Director of Advocacy
Legal Aid of Arkansas has an exciting leadership position for an experienced and energetic attorney to serve as its Director of Advocacy. Supported by an outstanding Board and Leadership Team, Legal Aid provides critical legal services for the poorest and most vulnerable residents in thirty-one counties, with additional special projects having statewide reach. This position will help design, strategically grow, and direct Legal Aid’s litigation and advocacy programs to effectively address the problems of individuals and communities in poverty.
The Director of Advocacy, in consultation with Legal Aid’s Leadership Team, will be responsible for:
- Leading and planning an articulated strategic advocacy vision, consistent with Legal Aid’s strategic plan, and promoting methods for identifying and carrying out high quality impact litigation and policy advocacy.
- Mentoring attorneys at all levels, teaching litigation strategies, and developing the litigation skills of the program’s attorneys, including assisting with the identification and approval of training needs and opportunities
- Integration into each of Legal Aid’s substantive work groups, including attendance at each group’s weekly meetings
- Works with workgroup leaders to monitor caseloads and legal work of attorneys to insure proper balance between direct service to individual clients and advocacy involving systemic issues that benefit the larger client population
- Co-counseling, coordinating, and advising on complex litigation, leading litigation teams, and evaluating alternative forums for solving issues in advance of litigation
- Working with Legal Aid’s pro bono team to involve private law firms in co-counseling/impact case acceptance and to develop external relations with Legal Aid’s key stakeholders
Possess an extensive and varied litigation background, including at least ten years’ experience in litigation cases in state and federal court, and a history of creative and high impact advocacy, demonstrated leadership in litigation, and substantive expertise in poverty law issues.
Be passionate about Legal Aid’s mission and demonstrate a commitment to advocating for the legal rights of low-income persons
Possess significant commitment, skills, and experience in mentoring and training less-experienced attorneys.
Possess strong leadership skills and a leadership style that inspires and encourages professional growth in others
Have successful management experience in a legal services program or similar organization, including working in a team environment
Exhibit excellent communication skills and the ability to inspire the trust and confidence of the Legal Aid staff, Leadership Team, board, client communities, pro bono volunteers, and the public
Show humility in working with colleagues and clients across the spectrum of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, immigrant status, religious identity, physical and mental disabilities, and/or limited English proficiency
Be admitted to the Arkansas Bar or eligible for reciprocity.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To receive full consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please submit a cover letter expressing your qualifications for the position and your vision for the future of Legal Aid services and litigation. In the cover letter, please explain how you think your background and experiences have prepared you to serve our client base effectively and contribute to our commitment to diversity, inclusion, dignity, and humility.
Please include a resume, writing sample, a citation to and description of impact/systemic litigation previously engaged in which includes your role in the case and an explanation as to why it was significant, and contact information for four references, including one individual you supervised and one individual that supervised you.
Materials and any questions should be submitted to Elizabeth King, Director of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The salary is $75,000 plus, depending on experience, with excellent benefits.
Legal Aid thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.