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NMLA seeks Executive Director

New Mexico Legal Aid (NMLA) seeks an Executive Director to lead New Mexico’s largest civil legal services provider. NMLA fights to secure justice for the low income populations, including Native American and migrant populations, throughout the state.

NMLA’s mission is to be the voice, defender and advocate for low income people seeking justice in all forums, particularly in the communities in which they live. NMLA is committed to helping low income people in their struggle to access food, shelter, security and to preserve their unique cultural heritages.

NMLA is one of New Mexico’s largest law firms and has 11 offices across the state. Through community outreach, videoconferencing and a centralized telephone and online intake system, NMLA strives to serve clients regardless of their distance to a physical office. NMLA has an operating budget of $7.5 million.

High Priority Roles and Responsibilities for the next Executive Director:

  • Lead NMLA in strategizing how best to provide legal services to diverse and low income populations throughout New Mexico
  • Serve as the public face of NMLA in communities statewide
  • Articulate an expansive view of what legal aid can be for all economically disadvantaged people, including Native American and migrant communities, low wage workers, low income tenants, and the LGBTQ community
  • Provide leadership and foster collaboration and initiative among the highly effective, motivated and dedicated NMLA staff
  • Enhance NMLA’s strong partnerships with other legal aid, advocacy, community, and government organizations throughout New Mexico, including the State Legislature
  • Steward NMLA’s stable financial situation, grow its reserves, and expand its governmental and private resource development
  • Expand the use of technology to enhance communication and the effective delivery of legal services
  • Nurture the values of NMLA as set forth in its strategic plan, including a holistic view of client services, ease of access for new clients, prioritization of strategies that treat the cause of legal problems, and a focus on issues that need systemic advocacy
  • Foster diversity throughout NMLA including Staff and Board, and a culture that promotes mutual respect, equity, inclusion, and teamwork for clients, Board and Staff

 

 

Desired Qualifications of the Next Executive Director:

  • Passionate commitment to advancing the legal rights of low income persons, including Native Americans and migrants, and to the mission of NMLA
  • Successful leadership in a multi-million dollar organization, preferably a legal aid program, with a diverse team of administrative, legal, and support personnel, in a multi-office nonprofit organization
  • Knowledge of financial matters including development of budgets, compliance with grant and contract requirements, and financial reporting and oversight
  • Successful experience in resource development, and a desire to develop and expand the resources of NMLA
  • Demonstrated experience working with organizations and individuals with diverse perspectives, including Staff, Board, the public, elected and appointed officials, and clients
  • Knowledge of and experience with legislative and administrative processes
  • Knowledge of the Legal Services Corporation and state regulatory systems that apply to NMLA
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, including the ability to motivate and inspire staff and funders
  • Experience working with an engaged Board of Directors in the successful performance of its duties
  • Experience working collegially in a Union environment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the laws and issues affecting low income people
  • Personal attributes including the ability to engender confidence and trust, honesty, a strong work ethic, a sense of humor, collaborative spirit, and an openness to diverse voices
  • Ability to think creatively and encourage innovation
  • Willingness to travel throughout New Mexico
  • Possession of a JD preferred, with an ability to become licensed in New Mexico, or an advanced degree in an area relevant to NMLA’s mission

 

Applications:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. In order to receive full consideration, candidates are urged to submit their materials by February 8, 2019. Please include a letter expressing in detail your interest in the position, your qualifications, and what you hope to contribute to the organization’s future; a current resume; and the names and contact information for three professional references

 

Materials should be submitted electronically to ppap@mielegalaid.org in Microsoft Word or pdf format. 

 

NMLA is being assisted in the search by Patricia Pap, Executive Director, Management Information Exchange, 508-737-4010, ppap@mielegalaid.org.  Candidates with questions about the position or process are encouraged to contact her.

 

NMLA offers a competitive salary and benefits package.  NMLA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all interested candidates to apply.

 

About New Mexico Legal Aid:

In a state where almost half a million or 25% of its residents live below the poverty line, New Mexico Legal Aid strives to maintain a high level of service to promote family safety and economic security for its clients. For every 14,000 poor persons, there is one legal aid attorney at NMLA. Its work is dedicated to individuals and families who lack adequate resources for basic human needs with the goal of securing safe housing, food, income, and personal safety.

 

NMLA’s 2018 priorities include: 1) family law, especially cases involving domestic violence; 2) access to affordable housing; 3) access to and retention of public benefits; and 4) access to quality health care. NMLA also assists clients who have employment and consumer problems, and civil rights issues. In addition, NMLA gives special focus to land, acequia and water rights issues; federal and tribal legal issues affecting Native Americans, including jurisdictional disputes, and civil and criminal cases occurring in tribal court; cases involving migrant farmworker rights, including safe working conditions, wage theft and human trafficking; and tax disputes in a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.

 

New Mexico Legal Aid has 11 office locations serving all counties in New Mexico. NMLA connects its offices and individual staff computers with teleconferencing and video capabilities. Its statewide computer network provides for secure file sharing and remote access. It has received several Legal Services Corporation Technology Initiative Grants that have supported its online 24/7 intake portal.

