Executive Director

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Job location
P.O. Box 5984
Pago Pago, AS 96799
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
American Samoa Legal Aid
Street address: 
P.O. Box 5984
Pago Pago
American Samoa
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

American Samoa Legal Aid, Inc. is seeking an Executive Director to lead our non-profit law firm that provides free civil legal services to low-income residents of American Samoa. The office is located in Pago Pago, American Samoa.

About the Position

American Samoa Legal Aid, Inc. (ASLA) seeks an experienced leader who is passionate about providing excellent and effective civil legal aid to low-income residents of American Samoa. This leader will work with a diverse and dedicated Board of Directors and staff of seven other employees. The program’s 2021 budget is approximately $640,000.

High priority roles and responsibilities for the Executive Director

• Provide visionary leadership and direction for ASLA
• Carry out the policies and priorities of ASLA's Board of Directors
• Provide fiscal oversight for the program, making sure all fiscal controls are in place
• Supervise staff
• Provide legal representation to eligible clients
• Raise funds for the organization, including submitting funding applications to governments, foundations and corporations.
• Ensure compliance with all funder requirements and accurate reporting to all funders.
• Articulate ASLA’s mission in the legal community, judiciary, government, nonprofit organizations and the community at large.

The successful Executive Director candidate will:
• Be passionate about the mission of ASLA and demonstrate a commitment to providing legal services to low-income persons.
• Possess the highest ethical standards.
• Possess excellent communication skills and fluency in English and Samoan will be an advantage.
• Have management and resource development expertise.
• Be a successful leader within an organization and in the community
• Possess management experience, including supervision of staff, fiscal oversight, development of budgets, compliance with grant and contract requirements, and engagement with a Board of Directors.
• Have the skills and willingness to develop relationships throughout American Samoa
• Value diversity and be culturally competent.
• Be accessible and open to everyone in the law firm, on the Board and in the community.
• Demonstrate strategic thinking.
• Be creative, flexible and able to motivate.


• Admitted to practice law before the court of any U.S. state or territory for a minimum of five years.
• Admitted to practice law in American Samoa or become eligible to practice law in American Samoa.
• Minimum of five years experience as an attorney practicing law.
• Proven ability to lead, motivate and manage a legal firm, legal department or legal aid program with diverse staff and clients, or equivalent experience.
• Prior experience with fiscal oversight of a program, law firm, company or government entity, for at least three years, or equivalent experience.
• Prior experience working with a board of directors in a non-profit or legal services environment, or equivalent experience, is preferable.
• Prior experience in successful fundraising in a non-profit or legal services environment, or equivalent experience, is preferable.
• Familiarity with Legal Services Corporation regulations is preferable.
• Ability to speak and write both English and Samoan will be favorably considered.
• Experience working in American Samoa and knowledge of, and respect for, the cultural practices of American Samoa will be favorably considered.
• Experience working in a pacific island community will be favorably considered.

To apply: 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Priority will be given to those submitting their applications on or before July 15, 2021. Interested candidates should submit a letter expressing why they are interested in the position, as well as what they believe they can contribute to the future of the program and its client community. The letter should be accompanied by a current resume with the names and contact information of three references. Application letter and resume should be submitted electronically via email in Word format to Chuck Greenfield, ASLA Interim Executive Director, to [email protected]. ASLA is an equal opportunity employer.

American Samoa Legal Aid is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other protected category.
Salary range: 
Depends on experience, but in the range of $70,000 per year.
Submission deadline: 
Thursday, July 15, 2021