Executive Director

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Job location
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 390A
Minneapolis, MN 55402
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Volunter Lawyers Network
Street address: 
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 390A
Job type: 
Position Description: 

DESCRIPTION: Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN) seeks an executive director to lead its 23-person staff and hundreds of volunteers in achieving its mission to protect and promote the basic human needs of people in poverty through the power of legal volunteers.

Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN) is a private non-profit organization affiliated with the Hennepin County Bar Association. VLN provides free advice and legal representation to low-income individuals through volunteer attorneys, interpreters and other legal professionals throughout the state of Minnesota.

• Program Development and Delivery - Ensure that organization has a long range strategy which achieves its mission, and toward which it can make consistent, timely and demonstrable progress. Continually evaluate how well goals are being met.
• Administration and Human Resources Management – Establish and make use of an effective management team. Ensure compliance with personnel policies and state and federal regulations on workplaces and employment. Work to hire and retain a diverse and qualified staff.
• Community Relations – Serve as an effective spokesperson for the organization; represent the programs and point of view to the agencies, organization and the general public. Work to increase cooperation and collaboration with community partners.
• Financial Management and Legal Compliance – Assure adequate control and accounting of all funds, including developing and maintaining sound financial practices. Oversee preparation of and adherence to annual budget.
• Fundraising – Oversee development of grant proposals and other fundraising initiatives, including annual events in coordination with Development Coordinator. Oversee marketing and other communication efforts.
• Board of Directors – Provide appropriate, adequate and timely information to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, including preparing board agendas in consultation with board chair, providing monthly financial and program reports, and interfacing between board and staff.


Successfully fulfilling the above responsibilities will require the following skills and experience:
• J.D. preferred;
• Five to ten years of successful experience in a managerial or executive director position;
• Experience reporting to a board of directors;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills;
• Knowledge of local community resources a plus;
• Good organizational skills and ability to multi-task;
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office products required;
• Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income communities and communities of color.

To apply: 

Applications: Applications should include a resume, a letter explaining interest in this position, and salary requirements. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

Information should be submitted to [email protected]. No phone calls please.

Equal Opportunity Employer Those with diverse economic, social, or cultural experiences are encouraged to apply.