NYLAG seeks two Vice Presidents to join its executive leadership team. The Vice President (VP), reporting directly to the President & CEO, is a member of the executive management team and will hold a key leadership and decision-making role at the agency. This position will work closely with executive leadership to supervise, maintain, and strategically manage the agency’s legal programs. The VPs will be responsible for the effective running of NYLAG’s programs and day-to-day operations and will closely collaborate with NYLAG’s program directors to support staff development and growth. They will also work with designated agency unit/project directors and supervisors to ensure programs are aligned with current and emerging client and community needs, support effective management practices and manage grant deliverables.
- Provide direct legal and program oversight of designated NYLAG units and projects, including providing effective professional development, coaching and mentoring.
- Analyze legal issues, develop legal strategy, and support the implementation of legal strategies.
- Lead and promote an organizational culture that embraces NYLAG’s mission and values.
- Partner with the senior leadership team in providing direction and leadership of the organization, including the development, funding, implementation, and reporting of programs.
- Work with Development/Institutional Giving to respond to requests for proposals and applications. Understand the funding for and reporting on programs. Collaborate with programs to determine staffing plans to achieve program goals and objectives.
- Serve as a spokesperson for NYLAG at meetings with stakeholders.
- Liaise with the Board of Directors, including delivering regular presentations on program activities and projects.
- Collaborate with President & CEO to identify and advance policy initiatives consistent with NYLAG’s mission.
- Actively develop and maintain relationships with community-based organizations, advocates, funders, government agencies, elected officials, and courts.
- Advocate with state and local officials, to maintain and build funding for legal services.
- Cultivate an organizational culture of excellence through creativity and innovation.
- Assist in strengthening internal dialogue to promote transparency and engagement between management and staff.
- Support building organizational diversity, and institutionalizing systems that ensure an inclusive work environment for all staff.
- Participate in overseeing labor relations within NYLAG, participating in negotiating collective bargaining agreements and administering labor relations polices as needed.
- Respond to client, community, and staff concerns
- Provide inspirational and motivational leadership.
- Other duties as assigned by President & CEO.
In addition to the leadership duties outline above, the roles of Vice President will be distinguished by the following two portfolios.
- Oversee and collaboratively develop program policies and practices for the legal services program work, including case handling protocols, electronic case management policies, and intake systems.
- Regularly communicate with LegalServer (case management system) developers and tech consultants to review newly released, and currently unused, LegalServer enhancements, modules and features, to determine utility for NYLAG, in consultation with programs, and evaluate impact on users.
- Keep abreast of and analyze innovative models of service delivery. Make recommendations and operationalize new technologies that will assist in client intake and other forms of outreach. Support client community outreach initiatives.
- Assist in the development and maintenance of office-wide systems to track outcomes, improve productivity, and establish standards for programs. Promote a data-driven culture in decision-making and action.
- Work collaboratively with COO and CFO, including assistance in budget development and stewardship of resources. Work closely with program heads and leadership throughout the organization to understand their needs and grant allocations.
- Facilitate interaction between program areas, including but not limited to increasing internal referrals between programs.
- Partner with Development/Institutional Giving to develop, coordinate, and lead the strategic direction and implementation of new and existing programs in alignment with community need and NYLAG’s priorities.
- Set vision for and model strong inclusive collaborative practices. Develop opportunities for cross collaboration and representation between units and projects.
- Strengthen and mentor a dynamic team of supervisors with the goal of creating open communication and an environment where staff thrive.
- Foster culture of continued learning and support office-wide professional development and training programs. Collaborate with NYLAG’s Director of Training to ensure high quality training for new experienced staff that is based on their needs.
- Manage NYLAG’s current strategic plan and develop other change management initiatives, as needed.
- Provide perspective and assist in operationalizing goals for staff development, increased retention, and developing a pipeline of talented and diverse staff.
- Law degree and admission to the New York State bar are required.
- Minimum of 8 years legal practice.
- Minimum 5 years of supervision attorneys preferred.
- Experience working in a unionized environment is a plus.
- Self-directed with strong initiative, efficient time management, follow through, and flexibility around changing priorities and deadlines.
- Passion for social justice and commitment to working with under-resourced communities and communities of color to advance equity.
- Ability to clearly and consistently articulate a deep understanding of racial equity and structural racism as it relates to the law and how we operate internally at NYLAG.
- Experience working with funders, including government agencies, foundations, and individual donors.
- Demonstrated ability to build, nurture and retain a collaborative, diverse and inclusive team, ideally with a unionized workforce.
- Effective communication and active listening skills.
- Ability to build excellent relationships with a diverse range of partners and supporters.
- Understanding of financial and budgeting practices.
- Ability to manage NYLAG’s case management system(s) to ensure accurate data collection and statistical tracking.
Candidates must submit a resume, cover letter indicating a preference for one of the portfolios described above and writing sample.
- Salary Range: $165,000 - $175,000