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Deputy Executive Director

Description: 

The Children’s Law Center (CLC) represents children in custody/visitation, guardianship cases, family offense/intimate partner violence and connected child protective cases.   Under the leadership and supervision of the Executive Director, the Deputy Executive Director will work to effectuate the mission of CLC to provide children with a strong and effective voice in legal proceedings that have a critical impact on children’s lives.

 

Major Purpose of the Position:

 

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Deputy Executive Director provides leadership, direction, advice, influence and ownership for all legal related functions, strategies, and processes, including supervision of Legal Directors/Managers, development of staff and maintaining a properly staffed, well-functioning, diverse legal organization. 

 

Results Expected of the Position: 

 

To build, and continuously enhance, a client-centered legal program that ensures the day-to-day development of the legal staff teams and to ensure, through working with all CLC leaders, that CLC maintains quality standards of representation and client services.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

 

  • Collaborates closely with the Executive Team to vision, develop and execute CLC strategies and processes to support CLC employees and to advance organizational objectives;

 

  • Participates in the development and implementation of initiatives to enhance the CLC organizational culture, ensuring staff comprehension of, and alignment with, CLC's mission and values;
  • Supervises, develops, mentors, supports, and evaluates the Legal Directors, to support the effective performance of their duties to meet the role and expectations of the position;

 

  • Ensures CLC leaders and staff comply with organization policies and procedures, applicable court procedures and regulations;  

 

  • Assists the Executive Director with talent management life cycle, including: recruiting, onboarding, performance management, career development, succession planning and learning;

 

  • Collaborates with Executive Team, to develop, plan, implement and manage CLC’s comprehensive staff onboarding, orientation, training, and legal setting client/case handling programs;

 

  • Partners with the Executive Director and members of Executive Team to create and support innovative approaches to meet staff and client needs;

 

  • Ensures collaboration between the Legal Directors team and other members of the Leadership team to ensure staff requests are reviewed, addressed and accurately communicated in a timely manner;

 

  • Reviews and monitors the intern committee’s recruitment of interns and intern mentor responsibilities;

 

  • Partners with the Training Coordinators, Training Committee and CLC Executive Coordinator to ensure the proper implementation and reporting of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program and provides ongoing status reports to Executive Director;

 

  • Teams with the Executive Team to ensure information, decisions and plans are communicated to the board, leaders, staff and Court;

 

  • Works closely with the Executive Director and Executive Coordinator ensuring timely planning and implementation of social media content and website management; 

 

  • Works with the Director of Operations and Client Services and the Borough Legal Directors to ensure that CLC’s case management numbers are accurate, and reports can be provided to leaders, staff, Board of Directors, and funders; 

 

  • Utilizes case management data to spot trends, enhance staff communication and address client, staff, and court needs;

 

  • Partners with the Executive Director and Legal Directors to develop and implement a plan to meet with judges, court leaders, advocates, and community stakeholders;

 

  • Collaborates with CLC Finance team, external bank team, CFO, development, technology, archival, facilities and case management professionals to ensure the effective utilization of CLC’s budget;

 

  • Acquires knowledge and communicates to CLC Leadership regarding the contract compliance expectations of the Office of Court Administration (OCA) and the Fiscal department;

 

  • Partners with the Executive Director to work with development professionals to update CLC’s informational program materials, prepare grant applications, and prepare grant reports, including programmatic reports;

 

  • As part of the Executive Team, attend meetings with government funders and prospects for and recommends grant opportunities;

 

  • As part of the Executive Team, take the lead with the Executive Director and Director, Human Resources, Employee Services and Finance, to work with CFO and development professionals to update and monitor financial reports to the Board of Directors and funders;

 

  • Along with the Executive Director, and Director, Human Resources, Employee Services and Finance, CFO professional and the Board of Directors, maintain understanding of and work to effectuate CLC’s multiyear budget and operational plan to ensure all staff, client and organizational needs are met;  

 

  • Keeps abreast of industry knowledge by participating in conferences and educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining professional networks, and participating in professional organizations. Communicates appropriately, updates to Leadership and Legal staff.

 

Requirements: 

Qualifications/Attributes

  • Admitted to practice law in New York State. Admission to the federal courts is a plus.
  • Six years or more of relevant legal and litigation experience along with knowledge of family court practice and policy, including custody, domestic violence and child welfare laws and issues as well as three years or more demonstrated supervisory experience at the staff and managerial level.
  • Understanding of working with traumatized children and families along with a desire to work in a busy public interest and systemic advocacy organization representing children.
  • Demonstrated advocacy and interviewing skills along with a strong understanding and utilization of mediation and settlement skills.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a team setting utilizing a diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging lens.
  • Ability to prioritize and to process information when multiple decision points are being presented.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and support change throughout an organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively handle difficult situations.
  • Experience coaching and counseling employees through performance and other employee relations matters.
  • Demonstrated experience with case management systems, databases and a high level of Internet and computer literacy, including databases, spreadsheet, word-processing, and email systems.
  • Prior non-profit experience preferred.

 

Skills & Attributes

  • A creative and strategic mindset with the ability to translate vision into action plans.
  • Ability to identify issues of concern and possess strong troubleshooting, advocacy, and problem resolution skills.
  • Exercises prompt communication vertically and horizontally to management so that plans and projects are evaluated swiftly, and conflicting demands prioritized accordingly.
  • Fosters and encourages collaborative approach among all leaders and staff.
  • Effective collaborator with strong interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written).
  • Excellent time management, project management, organization, and communications skills, including the ability to work independently and handle multiple tasks under time sensitive deadlines.
  • Proven leadership ability, excellence in judgment and problem solving.
  • Passion, commitment, confidence, confidentiality, self-motivation, and sense of humor,
  • Ability and willingness to succeed in a challenging environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment.
  • Ability to work in a team setting that values respect, communication, and cultural competence.
  • Ability to conduct presentations, trainings and manage designated point person responsibilities.
  • Exercises discretion and preserves confidential information.
  • Proficiency in languages other than English desired, but not required.

 

Information

Submission Deadline: 
June 30, 2022
Organization Information: 
The Children's Law Center
44 Court Street, FL11
Brooklyn, NY 11201
United States
Phone: 718-522-3333