Executive Director

Fresno, California
SALARY/BENEFITS: DOE; Benefits package includes: partial employer paid medical, dental, and vision c
Jan 05, 2017
Jan 31, 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Experience Level


  1. To serve as the public face of CCLS, carrying out a leadership role in maintaining and strengthening CCLS’ collaborations with local, state and national legal aid networks, client community organizations, and other legal services and program-related organizations;
  2. To maintain and strengthen our existing funding relationships;
  3. To develop and cultivate new relationships with individual and corporate donors that lead to an increase and diversification of our funding sources;
  4. To have ultimate responsibility for the implementation and direction of CCLS according to policies set by the Board of Directors;
  5. To conduct effective, ongoing strategic planning;
  6. To help CCLS achieve the goals established by the Board of Directors in its strategic plan;
  7. To creatively work with the Board of Directors so its members actively contribute to the success of CCLS;
  8. To regularly keep the Board of Directors fully apprised of CCLS’ on-going financial status and to highlight fiscal issues that need Board action;
  9. To ensure compliance with the requirements for all funding sources, including Federal and State Governments, Legal Services Corporation (LSC, Equal Access to Justice, IOLTA and other funding sources);
  10. To have ultimate responsibility for obtaining funding support, developing the program budget, allocating program resources according to priorities and maintaining accurate financial records;
  11. To provide the leadership and structural support for staff in order to strengthen, protect and focus high quality legal representation for clients;
  12. To collaborate with client organizations, partners, and service providers on behalf of eligible clients;
  13. To have ultimate responsibility for all personnel matters including establishing position qualifications for all staff positions, hiring and firing all attorney, non-attorney and management staff as necessary, establishing personnel policies and establishing all operational procedures;
  14. To mentor and build team leaders within the organization; to actively promote supervisorial training, improved communication and the development of skills for all CCLS administration, management and staff;
  15. To represent management in union negotiations in accordance with Board directives;
  16. To regularly advise the Board of Directors on policy matters, implement Board policies and attend Board meetings, and support Board in identifying goals and priorities for CCLS;
  17. To have ultimate responsibility for all litigation and attorney supervision;
  18. To perform other duties as the Board may from time-to-time describe.


  1. Be a member in good standing of the State Bar of California or must become admitted to the State Bar of California within twelve months of hire; or be eligible to practice in California under the Registered Legal Services Attorney Program;
  2. A demonstrated commitment to low-income rural and urban communities;
  3. Management experience involving creating and maintaining staff cohesion across multiple offices and recruiting new staff when appropriate;
  4. Provide financial oversight and reporting, budget development, and ensure compliance with grant, contract and legal requirements for all current and future funding sources;
  5. Preferred but not required, a minimum of (10) years of legal experience in a legal services program or other law office experience, including but not limited to preparing pleadings; conducting discovery, court hearings, and trial;
  6. Preferred but not required, a minimum of (10) years of significant administrative experience, including the supervision of legal and support personnel, for a legal services program or other law office experience, preferably in a unionized, non-profit environment;
  7. Experience and skill communicating with a Board of Directors;
  8. Proven track record in effective written and oral communication to be visual spokesperson with media and other strategic constituencies;
  9. Successful track record in fundraising, resource development, and grant writing;
  10. Ability to work and collaborate with individual clients and client community groups;
  11. Demonstrated commitment to advocacy in support of the legal rights of eligible clients and to equal access to justice;
  12. Familiarity with other federal and state civil legal aid organizations serving the poor is required;
  13. Experience collaborating and/or building relationships, and reputation with the courts;
  14. Outstanding oral and written communication skills;
  15. Proficiency with computer software including word processing, spreadsheets and databases, as well as internet skills;
  16. Ability to travel as needed-Proof of liability and property insurance on vehicle used is required.

*For further information about CCLS please visit our website at www.centralcallegal.org.