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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
Date Last Verified
Executive Director The candidate will report to an 11-member Board of Directors appointed by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Will lead the organization in its mission to provide funding and strategic support of civil legal services through its grantees and other partners across the Commonwealth. Responsible for leading and managing all aspects of the organization, and, in conjunction with the Board of Directors, for all strategic and capital-related obligations. Maximize funding and other resources. Heighten education and publicity about civil legal aid, including through creating, in partnership with others, a system-wide brand and storyline for civil legal aid. Enhance and expand, in collaboration with organization-funded civil legal aid programs, coordination, collaboration, discourse and innovation with the social service and anti-poverty community. Ensure that client voices are heard/incorporated at all levels, especially in decision making. Model culturally competent leadership and strengthen the commitment to hiring, recruiting and retaining a diverse staff. Continue to build and support work environments that are inclusive and equitable. Enhance effectiveness, efficiency and coordination of the civil legal aid system. Develop evaluation and assessment tools to ensure progress toward the organization vision and toward achieving organization's strategic goals. Review current organizational needs and opportunities and help determine the direction and model for development, focusing on financial sustainability. Actively identify areas for operational improvement and identify best practices to guide grantees in setting goals for high-quality service and professional standards, among other performance standards. Enable the monitoring of these goals, ensuring that the internal capacity, systems, and policies are strong and directed at supporting clients. Oversee a budget of approximately $25M and will maintain the organization's commitment to financial stability through sound fiscal controls and leadership. Working with the Finance Committee, Fiscal Director and Manager, create an annual budget, monitor revenue and expenses, and identify ways to broaden revenue streams. Ensure smooth functioning and high-quality work at all levels of the organization, including program monitoring, data collection, communications, diversity equity and inclusion, and technology. Working with senior staff, oversee all regulatory reporting, contractual obligations and donor restrictions, and will maintain appropriate internal policies and procedures to ensure compliance to enhance quality of services to the clients. Identify and help to build systems to ensure coordination, collaboration, and effective communication between and among organization staff, organization-funded programs, and with the broader Access to Justice community, and will develop organization as the leading voice for civil legal aid in the Commonwealth. Promote, facilitate, and document strategic conversations across program areas aimed at strengthening information sharing, organizational learning, and continuous improvement. Lead the development and implementation of structural as well as technological improvements for the agency to ensure best practices are communicated and institutionally supported. As chief spokesperson, develop, nurture and expand mutually beneficial relationships across a variety of constituencies that provide long-term benefits for the organization, the civil legal aid community and its clients. Develop opportunities to expand organization's profile through broad and diverse engagement with professional associations, advocacy organizations, the state legislature, the Access to Justice community, prospective partners, corporate and nonprofit partners, public officials, policymakers, the media and the public-at-large. Negotiate partnerships and contractual relationships and ensure compliance with funder and partner agreements. Serve as a compelling spokesperson, promoting the agency's mission, programs and services, and ensuring that organization is consistently presented in a strong, positive way to key stakeholders and the public.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should preferably have a law degree and Massachusetts Bar admission, or the ability to motion into the Bar soon after being hired. Should preferably have 10 years of experience in public interest law, or related field. Candidates who are attorneys and/or candidates with a strong history of working with attorneys, paralegals and other legal advocates are encouraged to apply. Experience in legal aid program management or relevant non-profit management experience highly desired, including supervising, evaluating and inspiring staff, with a demonstrated commitment to economic and social justice is required. Demonstrated leadership in a complex, dynamic organization including fiscal oversight and budget development experience, revenue development, and fundraising experience with the ability to lead complex organizations through periods of growth and change, requiring creative and innovative solutions to complex challenges needed. Should have demonstrated success internally and externally as a consensus builder and collaborator, identifying and cultivating partnerships, awareness, and support for the work. Must have demonstrated competence with, and commitment to, the use of technology in the operation of legal aid offices and the delivery of legal aid to the poor. Ability to act as chief spokesperson for organization, to represent organization to a variety of stakeholders and intermediaries in a credible and influential way, and with a selfless manner, focusing on values and the greater good and mission of the organization combined with a nuanced and sensitive understanding of the culture and specific challenges faced by underserved populations is essential. Should have a commitment to maintaining and growing support from current funders and cultivating new donors, and a history of successfully taking organizations to the next level of sustained philanthropic support. A demonstrated understanding of sound board governance, gained from direct experience working with professional boards or through active board involvement; ability and enthusiasm to involve the Board and other community leaders in recruitment of new members is required.
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