Operations Director

Partnership for Civil Justice Fund ~ Center for Protest Law and Litigation

Defending Democracy and Civil Rights and Fighting for Justice

The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, a constitutional rights and civil rights legal organization dedicated to supporting movements for racial, environmental, social and economic justice, which also houses the Center for Protest Law & Litigation, is recruiting an Operations Director. The Operations Director will be a critical member of our collegial, small and growing team to ensure and continue our work as a high impact and well-run organization.

If you are motivated by putting your skills in non-profit management to work in the fight for justice, this could be the position for you. The Operations Director will work closely with the Executive Director and will carry out a range of responsibilities spanning Operations, Fundraising, Human Resources, Communications and Technology.

About the Organization

As leaders in bringing high impact civil rights and First Amendment litigation in defense of justice movements for over 25 years, the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund has brought groundbreaking cases that have forced systemic changes in police handling of demonstrations. We have successfully created and implemented laws and policies restricting police tactics and conduct, opened up public spaces for free speech and assembly, and obtained tens of millions of dollars in damages for persons whose rights have been violated.

We handle complex constitutional rights litigation, including landmark First Amendment and Section 1983 cases, civil rights and anti-discrimination cases, economic justice issues, exposure of government misconduct and Freedom of Information Act cases, and defense of targeted communities and political organizations and activists. Our litigation work is integrated with outreach, education and advocacy with affected groups, communities, activists and organizations in racial, social and environmental justice movements. Our work is focused ultimately on creating meaningful social, political and legal changes and dismantling systems of repression.

Our new Center for Protest Law & Litigation works to protect and advance the rights of protestors to organize, assemble and demand justice around the country. We defend free speech rights through affirmative civil litigation, including against the mechanisms of police violence, as well as criminal defense of protestors swept up in political arrests.

Operations Director Responsibilities

Fundraising and Communications

  • Work closely with the Executive Director to raise funds for the organization by drawing on existing materials and shaping new funding proposals;
  • Prepare the annual report, brochures and other appropriate materials for outreach;
  • Prepare reports for donors on progress against objectives;
  • Manage grant cycles and grant compliance;
  • Ensure efficient systems for processing and acknowledging donations;
  • Oversee functionality of donor and constituent databases;
  • Communicate with donors and prospects as requested by the Executive Director;


  • Update budget documents and track incoming donations and attorney’s fees;
  • Prepare budget documents for fundraising proposals and reports;
  • Ensure that project accounting is tracked within the larger organization;
  • Oversee the finance and accounting consultant;
  • Facilitate basic accounting work in QuickBooks by coding some expenses and income to ensure accurate data entry and financial management for the organization and projects; and
  • Manage deposits of grants and other income.

Human Resources

  • Provide thought partnership to the Executive Director and the team on how to staff the organization as it grows;
  • Work with the Executive Director to foster a participatory and mission-driven culture and a positive, productive work environment;
  • Support and/or lead in recruiting new staff, fellows and interns, and ensure that new personnel are supported;
  • Manage onboarding of new staff including logistics such as I-9s, health insurance, tax forms, entry into the payroll system;
  • Maintain employee handbook and identify and implement policy improvements;
  • Ensure tracking of staff vacation and other paid leave.

Organizational systems and IT

  •  Identify gaps and needs where processes and systems should be updated or made more efficient or secure;
  • Lead searches for third-party technology contractors as needed;
  • Maintain technology and procure and distribute software, hardware and other relevant systems to staff;
  • Ensure training for the team on any new platforms;
  • Serve as the first line of defense when team members have issues with internal systems/platforms.


  • Experience with operations, finance, human resources, and fundraising.
  • Technology proficiency; experience with Salsa CRM for donor management preferred.


  • Enthusiasm for the work of the organization and dedication to civil rights and social and environmental justice issues.
  • Self-motivated with ability to create an agenda for the work. A high level of independence and initiative, ability to take responsibility to advance and complete projects as well as an ability to respond to direction.
  • Excellent people skills, sense of humor, and comfortable in fostering and contributing to a friendly, supportive, inclusive and collaborative environment.
  • A strong work ethic is essential as well as the capacity to work well under pressure, to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously and to meet deadline requirements and rapid response needs, including working occasional weekends and evenings if necessary.
  • Superior organizational skills; capable of balancing and prioritizing concurrent projects and deadlines.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Problem solver at ease in dynamic and fast-moving, informal environment.
  • Comfort and confidence with technology platforms and tools to find the best ways to make them work for our work.


August 30, 2021 – note that applications will be considered on a rolling basis and the position may be filled by then, so early applications are encouraged.




At this time, the Operations Director will be onboarded remotely and will be expected to maintain a high level of productivity virtually. The office is in Washington DC, so candidates should be prepared to live in the DC area once we return to work in the office which is expected to be soon. Vaccinations required.


The salary will be competitive commensurate with experience and public interest work and is expected to be in the range of $70,000 – $90,000. Benefits include fully paid health and dental insurance, and generous paid vacation and sick leave.


Cover letter detailing qualifications for the position, a resume and a writing sample of original work (3-5 pages maximum, excerpts are acceptable). Please send applications to recruitment@justiceonline.org putting Job Application: Operations Director in the subject line.

NOTE: We are only accepting applications electronically submitted. Please do not make any inquiries about the position or the status of your application as we cannot respond individually to each application. We will contact those applicants that are of interest directly.

The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, formerly incarcerated person status, marital status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

To apply for this job email your details to recruitment@justiceonline.org

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