Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice
The Lawyers’ Committee seeks an experienced leader to serve as its Executive Director. The LCCR is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan legal organization that provides pro bono legal representation to victims of discrimination. The Committee’s mission is to provide a safeguard for the civil, social, and economic liberties of residents in Greater Boston and throughout Massachusetts. The Lawyer’s Committee handles major law reform cases as well as legal actions on behalf of individuals. We also engage in public policy advocacy, community legal education, community economic development, and other legal services that further the cause of civil rights.
The Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights will be a visionary, creative leader whose work history is characterized by strong entrepreneurial skills, a team-orientation, a deep belief in the value of mentoring and developing staff and a reputation for adhering to the highest ethical standards. This Director understands that in order to attain greater levels of success the culture of the organization must be experienced by all constituents as rewarding, meaningful, fair and authentic.
This Executive Director will focus on ensuring that the LCCR will have/be:
A powerful motivating vision.
A clear set of goals that will be congruent with vision attainment.
A strategic plan that advances goal achievement.
Work done in an organized, efficient and effective manner. All cases and programs will be supported by efficient and supportive infrastructure, policies and procedures.
A staff of highly skilled, talented civil rights lawyers, who remain with the LCCR for its vibrant work and professional opportunities.
Year by year incremental increase of new cases and expansion of staff.
The leader in Boston for civil rights litigation and economic justice programs, increasing cases filed by LCCR significantly over the next two years.
A significant annual increase of small minority business participation in EJP.
A yearly increase in income with an appropriate cash reserve.
Development dollar increase by substantial increments over the next three years.
A clear plan that projects growth in the number of the meritorious cases that are presented to the Lawyers Committee Cases that will be filed in state court for potential litigation.
Lawyers’ Committee will have a robust Board of Directors that includes new member firms and new board members.
An open and transparent relationship with its Board.
KEY FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
Vision, Goals and Strategy Spearhead the LCCR visioning, strategy and goal process. Specifically facilitate the development of a three year vision that describes what the next iteration of the LCCR will be; the key goals that need to be reached in order to attain the desired future state and the strategic plan for achieving the agreed upon goals.
Performance Management Actively manage job performance of staff attorneys, interns and support staff for compliance with established policies and goals of the LCCR and contributions in reaching goals. This includes: Hiring, Coaching, Corrective action, Performance Evaluation
Operations Provide management oversight of the LCCR’s case-load and programmatic choices and activities to insure efficiency, quality, service, and cost-effective management of resources.
Board Liaison Ensure appropriate level of board contact and engagement. This includes regular direct contact with all board members and involving the board directly in the work of the organization. Providing timely and comprehensive updates to the Board’s Executive Committee. Work with Board Executive Committee to plan annual retreat; organize and plan schedule for board and executive committee meetings. Ensure Board is spending meeting time on most pressing issues and effectively communicate staff needs to the Board.
Finance Manage organizational finances Review activity reports and financial statements to determine progress and status in attaining objectives and revise objectives and plans in accordance with financial conditions. Routine Duties include: organize payment of bills, processing of contributions; prepare 2015 budget; facilitate audit; supervise creation of annual report and tax filings etc.
Development Duties to include: communications with member firms regarding contributions; supervise year-end appeal; plan annual fundraising event; write and submit grant applications. Regular meetings with funders. Identification of and networking with firms to solicit membership in LCCR. Develop relationships with corporation who might be interested in civil rights work and potential Board service
Community Collaboration Promote the LCCR to local, regional, and national, constituencies, Duties include: participation at conferences, legislative sessions, formal functions and radio and TV appearances. Foster community collaboration by engaging existing and new community partners to undertake coalition work to address issues impacting target communities
The Executive Director will execute these functional responsibilities in a manner that demonstrates:
High Capacity and Desire to Learn
- Accountability is defined as the requirement that the Executive Director be willing to accept responsibility and consequences for individual tasks as well as projects and processes within the company
Accountability can be measured by using the following criteria or characteristics:
-ability and willingness to manage group processes
-clarity in direction
-ability to implement decisions
-ability to set priorities
-taking on challenges
– meets deadlines
- Communication is defined as the sharing of information among and between organizational members as well as the ability to listen to others and ask questions in a constructive manner so as best to meet co-workers and customer needs.
Communication can be measured according to the following characteristics or criteria:
-clear verbal expression of information
-Clear written expression
-providing effective feedback
-willing to share information
- Teamwork is defined as a framework that allows organizational members to work together toward a shared purpose or goal as they recognize and respect the success, values and efforts of others in the organization.
Teamwork can be measured according to the following criteria and characteristics:
-trust and confidence in other workers
-candid expression of ideas and feelings
-helping others who need assistance
-encouraging and acknowledging other’s contributions
-accepting of peer feedback 4
- Learning is defined as taking initiative, both individually as well as organizationally, to think in a creative and innovative manner while demonstrating a willingness and ability to develop new knowledge from both an educational and experiential perspective.
Learning can be measured according to the following criteria and characteristics:
– up to date knowledge of the field
– willing to try new approaches
– plans ahead
– seeks new knowledge
– identifies training needs
– seeks feedback
– accepts challenges
– asks questions-demonstrates proactive problem solving
– takes initiative
The Executive Director’s past experience includes ten plus years in a leadership role within the civil rights /social justice community in Massachusetts. A law degree is preferred, however an experienced candidate with a master’s or doctorate degree in a field related to social justice will be considered. A Boston area resident is preferred.
The following are the requisite skills for this position:
Vision creation, goal development strategic planning and execution
Performance Management Skills: Recruitment, Coaching and Mentoring, Corrective Action, Performance Evaluation
Leading and managing change
Interpersonal skills. Specifically:
– Skill to communicate and interact with all constituents of the LCCR organization
– Skill to motivate teams and individuals and simultaneously manage several projects.
Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures.
Formulate policy and implement supportive policies
Develop financial plans and manage resources
Analyze and interpret financial data
Identify and secure revenue sources: member firms, corporations, grants, community partnerships etc)
Public relations principles and practices
Strong public speaking skills
Reporting Relationship: Reports to the Board of Directors with routine oversight provided by the Board’s Co-Chairs.
This is a full-time exempt, professional leadership position that requires work hour flexibility.
Please forward cover letter and resume to: Klara@millenniumconsultingroup.com