Iowa Legal Aid seeks an Executive Director to lead this private, not-for-profit corporation that provides low-income and other vulnerable residents of Iowa with high quality free legal services.
High priority roles for Iowa Legal Aid’s next Executive Director include:
Be the public face of Iowa Legal Aid;
Lead a staff of lawyers and support personnel of over 100 people, including union-represented employees;
Work with and support the Iowa Legal Aid organizational Board of Directors and the Iowa Legal Aid Foundation Board of Directors;
Lead fundraising efforts initiated by the Iowa Legal Aid Foundation with corporate and philanthropic donors;
Work with public funders and other key supporters including United Way agencies throughout the state, Area Agencies on Aging and health and law project partners;
Nurture relationships between Iowa Legal Aid and its clients, bar leaders, community organizations, business and civic groups, and local, state and federal government entities;
Manage the program’s budget and financial resources in a fiscally accountable manner;
Strategically advance the interests of Iowa Legal Aid and the clients served.
Iowa Legal Aid is unique in that a separate not-for-profit organization, the Iowa Legal Aid Foundation, has been created to serve as the philanthropic fundraising arm of Iowa Legal Aid, enhancing the organization’s ability to raise funds to both increase and sustain its service to low-income Iowans.
Applications must include a letter expressing your interest in the position, qualifications and what you hope to contribute to the organization’s future; a current resume; and a writing sample. Applications will be kept confidential until finalists are chosen.
Desired qualifications of Iowa Legal Aid’s next Executive Director include:
A passion for the mission of Iowa Legal Aid and a demonstrated commitment to serving low-income individuals and communities;
Juris Doctorate degree and membership in good standing with the Iowa Bar, or ability to obtain membership upon employment;
A minimum of ten years’ experience in the practice of law or equivalent management experience or a combination;
Excellent interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated leadership abilities.
Significant management and supervision experience including an understanding of the complexities of a program with nearly a $10 million budget;
Experience in financial oversight, development of budgets, and compliance with grant and contract requirements;
Ability to think strategically;
Successful experience in resource development for public and private organizations, including securing government funding;
Values diversity, cultural competency, urban/rural differences;
Prior experience with Iowa Legal Aid or another legal aid organization will be taken into consideration, but is not a prerequisite.
Additional Salary Information: Salary depends on experience based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Benefits are excellent.
Iowa Legal Aid provides free legal assistance with civil legal problems involving basic necessities for low-income individuals in all 99 Iowa counties. Offices are located in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City, Mason City, Ottumwa, Sioux City and Waterloo. Iowa Legal Aid helps clients who meet income and asset guidelines, based on the size of the household. ...Some Iowans in need of assistance, including those who are 60 and older, may be exempt from financial guidelines. A fee is not charged for services, however, clients may need to pay court filing fees or other costs of representation; Assistance ranges from providing counsel and advice to representation before various agencies and courts. Services are provided in the following areas: Consumer, Education, Employment, Family, Health, Housing, Benefit Programs and Individual Rights. Iowa Legal Aid does community legal education presentations and has over 20 printed booklets on various legal topics; a variety of legal educational materials are also available on Iowa Legal Aid’s website, www.iowalegalaid.org.