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Executive Director Philadelphia, PA

The Public Interest Law Center (“the Law Center”) seeks an exceptional leader who is committed to the mission of civil rights advocacy and to public interest legal strategies to serve as its next Executive Director. The executive director will have the opportunity to direct one of the leading civil rights organizations in Pennsylvania. Throughout its near half century of existence, the Law Center has pioneered pathbreaking high impact litigation that has significantly contributed to the quality of life, dignity, and security of the region’s citizens, especially its most vulnerable. Through the highly successful efforts of its outgoing executive director, resourceful board, and talented staff, the Law Center has achieved financial stability; a cohesive and collaborative team of lawyers and other professionals; an impressive network of pro bono counsel; and an enviable reputation for superb legal acumen and diligence and results that have had a positive impact in advancing a broad civil rights agenda.  

At a time when civil rights and protections for citizens are facing fierce and unrelenting assaults from private and state actors, and the nation experiences a once-in-a-generation reckoning over its legacies of racism, poverty, disenfranchisement, and exclusion, the work of the Law Center could not be more relevant and critical. The Law Center requires a leader who can harness the urgency of the moment and the organization’s considerable talent and expertise to set the example of what high impact litigation can achieve in securing equality and justice for all.

The executive director serves as the chief executive of the Law Center and reports to the 36-member board of directors. S/he oversees operating revenue of approximately $1.9 million and staff of 16 that includes professional staff in administration, development, communications, and attorneys who spearhead the Law Center’s litigation work in the areas of education, environmental justice, employment, healthcare, voting, and housing. The Law Center seeks an executive director who can increase financial contributions and grants to support its work; provide exceptional vision, leadership, and management for the staff; work collaboratively with the organization’s stakeholders around case selection and strategy; serve as an effective representative and spokesperson; and help set a vision with and maintain productive and collegial relationships with the board of directors.

Tim McFeeley is leading this search with Kahn Lee.

The Public Interest Law Center is an equal opportunity employer and eager to receive applications from candidates who could contribute to the diversity of the organization, including, but not limited to, people of color, people living with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community.  The Law Center is committed to protecting the safety of children with whom it comes in contact.

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