The Center for American and International Law is an exciting and inspiring place to work. We offer competitive employment benefits for full-time employees which include medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, a 401(k), and more. 

Current Vacancies

Staff Assistant 

The Center for American and International Law is seeking a self-motivated and goal-oriented Staff Assistant with experience multi-tasking and prioritizing work while managing a variety of projects. The person hired for the position will be an important member of a diverse and talented team providing direct support to the President.

CAIL was formed in 1947 as the Southwestern Legal Foundation by Robert Storey, Dean of SMU Law School, upon returning from his service as Executive Trial Counsel at the Nuremberg Tribunal following World War II.  Dean Storey believed there needed to be an organization to provide continuing legal education for attorneys and to promote and explain the importance of the rule of law.  CAIL has fulfilled this mission by training attorneys and law enforcement from over 130 countries on a broad range of international and U.S. legal issues, by promoting the rule of law, such as through its actual innocence programming, and by providing ethics and management training to law enforcement officers from around the world.  

Candidates must be dedicated to good customer service and should like people because we work with institute members and educational program from around the world.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide support to the President including, but not limited to, calendar management, expense report management, mail processing, event and meeting management, and management of correspondence in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Complete a wide array of administrative tasks to facilitate the President’s ability to lead the organization, including: assisting with projects and programs; designing documents, reports, and presentations; collecting and preparing information for meetings; and preparing communications.
  • Act as a liaison and provide support to the Board of Trustees. Arrange and handle logistics for Board meetings and events: schedule meetings, draft agendas, compile and distribute materials, record meeting minutes.
  • Coordinate leadership meetings and assist with staff meetings and events.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for internal and external parties on matters pertaining to the President, exercising judgment to reflect President’s style and organization policy.
  • Assist with special projects, events, and other general office tasks as needed or assigned.

Education: A bachelor’s degree preferred, but relevant work experience will be considered. 


  • The ability to work effectively with a team of co-workers to accomplish a common objective and to build a positive relationship with co-workers
  • Strong calendaring, organizational, and document management skills
  • Highly organized
  • Very attentive to details
  • Ability to work independently and to plan the accomplishments of tasks without constant direct supervision; accountable for performance
  • Willingness and ability to guide and manage voluntary member leadership to accomplish organizational goals
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Experience with IMIS management system a plus
  • Experience with the legal profession or non-profit organizations a plus
  • Foreign language skills a plus
  • Publication or strong writing credentials a plus
  • Ability to maintain social, ethical, and organizational standards in job related activities, at work and in the community
  • Ability to maintain workplace and member confidentiality
  • A good sense of humor
  • A desire and ability to enjoy your job

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to sit for long periods of time at a computer, be able to use a computer, and be able to talk with customers and members via phone.

CAIL is an equal opportunity employer.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Job Terms

Hours: 37.5 hours a week Monday through Friday, with hour flexibility between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Salary: $24.00 to $27.00 an hour.

Medical, dental, vision coverage for employee, spouse and dependents is available, with CAIL providing a partial benefits supplement. Short-term and long-term disability is offered at no cost to employee. CAIL offers participation in a 403(b) retirement plan, with CAIL making a 100% matching contribution of up to 6% of eligible compensation after three months of employment. Vacation accrues at one day per month up to a maximum of ten days annually for new employees.

Limited travel required within the Dallas metroplex.

This position will be located at our office (5201 Democracy Drive, Plano, TX 75024). Some of the job may be performed remotely.

To Apply

Send cover letter and resume to:

Vickie Adams at