Executive Director | North Penn Legal Services

Executive Director | North Penn Legal Services 

 Executive Director

North Penn Legal Services (NPLS) seeks an Executive Director to lead this nonprofit organization the mission of which is to provide civil legal representation to low-income people and ensure equal access to justice for all.

NPLS serves communities in twenty counties in northeast Pennsylvania that are a mix of rural and urban areas and include the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, Williamsport, Scranton, Easton and Wilkes-Barre. Its current operating budget is $6 million, including funds from the federal Legal Services Corporation, the Pennsylvania Interest on Lawyers Trust Account Board (IOLTA), Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, and a number of smaller grants and private funding.  

High Priority Roles and Responsibilities for the next Executive Director:

  • Effectuating NPLS’ mission now and in the future;
  • Ensuring continued financial stability through oversight of budget and fiscal operations;
  • Ensuring program compliance with grant and contract requirements and relevant regulations;
  • Serving as the public face of NPLS and nurturing effective collaborative relationships between NPLS and its clients, funders, bar leaders, private donors, and community, business and civic organizations;
  • Advising the board on services to a low-income client community with varied legal needs;
  • Facilitating strategic planning and board development;
  • Strengthening NPLS’ fundraising capacity and diversifying and expanding its revenues;
  • Continuing the development and implementation of technology solutions to improve client services, fundraising, and administration.


Qualifications of the next Executive Director:

  • A demonstrated commitment to the legal rights of low income and other vulnerable clients, including rural clients;
  • Experience managing and supervising a diverse team of administrative and legal personnel, in a multi-office, nonprofit organization preferred;
  • Possession of a JD, MBA, MPA, MSW or advanced degree in an area relevant to NPLS’ mission;
  • Effective communication skills with people holding a variety of perspectives;
  • Willingness to travel throughout the northeastern Pennsylvania.
  • Knowledge of financial matters including development of budgets, compliance with grant and contract requirements, and financial oversight, for a multi-million dollar organization preferred;
  • An affinity for and successful experience in resource development;
  • Experience working productively with an engaged Board of Directors;


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  In order to receive full consideration, candidates are urged to submit their materials by September 7, 2018. Please include a letter expressing in detail your interest in the position, your qualifications, and what you hope to contribute to the organization’s future; a current resume; and the names and contact information for three professional references

Materials should be submitted electronically to ppap@mielegalaid.org in Microsoft Word or pdf format. 

Salary depends on experience based on a competitive public interest salary scale.  NPLS is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer, which employs and promotes without regard to color, sex, race, religion, disability, age, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other consideration prohibited by law. All qualified candidates within these categories are encouraged to apply.

NPLS is assisted in the search by Patricia Pap, Executive Director, Management Information Exchange, 105 Chauncy St., Fl 6, Ste 3, Boston, MA 02111, 508-737-4010, ppap@mielegalaid.org.  Candidates with questions about the position or process are encouraged to contact her.

About North Penn Legal Services:

NPLS’ service area covers twenty counties in Northeast Pennsylvania that includes the Pocono Mountains. The service area is a mix of rural and urban areas and includes the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, Williamsport, Scranton, Easton and Wilkes-Barre. The largest city in the service area is Allentown. NPLS has nine offices; its corporate office is in Pittston.

NPLS’ service area is geographically the largest Legal Services Corporation (LSC) service area in Pennsylvania with a poverty population of 279,665. Approximately 77% of the poverty population is White, 9% is African American, 0.7% is American Indian/Alaska Native, 1.8% is Asian, 8% is another race, and 4% identifies as two or more races. 22% of the poverty population is Hispanic/Latino.

Established in January 1, 2001, NPLS is the result of a merger of four programs, Legal Services of

Northeastern Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley Legal Services, Northern Pennsylvania Legal Services, and Susquehanna Legal Services.

Strengths of NPLS include:

  • maintaining financial stability and responsibility with its entrusted funds
  • delivering services across its 20 county service area
  • use of technology to assist client services and programmatic efficiencies
  • maintaining quality programs and ensuring effective legal advocacy, and
  • dedicated and caring staff

Challenges for NPLS going forward include:

  • developing leadership as experienced staff members retire or depart
  • strengthening the involvement of private attorneys in the delivery of legal services to clients
  • developing the expertise of board members including attorney and client board members in financial, programmatic and committee responsibilities
  • engaging in a needs assessment and strategic planning process with board and staff
  • bringing together administrative, technology and advocacy staff across multiple offices

NPLS provides a full-range of legal services, including individual representation, information and advice, community legal education, pro se assistance, and a pro bono program. It priorities are broad including:

  • preservation of housing and related housing needs
  • support for families
  • maintaining and enhancing income and economic stability
  • ensuring safety, stability and well-being
  • assisting populations with special vulnerabilities

In 2017, it closed nearly 10,000 cases.

NPLS has 67 employees, including 30 attorneys, 15 paralegals and 22 administrative staff.

For more information about NPLS, visit www.northpennlegal.org.