Director of Advocacy - Legal Aid of Western Ohio

Legal Aid of Western Ohio seeks a creative, energetic, and outstanding leader to serve as its Director of Advocacy. This is a unique and exciting leadership opportunity for an experienced attorney and effective advocate committed to equal justice.

The Director of Advocacy position is open at a critical moment in LAWO's efforts to bring justice to its clients and client communities. LAWO is in the midst of a strategic plan that includes using broad-based advocacy efforts to address critical client needs and focused advocacy to achieve long-lasting results. The Director of Advocacy will lead a team of 29 attorneys to implement LAWO's strategic advocacy initiatives in the areas of education, housing and community economic development, government benefits and health care, access to justice, and the rights of agricultural worker and survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.

In addition to guiding the work of attorneys and several practice groups, the Director of Advocacy has major management responsibilities within the firm and works closely with other organizations and partners involved in providing legal assistance to our client communities.

LAWO receives funds from the Legal Services Corporation and many other funders. We work in close collaboration with a non-LSC funded non-profit law firm, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE). The Director of Advocacy will lead those collaborative efforts for LAWO.

A successful applicant must be a member of the Ohio Bar, or be able to be admitted upon motion or temporary certification, have at least seven years of litigation and trial experience, and possess excellent legal, administrative, and communications skills. The Director of Advocacy must have a strong commitment to securing justice for disadvantaged individuals and communities and working in a collaborative environment. Experience in legal services, federal litigation, and working with community groups highly preferred.

The salary range  for this position  is $75,000 to $100,000  DOE.

To apply for this position, send a cover letter and resume (electronically in Microsoft Word format) to, Attention:  Director  of Advocacy.

Equal access to LAWO offices is available. Those applicants requiring accommodation in the interview/application process should contact the Recruitment Coordinator at the email  address listed above. LAWO is an Equal  Opportunity  Employer  and places  a high value on diversity  in its workplace, including diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. We  strive to  create  an environment  welcoming  to all individuals  and we encourage applications from individuals traditionally underrepresented  in the  legal profession. LAWO's main  office is in Toledo,  but we will consider applicants who live elsewhere in the service  area.

More information on LAWO and the attractive Toledo area.

LAWO  advocates  on behalf  of vulnerable  individuals  and communities  in  32 counties  in Western Ohio. The area includes two medium size cities (Toledo and Dayton), numerous smaller communities,  and rural  areas. LAWO also represents  agricultural  workers  throughout  Ohio.

LAWO is a non-profit law firm that provides high quality legal assistance in civil matters to low­ income individuals and groups.

Toledo is a great place to live, full of people who thought they would come for a year  or two and  end up  staying for a lifetime because they fall in love with the area. Toledo  is a diverse    community located in Northwest Ohio, bordering Lake Erie just south of Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan. More than 600,000 persons reside in the Toledo metropolitan area. The area has many challenges, but is small enough that advocates can effectively influence action on issues affecting  our client communities. The Toledo area has a world-class art museum, a symphony  orchestra,  opera, ballet, and theater groups, one of the best amusement parks in the country (Cedar Point), a nationally recognized zoo, and a wide variety of neighborhoods and ethnic festivals. Outdoor recreation  and sports opportunities  include an extensive Metroparks  system and easy access to  lakes  and rivers.  Toledo  is also home to the Mud Hens Triple A minor  league baseball  team  and  a minor  league hockey team.  Cleveland, Ann Arbor,  and Detroit  lie within  a one to two hour drive; Chicago and Columbus  are 3 to 4 hours  away. Exceptional  educational  opportunities  are also  available. There  are 33 schools of higher  education within  50 miles  of Toledo. The region  has all the attributes of a large cosmopolitan area, while retaining the advantages of small-town living.

Interested in hearing more about the position or learning more about the area?

Please contact Kevin Mulder, Executive Director,  or tel:  419-930-2408.