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Executive Director


Heart of Florida Legal Aid Society, Inc. (HOFLAS) is a non-profit legal aid program providing free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Polk, Highlands, and Hardee counties since 1958. Our main office is in Bartow, Florida. The mission of the organization is to work collaboratively with clients, partner agencies, and donors to eliminate domestic violence; promote and support economic self-sufficiency; and foster stability for at-risk families through quality and strategic legal advocacy. 

HOFLAS funding sources include the Florida Department of Children and Families, Florida Bar Foundation, United Way of Central Florida, foundations, county governments, and private fundraising efforts and donations. HOFLAS is not funded by the Legal Services Corporation.

HOFLAS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Executive Director is appointed by and reports to the agency’s Board of Directors.

Polk County and its surrounding areas offer opportunities for an active lifestyle, including convenient access to world-class entertainment and attractions in Orlando and Tampa, fine dining, shopping, cultural opportunities, and Florida sunshine all year long. 


HOFLAS is seeking an Executive Director to continue its legacy of providing excellent legal services to vulnerable individuals and families in Florida’s Heartland. Salary range is $70k-$80k and may be negotiable commensurate with experience.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Executive Director

  • Commitment to the agency’s mission to provide legal assistance to low-income and disadvantaged populations of Florida’s Tenth Judicial Circuit
  • Management of the law firm
  • Strategic and development planning and initiatives
  • Expansion of services through grants and other innovative funding opportunities
  • Communication, coordination, and collaboration with our Board of Directors
  • Supervising, administering, and motivating staff to maximum ability and effectiveness
  • Fostering partnerships with other legal services and community programs in the coordination of delivery of wrap-around client services
  • Ensuring the programmatic and fiscal integrity and accountability of the program and operations

Qualifications of the Executive Director

  • Licensed and in good standing to practice law in the State of Florida
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues and challenges that impact low-income families
  • A minimum of ten years of law practice, to include a minimum of five years of management of a law practice  
  • Experience in human resources, supervision of staff, financial management, budget development, compliance with grant and contract requirements, and grant reporting
  • Experience in resource development, including grant writing and fundraising
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Commitment to and proficiency with technology and cloud-based information systems, including Microsoft Office 365, QuickBooks, LegalServer, and
  • Ability to balance administrative, supervisory, and client advocacy responsibilities

The statements contained in this job description reflect general details necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility. It should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned and required by contracts and the Board of Directors.

To Apply: 

Applications for the position of Executive Director will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their application by September 15, 2021.

Applications for the position should include a cover letter, detailing the candidate's qualifications for the position; a resume; and contact information for three professional references.  Application packets should be e-mailed to Carly Wohl at in PDF format.  

Inquiries regarding this position may be directed to Carly Wohl at or by calling (863) 402-6983.


Submission Deadline: 
September 30, 2021
Organization Information: 
Heart of Florida Legal Aid Society
550 E Davidson Street
Bartow, FL 33830
United States
Phone: 863-519-5663