Executive Director

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Job location
525 Jefferson Ave.
Suite 300
Toledo, OH 43604
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE)
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

Founded in 1969 as a poverty law firm committed to law reform, ABLE is a nonprofit law firm seeking a progressive attorney to lead a staff of 64 providing high quality legal assistance in civil matters to low-income individuals and groups throughout 32 counties in western Ohio. It also represents agricultural workers throughout the state. ABLE has a rich legacy of varied, dynamic and transformational advocacy. It is committed to racial justice through a community lawyering approach with offices in Dayton, Defiance and Toledo. ABLE enjoys a close collaborative relationship with Legal Aid of Western Ohio (LAWO), but does not receive LSC funding.

Law practice groups include Meaningful Access to Education, Housing & Community Economic Development, Healthcare & Public Benefits, and Agricultural Worker & Immigrant Rights. Advocacy projects include Medical-Legal Partnership for Children, Veterans Advocacy Project, and the Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. Administrative teams include Human Resources, Development & Communications, Financial Management, and Information Technology.

ABLE offers a competitive compensation package, commensurate with experience, and an excellent work environment. Its current operating budget is $5MM.


Qualifications: The successful candidate will bring demonstrated experience with a personal and professional commitment to racial equity, diversity, and poverty law.
Essential - law degree; collaborative style; strategic thinker; team builder; transparent communicator; comfortable working with diverse and changing communities; diplomacy; leadership, managerial, supervisory experience and ability to inspire.
Preferred - advocacy and litigation experience; exemplary listening skills; relationship builder comfortable raising funds; and decisive.
A Plus – a humanitarian with an open ear and mind.

To apply: 

Nominations/Applications: Confidential nominations and applications are due no later than close of business Monday, 24 July 2017. Required is a resume/c.v. and cover letter describing the candidate’s specific interest in ABLE and how s/he meets the qualifications cited above. All submissions will be acknowledged with confidentiality assured all parties.

By electronic mail (preferred)
[email protected]

By US Mail
ABLE Executive Director Search
The Yunker Group, Inc.
Post Office Box 54556
Cincinnati, Ohio 45254-0556

An Equal Opportunity Employer, ABLE places a high value on diversity in its workplace, including diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. ABLE strives to create an environment welcoming to all individuals and encourages applications from individuals traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. Equal access is available to ABLE offices; candidates requiring accommodations to an interview or application process are encouraged to make it known when applying. ABLE: Together we do the community justice!