NACDL - Public Defense Project Manager

Public Defense Project Manager

NACDL is seeking a Public Defense Project Manager. Primary responsibility will be the successful management of deliverables under NACDL’s Justice For All grant awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The objective of the grant is to share resources, knowledge, and practices that will support jurisdictions’ efforts to meet their Sixth Amendment obligations. Responsibilities will include a full range of programmatic, technical, and organizational duties, including working with the grant’s primary sub-grantee partners.

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) seeks a Project Manager for its public defense department.

About Us

NACDL is the preeminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing.  A professional bar association founded in 1958, NACDL's many thousands of direct members in 28 countries – and 90 state, provincial and local affiliate organizations totaling up to 40,000 attorneys – include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, military defense counsel, law professors and judges committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal justice system.  For more information about our organization, please visit www.nacdl.org.

NACDL is pleased to provide staff with a generous compensation and benefits package.  NACDL affords the successful candidate an opportunity to work with a dedicated and talented team of experts.

Overview

NACDL is seeking a Public Defense Project Manager. Primary responsibility will be the successful management of deliverables under NACDL’s Justice For All grant awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The objective of the grant is to share resources, knowledge, and practices that will support jurisdictions’ efforts to meet their Sixth Amendment obligations. Read the project abstract.

Responsibilities will include a full range of programmatic, technical, and organizational duties, including working with the grant’s primary sub-grantee partners.

Qualified candidates will possess a college degree and at least 5 years of relevant work experience with a preference for a J.D. or at least 3 years of experience in criminal justice. Ideal candidates will have prior experience administering grant funded projects and familiarity with federal grant procedures and requirements.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Primary responsibility for overseeing NACDL’s obligations under the Justice For All grant
  • Identify and collaborate with subgrantees and subject matter experts to support short-term (on demand) and long term (in depth) training and technical assistance (TTA) and development of substantive materials on Sixth Amendment issues.
  • Identify, build, and manage relationships with potential partner organizations
  • Draft and maintain content for a web platform that will meet the needs of various system stakeholders and the general public.
  • Evaluate and manage contracts for grant consultants, contractors, and subject matter experts.
  • Create and adhere to budgets for various project components
  • Oversee the development of relevant educational content
  • Plan and execute a national summit highlighting work undertaken in connection with the grant
  • Work closely with BJA grant staff on substantive and administrative components of grant
  • Make presentations about the grant and grant related projects
  • Ensure compliance with all grant reporting requirements
  • Monitor workflow to meet grant related deadlines
  • Work with NACDL’s Public Defense Team and other NACDL Staff to fulfill grant deliverables

Qualifications and Experience

Qualified candidates will possess strong organizational skills and be comfortable with learning and using new technology. Ideal candidates will have a demonstrable interest in criminal or social justice issues either through professional experience, academic studies, or community activities.

Mandatory qualifications include:

  • College Degree, J.D. preferred
  • 5 years of relevant work experience

Other qualifications include:

  • Experience and knowledge of grant management, particularly with government grant experience
  • Ability to create and manage budgets
  • Effective task prioritization  time management skills, and attention to detail
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Familiarity with core Sixth Amendment provisions and current issues in criminal justice
  • Demonstrated interest in criminal justice reforms
  • Experience in a non-profit, government, or criminal justice environment
  • Ability to work well with NACDL’s leaders, members, staff and allies
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships with a broad cross-section of criminal justice system stakeholder groups
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Willing to travel domestically
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, especially Excel and PowerPoint

The grant period is currently underway and will conclude no earlier than September 30, 2022.

To apply: Send cover letter, resume and writing sample (5-10 pp.) to bhoffman@nacdl.org with “Public Defense Project Manager” in the subject line.  Applicants are also asked to provide a realistic statement of their salary expectation.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Position open until filled, but prospective candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.