Director, Programs

Job ID
Job Category
Legal (Program Attorney)
US-NY-New York


Practising Law Institute (“PLI”), an innovative leader in legal education programs and services, is searching for an experienced, dynamic professional to fill the full-time role of Director, Programs. This position requires a J.D., significant familiarity with continuing legal education, and a minimum of 5 years in management and operations. PLI’s client base includes a large array of prestigious law firms, corporations and government agencies.


This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about providing high quality, current and engaging education to the legal community and related business professionals.



The Director is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of Program Attorneys and staff in both New York and San Francisco. The Director will meet with his/her direct reports on a regular basis and serve as their main point of contact as they plan and execute PLI programs. The Director will also maintain a slate of programs which he/she is responsible for planning and executing each year.


The Director reports to the Vice President, Programs, who is a member of the senior management team.



The Director, Programs will oversee attorneys and program content in the Programs Department.



  • Serve as the main point person for the Program Attorneys regarding research and design of programs
  • Conduct regularly scheduled meetings with direct reports to assess performance throughout the year
  • Oversee and participate in the successful creation and execution of live and webcast programs, and One-hour online audio briefings
  • Assist in assessment and prioritization of new program ideas
  • Assist in the distribution, assignment and re-assignment of programs, as needed
  • Research and maintain current knowledge of legal developments to ensure that existing and new programs address relevant topics, attract a large number of program participants and meet revenue goals
  • Work directly with other key departments at PLI as appropriate, including Marketing, Sales, CLE, IT, Finance and HR
  • Update department processes and procedures as necessary
  • Other projects, as assigned



  • Minimum of 6 to 8 years of experience in continuing legal education or other continuing professional education
  • J.D. and admittance to a U.S. state bar is required
  • Management experience with the proven ability to oversee and mentor a large team
  • Experience motivating and developing employees
  • Proactive approach to maintaining knowledge of current legal developments
  • Periodic travel may be required
  • Full-time position



  • Strong Manager: Effectively gets the team to work together toward a common goal. Selects and positions individuals for success. Able to develop team members.
  • Productive Relationship Builder: Capable of initiating and cultivating productive relationships with both internal and external constituencies. Ability to manage competing interests and differing opinions, to a successful resolution.
  • Skilled Communicator: Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strategic Thinker: Armed with information about current legal developments, is able to see opportunities for PLI to strengthen and expand its position in the CLE marketplace and to present these opportunities to senior management.



  • Maintains a high level of professionalism through excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ethical and trustworthy as shown by consistent action
  • Collaborative team player, caring, collegial and patient
  • Highly intelligent with strong performance standards
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude
  • Serves as a professional role model for the organization
  • Anticipates and deals with issues proactively and positively
  • Flexible and responsive to change
  • Demonstrates curiosity; is enthusiastic about learning
  • Well-organized and self-directed
  • Passionate about continuing legal education and training of the current and next generation of lawyers



For over 80 years PLI has been considered the “gold standard” in continuing legal and professional business training education. With employees located in our New York City and San Francisco offices, PLI presents hundreds of live programs each year in state-of-the-art conference centers throughout the U.S. and abroad. Recent international seminar locations include London and Hong Kong.


In addition to hosting innovative live programs, PLI streams live webcasts and offers on-demand access to thousands of programs each day. PLI publishes a variety of treatises, answer books, course handbooks and has an award-winning online research platform, PLI Plus. PLI offers the nation’s leading preparation course for the Patent Office’s Registration Exam, and provides SEC compliance and accounting training through its SEC Institute. The organization also develops unique, engaging ways of learning through its Interactive Learning Center. Through its mission as a nonprofit organization, PLI is committed to the pro bono community and public interest organizations through our dedicated pro bono curriculum and our scholarship program.



PLI offers market-competitive compensation and a generous benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans for employees and their families, PLI contributions to a retirement account, ample paid time off and holidays, summer Fridays, career development opportunities, and work-life balance initiatives. The PLI work environment is collegial, intelligent and supportive.


Only those applicants who meet our requirements for this position will be contacted.

Practising Law Institute is an equal opportunity employer.


More information about PLI may be found on our website



EEO Statement

PLI is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any candidate based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, marital status, disability, citizenship or veteran status.


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