Executive Director

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1125 Grand Blvd, Ste 1900
Kansas City, MO 64106
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Legal Aid of Western Missouri
Street address: 
1125 Grand Blvd, Ste 1900
City: 
Kansas City
State: 
Missouri
ZIP: 
64106
Job type: 
Administrative/Financial
Position Description: 

Legal Aid of Western Missouri (LAWMO) seeks an executive director to lead it in achieving its mission of improving the lives of people in need through systemic advocacy and individual legal assistance. LAWMO is the sole legal aid program in western Missouri. It serves a population of nearly 300,000 low-income people in 40 counties. Our work provides access to justice, breaks the cycle of poverty, restores fairness and gets results that change lives! In 2015, LAWMO closed 13,738 cases – review some of our recent client stories here.

The next executive director will lead a 100-member staff in five diverse offices. The executive director will bring leadership, enthusiasm, vision, innovation, and litigation and administrative experience. He or she will work with LAWMO’s dedicated and talented staff and board to: serve LAWMO’s client community; implement new strategies to meet changing legal needs; and, diversify funding sources. Learn more about our cases, projects and financial overview in our Legal Aid annual report.

This position is based in LAWMO’s headquarters in Kansas City, an attractive, dynamic, affordable, growing city, ranked No. 6 on Kiplinger’s “50 Smart Places to Live” and among Forbes’ “Most Affordable U.S. Cities.” More information on the Kansas City region is available here.

Salary commensurate with experience (expected salary range: $125 – 140K), plus generous benefits.

Responsibilities
• Serve as the public face of LAWMO; provide leadership in local, state and national legal aid forums; engage with the local courts, community leaders and with the private bar.
• Develop and cultivate relationships with individual and corporate donors, foundations, and other funders to increase and diversify LAWMO’s financial resources.
• Direct LAWMO’s advocacy and facilitate and promote collaborative teamwork among LAWMO programs, staff and services.
• Promote collaboration with other legal services providers and human services organizations in the region and throughout the state. Think creatively about gaps in legal services and develop strategies to close those gaps.
• Administer and direct a staff of more than 100 persons, including recruiting and retaining top quality staff, managing an effective leadership team, implementing technological upgrades and innovations, and working closely with a 30-member board of trustees.

Desirable Skills
• Tech savvy and commitment to the use of technology as a tool to improve and expand services.
• Understands the legal needs of low-income individuals.
• Ability to be a persuasive spokesperson to the media, legal community and other stakeholder audiences.
• Emotional intelligence, including listening skills, delegation skills and empathy toward clients and staff.

How to Apply
Applications will be accepted until November 20, 2016. Send cover letter and resume to Scott Criqui, Director of Human Resources, at [email protected].

Legal Aid of Western Missouri is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Requirements: 

Missouri state bar license to practice law, or the ability to obtain a Missouri license within one year.
• Commitment and dedication to providing high quality, innovative, effective legal assistance to low-income Missourians.
• Management experience, including supervision, feedback and evaluations, delegation, conflict resolution.
• Enthusiasm for and investment in culturally diverse communities and environments.
• Experience working with a board of trustees, board of directors and/or executive committee.
• Effective communication skills.
• Financial acumen, including accounting principles and budgeting.
• Successful fundraising experience, including grants, corporate and individual giving, and capital campaigns.

To apply: 

Applications will be accepted until November 20, 2016. Send cover letter and resume to Scott Criqui, Director of Human Resources, at [email protected].

Notes: 
Legal Aid of Western Missouri is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Salary range: 
Salary commensurate with experience (expected salary range: $125 – 140K), plus generous benefits.
Submission deadline: 
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Expiration date: 
Monday, November 28, 2016