a full-time, permanent position. PLF is committed to recruiting and retaining the highest quality talent available nationwide, and we offer a total compensation package that includes a competitive salary, medical and dental insurance, and employer-paid retirement savings. We take work-life balance seriously through our generous paid leave and flextime policies. We have a flexible, collaborative, positive, and collegial work environment. We take pride in investing in your future and encourage internal advancement. PLF is the place for someone principled, tenacious, and determined to succeed in positively shaping the future of our country and restoring real limits on government power.

About Pacific Legal Foundation

Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) identifies and litigates important legal issues to set landmark precedent that will benefit Americans nationwide. Using strategic and principled litigation, communications, and research, we battle for freedom in the nation’s courts and the court of public opinion. Our attorneys have 12 victories before the U.S. Supreme Court—a record unmatched by anyone in the liberty movement. Simply put, we know how to get cases to the Supreme Court and we know how to win.

A national nonprofit organization, PLF has offices in Sacramento, California; Arlington, Virginia; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; and Seattle, Washington. The Deputy Legal Policy Director will work from the Arlington, Virginia office, concentrating primarily on federal policy goals, with occasional travel to state capitals to help secure state-policy victories.

To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF:

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter detailing your qualifications, your sincere interest in this position and PLF’s mission, and your salary requirements
  • 1 writing sample of your choice

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: talentmarket.org/apply-for-your-dream-job/

Questions can be directed to Katy Gambella, Network Engagement Manager at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search.

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Executive Assistant for Development

Pacific Legal Foundation seeks an energetic, confident self-starter to provide high-level administrative support as a member of our Development team. The Executive Assistant for Development will serve as “right arm” to the Senior Director of Development and play a key role in ensuring the smooth, efficient functioning of the department.

Primary responsibilities include managing calendar and correspondence, tracking key initiatives, preparing meeting materials and reports, booking travel, and handling a variety of day-to-day support needs. The Executive Assistant also manages the grants process, oversees the Development budget, and provides office manager support to the Florida office. The successful candidate will possess superior organization and time management skills, be highly proficient with Microsoft Office, and demonstrate a flexible, professional, get-it-done approach.

As a national nonprofit organization, PLF is 100% funded by private contributions from thousands of donors across the country. Our Development team is focused on cultivating strong relationships between PLF and our donors to secure the necessary financial resources for our important work defending liberty and justice for all.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide high-level administrative support to the Senior Director, including managing calendar and time blocking for priorities; managing emails and drafting correspondence; tracking key department initiatives; preparing agendas and meeting materials; booking travel; maintaining files; preparing reports/updates for board meetings; and special projects/tasks as needed.
  • Assist the Senior Director with maintaining regular contact and correspondence with donors assigned to him and to the President.
  • Manage the grants process in collaboration with the Foundation Relations Officer. This includes maintaining an updated submission calendar; monitoring the progress of proposals and reports throughout the process; gathering and preparing supporting materials; maintaining electronic copies of all relevant documents; and ensuring the timely submission of proposals and reports.
  • Oversee the Development budget, including tracking expenses; gathering and submitting documentation for department and staff credit cards; and assisting Development staff with expense reimbursements as needed.
  • Provide office manager support to the Florida office. This includes maintaining supplies; handling mail and FedEx; answering phones; office organization, filing, shredding; serving as primary liaison to Sacramento staff, building staff, or vendors on matters such as IT, copier, or other office/facilities issues.

Additional Skills/Preferred Experience

  • 3 or more years of relevant experience executing the key job duties.
  • Highly proficient with technology: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, video conferencing, CRM software, Internet. Experience with Raiser’s Edge and/or Trello a plus.
  • Superior organization, time management, and problem-solving skills. Meticulous attention to detail. Strong grammar and proofreading abilities.
  • Action oriented and highly skilled at marshalling resources (staff and materials) to drive initiatives to successful and timely completion.
  • Solid oral and written communication skills. Ability to establish strong, productive relationships internally and externally, adept at fostering an environment of teamwork and collaboration.
  • Sound judgment and the highest levels of loyalty, trustworthiness, and discretion.
  • Adherence to and knowledge of the principles of liberty.

