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Pacific 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 embody our core values:

We are freedom fighters.

We are freedom fighters.

Liberty is our obsession—we live and breathe it. When it’s threatened, we act decisively to protect it.

We are relentless.

We are relentless.

Our pioneering spirit spurs us to take big, bold swings. We never rest on past success. Our eyes are aimed squarely on the future.

We elevate others.

We elevate others.

We trust and invest in our clients, allies, and each other. We believe that—together—we can change the world.

We are confident.

We are confident.

We know liberty will win.

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.

Digital Coordinator

You: An aspiring marketer passionate about technology, software, and marketing communications. You are determined to master these tools to promote freedom and dismantle policies that trample individual liberty. You will be a crucial component of the execution of PLF’s communications strategy, learning from and supporting managers and directors across the organization.

Them: Bureaucrats, city councils, mayors, governors, and federal agencies stripping Americans of their rights every day. There’s a lot of government overreach out there, and it’s backed by seemingly endless resources. But fortunately, like all lumbering giants, abusive government is most vulnerable when countered by individuals who act strategically and nimbly, take calculated risks, have each other’s backs, and are confident in, and passionate for, the cause—the very sort of swashbucklers we employ in spades here at PLF.

Us: We fight back. Pacific Legal Foundation is the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty. PLF has an unmatched record in the United States Supreme Court, with 14 victories out of 16 cases litigated at the Court. We also have more than a hundred active cases across the nation.

We are a next-generation public interest law firm. What does “next-generation” mean for a legal nonprofit? It means we aren’t interested in doing the same thing as everyone else. We aspire to be the best player in a constantly changing game.

Here’s what you get to do in this role:

You will work with every part of the communications team to make marketing communications a reality. You will have the opportunity to become an expert in all critical aspects of digital marketing: lead generation, SEO, marketing automation, digital advertising, and the infrastructure and measurement to make it all happen.

Getting down to brass tacks, your specific job duties likely will include:

  • Perform daily execution of digital tasks across a variety of channels, including website content editing, email marketing, paid advertising, social media, events, and lead generation.
  • Analytics and reporting: Measure the effectiveness of campaigns’ channel performance, providing stakeholders with detailed reporting and analysis of performance.
  • Research and application of the best messaging and language for SEO.
  • Strategic input and monitoring results of paid advertising.

This is an entry-level role with significant growth potential.

Experience in relevant systems like social media, CMS, CRMs, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and Google Analytics is a plus—but we intend to teach you.

It is absolutely essential that you are fascinated by technology, enthusiastic to master the intricacies of various software platforms, and capable of working with/interpreting data. An attention to detail is critical.

Finally, you must understand and support the organization’s mission and vision for individual liberty.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Pacific Legal Foundation identifies and litigates important legal issues to set landmark precedents 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.

As a national nonprofit organization, PLF has brick-and-mortar offices in Sacramento, California; Arlington, Virginia; and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, although approximately half of the staff work from home offices across the country. We prefer that this role work in one of our offices, but outstanding candidates may be approved to work remotely.

TO APPLY

If you think you might be a good fit, submit the following application materials in one PDF at the link below.

  • Your resume, including your experience and any relevant professional work samples.
  • A cover letter explaining why PLF is the place for you, why you want to fight for liberty, and what about this role stands out to you.

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. Join us.

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Constitutional Law Fellow

Pacific Legal Foundation Fellowships – Accepting applications for Fellowships beginning September 2022. Application period for 2021 Fellowships is now closed.

You: A law-school graduate, a confident and entrepreneurial freedom fighter with a passion for battling onerous government. You’re looking for an opportunity to work with the best liberty lawyers in the nation, immerse yourself in the nuts-and-bolts of public-interest law, and study the legal and philosophical principles of the liberty movement.

Them: Bureaucrats, city councils, mayors, governors, and federal agencies stripping Americans of their rights every day. There’s a lot of government overreach out there, and it’s backed by seemingly endless resources. But fortunately, like all lumbering giants, abusive government is most vulnerable when countered by individuals who act strategically and nimbly, take calculated risks, have each other’s backs, and are confident in and passionate for the cause—the very sort of swashbucklers we employ in spades here at PLF.

Us: We fight back. Pacific Legal Foundation is the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty. PLF has an unmatched record in the United States Supreme Court, with 14 victories out of 16 cases litigated at the Court—so far. We have more than a hundred active cases across the nation, and a growing number of legislative and administrative policy wins.

We are a next-generation public interest law firm. What does “next generation” mean for a legal nonprofit? It means we aren’t interested in doing the same thing as everyone else. We aspire to be the best player in a constantly changing game.

 

Here’s what you get to do in this role:

You will be a “PLF Fellow,” a one-year position for law-school graduates. You will be added to litigation teams in on-going cases, receive hands-on legal-research and legal-writing training, and study the Classical Liberal principles that guide our work. You will also be encouraged and expected to take on additional challenges, including case development and communications efforts.

You will work on teams with junior and senior attorneys, adding your skills and perspective in order to elevate our team’s ability to win important victories for liberty. You will have the latitude to think big and the resources to execute. You will be at the forefront of shaping the law for all Americans.

