We are Hiring an Executive Director

8 January 2020 , Posted in: Our Work

The Maine Justice Foundation seeks a full-time Executive Director. Please submit a cover letter, resume and three to five references to Joan Gilbert at info@justicemaine.org or by mail at 40 Water Street, Hallowell, ME 04347. Applications will be accepted until February 14, 2020 and will be considered on a rolling basis until a suitable candidate is found. View the full job description here.

The Foundation

The Maine Justice Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring access to civil justice for low-income and vulnerable Mainers by growing and sustaining resources for legal aid, pro bono services, and law-related education. The Foundation oversees the Campaign for Justice, the primary fundraising activity within the Maine Bar for the principal providers of legal services to indigent Mainers. The Foundation manages and disburses Interest on Lawyers Trust Account (IOLTA) funds and other funds, and provides initial funding for legal services initiatives, such as the Volunteer Lawyers Project and the University of Maine School of Law’s Rural Law Fellowship. The Foundation also provides expert assistance to the Maine government and legislature on issues relating to access to justice.

Responsibilities

The Executive Director is responsible for the Foundation’s fundraising; overall management of the Foundation including overseeing the Foundation’s staff, finances, operations, policies and programs; and implementing decisions made by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is also responsible for fostering and maintaining effective relationships with external stakeholders, including legal aid providers, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, financial institutions that participate in Maine’s IOLTA program, and the philanthropic community. Other responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing Maine’s IOLTA program.
  • Preparing and managing the annual Foundation budgets and facilitating the annual audit of the Foundation’s financial statements.
  • Managing grant-making with resources from the Foundation’s endowments and other funds.
  • Working closely with and providing staff assistance to the Board of Directors and the Foundation’s working committees.
  • Representing the Foundation in the media and professional venues.
  • Assuring the preparation and submittal of all required reports and filings with the federal, state and local governments, including an annual report to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

Qualifications

The minimum qualifications for this position include the following:

  • Advanced degree or comparable work experience.
  • Significant senior management experience in major areas of responsibility similar to those described above.
  • Knowledge of legal aid, poverty, the legal community and philanthropy.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills, including use of technology.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and partner with the leaders of other organizations.