Position: Executive Director
Reports to: Board of Directors
The Executive Director is responsible for all operational aspects of Alpine Legal Services, Inc. (ALS) including planning, managing, budgeting, financial operations, fund raising, public relations, human resources, staff development, strategic development, development of the Board of Directors, and managing Board meetings/workload.
ESSENTIAL DUITES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Supervise litigation and case management
• Hire and supervise staff, consultants, and temporaries
• Implement and maintain employee handbook
• Provide for training, staff development and performance evaluation
• Develop and maintain case priority and management system
• Intake- perform client intake via interviews and phone as needed. Review requests for legal assistance from throughout the geographical area to ensure they are properly evaluated and
• Provide Direct Legal Services for clients as needed including but not limited to develop, investigate and litigate priority cases at both the trial and appellate level (if necessary); perform legal research, draft pleadings, motions and briefs, engage in discovery, make oral argument, and try cases
• Develop and cultivate relationships with other organizations and agencies in order to promote ALS’s mission
• Act as chief organizational spokesperson to government agencies, funders, social services agencies, other relevant groups, and the public
• Develop and implement policies which ensure delivery of quality legal services
• Report to the Board periodically on implementation of policies
• Develop pro bono network
• Develop ALS’s annual budget and present to the Board for approval, oversee spending, and manage ALS’s financial viability
• Monitor and report fiscal activity and budget variances to the Board and its Finance Committee
• Work with the Board of Directors, staff, and key partners to create, plan, and coordinate the long-range strategies of the organization
• Develop and implement grant solicitation strategy, write grants, and manage grant reports and relationships with granting agencies, foundations, and other organizations
• Develop personal contacts and cultivate current and potential donors, corporations, foundations, and governmental agency representatives
• Keep donors informed of program progress and significant accomplishments
Board Development and Management
• Organize and participate in recruitment of new Board members
• Assist Board in identifying/defining strategic Board needs
• Support Board members in carrying out their responsibilities to ALS
• Organize and provide support at Board Meetings
• Make recommendations to Board on proposed policies
• Internal: Cultivate respectful and open relationships with staff and Board members
• External: Represent ALS to the public, funders, courts, collaborate with Bar Associations and other legal service organizations
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Position works under the general direction of the Board. Responsible for overall supervision of organization.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Education: JD from an accredited law school and eligibility to be licensed in Colorado
Experience: A minimum of five years of legal management service experience or equivalent. Should have a demonstrated understanding of client communities
Skills: Strong leadership, management, litigation, and organizational skills. Requires excellent interpersonal and communication skills, good judgment, and professional demeanor. Must work well with all levels of staff and establish effective working relationships throughout the organization. Must be highly motivated, creative, flexible and results-orients. Ability to prioritize appropriately. Ability to speak Spanish preferred.
Equipment to be Used: Personal computer and other office equipment such as telephone, typewriter, calculator, fax machine, copying machine, etc.
Typical Physical Demands: Sitting, standing, bending, stooping, and reaching. Frequent lifting up to 20 pounds. Manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines. Normal range of hearing and vision. 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Typical Mental Demands: Able to deal with stress associated with fast-paced work environment and multi-tasking. Formulate decisions and act upon them. Adapt to changing work situations. Grasp and apply new ideas. Communicate with various personalities at all levels. Maintain confidentiality of all sensitive information. The mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Working Conditions: Works in a typical office setting. Often called upon to work hours in excess of 40 in a given work week in order to meet deadlines. Travel (via airplane, car or train, as appropriate) will be required to other offices of the organization.
To apply for this position please email your resume, cover letter, and two of your writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org