LEGAL ASSISTANCE OF WESTERN NEW YORK, INC.
Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® (LawNY®) has an opening for a new executive director. The present LawNY® executive director will be leaving their position on April 30, 2023 after serving as executive director for nearly 21 years. It is hoped that the incoming executive director will join the program no later than February 1, 2023 in order to provide for a three month period of overlap with the present executive director.
LawNY® provides free civil legal help to individuals and families struggling with poverty in a nearly 10,000 square mile 14 county area with an urban center in Rochester and rural counties in western New York, the Finger Lakes and the Southern Tier. We presently provide services through seven staffed offices located in Bath, Elmira, Geneva, Ithaca, Jamestown, Olean and Rochester. Including AmeriCorps attorneys and paralegals, we presently have 181 staff members, including 84 attorneys. With the recent award of major federal and state grants that will allow us to increase our eviction prevention services, LawNY® is poised to grow by an additional 40 staff members and open up to three additional offices.
In 2021, we closed nearly 5,400 cases, including 31% housing law, 25% family law, 20% government benefits, 5% consumer and 5% wills and estates and advance care directives. We are also deliberately growing our practice in the areas of employment and education.
We have a revenue side budget of over $18.8 million, with approximately 90 contracts with various federal, state, county and city agencies, as well as area United Ways, foundations and private donations.
LawNY® has a 24 member board of directors that includes both attorneys residing or working in our geographic service area and people who are financially eligible for LawNY®’s services.
For more information about LawNY®, visit: www.lawny.org.
LawNY® is committed to equitable inclusion across race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability, sex, religion, economic circumstances, ethnicity, national origin and culture.
Specific responsibilities of the executive director will include:
Monroe County committee, nominating committee, personnel committee and program priorities committee;
The desired qualifications of the incoming executive director include:
The executive director reports to the board of directors and works in full partnership with the management team.
Salary and Benefits:
Salary is dependent on experience. The salary budgeted for the incoming executive director ranges from $140,000 - $180,000.
We provide a superlative package of fringe benefits including:
We also provide a very generous leave package including, in the first year of employment, 20 days of vacation plus 13.5 holidays and two floating holidays. Employees also receive 12 sick days and five personal days per year. New parents receive 20 days of paid vacation.
LawNY® staff may qualify for public interest law school loan forgiveness programs.
The position can be based in any LawNY® office.
To apply, submit your cover letter, resume, two writing samples and three references through LawNY®’s BambooHR platform, by November 15, 2022. All applications received by that date will receive full consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted after that date on a continuous basis until the position is filled.
To promote social justice and achieve our mission, LawNY® is committed to maintaining a diverse staff and creating an inclusive and respectful workplace. In your cover letter, please explain how you think your lived and/or professional experience or background has prepared you to contribute to a work environment with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. (LawNY) is an equal opportunity employer. LawNY® strongly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous and People of Color, women, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities and persons from other underrepresented groups whose background may contribute to working in and sustaining an environment that enables staff and clients to feel empowered, valued, respected and safe. LawNY welcomes applications regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or any other consideration protected by law.
This position is considered exempt pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act.
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