This is a full-time position. PLF is committed to recruiting and retaining the highest quality talent available nationwide, and we offer a total compensation package that includes a competitive salary, medical and dental insurance, and employer-paid retirement savings. We take work-life balance seriously through our generous paid leave and flextime policies. We have a flexible, collaborative, positive, and collegial work environment. We take pride in investing in your future and encourage internal advancement. PLF is the place for someone who is principled, tenacious, and determined to succeed in positively shaping the future of our country and restoring real limits on government power.

About Pacific Legal Foundation

Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) identifies and litigates important legal issues to set landmark precedent that will benefit Americans nationwide. Using strategic and principled litigation, communications, and research, we battle for freedom in the nation’s courts and the court of public opinion. Our attorneys have won 12 victories before the U.S. Supreme Court—a record unmatched by anyone in the liberty movement. Simply put, we know how to get cases to the Supreme Court and we know how to win.

A national nonprofit organization, PLF has a distributed workforce of employees operating remotely across the country, plus we have physical offices in Sacramento, California; Arlington, Virginia; and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The Executive Assistant for Development will work in the Palm Beach Gardens, FL, office.

To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials via email in one PDF:

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter detailing your qualifications, your sincere interest in this position and PLF’s mission, and your salary requirements.

Submit to Dawn Gonzales at dgonzales@pacificlegal.org. While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

 

Constitutional Litigation Attorneys

PLF seeks entrepreneurial junior or mid-level attorneys to expand our fast growing separation of powers practice group.

About Pacific Legal Foundation:

Pacific Legal Foundation—the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty—is hiring attorneys to join our national legal team in the separation of powers practice group. PLF encourages applications from attorneys with all levels of experience and a demonstrated commitment to and interest in fighting the unconstitutional administrative state.

Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) identifies and litigates important legal issues to set landmark precedent that will benefit Americans nationwide. Using strategic and principled litigation, communications, and research, we battle for freedom in the nation’s courts and the court of public opinion. Our attorneys have 12 victories before the U.S. Supreme Court—a record unmatched by anyone in the liberty movement.

New attorneys at PLF find and develop cases, draft briefs, participate in discovery, argue in court, and engage in outreach and communication to the public by writing op-eds, giving speeches, and more. Working at PLF is an unmatched opportunity for energetic attorneys with a passion for liberty and the drive to make a difference in the world.

This position: Constitutional Litigation Attorney, Separation of Powers Practice Group:

Although PLF litigates in five areas—property rights, economic liberty, equality before the law, free speech, and separation of powers—the current openings are in the growing separation of powers practice group, our fastest growing group. Our separation of powers group seeks to protect liberty and the rule of law by enforcing the Constitution’s structural protections against the unconstitutional administrative state. PLF has won important victories in the Supreme Court and in the lower courts in this area and we expect to continue and grow this trend going forward.

Requirements:

  • 1-5 years of experience.
  • Deep philosophical interest in working to promote the principles of property rights, personal liberties, and constitutionally limited government.
  • Entrepreneurial, collaborative, and quirky.

Location and benefits:

The positions are full-time and individuals can work from one of PLF’s offices—Sacramento, California; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; or Arlington, Virginia—or remotely in appropriate circumstances.

This is a full-time, permanent position. PLF is committed to recruiting and retaining the highest quality talent available nationwide, and we offer a total compensation package that includes a competitive salary, medical, dental, and vision insurance, and employer-paid retirement savings. We take work-life balance seriously through our generous paid leave and flextime policies. We have a flexible, collaborative, positive, and collegial work environment. We take pride in investing in your future and encourage internal advancement. PLF is the place for someone principled, tenacious, and determined to succeed in positively shaping the future of our country and restoring real limits on government power. Ambitious and successful attorneys can expect significant salary increases over time.

The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to policies to achieve equitable hiring, assignment, and promotion practices. The Foundation encourages applications from all individuals interested in working to promote the principles of property rights, personal liberties, and constitutionally limited government.

To Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF:

  • Cover letter / personal statement which specifically explains 1) why PLF is the place for you, 2) why you want to fight for liberty, 3) your interest in PLF’s separation of powers work, 4) what distinguishes you from other applicants, and 5) your salary requirements.
  • Résumé

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: talentmarket.org/apply-for-your-dream-job/

Questions can be directed to Katelynn Barbosa, Talent Engagement Manager at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: Katelynn@talentmarket.org.

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

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