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Advocacy Director

Description: 

Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA), is a three-part legal aid program headquartered in Columbus. OSLSA’s mission is to provide civil legal aid and advocacy to combat unfairness and injustice and to help people rise out of poverty.

OSLSA is actively seeking dedicated, professional, creative Co-Advocacy Directors to support a variety of substantive areas of work as well as increase collaboration throughout our family of organizations. The Advocacy Directors are positioned to balance systemic advocacy with practical day-to-day support. 

In this role, and with the support of team leaders, you will be responsible for driving OSLSA’s strategic advocacy initiatives, in conjunction with the substantive leaders of those teams,  in the areas of housing, public benefits, tax, domestic, consumer, education, employment and re-entry; collaborating with partner organizations in providing legal assistance to our communities; and balancing both the needs of individual clients and the need for broader systemic change for the future.

The Co-Advocacy Directors will also serve as an integral part of the senior management team working closely with leadership to develop the organization’s strategic goals and participate in making strategic decisions that promote the long-term success of OSLSA and ensure progress toward our mission, vision and values.

Are You Someone That:

  • Enjoys developing and implementing strategies and systems to effectively solve problems?
  • Is motivated, professional and thrives within a collaborative, team-driven environment?
  • Believes successful resolution can be reached beyond traditional litigation?
  • Has a wide range of litigation skills and experiences?
  • Enjoys and employs a creative multi-form approach to advocacy?
  • Is able to effectively balance being responsive to emerging issues raised by attorneys and driving to meet organizational priorities?
  • Balances various stakeholder relationships and differing needs successfully?
  • Promotes a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and quality?
  • Is dedicated to improving the lives of low-income individuals in our communities?

You Will:

  • Provide leadership and vision, and act as a partner to the leadership team, to help drive the organization to a new level of success by advancing our impact advocacy
  • Manage and support substantive legal teams and practice groups including managers and attorneys with a wide range of skills and experiences
  • Collaborate with other legal services providers on statewide advocacy
  • Support high quality, strong advocacy regionally
  • Facilitate professional development of attorneys across several practice groups
  • Co-counsel, when appropriate as well as determine other methods of effectively supporting attorneys’ success in and out of the courtroom

Other Details:

  • It is the policy of OSLSA not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, disability, age, ancestry, and military status or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • The position reports to the Executive Director, is based in Columbus, Ohio and requires regular travel throughout the service area. 
  • Salary is dependent upon level of experience. OSLSA offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package and ongoing training and development opportunities.

About Us:

OSLSA includes Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS), the Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) and the Ohio Poverty Law Center (OPLC).   While OSLSA’s administrative office is in Columbus, SEOLS serves thirty counties through six different branch offices located throughout Southeastern Ohio.  The Legal Aid Society of Columbus serves six counties through two offices, the main office it shares with OSLSA and a branch office in Marion.  OPLC has a small staff, all based in the Columbus office.

OSLSA has a budget of about $13 million and a staff of 110, including 65 lawyers.  OSLSA, LASC and OPLC each have their own board and there are two different unions.  LASC affiliated with OSLSA in 2009 and the consolidation of the programs has gone well though there is still potential to achieve greater efficiencies and synergies.  OSLSA has several shared administrative staff and functions including finance, development, pro bono, and technology.  OSLSA enjoys a good financial position with sizeable reserves and has grants from over 60 funders.

Requirements: 

You Have:

  • Demonstrated progressive experience practicing law in a variety of substantive areas
  • Excellent legal and communications skills with a proven record of performance and achievement
  • Strong leadership, planning, management and organizational skills and ability to direct the outcome of multiple complex projects in a dynamic environment
  • Significant Federal Court and discovery experience preferred
  • Appellate Court and state court experience preferred
  • Administrative advocacy a plus, but not required
  • Evidence of being a strategic, creative thinker with the ability to develop and implement creative strategies and plans to reach successful resolution
  • Experience implementing systems and processes to meet organizational priorities
  • High ability to exercise sound judgement and discretion
  • High ability to facilitate collaboration as well as build and sustain productive relationships with diverse individuals, groups and organizations
  • Excellent communication skills, both orally and written, with diverse audiences
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion both internally and externally
  • Strong work ethic with an ability to connect big picture ideas to day-to-day work
  • Ability to prioritize workload to manage time and tasks and delegate responsibilities in an effective and efficient manner
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications, knowledge of current technologies and commitment to remain up to date with industry best practices
  • English language proficiency is essential and Spanish/English bilingual skills are a plus. Additional languages – even better
  • Juris Doctor from an accredited law school and admitted to the Bar of the State of Ohio (or if not currently admitted, eligible to waive in) required
  • Prior Legal Aid or related work experience a plus, but not required
To Apply: 

Submit resume and letter of interest to employment@oslsa.org.

Information

Submission Deadline: 
December 2, 2019
Organization Information: 
Ohio State Legal Services Association
1108 City Park Avenue, Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43206
United States