New Mexico Legal Aid seeks a Deputy Director for statewide operations


New Mexico Legal Aid seeks a Deputy Director for statewide operations


NMLA seeks a Deputy Director to oversee its statewide operations. The position, based in Albuquerque, will help lead NMLA’s advocacy efforts throughout the state. The ideal candidate will be responsible for internal program operations.


The Deputy Director will report to the executive director. The successful applicant will:


  • oversee all aspect of program delivery statewide;
  • help to develop statewide service delivery and staffing plans;
  • execute statewide plans;
  • understand the differences between remote rural and dense urban service delivery;
  • supervise and mentor managing attorneys and practice group managers;
  • assist in strategic planning and implementation;
  • assist to develop community outreach and education;
  • oversee community outreach and education;
  • contribute to development of training materials and training regimen;
  • oversee recruitment and hiring;
  • assist to develop public relations and communications;
  • understand financial management;
  • handle administrative duties; and
  • potentially co-counsel cases with other managers and staff .


The Deputy Director will be active in local bar and community activities.  The work will include oversight of, and occasionally participation in, community education and outreach to eligible clients and others, and recruitment of and collaboration with volunteer attorneys.


NMLA has eleven offices and handles creative, challenging and complex work. Administration is located in Albuquerque, our largest office. We seek 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.


NMLA is a grantee of the Legal Services Corporation. The service area is the entire state. NMLA receives basic field, Native American, and agricultural worker grants from the LSC. The deputy must be, or quickly become, familiar with all requirements associated with being an LSC grantee for all three grants.


NMLA also receives contract and grant money from the State of New Mexico, USDoJ, and various other governmental and private sources, all of which have their own requirements.


Requirements:  Minimum five years as licensed attorney, either in New Mexico or have eligibility to be admitted in New Mexico, and at least three years prior experience in administrative and supervisory roles. Must be willing and able to travel. Must be able to effectively use computer technology and remote communications systems, (including shared on-line workspaces, internet communications, web meeting, and videoconferencing software) to effectively supervise 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.


The successful applicant will also: have a demonstrated ability to build teams, manage working relationships; learn and understand contract requirements; contribute to the construction of systems to manage service delivery; understand data collection and use; and understand organizational finances. The deputy will work in close coordination with the executive director and the chief financial officer. NMLA staff are members of a collective bargaining unit. Candidates must show experience with a union working relationship as well as individual working relationships.


Applicants will be subject to a background search. Please do not let this deter you from applying. NMLA is committed to a strong workforce and recognizes that persons with marks on their record may still be able to perform admirably.


Send a current resume, three references, and a letter of interest explaining what you would like to accomplish if you are selected for this position to:   Salary:  DOE, generous benefits. NMLA is an EEO Employer.  Application Deadline:  August 22, 2020 or until filled.

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