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Under general direction of the Executive Director of the Centers for Public Interest Law (CPIL), this position is responsible for policy-related functions of the Consumer Protection Policy Center (CPPC) – formerly the Center for Public interest Law and all of its programs, publications, and grant projects. This position works closely with the Directors of CPPC’s two sister organizations at CPIL, the Children’s Advocacy Institute (CAI) and the Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC), CPIL’s Assistant Director of Public Interest Communications to publicize CPPC’s policy-related publications; and with CPIL’s Executive Director, who oversees all academic instruction of USD law students at the Centers.
Supervises and provides administrative oversight of master and project-specific budget preparation and administration, fundraising (including the preparation of grant proposals for submission to foundations and other grantors, and routing of grant proposal paperwork through University for required approvals), personnel matters, publication promotion, preparation of reports (both narrative and financial) required by the University or CPPC grantors, and special projects/grants awarded to CPPC. Supervises all CPPC staff, including responsibility for performance evaluations.
Provides general support for the academic program. including working with third-year students engaged in individual advocacy or writing projects for the CPPC.
This position interacts regularly with students whose work in the California Regulatory Law and Policy course may be considered for publication in the Center’s blog and its journal, the California Regulatory Law Reporter. The Reporter includes updates on the activities of 14 California regulatory agencies, with a focus on their rulemaking activities and legislation and litigation affecting them, thus requiring an understanding of these processes.
This position also includes occasional legislative lobbying on public interest bills or issues, and/or administrative agency advocacy on proposed agency rulemaking, and/or participation in test litigation on public interest issues; it may also include supervision of CPPC’s Sacramento-based Policy Advocate, and law students engaged in these advocacy activities.
This position also requires frequent communication and collaboration with CPIL’s Assistant Director of Communications regarding CPPC’s twitter feed, blog posts, and bi-annual publication of the California Regulator Law Reporter. Incudes frequent updates for CPPC’s website and news feed regarding CPPC’s news features, policy projects, and student work.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Responsible for effective and efficient administration of CPPC
and all of its projects, programs, and publications.
- Supervises preparation and oversees administration of master and
project-specific budgets for CPPC accounts and shared CPIL
- Supervises CPPC fundraising: this may include the preparation of
grant proposals for submission to foundations and other grantors, the
hiring and supervision of outside grant writers to prepare grant proposals,
the routing of grant proposal paperwork through University for required
approvals, and responsibility for ensuring post-award compliance with
all grant terms and conditions.
- Responsible for handling all CPPC personnel matters, including job As Needed
description preparation and updating; recruitment, interviewing and
hiring new personnel; personnel evaluations; and supervision of CPPC
- Responsible for preparation of reports (both narrative and financial)
and brochures required by the University or CPPC grantors.
- Position includes supervision of third-year students engaged in individual
advocacy for CPPC.
- Position edits student written work product for publication in the Center’s
Blog and journal, the California Regulatory Law Reporter. The Reporter
includes updates on the activities of 14 California regulatory agencies,
with a focus on their rulemaking activities and legislation and litigation
affecting them. In conjunction with editing student work, this position also
meets with students to review their writing and understanding of the issues
they have written about.
- This position also requires frequent communication and collaboration with
CPIL’s Assistant Director of Communications regarding CPPC’s twitter feed,
blog posts, and bi-annual publication of the California Regulator Law Reporter.
Incudes frequent updates for CPPC’s website and news feed regarding
CPPC’s news features, policy projects, and student work.
- Position also includes occasional legislative lobbying on public interest
bills or issues, and/or administrative agency advocacy on proposed
agency rulemaking, and/or participation in test litigation on public interest
issues; it may also include supervision of CPPC’s Sacramento-based Policy
Advocate and law students engaged in these advocacy activities.
- Position serves as an advisor to the Public Interest Law Foundation student
organization, particularly annual pledge drive for the Law School’s Loan
Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP); Serves on selection committee for
LRAP recipients; Serves on selection committee for public interest law
Minimum and Preferred Qualifications:
- J.D. and active membership in good standing in the California Bar (required).
- Minimum of 3-5 years of law practice experience focusing on consumer protection/rights/advocacy, and involving extensive legal writing and oral advocacy on consumer protection issues. (required)
- Supervisorial/management experience (required).
- Public speaking, training/teaching skills; interest in and ability to communicate with law students orally and in writing (required).
- Demonstrated excellence in legal writing and editing, with in-depth knowledge of the legislative process and administrative law (including open meetings and public records statutes, quasi-legislative and quasi-adjudicative agency decision-making processes, constitutional and statutory restrictions on the authority of state administrative agencies, etc. (required).
- Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of public interest law and practice (required).
- Knowledge of state and federal civil procedure (required).
- Ability to work with a minimum of supervision (required).
- Extensive federal and state court litigation experience (preferred).
- Litigation background and skills (preferred).
- Ability to draft and edit grant proposals and supervise fundraising (preferred).
Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations:
- J.D. and active membership in the California Bar
Special Conditions of Employment:
The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process. https://www.sandiego.edu/onward/
Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.
$8,333-$9,583 monthly salary; Excellent Benefits
The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits