Memphis Area Legal Services Seeks CEO

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Position: Chief Executive Officer

Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS) is the primary provider of civil legal representation for low income individuals and families in Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby, and Tipton counties in Tennessee who are facing critical, sometimes life-threatening situations. Legal assistance is provided through advice and counsel, representation in court and administrative proceeding, and community education and outreach to vulnerable residents. Since 1970, MALS has grown to become a multi-faceted community law firm guided by values and principles that embody its commitment to equal access to justice for all. 

MALS has an annual budget of approximately $4.5M million with funding from the Legal Services Corporation, as well as various federal, state, and local sources of grant funding and private donations.  

 

Basic Function:  

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will lead a strong, client-centered law firm with an experienced and dedicated team of attorneys and support staff located in offices in Memphis and Covington.  The CEO will bring leadership, administrative, and litigation experience to build on MALS’s extensive collaborative relationships with the courts, state and local bar associations, and other legal and social service providers.  The CEO reports directly to the MALS Board of Directors.  The CEO will work collaboratively with the Board to develop the organization’s vision and strategic direction of the organization. The CEO will directly supervise the senior management team and the Executive Assistant.  

 

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as the public face of MALS in its relationships with clients, funders, bar associations, courts, other legal providers, human services organizations, private donors and businesses.
  • Facilitate communication and collaboration within MALS’s Board, volunteers, and staff.
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio of each committee, seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing operations.
  • Lead, coach, develop and retain MALS’ high-performance senior management team.
  • Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the Board, funders, and other constituents.
  • Lead MALS’ fundraising efforts and work with its Board and the Chief Development Officer to support and expand MALS’ fundraising.
  • Assures an effective fund development program and guides the Board in actively participating in the solicitation of funds and giving to the organization.
  • Oversee MALS’ operational and fiscal systems to insure that MALS fulfills its obligations and responsibilities under its multiple grants and contracts and complies with all applicable requirements and regulations.
  • Oversees the fiscal activities of the organization including budgeting, forecasting, reporting and audit.
  • Collaborate with other legal aid and legal services programs in the state in the coordination of the delivery of services to clients.
  • Acts as an advocate within the public and private sectors on issues relevant to MALS, its services and constituencies.

 

COMPETENCIES REQUIRED

The CEO is a highly energetic individual with proven leadership, coaching and relationship management experience.

  • Licensed attorney in Tennessee or have the ability to become licensed by reciprocity.
  • In depth knowledge and understanding of issues that impact low income persons and commitment to the legal rights of low income and other vulnerable individuals.
  • At least ten (10) years of management experience preferred, including supervision of staff, financial management, budget development, compliance with grant and contract requirements, and grant reporting.
  • Strong resource development, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Leadership of a legal aid organization or non-profit, preferably a Legal Services Corporation (LSC) funded agency preferred.
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing Board member relationships.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people. 
  • Action oriented, adaptable and innovative approach to business planning.

 

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

Salary is commensurate with experience and in consideration of the organization’s salary scale.  Total benefits package include health insurance, life insurance, vacation, holiday, personal and sick leave.

  

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

For a full description of the position and to apply, please visit our website at: www.malsi.org  

  • Position is open until filled, but for full consideration, please apply by May 21, 2019.
  • Applications for the position should include a cover letter, detailing the candidate’s qualifications for the position, a resume, contact information for three professional references, and salary requirements. 
  • Applications should be e-mailed to: HR@ malsi.org in Word or PDF format.
  • Inquiries regarding this position may be directed to Elaine St. Clemmons, Chief Operations Officer at estclemmons@malsi.org 

Inquiries regarding this position may be directed to Elaine St. Clemmons, Chief Operations Officer at estclemmons@malsi.org  

MALS is an E.O.E.