In a nutshell, we’re seeking a young lawyer who’s passionate about individual liberty, property rights, and administrative law, someone who is confident and magnanimous, and someone who is a bold and relentless freedom fighter.

 

Getting down to brass tacks, your specific job duties will likely include:

  • Helping us win public-interest cases! Immersing yourself in the details of assigned cases, working closely with PLF’s litigators, and finding creative ways to promote liberty.
  • Advocating for individual liberty, property rights, and the separation of powers both philosophically and practically. Speaking with organizations, trade groups, academia, and media to advance PLF’s strategic environmental law goals.
  • Writing persuasive pieces for both scholarly and lay audiences. Drafting op-eds, journal articles, and blog posts.
  • Working with other attorneys as you battle and set the agenda for PLF’s public-interest practice.

This role is ideal for someone who is passionate about liberty and wants to get a crash-course in public-interest law and one with:

  • a demonstrated interest in property rights, environmental law, and separation of powers;
  • outstanding interpersonal communications skills; and
  • a knowledge of and passion for the ideas of freedom and individual liberty.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Pacific Legal Foundation identifies and litigates important legal issues to set landmark precedents 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.

As a national nonprofit organization, PLF has brick-and-mortar offices in Sacramento, CA; Arlington, VA; and Palm Beach Gardens, FL, though approximately half of the staff work from home across the country.

This is a one-year, full-time position. PLF is committed to recruiting and retaining the highest-quality talent available nationwide, and we offer a competitive compensation package. 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. Join us.

 

TO APPLY:

If you think you might be a good fit, submit the following application materials in one PDF at the link below.

  • Your resume, including your experience in the liberty movement and relevant professional experience.
  • A cover letter explaining why PLF is the place for you, why you want to fight for liberty, and what distinguishes you from typical applicants.
  • A writing sample.
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Donor Relations Officer

You: A seasoned major gift officer with strong interpersonal skills, entrepreneurial spirit, and high energy. You care deeply about donors—their interests and passions, their philanthropic goals, and their confidentiality—and have a proven track record of cultivating relationships, making big asks (when appropriate), and successfully managing a relatively large portfolio. You are a dedicated freedom fighter who is eager to work with a team equally passionate about defending the Constitution and defeating Big Government.

Them: Bureaucrats, city councils, mayors, governors, and federal agencies stripping Americans of their rights every day. There’s a lot of government overreach out there, and it’s backed by seemingly endless resources. But fortunately, like all lumbering giants, abusive government is most vulnerable when countered by individuals who act strategically and nimbly, take calculated risks, have each other’s backs, and are confident in and passionate for the cause—the very sort of swashbucklers we employ in spades here at PLF.

Us: We fight back. Pacific Legal Foundation is the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty. PLF has an unmatched record in the United States Supreme Court, with 14 victories out of 16 cases litigated at the Court—so far. We have more than a hundred active cases across the nation, and a growing number of legislative and administrative policy wins.

We are a next-generation public interest law firm. What does “next generation” mean for a legal nonprofit? It means we aren’t interested in doing the same thing as everyone else. We aspire to be the best player in a constantly changing game.

 

Here’s what you get to do in this role:

Reporting to the Director of Donor Relations, you will be responsible for managing a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects, providing them with a top-notch donor experience. You’ll develop and maintain strong relationships with your donors by implementing one-to-one donor strategies through face-to-face visits, phone calls, emails, notes, and letters to cultivate, solicit, and steward your donors.

You can work physically in any of our offices or virtually. This position requires frequent travel, often to California, but also to other parts of the U.S.

 

In practice, your specific job duties will include:

  • Managing a portfolio of 70-150 major gift donors and prospects who are currently giving at least $10,000 or giving less than $10,000 but have major gift capacity;
  • Asking donors for their annual gift as well as increases for special projects and also planned gifts;
  • Collaborating with the Director of Donor Relations to craft special asks, develop fundraising plans for your donors, set revenue goals, and execute strategies to reach those goals;
  • Providing top-notch customer service to ensure the best possible experience for donors, including providing them with periodic updates on the use and impact of their gifts;
  • Timely and thoroughly logging all donor interactions in Raiser’s Edge NXT in accordance with PLF’s established protocols.

 

This role is ideal for someone with:

  • At least three to five years of experience as a major gifts officer, with a demonstrated track record of closing major gifts;
  • Ability to develop a deep and detailed knowledge of each assigned donor and design an individualized plan of action for each donor;
  • Ability to handle all donor interactions with the highest levels of honesty, integrity, discretion, and professionalism;
  • A passion for, and an ability to accurately articulate; PLF’s mission, objectives, cases, and initiatives with clarity, enthusiasm, and conviction.
  • Ability and willingness to travel regularly and nationally to visit donors and participate in team get-togethers;
  • Comfort and proficiency with technology—including Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams, Zoom, and fundraising database software (Raiser’s Edge NXT experience is a plus).
  • Ability to work independently without constant direct supervision.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Pacific Legal Foundation identifies and litigates important legal issues to set landmark precedents 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.

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. Join us. 

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