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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.

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.

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.

Programs Manager

You: You’re passionate about designing programs and curricula that educate and engage diverse audiences, and you’re eager to put your skills to work developing unique program content that engages a broad portfolio of audiences on PLF’s legal work in a tangible way. Most importantly, you’re not content with maintaining the status quo and have big ideas about how to educate, engage, and inspire our audiences with both in-person and virtual programming.

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 heard by 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’ll work across the organization to identify and capitalize on opportunities for PLF to advance the national conversation on our areas of expertise. Then, you’ll be responsible for designing programming that spurs deep discussion, inspires attendees to action, and invites program participants to carefully consider complex legal and policy issues. In essence, your job is to design industry-leading conversations about some of our country’s most pressing issues.

You’ll report directly to the Outreach Director and work in collaboration with the Events Manager to develop a comprehensive portfolio of programming that advances PLF’s legal, public education, and legislative goals. This includes both in-person and virtual programming ranging from hour-long webinars to multi-day conferences and seminars. While the Events Manager oversees the logistics, budget, and measurement side of things, you’ll own the content and curriculum.

In practice, your specific job duties will likely include:

  • Designing approximately 20-25 PLF hosted events per year, with a particular emphasis on programming-heavy events. This portfolio includes approximately 6-8 full day/multi day policy conferences and law symposia, and 12+ virtual events for audiences of 50-500 attendees.
  • Identifying opportunities for new PLF programming across our issue areas, with an eye towards engaging the full spectrum of our target audience segments
  • Developing program proposals, including: event descriptions, agendas, and speaker line-ups
  • Working with external partners to develop PLF topics and curriculum for their events and conferences
  • Providing on-site support for in-person events as needed

This role is ideal for someone with:

  • 3+ years of experience in program management, curriculum development, or events
  • Ability to collaborate with multiple individuals simultaneously
  • Comfort traveling at least 30% of the time including approximately 4-5 trips/year to PLF offices (if working remote)
  • Ability to problem solve and boil down complex legal concepts
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A demonstrated interest in, and knowledge of, contemporary legal and policy issues—as well as thought leaders in these areas
  • Ability to juggle multiple responsibilities simultaneously
  • Alignment with and passion for the mission of PLF

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. You can work physically in any of our offices or request to work virtually.

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 as a single PDF:

  • Your resume, including all 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 other applicants for this position

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

There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled.

Questions can be directed to Katy Gambella, Director of Network Engagement of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected]

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.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.

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