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Deputy Director for Program Operations


Land of Lincoln Legal Aid seeks a dynamic Deputy Director of Program Operations to assist our organization in providing holistic and high-impact free legal services to low-income residents throughout 65 counties in Illinois.

The Deputy Director of Operations is part of the senior leadership team at Land of Lincoln and works in tandem with the Deputy Director of Finance and the Executive Director to guide the strategic direction of the organization while providing practical oversight to its daily operations.

Land of Lincoln Legal Aid is committed to seeking justice for those whose voices might otherwise not be heard; to empower individuals to advocate for themselves; and to make positive changes in the communities we serve. Land of Lincoln has over 30 different funding streams from federal, state, and private sources. Its staff works with community organizations, social service agencies, and faith-based groups to deliver holistic legal services.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide effective leadership and program management to ensure delivery of high-quality legal services through Land of Lincoln’s 65-county service area
  • Collaborate on strategic and organizational planning, program priorities, client needs assessments, and other organizational needs
  • Work directly with regional managers and staff to develop and support innovative and collaborative service delivery programs with an emphasis on reaching underserved populations and geography
  • Alongside Executive Director, supervise grants and fundraising operations and staff
  • Lead compliance officer for all non-fiscal policies and procedures of all funders
  • Prepare or supervise preparation of reports and applications to significant funders
  • With Director of Litigation, oversee client-related conflicts, eligibility and complaints
  • Other duties as assigned


Salary is competitive. Excellent insurance and retirement benefits.

Land of Lincoln is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, LBGTQIA+, and gender non-conforming applicants.




  • Commitment to social and racial justice; sensitivity to needs of low-income clients
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships and work with people of diverse social, economic, and racial/ethnic backgrounds
  • Substantive legal and management experience, preferably within legal aid
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and collaborate with diverse stakeholder group, including staff, board members, funders, local agencies, and clients
  • Creative thinker and writer; excellent problem-solver with analytical mindset and strong attention to detail
  • J.D. and current license to practice law


To Apply: 

Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Clarissa Gaff, Executive Director. The writing sample may include legal writing samples or grant-related samples.


Submission Deadline: 
December 30, 2020
Organization Information: 
Land of Lincoln Legal Aid
8787 State St., Ste 201, Land of Lincoln Legal Aid
East St. Louis, IL 62203
United States
Phone: 618-398-0574