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Deputy Director

The Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc., a non-profit law firm representing low-income and socially vulnerable individuals in the metropolitan Atlanta area, seeks a full-time Deputy Director. 

Legal Aid: Founded in 1924, Legal Aid is an Atlanta institution. With five offices, 148 employees, and an annual budget of over $12 million dollars, each year the program represents approximately 20,000 low-income and vulnerable individuals in civil legal issues affecting life’s most basic needs. Atlanta Legal Aid has recently moved headquarters to a historic building in downtown Atlanta located at 54 Ellis Street following an extensive renovation made possible by generous support from the Atlanta legal community and others. 

High Priority Roles and Responsibilities: 

  • The Deputy Director is a partner with the Executive Director in leading and administering the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, and is involved with every major decision about the program’s functioning. The Deputy Director maintains an overarching understanding of the program structure and helps  determine its core operations including funding, programmatic priorities, and regulatory  compliance. In so doing, the Deputy works closely with Atlanta Legal Aid’s Board of Directors. 
  • The Deputy Director partners with the Director to create and maintain structures to meet the legal needs of ALAS clients and to develop new initiatives to respond to these needs as they change. A core responsibility of the Deputy Director is to work with the Director and other Legal Aid staff for the recruitment, hiring, and retention of quality and diverse staff. The Deputy Director is  responsible for coordinating the recruitment and hiring of new attorney staff, and in doing so has  the special responsibility of ensuring that such hiring is done in a manner which promotes diversity  in regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, age and sexual orientation. The Deputy Director works with ALAS managers on office personnel issues, structure, setting  priorities and in setting office policies. The Deputy Director helps develop and implement program  personnel policies including evaluation systems. The Deputy Director also works to ensure staff  professional development and staff training. 
  • The Deputy Director has particular responsibility for oversight of HR issues and HR personnel within Legal Aid.
  • The Deputy Director promotes Legal Aid as an institution by being a representative of Legal Aid with various local groups and a spokesperson for ALAS in both local and national settings.

Qualifications: The successful candidate should have proven and successful leadership and management abilities, preferably in a nonprofit legal organization. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record of being responsible, collaborative, and someone who takes initiative. ALAS highly values candidates with experience in planning and strategic thinking, as well as demonstrated creativity for developing a program’s work to further its mission. ALAS also highly values adaptability; appreciation for diversity; the ability to set priorities and meet deadlines; maturity and inter-personal skills to develop strong relationships with managers, staff and external supporters. Minimum requirements include a law degree with at least 7 years of experience in the non-profit legal community; a Georgia bar license or eligibility to sit for the next exam; excellent written and verbal communication.

Salary and benefits: The salary is commensurate with responsibility and experience. The program provides generous fringe benefits, including paid holidays, vacation, sick, and paid parental leave (tied to accrued leave); health, life, and long and short-term disability insurance; partial payment for dependent health insurance; a 403(b) retirement plan with a program match; a salary reduction option for a flexible spending account; and educational loan reimbursement. 

Application Requirements: Applications should include a resume and letter of interest. Applications, nominations as well as any questions may be confidentially directed to Priscilla  Brooks at pcbrooks@atlantalegalaid.org. Please indicate Deputy Director Search in the subject line. 

ALAS considers all qualified applicantsfor employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, age, or sexual orientation.

 

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