Executive Director | Georgia Legal Services Program

Executive Director | Georgia Legal Services Program

Executive Director

Georgia Legal Services Program (GLSP) seeks an Executive Director to lead this nonprofit corporation, with a mission of providing civil legal services for Georgians with low incomes, creating equal access to justice and opportunities out of poverty.

The full leadership profile for the opportunity can be found here.

High priority roles and responsibilities for the Executive Director include:

  • Embracing the mission of GLSP, effectively articulating that mission to others, and leading GLSP in the accomplishment of the mission;
  • Grow and diversify resources to support GLSP’s work;
  • Serving as the public face of GLSP and nurturing effective collaborative relationships between GLSP and its clients, funders, community organizations, bar leaders, private donors, business and civic communities;
  • Moving GLSP forward into the future with updated technology that will allow GLSP to more effectively serve clients and utilize resources;
  • Effectively managing leadership development, succession and retention throughout GLSP.

Qualities and qualifications being sought in the successful Executive Director candidate include:

  • Well-established legal acumen, a demonstrated passion for the mission of GLSP and an unwavering commitment to serving the legal needs of Georgians with low incomes
  • A strong but calm presence, confidence and a combination of gravitas and humility
  • A Juris Doctorate degree and membership in good standing with the Georgia Bar or a new membership upon employment
  • Substantial management experience in a successful legal service, nonprofit or business entity
  • Courage and capability in fundraising and successful prior experience in resource development
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, enabling her or him to be an engaging public speaker and an effective spokesperson for GLSP in multiple forms of media
  • Strong listening skills and high emotional intelligence
  • A commitment to diversity and a high degree of cultural acuity

Additional desired attributes include:

  • Experience leading an organization of significant size that is diverse in geography, program and staff
  • Experience in financial oversight, development of budgets, and compliance with grant and contract requirements
  • Experience in the practice of law including litigation and management of litigation
  • An understanding of the political landscape in Georgia
  • Familiarity with current technology systems and the ability to leverage them effectively
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with the organized bar and governmental entities
  • Facility and experience working productively with an engaged Board of Directors
  • Personal attributes which include vision, open-mindedness, innovation and the ability to motivate others

To suggest a source/prospect or to apply:

GLSP is being assisted in the search by John Sparrow and Ayanna Grady-Hunt, BoardWalk Consulting, 84 Peachtree Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, 404-262-7392, GLSP@BoardWalkConsulting.com. Candidates with questions about the position or process are encouraged to contact John or Ayanna.

For applicants, please include a cover letter expressing in detail your qualifications and interest in the position and a current resume.

Materials should be submitted electronically to GLSP@BoardwalkConsulting.comin Microsoft Word or pdf format. 

GLSP does not discriminate in the provision of services based on age, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status. GLSP is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

About Georgia Legal Services Program:

GLSP’s vision is of a world in which families are safe and secure, all people have enough to eat and a roof overhead, children attend good schools, health care is available when needed, people with disabilities are able to do everything they are able to do, and people of all languages and cultures feel at home with each other. GLSP is Georgia’s largest nonprofit law firm providing free legal assistance throughout the 154 counties outside the metropolitan Atlanta region.

GLSP has offices in Albany, Athens, Augusta, Brunswick, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Savannah and Atlanta (serving the Piedmont region). Its administrative office is also located in Atlanta.

GLSP places emphasis on areas of law where the need among Georgians with low income is the greatest and where representation and advocacy can have the most impact. These are the GLSP practice areas and special projects:

  • Economic and community development
  • Education
  • Family law and family violence
  • Farmworker rights
  • Health care
  • Housing
  • Public benefits
  • Outreach to the Latino community
  • Elder rights
  • Emergency disaster assistance
  • State Bar pro bono project

GLSP has a budget of $15 million.  Its primary sources of support include the federal Legal Services Corporation, Older Americans Act, Judicial Council of Georgia, State Bar of Georgia Campaign for Georgia Legal Services Program, and additional governmental and private grants and contracts. GLSP employs 130 staff members, including 66 attorneys. GLSP closed 8567 cases in 2017.

For more information about Georgia Legal Services Program, visit http://www.glsp.org/

Assisting in the search:

John Sparrow and Ayanna Grady-Hunt
BoardWalk Consulting
84 Peachtree Street, 4th Floor
Atlanta, GA