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 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.

Managing Editor

Pacific Legal Foundation—the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty—seeks an editor and writer to manage the creation of the organization’s written content.

If you’re excited by the power of writing to inspire new audiences and know how to shepherd a project from conception to completion, this is the role for you. Specifics include:

  • Managing PLF’s new quarterly magazine, Sword&Scales, from conception to print
  • Reimagining and growing PLF’s blog through internally-written and commissioned pieces
  • Editing op-eds and blog posts for message discipline and strong ledes
  • Proposing engaging story ideas, titles, and headlines
  • Updating and maintaining an editorial calendar with the written content PLF produces
  • Writing original copy as needed
  • Fundraising material is not a part of this role

You’ll report to the Content Director, Jaclyn Boudreau, working with creative producers, writers, and attorneys to get projects done.

As a candidate, you should have:

  • A background in writing and editing, ideally in a marketing or editorial role
  • Experience distilling complex, technical ideas into everyday language (for us, it’s legalese)
  • Solid project management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively across teams


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 ten 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.

If you share our passion to vindicate the principles of freedom and individual liberty, you should be a part of PLF, no matter where you live. A national nonprofit organization, PLF has offices in Sacramento, California; Arlington, Virginia; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; and Bellevue, Washington. We prefer that you work from Arlington, but the right candidates will have the ability to work in one of these existing locations or elsewhere—virtually or from a physical office.

Applicants must submit a résumé and cover letter. The résumé should have the usual: your experience in the liberty movement, 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.


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

  • Résumé.
  • Cover letter detailing your sincere interest in this position and PLF.
  • Two writing samples or a link to your portfolio.
  • In your email, please include “Editorial Manager–[Your Name]” in the subject line and indicate your compensation requirements.
  • Materials should be emailed to Dawn Gonzales, Director of Human Resources:

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.