Closing Date: 6th February, 2023
Why Join Legal Aid? Are you committed to the idea that all people deserve access to justice in our legal system? Do you want to use your talents to do deeply meaningful work, serve those experiencing poverty and work with a respected and impactful organization?
Legal Aid of North Carolina is the only statewide legal services organization serving low income people in all 100 counties. It is the third largest law firm in North Carolina, employing over 230 lawyers, 435 staff and serving over 40,000 people each year. It has offices located in 23 counties throughout the state, serving clients in all 100 counties.
In addition to providing direct legal services, Legal Aid assists thousands of people every year in enrolling in health insurance coverage and provides other critical needs to those experiencing poverty.
Legal Aid lawyers and staff work closely with clients, devising strategies and pursuing legal remedies that help clients obtain successful outcomes. Many lawyers gain significant courtroom experience, trying cases, arguing motions, and even pursuing appeals in North Carolina’s appellate courts. In whatever capacity you choose to join us, we can promise that Legal Aid delivers a life changing experience, both for you and for your clients.
Position Summary: Legal Aid seeks a leader for its Pembroke Office. The leader will work with a staff of advocates to deliver high quality legal services to eligible clients in Robeson, Scotland and Hoke counties.
- Lead the Pembroke office and its staff with enthusiasm, integrity, empathy, and accountability.
- Ensure that advocates provide high quality legal representation to all clients.
- Nurture and recruit talented, committed, diverse advocates.
- Inspire exceptional performance amongst all staff and ensure accountability.
- Effectively manage, delegate, and communicate with staff.
- Cultivate and sustain strong relationships with the legal and local community.
- Serve on the Legal Aid leadership team and actively participate in setting Legal Aid’s long-term goals, policies, and procedures.
- Create and foster a positive legal learning environment for all staff.
- Hold Supervising Attorneys to a high standard of legal and professional excellence.
- Treat all staff in an equitable manner.
- Bring an innovative approach to the practice of law and the delivery of legal services and be flexible and creative in solving problems.
- Actively participate and be engaged in the legal profession in North Carolina.
- Represent Legal Aid at internal and external events.
- Create professional development opportunities for staff.
- Conduct staff performance reviews and obtain high quality performance from staff.
- Actively participate in development efforts including but not limited to attending major gift asks with the CEO and Development Director, identifying grant opportunities and applying for grants, working with the local bar on fundraising activities and making requests of local and state government for funding in coordination with the Legal Aid development office.
- Develop positive relationships with local and state leaders and share the Legal Aid story in compliance with all Legal Services Corporation regulations.
- Hear and attempt to resolve client and employee grievances.
- Meet regularly with the Regional Manager to coordinate, plan, and strategize.
- Implement and enforce all Legal Aid policies and procedures.
- Recruit and manage a dedicated local advisory council (LAC) that meets on a quarterly basis and supports the office, its advocates and Legal Aid of North Carolina.
- Be a strong communicator who responds timely to all internal and external communications.
- Partner with other Legal Aid offices as appropriate to ensure their success (e.g., act as a mentor, co-counsel cases, represent clients)
- Collaborate with co-workers, clients and other legal services providers on projects that affect clients or the client community regionally or statewide.
- Participate in training to further legal education, improve advocacy skills and to remain current on developments in the law
Qualifications: Candidates applying for this position should have the following qualifications:
- A passion for serving low-income clients.
- A proven commitment to the mission and values of Legal Aid of North Carolina.
- A proven commitment to, appreciation for and understanding of organizational values around diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- A positive, inclusive, and engaged leader who inspires others.
- High standards of integrity for self and others.
- A strong commitment to the professional growth of Legal Aid employees.
- An accountable leader who takes responsibility for their team’s performance.
- An innovator who embraces new and creative ways of thinking and operating.
- Be steady and reliable, able to keep the office, employees and projects on task.
- A proven delegator who gives clear direction and empowers others to act and make decisions.
- The readiness to hold others accountable for their actions and to enforce high expectations for performance.
- An empathetic decision maker.
- Exceptional legal skills and experience.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Strong organizational and time management skills.
- Excellent writing and oratorical skills.
- High respect from peers and strong relationships in the legal and/or local community.
- Be authorized to practice law in the State of North Carolina and in good standing with the State Bar.
- Have no pending North Carolina State Bar disciplinary proceedings.
Salary and Employee Benefits: The salary range for this leadership role is competitive and will be commensurate with the candidate’s competencies and experience. Legal Aid of North Carolina provides excellent health, retirement, disability, and leave benefits. Employee medical, vision, dental, and life insurance premiums are covered at 100% by the employer. Discretionary 401(k) contributions with no match required. Paid leave includes 1.75 days per month (21 leave days in the first two years), 2.5 days per month (30 days in subsequent years), 12 paid holidays, 2 floating holidays, and other paid leave.
Vaccinations: Legal Aid of North Carolina requires that employees have a COVID-19 vaccination, subject to reasonable accommodations for medical or religious reasons, or as otherwise required by law.
Legal Aid of North Carolina is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All are welcome to apply. Selection will be based on relevant qualifications and will be made without discrimination because of race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, citizenship, creed, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, genetic information, disability, marital status, familial status, service in the military or any other legally protected category. We thrive when we are diverse and inclusive therefore, we prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion in our organizational culture and hiring. We highly encourage candidates with lived experience, in the communities that we serve, to apply.