| Legal Services of Northwest Jersey, Inc.
Legal Services of Northwest Jersey (LSNWJ) seeks a talented, highly
motivated individual to lead this well-run and dynamic nonprofit
organization. The new Executive Director will build on the legacy left by
the retiring Executive Director and lead a strong, client-centered organization
with a seasoned, dedicated and passionate staff and an engaged Board of
Directors. The mission of LSNWJ is to provide vigorous and high quality,
client-centered civil legal services to residents of northwestern New Jersey who
are economically disadvantaged.
The Executive Director is responsible for the overall operation of the
program, which includes advancement of LSNWJ�s mission; resource development;
regulatory compliance (including with Legal Services Corporation rules);
financial oversight; and hiring and professional development of staff.
The Executive Director develops and maintains collaborative relationships with
the courts, state and county bar associations, other legal and social service
providers, and community groups. The Executive Director works out of the Somerset County office located
in Somerville, New Jersey.
Established in January 1, 2003, LSNWJ is the result of a merger of four
legal aid programs serving five counties covering urban and rural areas. LSNWJ
is the primary legal aid program in its service area, providing a full-range of
free legal services out of five offices. Services include individual
representation, information and advice, and community legal education. LSNWJ
handles more than 4000 cases each year in a wide range of priority areas.
It has a staff of 40 including 20 attorneys. LSNWJ support staff have recently
LSNWJ�s operating revenue of about $4.1 million comes largely from
governmental sources, including the Legal Services Corporation, the U.S.
Department of Justice, the State of New Jersey, and county governments.
Additional funds come from private foundations, corporations and
contributions. LSNWJ has a robust pro bono program and strong relationships
with the organized bar.
Executive Director Duties & Responsibilities:
the overall operation of the agency in compliance with the mission of LSNWJ,
the policies established by the Board of Directors, the regulations established
by the Legal Services Corporation and requirements of multiple funding sources.
ongoing planning of the program�s goals, objectives and outcomes, and develops
and oversees policies, projects, and structures to implement those goals.
advice and assistance to the Board of Directors on the establishment,
development, and implementation of policy and priorities.
supervises, evaluates and meets regularly with the Management Team to provide
direction, advice and oversight as appropriate.
the work of the Management Team to staff and seeks staff input on program
policy, practice and procedures.
the establishment and maintenance of systems including:
management and case handling
supervision and co-counseling procedures
o evaluation of
personnel, agency, and program performance
programs for staff and Board
recruitment, hiring and human resources, including equal employment procedures.
the organization�s long-term financial health by developing and overseeing
financial management systems, including financial planning and budgeting, and
oversight of financial systems and controls.
as an effective ambassador for the program through positive public relations;
and communicates and establishes contacts and relations with courts, bar
associations, private bar, governmental agencies, community organizations and
the press and media.
the development and supervision of LSNWJ�s private bar involvement program.
JD from an
accredited U.S. law school
- Current license to practice law in New Jersey, or a
current license to practice in any state, plus a commitment to obtain a
New Jersey State Bar License within two years
years of experience in public interest law or comparable experience
- Proven leadership skills, with
vision, open-mindedness, good listening skills, and the ability to inspire
and motivate others
- Demonstrated professionalism,
integrity, intelligence, humility, sense of humor, and energy
- A demonstrated commitment to
diversity and cultural competence.
of the Ideal Candidate:
- Successful experience managing and supervising a
diverse team of administrative and legal personnel, in a multi-office,
- Demonstrated experience in
non-profit program planning, evaluation, staff supervision, legal systems
development, financial oversight, reporting and budget development
- Experience assuring compliance
with grant and contract requirements
- Strong oral and written
communication skills, including the ability to communicate with people of
different backgrounds, perspectives, and opinions, and to motivate and
inspire community, staff, board and funders
- Experience with union/management
- A track record of fundraising and
resource development success.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. In order
to receive full consideration, candidates are urged to submit their materials
by April 5, 2019. Please include a cover letter expressing in detail your
interest in the position, your qualifications, and what you hope to contribute
to the organization�s future; a current resume; and the names and
contact information for three professional references. Materials
should be submitted electronically to email@example.com in
Microsoft Word or pdf format.
LSNWJ is being assisted in the search
by Catherine Carr, Legal Aid Consultant, 215-603-0211, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Patricia Pap, Executive Director, Management
Information Exchange, 508-737-4010, email@example.com. Applicants with questions about the position or process
are encouraged to contact them.
Salary depends on experience based on a competitive public interest salary
LSNWJ is an Equal Opportunity employer, which employs and promotes without discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin,
nationality, ancestry, age, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, medical condition
related to pregnancy or childbirth, familial status, marital status, domestic
partnership or civil union status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender
identity or expression, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic
information, liability for military service, and mental or physical disability,
perceived disability, and AIDS and HIV status or other protected group
status and treats persons equally with respect to compensation and
opportunities for advancement, including promotion and transfer.
For more information about LSNWJ, visit www.lsnj.org/lsnwj.
Assisting in the search,
Management Information Exchange
105 Chauncy St., Fl 6, Ste 3
Boston, MA 02111