The People’s Parity Project seeks to retain an experienced Organizational Development Consultant for up to three months to lead our Executive Director and Board of Directors in assessing the organization’s strategic plan, current programs, and long-term capacity, identifying opportunities to position the organization as a leader in the fight to build a more just legal landscape for working people.
The People’s Parity Project (PPP) is a movement of law students and attorneys organizing for a democratized legal system which empowers working people and opposes subordination in any form. We are dismantling a profession that upholds corporate power and building in its place a legal system that reflects our values of justice, equity, and solidarity.
To solve the problems created by the legal profession we organize within the profession. PPP was founded on the belief that a movement of law students and attorneys—organizing to democratize the legal system, empower working people, and challenge corporate influence—has the power to move us towards a world where workers have power, vulnerable communities have dignity and respect, and the levers of law and government seek to increase the well-being of all.
In order to do this, we apply a labor-organizing lens to the legal profession, developing law students and lawyers who see themselves as organizers in the fight for true justice, and who understand the power they have to affect meaningful, systemic change. PPP is building next-generation legal leadership by launching chapters at law schools around the country and piloting regional law student and attorneys’ chapters of the organizations. We provide skills trainings, mentorship, and resources (including financial) to organizers while they design and execute targeted campaigns to transform the legal profession and create a just civil legal system. We also convene national working groups of law students and lawyers who lead targeted campaigns to build a legal system that works for real people, leveraging law students’ and lawyers’ positions as workers and organizers to improve working conditions for workers generally. Most importantly, we advance a better vision of the legal profession by disrupting the law school-to-corporate law pipeline and growing the community of legal professionals fighting for justice.
PPP has a current full-time staff of three, and an annual operating budget of $500,000.
Scope of Work
PPP seeks a seasoned, creative consultant with significant development experience and a demonstrated track record of working with young non-profit and advocacy organizations to achieve long-term impact and sustainability. Over the course of the 2–3 month contract, the right individual will:
- Audit: Sharpen the organization’s assessment of its strategy and role in the landscape of progressive legal/advocacy organizations through interviews and meetings with staff, board, and key stakeholders.
- Plan: Lead PPP’s Board of Directors through the process of evaluating and modifying strategic priorities and fundraising strategy. Assess current programming and, in collaboration with board members and key staff, identify opportunities to better align programming with short- and long-term organizational goals, including fundraising goals. Develop a plan to double organizational revenue and budget in the next three years.
- Implement: Support PPP staff in the creation of public-facing documents, including overviews for prospective funders, that successfully describe the organization’s vision, priorities, and unique ability to contribute to the fight for structural change and a more just country.
- Transition: Advise the Executive Director and board leadership on processes and systems needed to ensure successful implementation of the updated strategic plan.
Proposals have a 10-page maximum, and should be submitted electronically as a single PDF to email@example.com. To be considered, proposals must follow the procedures and requirements of this RFP, and include:
- Letter of interest including:
- The consultant’s qualifications and approach to the four phases above;
- Proposed timeline and outline of responsibilities for PPP and the selected consultant;
- Project budget, where billing coincides with reaching set goals and/or milestones; and
- Two past clients for whom the consultant has performed similar services, with project descriptions included, who can serve as references
Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, and should include “RFP” in the subject line.
All proposals will be evaluated based on the following key criteria:
- Performance: The extent to which the proposal demonstrates the consultant’s proven ability to provide the depth and breadth of experience, skills, and creativity required by this project;
- Experience: The extent to which the proposal evidences the consultant’s experience working with other organizations at a similar point in their growth trajectory, preferably in the progressive/legal organizing field; and
- Alignment: The extent to which the proposal addresses the contractor’s understanding of and commitment to the unique mission and values of PPP.
The selection of the Development Consultant is expected to proceed as follows:
- Release of RFP: October 17, 2022
- Proposals due: October 31, 2022
- Consultant selected: November 4, 2022
- Project begins: November 14, 2022
- Project completion: Upon agreement
Terms and Conditions
The successful Organizational Development Consultant may be awarded a contract for the services identified in this RFP and in the proposal to the consultant. Issuance of this RFP does not commit PPP to award a contract or to pay any costs incurred in preparation of proposals responding to the RFP.
We strongly encourage people with the following identities to apply: Black and Indigenous people; people of color; LGBTQIA+, women and non-binary people; people living with disabilities; and others with lived experience being part of marginalized communities.