 

During the past four years, NMLA has closed 14,250 cases statewide. Approximately 54% of all NMLA cases during the past four years originated in the State’s urban areas in Bernalillo, Sandoval and Santa Fe Counties in the north central part of the State and in Dona Ana County in the south. The remaining 46% of cases came from rural and tribal communities throughout the State.

 

In addition to case services, NMLA’s community outreach and online information provide potential clients, their families, and local community leaders information as to NMLA’s services. Its main web site – www.newmexicolegalaid.org – logs 6,000 visits a month.

 

NMLA’s budget of $7.5 million comes from grants and contracts from federal, state, and private sources.  Its largest sources of funding are the federal Legal Services Corporation (approximately 48%) and State Government Civil Legal Services and other state contracts (approximately 36%). NMLA has 68 staff, including 42 attorneys.

 

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NMLA Staff Attorney position available in Santa Fe

New Mexico Legal Aid is seeking a Staff Attorney for our regional office in Santa Fe. The Staff Attorney will represent clients throughout northern New Mexico, including in Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Taos, Espanola and other surrounding communities.

 

The Staff Attorney will handle cases for low-income individuals and families in a wide variety of poverty law areas including family law, housing, public benefits, and consumer issues. The Staff Attorney will be active in local bar and community activities. The work will include participating in community education and outreach to eligible clients; and recruitment of and collaboration with pro bono attorneys.

 

The NMLA office in Santa Fe handle a wide range of creative, challenging and complex work. We are looking for highly motivated candidates who are passionate and strongly committed to helping NMLA better serve our client communities, including development of effective team strategies to handle complex advocacy and extended representation cases.

 

Requirements: Three years’ experience as a licensed attorney preferred. Must be willing to travel. Must be able to effectively use computer technology and remote communications systems, including shared on-line workspaces and web meeting and videoconferencing software, to effectively collaborate and co-counsel with staff located in multiple offices. Candidates also must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to manage multiple tasks, manage a caseload and build collaborative relationships within the staff and the community. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus.

 

Send a current resume, and a letter of interest explaining what you would like to accomplish if you are selected for this position to: jobs@nmlegalaid.org

 

Salary: DOE, NMLA is an EEO Employer. Application Deadline: January 21st, 2019.

 

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NMLA seeks attorney for Low Income Tax Clinic project

 

NMLA seeks a full-time attorney for our Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. The attorney will work closely with the LITC Director to handle tax controversy cases, whether in Audit, Appeals or U.S. Tax Court—and to implement appropriate collections alternatives, whether installment agreements or offers in compromise with the IRS.  In addition, the attorney will help coordinate outreach events and help develop outreach materials.   

 

The LITC project has already won hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of low-income clients.  We pride ourselves on having a team environment, with weekly team meetings offering opportunities for advice and feedback. The successful applicant will receive significant mentoring in substantive and procedural tax law.

 

Minimum three years’ experience as a licensed attorney preferred but will consider exceptionally well qualified entry level candidates.  Must be licensed in New Mexico or eligible for admission by examination or by reciprocity, or admitted in other jurisdiction with eligibility for legal aid providers limited licensing. Candidates should be willing to travel, although travel is not a significant component of the job. Candidates also must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to manage multiple tasks, manage a significant caseload and build collaborative relationships within the staff and the community. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus. The position will be based in Albuquerque. Prior tax courses and experience practicing before the IRS will be highly preferred.

 

 

Send a current resume, writing sample and a letter of interest explaining what you would like to accomplish if you are selected for this position to: jobs@nmlegalaid.org

 

Salary: DOE, NMLA is an EEO Employer. Application Deadline: February 12th 2019

 

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New Mexico Legal Aid Seeks Statewide Pro Bono Program Coordinator for Volunteer Attorney Program

 

New Mexico Legal Aid is seeking a dynamic and creative leader to serve as Statewide Pro Bono Coordinator for NMLA’s Volunteer Attorney Program. This position will work closely with the State Bar of New Mexico and the New Mexico Commission on Access to Justice, and with local courts and pro bono committees throughout the state.

NMLA is committed to building one of the most successful and innovative pro bono projects in the country. The Statewide Pro Bono Coordinator will work closely with the Volunteer Attorney Program Director, and with State Bar leaders, Courts, local Judicial District pro bono committees, individual private attorneys and law firms, law school faculty and student groups, and civil legal services partner agencies throughout the state to help pro bono initiatives reach their maximum potential for providing representation and other forms of legal assistance to low-income New Mexicans.

 

If you become the new Volunteer Attorney Program Statewide Pro Bono Coordinator, you will play a key role in leading efforts to:

 

a. Expand the number of pro bono attorneys willing to provide a full range of pro bono services, including direct services to low-income clients throughout New Mexico’s 13 Judicial Districts, plus activities that identify and offer trainings and CLEs designed to increase the types and complexity of cases pro bono attorneys agree to accept;

 

b. Organize and recruit volunteer attorneys for quarterly “Law-la-palooza” legal clinic events in the 2nd Judicial District in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, and similar pro bono legal clinic events in other New Mexico Judicial Districts; and

 

c. Lead statewide efforts to increase placement of pro bono cases , especially in key areas such as family law, housing and consumer law.

