Project Assistant: Corporate Pro Bono

Pro Bono Institute
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jul 28

Position description

Established in 1996, Pro Bono Institute (PBI) is a nonprofit organization with a mandate to explore and identify new approaches to help the poor and disadvantaged who are unable to secure legal assistance to address critical problems. PBI does so by supporting, enhancing, and transforming the pro bono efforts of major law firms, in-house legal departments, and public interest organizations in the U.S. and around the world.

Founded in 2000, Corporate Pro Bono (CPBO) is the global in-house project of PBI. Our mission is to explore and identify new approaches to and resources for the provision of legal services to the poor, disadvantaged, and other individuals or groups unable to secure legal assistance to address critical problems. CPBO does so by supporting, enhancing, and transforming the pro bono efforts of in-house legal departments, Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) chapters, and in-house counsel and their colleagues in the U.S. and around the world.

The CPBO Project Assistant position requires an individual with solid writing, research, and analytical skills; who is organized, enterprising, pays close attention to detail, is able to multi-task, and has excellent interpersonal skills. Experience with online tools is essential.  

The Project Assistant will work closely with the Director and Assistant Director of CPBO. 

Major responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Assisting with the planning, development, and implementation of new approaches to provide information, services, and benefits to in-house legal departments.
  • Assisting with the provision of excellent customer service to legal departments, in-house counsel, and other stakeholders, including answering general programmatic questions and maintaining and distributing timely, substantive information.
  • Providing significant substantive, administrative, and logistical support for the PBI Annual Conference, which draws participants from law firms, in-house legal departments, and public interest organizations around the world
  • Assisting with the project management and staffing of other national and regional events and major organizational initiatives, such as Financial Institution Pro Bono Day and the ACC Annual Meeting.
  • Providing significant logistical support in planning and staffing CPBO-sponsored pro bono clinics virtually and throughout the country.
  • Writing, editing, and publishing original CPBO materials and content for a variety of publications including the website, blogs, and monthly newsletters.
  • Coordinating annual survey to collect, analyze, and report data on the performance of reports, including the Corporate Pro Bono Challenge® initiative, Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® initiative, and biennial Benchmarking Survey on in-house pro bono policies and practices.
  • Designing, developing, and maintaining publications (Advisory Board Reports, infographics, guides, etc.) and promotional materials (fliers, brochures, etc.).
  • Using a content management system to modify, publish, and maintain content (articles, news, event postings, etc.) and manage some technical aspects for the website.
  • Drafting and organizing outreach electronic mailings.
  • Providing support to organizational governance by assisting in the planning and coordination of CPBO Board meetings and conference calls.
  • Maintaining project contact lists. 
  • Providing administrative support to the project and other PBI initiatives, including coordinating conference calls and meetings, and internal and external communication with high-level stakeholders.
  • Some travel will be required for events, including the PBI Annual Dinner, national and regional events, and clinics each year.


  • At least one year work experience required; prior nonprofit, law firm, or legal department experience strongly preferred.
  • Highly organized and motivated individual with excellent attention to detail, excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to manage multiple priorities and work independently and in a team.
  • Ability to take appropriate significant initiative to perform tasks.
  • Ability to organize work, set and adjust priorities, meet deadlines, and execute multiple concurrent tasks; to anticipate needs and respond accordingly.
  • Ability to write and format professional correspondence, memos, articles, and support documentation.
  • Ability to analyze quantitative and qualitative survey data, and present data in graphics.
  • Strong computer and internet research skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office suite including Excel, Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Teams.
  • Prior experience with Zoom and the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects) or other graphic design strongly preferred, and comprehension of experience management software (e.g., Qualtrics and Survey Monkey) and HTML and CSS a plus.
  • Strong commitment to PBI’s mission and program priorities.
  • Bachelor’s degree required in business, legal studies, international relations, political science, or related field.

Currently, PBI staff primarily work remotely.

Application instructions

PBI is an equal opportunity employer, and persons of all genders and persons of color are particularly encouraged to apply. 

To apply for the position, please send by email a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample (no more than 500 words), and list of references to:

Chris Niebling (he/him)

Operations Manager

Pro Bono Institute

1620 I Street, NW

Suite 520

Washington, DC 20006

[email protected]


No phone inquiries, please. Resumes will be accepted until August 22.

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