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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 embody our core values:

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

Research Analyst

Arlington, VA, Sacramento, CA, Palm Beach Gardens, FL or Virtual Office

About the Organization

Pacific Legal Foundation, the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty, 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 twelve 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.

About the Role

PLF seeks an inquisitive social science and policy researcher to join its Strategic Research team. The research analyst will conduct original social science research.

PLF’s research team produces high-quality social science research to support PLF’s litigation, legal policy, and other mission-driven goals. This position provides an opportunity to play an important role that will increase PLF’s national prominence and advance liberty both inside and outside the courts. This position reports to the Strategic Research Director, Angela C. Erickson. As a national nonprofit organization, PLF has offices in Sacramento, CA; Arlington, VA; and Palm Beach Gardens, FL. We prefer that the Research Analyst work from the Arlington, VA, office, but outstanding candidates may also work in other offices or, for the exceptional candidate, remotely.

Core Duties include:

  • Formulating original research plans in coordination with the Strategic Research Director, PLF litigators, and other team members
  • Identifying data, literature, and methodology to address our research questions
  • Collecting, organizing, and analyzing datasets
  • Submitting public records requests to gather data
  • Writing clear, accessible reports aimed at journalists, policymakers, and the public
  • Eloquently and persuasively presenting PLF research in media interviews, op-eds, and a variety of other settings

Qualifications:

  • 2-5 years of experience developing and completing research projects
  • Know the principles of liberty and seek to advance them
  • Inquisitive and self-motivated
  • Like to solve problems, work with data, and collaborate with others
  • Strong analytical skills including a proficiency with a research software (e.g., Stata, SAS, R, SPSS)
  • Excellent organizational skills to work on multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Hold a relevant BA degree; master’s degree is a plus

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.

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
  • 2 writing samples; writing samples relevant to PLF’s work preferred, any two writing samples are acceptable

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link

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

Executive Assistant for Development

Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), the nation’s leading pro-liberty nonprofit, seeks an energetic, confident self-starter to provide high-level administrative support as a member of our fundraising team. The Executive Assistant for Development will serve as “right arm” to the Senior Director of Development and play a key role in supporting the smooth, efficient functioning of the department.

Must have a passion for liberty and limited government and be committed to PLF’s key issue areas: property rights, economic liberty, free speech and association, equality before the law, and the constitutional separation of powers.

To apply, please upload a single PDF that includes both a cover letter and resume. Your cover letter should highlight your qualifications and demonstrate your sincere interest in the liberty movement and PLF’s issue areas. (NOTE: Applicants who do not upload a cover letter with their resume as a single PDF will not be considered.)

This is a full-time, exempt position in our Palm Beach Gardens, FL, office. The successful candidate will possess superior organization and time management skills, meticulous attention to detail, be highly proficient with Microsoft Office, and demonstrate a flexible, professional, get-it-done approach.

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.
  • Superior organization, time management, and problem-solving skills.
  • Meticulous attention to detail. Strong grammar and proofreading.
  • Highly proficient with technology: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, video conferencing, CRM software, Internet. Experience with Raiser’s Edge and/or Trello a plus.
  • 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, and commitment to PLF’s key issue areas.

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. Our distributed workforce of employees operates remotely across the country, plus we have physical offices in Sacramento, California; Arlington, Virginia; and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

We are 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.

To Apply

Qualified candidates should upload a single PDF that includes both a cover letter and resume. Your cover letter should highlight your qualifications and demonstrate your sincere interest in the liberty movement and PLF’s issue areas. (NOTE: Applicants who do not upload a cover letter with their resume as a single PDF will not be considered.)

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.

Legal Secretary

Arlington, VA, Sacramento, CA, Palm Beach Gardens, FL or Virtual Office

Pacific Legal Foundation—the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty—seeks a fiercely detail-oriented and deadline-driven Legal Secretary to partner with our team of attorneys to execute important constitutional litigation.

PLF Legal Secretaries are responsible for production and quality control of our legal documents. PLF’s briefs are recognized for their quality in all courts including the U.S. Supreme Court and our secretaries play an important role in maintaining that reputation.

The following skills and attributes are required for this role:

  • A passion for freedom and individual liberty.
  • Impeccable spelling, punctuation, and knowledge of grammar.
  • Heightened attention to detail and a deep disdain for inaccuracy.
  • The ability to handle multiple assignments, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • A self-starter’s mentality and a can-do attitude—can tackle the job at hand with minimal supervision and unafraid to ask questions when needed.
  • A team-oriented, customer service mindset—ready and willing to assist others.
  • Flexibility, dependability, helpfulness, and positivity.
  • Willingness to take direction and humility to accept suggestions for improvement; sound judgment about when to consult others before proceeding.
  • A high degree of comfort with technology.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and basic computer tasks.
  • Prior paralegal or legal secretary experience is a strong plus factor.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Pacific Legal Foundation 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—plus additional cases currently before the High Court with decisions pending. Simply put, we know how to get cases to the Supreme Court and we know how to win.

As a national nonprofit organization, PLF has offices in Sacramento, CA; Arlington, VA; and Palm Beach Gardens, FL. In addition to working from one of our offices, PLF offers the opportunity to work remotely from anywhere in the United States.

TO APPLY:

Applicants must submit a résumé and cover letter. The résumé should have the usual: your professional experience, as well as your academic credentials. The cover letter should explain why PLF is the place for you, why you want to fight for liberty, and what distinguishes you from typical applicants.

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. No phone calls please.

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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