Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jan 08, 2017
Feb 07, 2017
Business, Executive, Legal
Employment Status
Full Time


DESCRIPTION:  Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (MMLA) seeks an executive director to lead it in achieving its mission to improve the lives of people in need through individual advocacy and systemic advocacy.  MMLA serves Minnesotans with low incomes in the 20 counties of central Minnesota, including Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis, and people with disabilities statewide.  Our work provides access to justice, breaks the cycle of poverty, restores fairness, and gets results that changes lives!  To learn more about our work, visit our website or our Facebook page.

The next executive director will lead a 145-person (60+ attorneys) program in 7 offices.  The position is based in Minneapolis.  The executive director will work with MMLA’s dedicated and talented staff and board to:  serve MMLA’s client community; implement new strategies to meet changing legal needs; and diversify funding sources.  Learn more about our cases, projects, and financial overview in our annual report.

THE PROGRAM:  MMLA is an urban-rural program serving 20 counties in central Minnesota (including Hennepin County and Minneapolis) on poverty law issues, and the entire state on disability law and legislative issues.  In addition, MMLA runs Legal Services State Support which provides CLE training for legal aid programs and manages two websites, a public resource website for clients and a support website for pro bono attorneys.  MMLA also runs the Legal Services Advocacy Project which advocates at the legislature for policies to assist Minnesotans with low incomes.  It has a 100+-year history of high-quality representation.  MMLA has $12 million in funding from over 40 sources, public and private.  MMLA enjoys a good rapport with, and strong support from, the organized bar.  A key funding source for MMLA is the Fund for Legal Aid.  The Fund’s mission is to raise money from the legal community for the benefit of MMLA.  MMLA has a long history of and commitment to providing a full range of client services, including class actions and legislative representation.  Substantive practice areas include housing, benefits, family, consumer, seniors, youth, tax, and immigration.  MMLA also includes Minnesota’s disability law Protection & Advocacy system.  MMLA has an experienced staff and program leadership.  MMLA does not receive Legal Services Corporation funding, but works closely with the LSC program which shares its service area.  The legal aid programs in Minnesota have a long history of effective collaboration on matters including fundraising, training, substantive legal issues, and community education.  After hours, MMLA staff enjoy big-city cultural and sports attractions, combined with easy access to the outdoors at its best!

•Serve as the public face of MMLA; provide leadership in local and state legal aid forums; engage with the local courts, the private bar, the justice community, and other community leaders.
•Develop and cultivate relationships with individual and corporate donors, foundations, the Minnesota Legislature, and other funders to increase and diversify MMLA’s financial resources.
•Direct MMLA’s advocacy and promote collaborative teamwork among MMLA programs, staff, and services.
•Promote collaboration with other legal aid providers and human services organizations in the region and state.  Develop strategies to close the gaps in available legal services.
•Administer and direct a staff of more than 140 persons, including recruiting and retaining top quality staff, managing an effective leadership team implementing technological upgrades and innovations, and working closely with the MMLA Board of Directors and the Fund for Legal Aid.

QUALIFICATIONS:  The ideal candidate will have personal qualities that include integrity, commitment to MMLA’s mission, and the ability to inspire and motivate.  In addition, the candidate must have:
•A minimum of ten years of legal practice.
•Be licensed to practice law in Minnesota or eligible for admission by reciprocity.
•Management experience, including supervision, feedback and evaluations, delegation, and conflict resolution.
•Demonstrated commitment and dedication to providing high quality, innovative, effective legal assistance to people with low incomes and/or people with disabilities.
•Demonstrated success in leadership.
•Successful fundraising experience, such as grants, corporate and individual giving.
•Excellent oral and written communication skills.  The ability to communicate effectively with staff members, community groups, board members, and funding sources.
•Tech savvy and commitment to the use of technology as a tool to improve and expand services.
•Diverse economic, social, or cultural experiences.

SALARY/BENEFITS:  Salary depends on experience.  Benefits include an excellent vacation allowance and a strong family health insurance package.

STARTING DATE:  Negotiable. 

TO APPLY:  Applications should include a resume, three job-related references, a letter explaining interest in this position, and salary requirements.  Resumes preferred by February 15, 2017, but will be accepted until the position is filled.  Information should be submitted to:

Lisa Cohen

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid

430 First Avenue North, Suite 300

Minneapolis, MN  55401


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MMLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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