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Director of Compliance Operations

Every day, people across Illinois are denied the basic rights to which they are entitled under the law simply because they can’t afford a lawyer. It’s our mission to change that.   PSLS is seeking an experienced, mission-driven leader to fill the role of Director of Compliance Operations. This role reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for the organization’s compliance operations including overseeing PSLS’ operations work as assigned and providing legal counsel to the organization and the Board of Directors. The ideal candidate is able to maintain a broad view of the needs of the organization, is detail oriented with a strong legal background, and is a process thinker. The work of the Director of Compliance Operations allows the organization to function efficiently to achieve its mission of providing equal access to justice and high quality legal services to some of the most vulnerable members of our communities.   Perks and Benefits PSLS is committed to providing an excellent, comprehensive benefits package to its full-time employees that includes: • Health insurance, including the opportunity to qualify for a wellness credit • Dental insurance • Vision insurance • 403b retirement plan including employer contributions • Extensive training and education program • Flex scheduling and partial remote work available • PTO that starts at 3 weeks/year and increases with additional years worked at PSLS • Paid sick leave • 6 weeks of paid parental leave after one year of employment • 12 paid holidays   Qualifications • Juris Doctor Law Degree (required) • 8+ years of legal experience  • Legal Aid experience • People management experience   The Organization  PSLS is a not-for-profit civil legal aid organization that has served northern and central Illinois for 45 years, maintains 11 office locations, and has a staff of nearly 200 employees, including training and litigation staff with extensive experience. Our 36-county service area includes rural communities, suburban areas, and mid-size urban cities, which necessitates the development of diverse strategies, and we encourage our staff to cultivate and utilize creative approaches to reach and serve our client population. Employees of PSLS benefit from the expertise and community connections of their local office staff, along with robust program-wide resources. We strive to provide an array of services responsive to the needs of our clients. PSLS has excellent fiscal controls and upholds the highest rating from Charity Navigator and Guidestar. For more information regarding PSLS services and operations, please visit our website at  

Prairie State Legal Services is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, pay, and promote qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender identity, expression, or presentation, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or any other legally protected status.

• Responsible for  the design, development, and writing/updating/editing of organization program-wide direction, policies, procedures, goals, and systems • Responsible for contract review including reviewing, revising, drafting, and as appropriate negotiating  third-party contracts and subcontracts and all office leases for every PSLS office • Responsible for grantor and all other regulatory compliance • Represent PSLS’ interests when PSLS is a party or interested party in litigation or administrative proceedings • Leads the development of staff to ensure proficiency in their role and ability to advance within the organization • Sets annual goals for direct reports and ensures people managers within the department are setting goals for their staff that align with the organization’s strategic plan and provide performance consistency across programs • Communicates frequently with team members to build relationships and monitor performance • Attends all Board of Director meetings, prepares the board minutes, and oversees the organization of all Board resolutions and other Board action • Works with direct reports to provide decision-making support and ensure actions, policies, and processes for each team support the long and short-term strategies of the organization  
To Apply: 

Please indicate “Director of Compliance Operations” in the subject line and email a letter identifying your office preference and explaining your interest and experience, resume, and three references to


Submission Deadline: 
July 16, 2023
Organization Information: 
Prairie State Legal Services
303 N Main St
Rockford, IL 61101
United States