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Posted by: Nancy Green - 12/15/2020
Job Expires: 1/15/2021
Executive Director

For more than 50 years, Nassau Suffolk Law Services (NSLS) has been providing free, high-quality legal counsel and representation in civil matters when basic human needs are at stake, including eviction and foreclosure prevention, income maintenance, disability, elder law, healthcare, education, consumer fraud and more.  As the only provider of comprehensive civil legal services on Long Island, our services support thousands of poor and low-income families and individuals who cannot afford an attorney. With the gap separating those who can and cannot afford legal representation widening each day, we work to ensure that everyone has equal access to justice, regardless of their ability to pay.  NSLS has a staff of nearly 90 employees situated in three offices across Long Island comprised of attorneys, paralegals and social workers. NSLS has a budget with revenues of more than $9 million with over 15 funding sources, including the Legal Services Corporation, NYS Office of Court Administration and the IOLA Fund of New York.

 

For more information about NSLS, visit www.nslawservices.org.

 

POSITION SUMMARY

 

NSLS is seeking an experienced leader to serve as its next Executive Director. Building on a strong foundation, the next leader will be responsible for leading NSLS’ strategic direction, ensuring its long-term financial sustainability and operational efficiency, and overseeing the organization’s programs and staff.

 

The ideal candidate brings a deep passion for, and holistic approach to, serving NSLS’ mission and the ability to develop strong relationships with various audiences, including funders, partners and policymakers.  The ideal applicant is also a dedicated team builder, committed to fostering a positive, supportive, and collaborative culture.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Financial Management and Administration:

● Oversee the successful execution of NSLS’ day-to-day operations, including effective strategic financial decision-making, budgeting and management, reporting, and compliance

● Negotiate and execute contracts, including collective bargaining agreements and other instruments made and entered into by and on behalf of the organization

 

Strategic Leadership and Vision:

● Lead in the updating and formulating of NSLS’ strategic plan; collaborate with staff, the Board, and key stakeholders to develop innovative strategies to fulfill the organization’s mission

● Maintain active engagement and knowledge of current issues and trends to inform cutting edge programs and strategies to advance NSLS’ mission

● Ensure and enhance NSLS’ reputation as a leading voice and authority on legal issues involving low-income Long Islanders

 

Team Leadership and Culture:

● Actively champion equity, diversity and inclusion, and promote a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates a talented, dedicated, and diverse staff

● Promote a respectful workplace that encourages teamwork

● Lead, mentor, and develop a high-performing team and foster positive organizational culture

 

 

Fundraising:

● Oversee and work with the Board of Directors, the Advisory Council and staff to implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy with multiple sources of revenue (including foundation, individual, law firm, and corporate) and event fundraising (including an annual benefit)

● Cultivate and maintain relationships with current and prospective funders and encourage active Board and Advisory Council engagement in donor cultivation

 

Program Management:

● Develop and oversee major strategic initiatives including advocacy and litigation

● Support and expand NSLS’ network of pro bono lawyers to supplement and amplify program capacity

● Build, lead, and work as part of coalitions, and local, state, and national organizations, ensuring that NSLS’ programs reflect the goals and needs of people with lived experience

 

Board Engagement and Partnerships:

● Actively recruit, engage, support, and maintain effective communications with a strong and diverse Board of Directors; lead the Board in developing its own capacity to support the organization’s strategic priorities and financial sustainability

● Maintain and develop relationships with key stakeholders and partners, including policymakers, key allied organizations, media, law firms and corporate legal departments, and volunteers

 

Communications:

● Serve as lead spokesperson for the organization’s mission and goals, including with the media, partner organizations, and policymakers

● Oversee the organization’s communications strategy to advance and support program goals, ensuring that key messages are communicated effectively

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

● Juris Doctorate degree and current license (any state or jurisdiction) required; if not licensed in New York, the successful candidate will be required to obtain a license to practice in New York

● Passion for NSLS’ mission

● Minimum of 5 years relevant experience including management and supervisory experience

● Strong legal skills with a proven track record of high-quality lawyering

● Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion

● Proven ability to lead and develop creative, thoughtful, and effective strategies to make systemic change

● Demonstrated aptitude for cultivating and stewarding funding relationships, including experience diversifying funding streams

● Engaging leadership style

● Exceptional interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills

● Ability to partner effectively with external stakeholders

● Strong professional ethics, transparency, integrity, and accountability

 

SALARY

 

Salary is commensurate with experience based on a competitive public interest salary scale.  Available benefits include medical, dental, term life, short and long term disability, 403(b) retirement plan, and generous paid time off and holidays.

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. In order to receive full consideration, candidates are urged to submit their materials electronically to Maureen Marmero at mmarmero@nsls.legal by January 31, 2021.  Please include a letter expressing in detail your interest in the position; your qualifications and what you hope to contribute to the organization’s future; a current résumé; and the names and contact information for three professional references. 

 

NSLS is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  People of color and people with disabilities, women and LGBTQ+ are encouraged to apply.

 
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