Director of Communications
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's strengths include its long-standing reputation for the delivery of excellent services, its varied and stable funding, and its diverse and experienced staff and board. NMLA's revenue for 2023 is approximately $13 million from 30+ funding sources. NMLA is the largest non-profit provider of civil legal services in New Mexico.
New Mexico Legal Aid (NMLA) seeks an experienced person to direct organizational communications and, to a lesser extent, private development. NMLA, a not-for-profit law firm, provides high quality legal services to low-income New Mexicans, including Native Americans and migrant agricultural workers. The successful applicant will be a dynamic leader who will facilitate and implement a strategic communications plan designed to raise organizational visibility, support NMLA advocacy efforts, and support NMLA work in client communities.
The Director of Communications reports directly to the NMLA Executive Director. This position will be based in the Albuquerque office. Some travel around the state will be necessary. Infrequent travel to conferences will also be required.
Communications will be the major emphasis of this position. There will be some private non-attorney development involved, but little, if any, direct grant or foundation work. NMLA has a separate Director of Grant Administration responsible for foundation and government grant development.
High Priority Roles and Responsibilities for the Director of Communications:
- Create and implement a comprehensive statewide communications plan for NMLA for the next two to five years and beyond. The plan will have a strong focus on raising organizational public profile of NMLA.
- Develop and oversee public relations and communications activities that impact development efforts.
- Assist and engage in statewide strategic planning.
- Identify, cultivate and nurture relationships with potential corporate and individual donors.
- Assist the Executive Director in the identification of major gift and planned giving prospects.
- Collaborate with an annual giving activities conducted by NMLA in coordination with Equal Access to Justice, Inc.
NMLA employees enjoy:
- A great work environment
- Great benefits including generous leave
- Competitive salary
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
- Five years or more demonstrated success in non-profit communications and/or development highly preferred.
- Understanding of multi-faceted communications campaigns
- Passionate commitment to advancing the legal rights of low income persons.
- Demonstrated experience working with organizations and individuals with diverse perspectives, including staff, Board, the public, elected and appointed officials, and client communities.
- Knowledge of and experience with the legislative process.
- Experience in working within both rural and urban communities.
- Outstanding oral and written communication skills, including the ability to motivate and inspire staff, volunteers, funders and donors.
- Experience with web-based communications and fundraising strategies, including proficiency with internet technologies and management of donor databases.
- Ability to oversee web presence.
- Excellent organizational skills and the ability to effectively handle multiple projects with competing deadlines.
- Personal attributes such as the ability to engender confidence and trust, honesty, a strong work ethic, a sense of humor, good listening skills, decisiveness, and the belief in equality.
- Willingness to make a long-term commitment to NMLA.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salary: DOE, NMLA is an EEO Employer. Deadline: June 10, 2023