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Deputy Director


NMLA seeks a Deputy Director to oversee its statewide operations. The position, based in Albuquerque, will help lead NMLA's advocacy efforts throughout the state. The ideal candidate will be responsible for internal program operations.

The deputy director will report to the executive director. The successful applicant will, under the direction of the executive director:

  • oversee designated aspects of program delivery statewide and assist the executive director to effectuate efficient service delivery;
  • help to develop statewide service delivery and staffing plans;
  • assist to execute statewide plans;
  • supervise and mentor managing attorneys and practice group managers;
  • assist in strategic planning and implementation;
  • assist to develop community outreach and education;
  • oversee community outreach and education;
  • contribute to development of training materials and training regimen;
  • assist executive director to oversee recruitment and hiring;
  • assist to develop public relations and communications;
  • understand financial management;
  • handle administrative duties; and
  • potentially co-counsel cases with other managers and staff.

The Deputy Director will be active in local bar and community activities. The work will include oversight of, and occasionally participation in, community education and outreach to eligible clients and others, and recruitment of and collaboration with volunteer attorneys.

NMLA has eleven offices and handles creative, challenging and complex work. Administration is located in Albuquerque, our largest office. We seek highly motivated candidates who are passionate and strongly committed to helping NMLA better serve our client communities, including development of effective team strategies to handle complex advocacy and extended representation cases.

NMLA is a grantee of the Legal Services Corporation. The service area is the entire state. NMLA receives basic field, Native American, and agricultural worker grants from the LSC. The deputy must be, or quickly become, familiar with all requirements associated with being an LSC grantee for all three grants.

NMLA also receives contract and grant money from the State of New Mexico, USDoJ, and various other governmental and private sources, all of which have their own requirements.

For information about NMLA's generous benefits and what it is like to work at NMLA click here.




Requirements: Minimum ten years practice as a licensed attorney in New Mexico or another jurisdiction, with eligibility to be admitted in New Mexico, prior management experience, and at least five years demonstrated experience overseeing and providing legal services to low-income people plus a clearly stated vision for: the delivery of legal services, leadership and mentoring of legal staff, collaborative communications, committee dynamics and participation, and union relations. Must be willing and able to travel. Must be able to effectively use computer technology and remote communications systems, (including shared on-line workspaces, internet communications, web meeting, and videoconferencing software) to effectively supervise and co-counsel with staff located in multiple offices. Candidates also must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to manage multiple tasks, manage a caseload and build collaborative relationships within the staff and the community. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus.


The successful applicant will also: have a demonstrated ability to build teams, manage working relationships; learn and understand contract requirements; contribute to the construction of systems to manage service delivery; understand data collection and use; and understand organizational finances. The deputy will work in close coordination with the executive director and the chief financial officer. NMLA staff are members of a collective bargaining unit. Candidates must show experience with a union working relationship as well as individual working relationships.


Applicants will be subject to a background search. Please do not let this deter you from applying. NMLA is committed to a strong workforce and recognizes that persons with marks on their record may still be able to perform admirably.



To Apply: 

Send a current resume, three references, and a letter of interest (cover letter) explaining what you would like to accomplish if you are selected for this position to: Salary: DOE, generous benefits. NMLA is an EEO Employer. Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled. Please apply by May 15, 2022


Submission Deadline: 
May 15, 2022
Organization Information: 
New Mexico Legal Aid
505 Marquette NW, #700
Albuquerque, NM 87102
United States
Phone: 505-615-8004