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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
ProfileCEO and Attorney-in-Chief Duties: Will be the leader, both internally and externally. Will also be responsible for overseeing and managing the operations and finances. Expected to be a visionary leader, inspiring, motivating and working with a dedicated union and nonunion staff, and building a culture of teamwork, diversity and inclusion. Working with four direct reports—the Attorneys-In-Charge of the Civil, Criminal Defense and Juvenile Rights Practices and the Director of Pro Bono—will oversee the delivery of high quality legal services to New Yorkers who need them, as well as the law reform initiatives. Working with other direct reports—principally the Chief Operating Officer—will be responsible for the overall management, including its finances and human resources and other administrative functions. Will be a leader in the world of indigent legal services and social justice. Will serve as Aid Society’s chief spokesperson to the media and the public, working to enhance visibility and standing within the New York legal community and wider public. Will be charged with the vital job of enhancing and building relationships with existing and potential public and private funders. Will partner with a variety of stakeholders, including appointed and elected public officials, the judiciary, government agencies, the legal community, and a dedicated Board of Directors, in order to strengthen financial base and increase its impact. Working with the Chief Operating Officer and the General Counsel, who reviews all contracts/leases of the Society and handles all claims against it and other legal matters, will develop the LAS annual operating budgets, conduct all union negotiations, determine the compensation of nonunion staff, and establish all personnel and other institutional policies. Working with the Directors of Communications and Development and others, will direct completion of two projects already underway: (i) a redesign of the LAS website and (ii) a program designed to increase visibility, impact and donor base. Additionally, working with the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, the CEO and Attorney-in-Chief will oversee completion and implementation of a diversity and inclusion plan.
Qualification and Experience
Requirements: A Bachelor’s degree and JD Degree are required. A highly credible and accomplished lawyer, leader and manager, committed to the mission and future of Society and energized by its contribution to City and national legal reform. Will motivate, collaborate with, and earn the respect of a talented and dedicated staff and Board; government, judicial and public officials; clients; and other key partners. The ability to lead and manage an organization of the scope and complexity; Familiarity with New York’s political, legal and social environment; Ability to work effectively with a unionized work force, government agencies and to negotiate/manage government contracts; Ability to collaborate with City and State public officials, members of the judiciary and government agencies; Significant understanding of providing legal and other services to marginalized people and vulnerable populations; Ability to develop and maintain strong board relations and governance skills; Strong business and fiscal acumen; capable of handling significant budget planning and able to negotiate and manage government contracts and other revenue streams; and Experience and familiarity with New York criminal, civil and juvenile legal systems preferred, including court operations, pertinent statutes and regulations, and agencies (public and non-profit).
Expiration date: April 15, 2018
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Legal Aid Society of New York
199 Water Street
New York City, NY 10038