Chief Executive Officer
Legal Services of New Jersey coordinates and leads the statewide Legal Services system in New Jersey. Unique nationally, in its core commitment to economic and social justice LSNJ provides statewide advocacy, direct representation, technology infrastructure, community legal information, government liaison, funding, training, expert legal backup and other support to the network of five regional Legal Services non-profits that serve all 21 New Jersey counties. Founded in 1972, LSNJ now seeks a successor to the only chief executive officer in its history, De Miller, who will step down in mid-2020 after leading the organization since its creation. Applications must be received at LSNJ offices by the close of business on November 26, 2019. It is expected a decision will be made by early spring, and that the successful candidate will be begin an orientation period in June, 2020, with the actual transition to take place in early summer.
Candidate characteristics. Recognizing that no one candidate will score highly in every one of the following areas, the successful candidate will evidence the highest overall evaluation across the characteristics set forth below. These areas are not arranged in any particular order of priority, and are not of equal weight.
Organization and leadership • Ability to lead within a collaborative, collegial, committed and intensive work environment • Experience leading a large non-profit organization, particularly one with characteristics and complexity comparable to those of LSNJ • Ability to inspire confidence, trust and dedication in supervised staff • Ability to maintain composure and lead in the face of great stress • Ability to bring and sustain a high level of enthusiasm and energy • Ability to bring skills of conciliation to interactions with employees, as well as the ability to be decisive in irreconcilable situations • Ability to lead an organization in a bi-partisan and non-partisan manner when advocating in the public arena
Legal background • Excellent legal and general writing skills • Substantial experience supervising lawyers and other legal workers, especially in a non-profit civil legal representation context • Knowledge of and experience with the Legal Services program nationally and in New Jersey • Excellent reputation for integrity and legal ability • Experience with legislative and rulemaking advocacy and processes • Experience with complex trial level litigation • Experience with significant appellate litigation
Other personal qualities and background • Demonstrated ability to relate effectively to people who reflect the demographic diversity of New Jersey residents living in poverty, and who in fact live in poverty • Strong academic record • Able public speaker • Has left previous employment on good terms, without a record of significant problems • Absence of negative public perception • Absence of public association with partisan political activity.
Interested applicants should immediately submit a thorough curriculum vitae, detailing specifically how the candidate meets each of the key characteristics listed. The cover letter should detail (a) the reasons for the candidate considering leaving a current position, if any; (b) the reasons for seeking this particular position, (c) the candidate’s date of admission to the New Jersey bar, or if not admitted, (d) whether the candidate is eligible to be waived in immediately pursuant to New Jersey Supreme Court rules (the letter must detail how the rule requirements will be satisfied); and (e) salary requirements. Three recent professional legal writing samples must be included, along with a completed employment application. A link to a printable employment application may be found at https://www.lsnj.org/jobs/ApplicationForm.pdf. All applications will be held in confidence. Send all documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.