Job Title: Director of Volunteer Lawyers Project Reports To: Executive Director, Nebraska State Bar Association FLSA Status: Exempt Location: Lincoln, Nebraska (preferred) Salary: Beginning at $82,500 based on experience
The Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) is the pro bono program of the Nebraska State Bar Association (NSBA). Created in the early 1980s, VLP furthers the NSBA mission, “Helping Lawyers Help People.” VLP creates and coordinates pro bono opportunities that are convenient, rewarding, and impactful for Nebraska lawyers.
This position is full-time and grant funded. The position requires significant interaction with lawyers, nonlawyers and members of the general public. General work hours are Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, with some evening, weekend, and extended workdays. This position may require occasional travel to attend activities and events.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary is commensurate with non-profit public interest work, skills and experience considered. This position offers paid individual healthcare and dental insurance, health savings account, 401K retirement plan, life insurance, disability plan, paid NSBA membership, NSBA CLE credit opportunities, remote work policy, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, parking and cell phone.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Director is responsible to:
Develop and maintain relationships with private attorneys, legal service providers and public interest law organizations to recruit volunteers and develop and sustain pro bono opportunities.
Liaise with judges, courts, and court personnel regarding VLP programs and activities.
Promote VLP and its programs through speaking engagements, member outreach, communication materials, articles, guides, marketing materials and other external opportunities.
Develop pro bono projects for all Nebraska lawyers, including corporate and in-house lawyers.
Develop, implement and maintain systems, program policies and protocols for VLP to ensure compliance with funding sources, court rules and federal and state laws.
Develop and oversee databases and data collection for volunteers, VLP program activities, grant funding requirements, and volunteer recognition.
Supervise managing attorneys.
Assist with preparing and reviewing grant and program reports and for ensuring that VLP complies with funding requirements and meets grant goals and deliverables.
Strategic planning of VLP and pro bono programs, evaluation of existing programs and services, and development of new pro bono initiatives and collaborations.
Assist the NSBA Executive Director in identifying and securing funding sources that further the mission of VLP Programs.
Perform other duties assigned by the NSBA Executive Director.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Juris Doctorate required. If admitted to practice, must be a member in good standing.
Prefer five-years’ experience in poverty law areas, including family, landlord/tenant, debtor, guardianship, probate and general civil law.
Understanding of pro bono legal services and systems in Nebraska.
Demonstrated commitment to public service and pro bono representation with previous experience working with low-income and underserved communities.
Experience managing and supervising staff.
Experience managing or supervising volunteers is highly desired.
Experience efficiently working on multiple projects simultaneously, adapting to frequent changes, and effectively managing multiple deadlines.
Experience efficiently planning, implementing and maintaining activities within policies and procedures.
Advanced experience in computer and technical applications, including Microsoft Office programs(e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint; familiarity with a legal case management system).
Possess computer, data entry, and organization skills to create, maintain, and support existing and new VLP programs and activities.
Background or broad experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection, survey design, statistical analysis, data assessment and maintenance,
Knowledge of online meeting and training platforms and basic web applications.
Fluency in Spanish highly desired.
KEY QUALITIES or QUALIFICATIONS
The Director of the Volunteer Lawyers Project will:
Exhibit excellent professional writing, analytical, organizational, communication and oral presentation skills.
Demonstrate poise, tact and diplomacy in all communications, internally and externally.
Have an energetic, assertive, can-do attitude to establish and maintain positive relationships, internally and externally; be able to make frequent, regular cold calls to attorneys statewide and interact at various events to recruit volunteers for VLP programs.
Maintain confidentiality of highly sensitive information.
Maintain a high level of attention to detail, high standards for accuracy and quality.
Provide continual attention to accuracy and quality in composing, typing and proofing materials and reports; establish priorities and meet deadlines.
Have experience building a strong team environment.
Follow internal procedures and professional and external rules related to VLP programs.
Available to work evenings, weekend and extended work hours as necessary to perform the functions of VLP and the NSBA.
The statements in this job description reflect general details necessary to describe the principal functions of this position, the level of knowledge, the scope of responsibility, and the skills typically required for this position. The statements should not be considered an all-inclusive list of the work requirements. This position may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other NSBA areas to cover absences or relief, or to further the responsibilities of the VLP or the NSBA. Every effort will be made to update job descriptions as changes are made.
Send resume, cover letter, and three professional references to NSBA Executive Director, Liz Neeley at Lneeley@nebar.com . Resume review will begin September 28, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.