Program Counsel II or III for Pro Bono Innovation and Veterans Grant Administration

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3333 K St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Legal Services Corporation
Street address: 
3333 K St. NW
District of Columbia
Job type: 
Policy Development/Advocacy
Position Description: 

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is the country’s single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans. Established in 1974, LSC operates as an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that promotes equal access to justice and provides grants for high-quality civil legal assistance. LSC currently funds 132 independent, nonprofit legal aid organizations with nearly 800 offices throughout the nation.

Basic Function: Under the general direction of the Director of the Office of Program Performance (OPP) and his or her designee, works with the Pro Bono Innovation Fund (PBIF) grant and the Veterans Pro Bono grant and performs related activities. This includes working with grantee programs to incentivize support and encourage pro bono innovations, develop best practices and pro bono initiatives, improve outcomes for clients through pro bono collaborations, and assist with the Pro Bono Innovation Fund Grant program; and supporting the Veterans Pro Bono program. Moderate travel is required. This position is included in a collective bargaining unit represented by the International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers, Local 135.


Pro Bono Initiative Fund

1. Implements each stage of the PBIF lifecycle, including pre-award information and grant application, online application, application review, award process, grant progress monitoring, data collection and outcomes measurement, and award closure.

2. Coordinates reviewers and application review process, including online reviewer system. Evaluates applications for funding under the PBIF program by reviewing proposals for funding and related documents and makes recommendations for funding to the Director.

3. Monitors grants awarded under the PBIF program, including information and data analysis, review, and approval of project milestones, budgets, and adherence to all grant assurances. Communicates expectations and reinforces requirements with grantees. Assists with the identification of compliance issues and determines referrals of grantees as needed for compliance and enforcement.

4. Participates on panels and conducts presentations regarding the use of pro bono to leverage and improve the reach of the delivery of legal services for national and regional conferences and online legal aid community events.

5. Researches and assesses approaches to using pro bono in the delivery of legal services and develops models that improve legal service delivery, particularly through the use of innovative pro bono collaborations.

6. Conducts on-site visits to: monitor PBIF projects; provide technical assistance to grantees on pro bono initiatives; and to assess grantees’ use of pro bono in their delivery systems. Acts as a resource regarding LSC grantees’ use of pro bono and the development and implementation of Private Attorney Involvement (PAI) plans.

7. Delivers training and orientation for grant applicants and grantees on the requirements and expectations for Pro Bono Innovation Fund grants. Engages in other grants management activities related to the implementation, and promotion of the application process and the oversight of extant PBIF grants. Helps maintain documented PBIF program procedures and ensures that staff follow all rules and requirements.

8. Works with the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) to draft regulatory, program letter, and policy language to implement and interpret requirements of the LSC Act and appropriations riders, and on the review and revision of current regulations and development of new regulations pertaining to private attorney involvement, as appropriate.

9. Promotes knowledge-sharing among grantees and helps prepare and update content for the PBIF and Private Attorney Involvement (PAI) web initiatives.
Veterans Pro Bono

10. Administers the competition and renewal application processes for the Veterans Pro Bono Program Grant, including preparing application materials, reviewing applications, developing funding recommendations, and processing grant award materials.

11. Performs other activities related to administration of Veterans Pro Bono Program, including conducting on-going oversight of grantee operations, conducting assessment visits, and coordinating LSC administrative and oversight functions with the staff of the U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals for Veterans Claims.

12. Works on special projects as assigned by OPP’s Director or designee.

13. Performs other related duties, as assigned.

Program Counsel II: $102,412
Salary range: $102,412 - $115,350
Program Counsel III: $116,963
Salary range: $116,963 - $131,738
LSC has a competitive market-based salary structure that establishes a specific salary range for this position. The salary range has eight pay levels separated by seven steps. A new employee will be hired at Step 1 and must wait two years to advance to each of the next three steps (Steps 2 through 4), and one year to advance to each of the next four steps (Steps 5 through 8).
Excellent benefits package.



Excellent written communication skills with demonstrated ability to produce professional, clear, well written work product that requires minimal editing. Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to reach different audiences and effectively manage conflicts. Experience analyzing complicated concepts and offering cogent conclusions. Unimpeachable integrity and adherence to the highest standards of ethics and professionalism. Ability to function in a discreet, diplomatic, and confidential matter. Must possess sound judgment and articulate well-informed and objective recommendations. High degree of flexibility, capacity for self-management, and attention to detail. Strong organizational skills. Adaptable and able to manage multiple priorities with shifting and/or competing priorities and tight deadlines. Understanding of and commitment to organizational mission and goals. Ability to influence, motivate, challenge, and inspire confidence among others. Ability to work well with persons from diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and working styles.

Technical/ Specialized:
A law degree from an accredited law school and admission to the Bar of the highest court in a jurisdiction. Must be in good legal standing. Must have a minimum of five (5) years of experience in the practice of law for a Program Counsel II position or a minimum of eight (8) years of experience in the practice of law for a Program Counsel III position. Must be knowledgeable about pro bono initiatives and best practices and able to recognize the potential impact that pro bono collaborations can have on the delivery of legal services. Ability to conduct thorough investigations and reviews through effective interviewing, research, and application of relevant regulatory authority. Able to devise and implement legal service delivery strategies employing pro bono collaborations. Able to identify and understand trends that affect LSC, its grantees, their clients, and the broader legal services community. Must possess solid research and analytical skills. Capacity to interpret the LSC Act, Appropriations Riders, LSC regulations, policies and rules as they influence the legal services delivery system, and the ability to design and implement changes that respond to these laws. Familiarity and experience with grants management and project management. Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite.

To apply: 

To apply, submit a complete application (provide ALL of the information requested and answer ALL of the questions) and attach a résumé and cover letter explaining why you are a good fit for this position. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Apply directly on our website at:
Questions can be sent to: [email protected]

Note: If reasonable accommodation in the application process is required, please notify OHR at 202-295-1571 or [email protected].

LSC embraces diversity as a core value. We recognize that our success as a corporation depends upon creating and maintaining a diverse team of talented professionals, and we are committed to a workplace that reflects and supports diverse individual backgrounds and perspectives. Our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and non-discrimination includes race, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, personal appearance, genetic information, political affiliation, marital status, family responsibilities, disability and status as a veteran, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws or regulation. We strive to have a workplace that is comfortable and welcoming for everyone. LSC is an equal opportunity employer.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Submission deadline: 
Wednesday, November 14, 2018