Managing Attorney – Health Justice Program

Pisgah Legal Services is a community-based non-profit corporation governed by a local Board of Directors. PLS has an annual budget of $5.4 million from a multitude of funding sources. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina (WNC), Pisgah Legal Services’ provides free civil legal assistance to low-income people in western North Carolina. The organization has offices in Asheville, Hendersonville, Rutherfordton, Brevard, Spruce Pine, and Marshall. With a dedicated staff of sixty-nine, including twenty-seven attorneys plus supporting staff, and an active pro bono panel of 300 private attorneys, the program provides free services to more than 16,000 people per year to meet their basic needs, primarily in the poverty law areas of housing, public benefits, domestic violence prevention, health care, immigration, and consumer law.

PLS is seeking a full-time Managing Attorney to lead our Health, Income and Medical-Legal Partnership programs. This position will oversee the substantive legal work of various programs, build relationships and partnerships, and supervise staff, including attorneys, program support staff and volunteers. Substantive law areas include: Medicaid, Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplement Security Income, NC Food Stamps, Affordable Care Act, and a thorough understanding of the Social Determinants of Health (SDH) and how poverty law practice impacts health. Medicaid experience and legal aid experience preferred. Passion for promoting justice and overcoming barriers facing low-income people, being a creative and zealous attorney and a team-player, and a demonstrated commitment to achieving lasting results for clients and low-income communities are all important.

Scope of the position
Under direct supervision of the Chief Operating Officer, the PLS Managing Attorneys are responsible for extensive responsibilities in each of the following categories:
• Passion for and commitment to PLS’ mission, values and vision.
• Program management, including oversight of screening and case assignment
• Legal advocacy and implementation of PLS mission and priorities
• Program development
• Data reports and program evaluation
• Agency legal practice and liability risk-management
• Professional development and staff training
• Community engagement
• Strategic planning
• Other duties as needed


• Oversee the Health, Income and Medical-Legal Partnership programs and other programs as funding and resources require
• Build a team within the program areas and build teams within the larger organization and among program areas
• Motivate staff to meet PLS’ mission and goals
• Develop goals and work plan to achieve those goals
• Ensure staff achieve professional development and are provided with professional growth opportunities
• Train (formal and informal) staff, including attorneys and volunteers
• Present at trainings for legal services, other advocates, or the community
• Apply knowledge of poverty law issues, strategies and solutions to engage in and supervise systemic advocacy
• Oversee assigned region to provide additional management support to offices and staff
• Handle cases
• Establish and maintain professional relationships with partner agencies
• Manage program implementation and data reporting appropriate to the Managing Attorney’s teams and programs
• Supervise team leaders and non-team leader staff members according to supervision chart
• Implement training for staff
• Participate in management meetings and strategic planning
• Represent PLS at community meetings and on boards related to policy areas, poverty law practice and funding goals
• Work closely with Development team to ensure the community is educated about the work of PLS
• Organize, oversee and provide impact advocacy on broad-reaching poverty law issues
• Work with in-house volunteers—attorneys and non-attorneys– to maximize support and advocacy efforts
• Ensure case handling supervision and support on a regular basis to advocates
• Strategize program development that aligns and supports the PLS mission.
• Review, analyze and submit program budgets
• Write and submit grant/funding reports as needed
• Research and develop new grant and funding opportunities
• Monitor data for compliance with funding requirements for each team
• Conduct program evaluation
• Monitor, in collaboration with Program Directors, advocate case workloads to ensure the appropriate level of cases commensurate with advocate experience and supervision
• Address internal and external conflicts of interest and resolve
• Analyze programmatic and employee risk-management issues and respond appropriately
• Ensure PLS compliance with all federal and statute regulatory bodies
• Work closely with the COO to oversee the day-to-day legal operations of PLS
• Respond to client and community complaints and grievances


• Licensed to practice law in any state (NC preferred)
• Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income people and communities.
• Experience in Healthcare Law
• Demonstrated skills at socio-economic and cultural sensitivity and the ability to work with someone who is angry, upset, or ill.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with teams and independently.
• Fluency in Spanish would be an asset.
• Supervision experience required
• Meticulous organizational habits with the ability to manage large amounts of information, establish priorities, and meet deadlines

Salary/ Benefits
Salary ranges from $57,616 – $102,000 depending on experience. Excellent fringe benefits, including 401(k) retirement plan, as well as life, health, and disability insurance.

To Apply
E-mail resumé and cover letter describing relevant experience to PLS invites all applicants to include in their cover letter a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.

Pisgah Legal Services is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.