Executive Director

Austin, Texas
Salary depends on experience based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Benefits include
Nov 09, 2017
Dec 09, 2017
Job Function
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

Texas Legal Services Center Seeks an Executive Director

Texas Legal Services Center (TLSC) seeks an Executive Director to lead our unique civil legal aid organization, dedicated to addressing the special legal aid needs of low income persons, filling justice gaps and serving as the statewide training and resource center and communications hub of the Texas legal aid community. TLSC is recognized at the state level for providing excellent legal services on behalf of low income Texans, and nationally for our broad array of advocacy strategies and partnerships. TLSC’s Executive Director Randy Chapman has announced his scheduled retirement effective June 1, 2018.  The next Executive Director will join TLSC at a time of financial stability and advocacy success. 

The Executive Director will be responsible to:

·         Lead the continued visionary development of the Texas Legal Services Center, engaging staff, board, client communities and other stakeholders in service to clients;  

·         Maintain a strategic balance of excellent and creative program work between individual client assistance and advocacy addressing systemic problems related to poverty;

·         Hire, supervise, develop and retain a first rate diverse staff, with the Leadership Team; 

·         Maintain the TLSC leadership role among poverty advocacy organizations and coordinate its work with those groups;

·         Ensure the organization’s financial health and stability with sound financial planning and management, including preparation of budgets, oversight of financial systems and internal controls, and compliance with contractual and grant requirements and funder expectations;

·         Lead a diversified resource development program of individual and law firm gifts, foundation grants, government grants and contracts, and legislative appropriations;

·         Serve as an effective ambassador for TLSC  among the organized bar, elected and appointed officials, the public, low-income clients and communities, legal aid organizations, and national organizations;

The Executive Director must:

·         Possess a Juris Doctor degree and membership in good standing with the Texas Bar, or have the ability to obtain membership upon employment;  

·         Advocate passionately for the legal rights of low-income persons;

·         Possess exceptional leadership skills;

·         Have substantial management experience in a successful legal services or other nonprofit entity, in the areas of supervision, budgeting, compliance, finance, fiscal controls, strategic priority planning and managing change;

·         Demonstrate a track record of fundraising success;

·         Demonstrate understanding of legislative and executive-level public policy issues and processes;

·         Have experience working productively with an engaged board of directors;

·         Have experience working effectively with multiple organizations and individuals with diverse perspectives;

·         Possess outstanding communication skills orally and in writing with a range of audiences and stakeholders;

·         Convey vision, integrity, courage, intelligence, creativity, energy and humor equal to the challenges of this demanding position.

Application Process:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To receive full consideration, candidates are urged to submit their application by December 29, 2017. Please submit a letter expressing your interest in the position, your qualifications, and what you hope to contribute to the organization’s future.  Please include a résumé, and the names and contact information for three professional references. 

About Texas Legal Services Center:  TLSC provides legal representation for low-income individuals in Texas.  Our mission is to help low-income Texas residents obtain equal access to justice by providing them with advice and representation in civil legal matters; advocating for their legal rights; and conducting community education about the legal issues that affect them.  TLSC provides a full range of services to our clients, and our services go far beyond resolution of individual cases.  TLSC has a total budget of about $6 million from a variety of public and private sources.

The Board of Directors:  The Board’s membership includes both practicing attorneys and people who are financially eligible to receive services.  A majority of the Board of Directors have served clients as staff attorneys or in leadership positions in other legal aid programs.

The Leadership Team: The TLSC Leadership Team includes the Executive Director, Deputy Director, Associate Director, Chief Accountant and Human Relations Director, and Managing Attorneys of the legal units.

The Staff: TLSC’s staff is diverse and consists of approximately 60 employees including 45 attorneys.  TLSC is divided into several legal units, each with a different legal expertise.  The units include Crime Victims Legal Services (AVOICE), Self-Represented Litigants, TexasLawHelp.org, Health Law, Impact Litigation, Medical-Legal Partnership, Utility Law Project, Legal Hotline for Texans, Veterans Legal Assistance Program, Parenting Order Legal Line, South Central Pension Rights Program, Legal Assistance for Survivors of Sexual Assault (LASSA), and Transactional Legal Assistance.

TLSC is committed to recruiting and retaining high quality staff and embraces its duty to cultivate a new generation of public interest its duty to cultivate a new generation of public interest advocates.

Read More about TLSC Work at www.tlsc.org