We are looking for highly motivated candidates who are passionate and strongly committed to helping NMLA and our statewide pro bono partners better serve our client community.

 

Requirements: Three or more years’ experience as a practicing attorney. Licensed in New Mexico or licensed in any other state and eligible for New Mexico legal aid providers limited licensing or for admission by reciprocity. Prior experience working with pro bono programs or handling pro bono cases is a plus. Candidates must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to manage multiple tasks, and enthusiasm for building collaborative relationships within the State Bar and the statewide pro bono community. Must be willing to travel. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus.

 

Please send a current resume and a letter of interest explaining what you would like to accomplish if you are selected for this position to: jobs@nmlegalaid.org

 

Salary: DOE, NMLA is an EEO Employer. Deadline: February 6th, 2019

 

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NMLA Staff Attorney position available in Las Cruces/Silver City

 

New Mexico Legal Aid is seeking a Staff Attorney for our regional offices in either Las Cruces or Silver City. The Staff Attorney position will be part of our rural communities advocacy team, and will represent clients throughout northwestern or southwestern New Mexico.

 

The Staff Attorney will handle cases for low-income individuals and families in a wide variety of poverty law areas including family law, housing, public benefits, and consumer issues. The Staff Attorney will be active in local bar and community activities. The work will include participating in community education and outreach to eligible clients, and recruitment of and collaboration with pro bono attorneys.

 

The Staff Attorney also will handle a significant caseload to assist domestic violence victims, including an opportunity to be involved in outreach and case handling for NMLA’s statewide LGBTQ+ Legal Access Project, “Safe to Be You!,“ which provides holistic civil legal services to LGBTQ+ survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. The project especially focuses on services to LBTQ+ survivors living in New Mexico’s rural and Native American communities. Candidates with experience working as advocates on behalf of Native American or LGBTQ+ clients are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

The NMLA offices in Las Cruces and Silver City handle a wide range of creative, challenging and complex work. We are looking for highly motivated candidates who are passionate about justice and strongly committed to helping NMLA better serve our client communities, including development of effective team strategies to handle complex advocacy and extended representation cases.

 

Requirements: At least three years’ experience as a licensed attorney preferred but will consider exceptionally well qualified entry level candidates. Must be licensed in New Mexico, or eligible for licensing by reciprocity, limited legal aid providers licensing, or by sitting for the next available New Mexico bar examination. Must be willing to travel. Must be able to effectively use computer technology and remote communications systems, including shared on-line workspaces and web meeting and videoconferencing software, to effectively collaborate and co-counsel with staff located in multiple offices. Candidates also must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to manage multiple tasks, manage a caseload and build collaborative relationships within the staff and the community. Proficiency in Spanish or New Mexico tribal languages is a plus.

 

Send a current resume, and a letter of interest explaining what you would like to accomplish if you are selected for either position to: jobs@nmlegalaid.org

 

Salary: DOE, NMLA is an EEO Employer. Application Deadline: February 15th, 2019

 

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NMLA seeks staff attorney and paralegal for Victims of Crime Act project based in Las Cruces

 

New Mexico Legal Aid has received a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant from the New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission to expand civil justice assistance to victims of crime in 12 of New Mexico's southern counties. NMLA will hire an experienced staff attorney and an experienced paralegal to do outreach and provide direct civil legal services in this region. Targeted clients will include victims of human trafficking and hate crimes, abused elders, victims of federal crime, and survivors of domestic violence and other forms of interpersonal violence. Clients will be assisted with protection orders and with a range of other legal issues arising from their victim status so that they may lead safer, more financially secure lives. Project partner NM Victims' Rights Project will assist with outreach, train staff and referring agencies, and provide direct victim advocacy. Outreach efforts will include collaboration with law enforcement, prosecutors, and health professionals where victims often first seek help.

 

The Staff Attorneys and paralegal will also be active in local bar and community activities. The work will include participating in community education and outreach to eligible clients, and recruitment of and collaboration with pro bono attorneys.

 

The NMLA office in Las Cruces handles a wide range of creative, challenging and complex work. We are looking for highly motivated candidates who are passionate about justice and strongly committed to helping NMLA better serve our client communities, including development of effective team strategies to handle complex advocacy and extended representation cases.

 

Requirements: At least three years’ experience as a licensed attorney preferred but will consider exceptionally well qualified entry level candidates. Must be licensed in New Mexico, or eligible for licensing by reciprocity, limited legal aid providers licensing, or by sitting for the next available New Mexico bar examination. Must be willing to travel. Must be able to effectively use computer technology and remote communications systems, including shared on-line workspaces and web meeting and videoconferencing software, to effectively collaborate and co-counsel with staff located in multiple offices. Candidates also must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to manage multiple tasks, manage a caseload and build collaborative relationships within the staff and the community. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus.

 

Send a current resume, and a letter of interest explaining what you would like to accomplish if you are selected for this position to: jobs@nmlegalaid.org

 

Salary: DOE, NMLA is an EEO Employer. Application Deadline: February 15th, 2019

 

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Posted: September 23, 2018