• CA Program Attorney/Manager, Compliance

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

    Practising Law Institute (“PLI”), an innovative leader in legal education programs and services, is searching for an experienced legal professional to fill the role of CA Program Attorney/Manager, Compliance located in our San Francisco office. This position requires a J.D. and four to six years combined work experience in practicing law, management, and CLE program development and implementation. Familiarity with California law and the west coast legal community is critical.  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, continuing legal education specific to current California law, and also enjoys involvement in business operations.




    Reporting to the VP, Programs (who is based at PLI’s NYC headquarters), the San Francisco-based Program Attorney will be responsible for designing, creating, budgeting and executing successful continuing legal education (CLE) seminars to educate lawyers and related legal professionals on current CA legal topics, using various delivery methods. In addition, the Program Attorney will work with the CA Center Manager to ensure that the SF office operations meet legal compliance requirements.



    • Coordinate all phases of program planning and execution for California based programs with emphasis on developing new Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs that will be targeted to the west coast legal community.
    • Provide leadership and direction to the employees of the SF office.
    • Develop and maintain relationships with the legal community in California (locally and in other parts of the state) to support the stability and growth of PLI’s west coast presence.
    • Responsible for working with volunteer speaker “Chairs” to develop program schedules, identify and recruit volunteer faculty, and achieve all program objectives in a timely and efficient matter while professionally handling/minimizing issues or conflict.
    • Work with volunteer faculty to develop the best marketing copy to describe the program, as well as the materials for the program. Work with the New York based Marketing Department in the development of an overall marketing plan; suggest marketing outlets, target audiences and marketing lists, including ideas for the use of social media. Responsible for meeting all deadlines in submitting marketing and course materials.
    • Establish, build and maintain relationships with key PLI employees in New York, including the members of the senior management team.
    • Responsible for developing and adhering to an annual budget for the SF office.
    • Generate additional revenue based on established goals by growing the number of rental opportunities for the conference center space.
    • Stay abreast of current developments in the California legal market through the use of current sources of news and information and legal authorities, working with program chairs, faculty, and advisory committees; use program evaluations, surveys, focus groups and other data to ensure complete and timely topical coverage of area(s) assigned.
    • Ensure that San Francisco office is operating in compliance with local employment and business operation laws. Liaise with New York based Human Resources department with regard to compliance and employee relations issues.
    • Other duties, as assigned.




    Supervise Program Coordinator and the CA Center Manager



    • D. and 4 to 6 years combined work experience in law, management, CLE program design and coordination.
    • Member of the California Bar; Knowledge of California legal services industry required.
    • Must have familiarity with California based law firms and legal departments.
    • Knowledge of current California legal issues and trends is required.
    • Previous experience managing small to mid-size business operations highly preferred.
    • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication and organizational skills are necessary.
    • Excellent computer skills with knowledge of budgeting/financial planning and various software programs.
    • Must be focused, committed, maintain a positive can-do attitude, be solutions-oriented, and possess superior attention to detail.
    • Some travel will be necessary.




    For over 80 years PLI has been considered the “gold standard” as a leader in continuing legal and professional business training education.  PLI presents over 400 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 webcasts and offers on-demand programs for thousands of participants 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 deeply committed to the pro bono community and public interest organizations.




    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 interesting, collegial, intelligent and supportive.


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


    Applications for this role will be accepted through February 9, 2018. 


    Practising Law Institute is an equal opportunity employer.  More information about PLI may be found on our website www.pli.edu.


    Please use the following link to download and print the job description: SF Program Attorney

    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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