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Deputy Director (Statewide Operations)


Deputy Director - Statewide Operations

Any NMLA rural location

New Mexico Legal Aid (NMLA) provides civil legal services to low-income New Mexicans for a variety of legal issues including domestic violence/family law, consumer protection, housing, and benefits. NMLA has locations throughout the state including Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Gallup, Roswell, Silver City, Clovis, Hobbs, Las Vegas, Taos, and Santa Ana.

NMLA seeks a Deputy Director to oversee its statewide operations. The position, based in any of the NMLA rural offices, 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;
  • Conduct monitoring visits to program offices along with other management staff.
  • Supervise and mentor managing attorneys and practice group managers;
  • Participate in strategic planning and management of the organization;
  • 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, including compliance
  • Mediates staff personnel grievances as requested by managers or other program staff.
  • 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, United States Department of Justice, and various other governmental and private sources, all of which have their own requirements.

NMLA provides comprehensive benefits, holiday and leave packages. For information about NMLA's generous benefits, and what it is like to work at NMLA click here




Minimum five 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, chief financial officer and Litigation Director.  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: 

Provide a current resume and a cover letter that explains your interest in this position and the mission of NMLA by clicking here to apply. Your application will not be considered unless we receive both of these documents. As an alternative, you can email the applicant packet to

Salary: DOE, NMLA is an EEO Employer. Deadline: June 9, 2023




Submission Deadline: 
August 9, 2023
Organization Information: 
New Mexico Legal Aid
505 Marquette NW, #700
Albuquerque, NM 87102
United States
Phone: 505-551-0342