Executive Director

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Job location
10 Winthrop Square
3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02110
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Prisoner's Legal Services Massachusetts (PLSMA)
Street address: 
10 Winthrop Square, 3rd Floor
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

Responsibilities: The Executive Director of PLS has ultimate responsibility for the programmatic performance, financial strength, and administrative functioning of the organization. The right leader for the organization will successfully engage, motivate and excite members of the staff and board, as well as a broad range of other supporters. Key responsibilities include the following:
• Develop and expand the financial resources of PLS and ensure rigorous, consistent financial and administrative oversight to maintain the long-term financial and institutional security of the organization. This includes grant writing and reporting, fundraising, annual audit and tax filings;
• Provide strong leadership of the staff, encouraging and supporting independence and creativity while assuring rigorous accountability;
• Support and participate in major or complex litigation to address systemic issues that affect PLS’s clients;
• Represent PLS in its external relations with the legislature, the courts, and other government entities;
• Serve as an effective spokesperson for the organization with the media and in the larger community;
• Work cooperatively with other institutions and organizations to achieve shared goals relating to criminal justice reform.


Qualifications: PLS seeks an Executive Director with at least 10 years of experience as an attorney or a record of demonstrated success as a manager in the nonprofit social justice community. Experience and attributes that will help the Executive Director succeed include:
A clear and compelling commitment to the work and mission of PLS;
Mature, independent, flexible with strong interpersonal skills;
Prior experience in management, administration, or leadership in a non-profit legal or human services program;
History of creative and demonstrated leadership in policy work and a substantive expertise in legal issues affecting prisoners and their families;
Significant commitment, skills, and experience in mentoring and training legal staff; possess strong leadership skills and a leadership style that inspires and encourages professional growth in others;
Record of effective media relations;
Excellent oral and written communication skills;
Bilingual skills in Spanish, American Sign Language, or other language common in the prison system preferred;
Prior experience with low-income prisoners and their families, and a demonstrated ability to relate effectively to a diverse clientele and staff;

To apply: 

Please submit a letter expressing your interest, a current resume, a writing sample, and a list of three references to: [email protected] . Please submit applications by email only (no phone calls, please)

Equal Opportunity Employer
Submission deadline: 
Tuesday, February 13, 2018