Executive Director

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Job location
237 Main Street
4th Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Neighborhood Legal Services
Street address: 
237 Main Street, 4th Floor
New York
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. (NLS) is a private, not-for-profit organization, founded in 1976, providing free legal services to income-eligible individuals/families and persons with disabilities. NLS provides legal assistance in multiple areas, including housing, public benefits, family, and disability law. NLS employs over 75 attorneys and staff located in three offices serving Western New York.

NLS seeks a leader to promote and protect NLS’ vision and values through: program management; board relations; union relations; fiscal resource development, including grants, fundraising and donor cultivation; and creating strategic partnerships, both in the legal community and the community at large.


The ideal candidate for NLS Executive Director will have:
• Passion and demonstrated commitment to social and legal justice. Legal experience in fields that impact the impoverished and disabled is preferred;
• A demonstrated ability to achieve long-term goals through supervision, mentoring, teambuilding, and empowering a highly talented and diverse staff;
• A demonstrated understanding of, and/or direct experience with, policy and legislative advocacy, administrative rulemaking, impact litigation, communications (including social media), and innovative community-based partnerships;
• Ability to ensure that the organization is fiscally and administratively sound, and that its operations, communications, programs, partnerships, and development efforts are coordinated and support the mission;
• Five or more years of progressively responsible relevant experience, including experience in administrative leadership and collaborative team work;
• Ability and willingness to work with and delegate to multiple teams intra- and inter-organizationally, and to manage multiple tasks and projects in a timely manner;
• Commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion;
• Demonstrated initiative and creativity;
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, active listening skills, negotiation and conflict resolution skills, cross-difference competence, and experience working with low-income client communities;
• Membership in good standing in a state bar;
• A healthy self-awareness, ability to manage change, a sense of humor, and the capacity to take enjoyment from creating and supporting a positive, high-performing organizational learning environment.

NLS offers a competitive compensation package with a salary scale commensurate with experience and skills, and good holiday, paid time off, and health care benefits.

To apply: 

Interested candidates should email a letter of interest, resume and references to:

Executive Director Search Committee
[email protected]
Applications are due July 21, 2017.

NLS is an equal opportunity employer.
Submission deadline: 
Friday, July 21, 2017