Job Announcement: Executive Director

Monday, February 25, 2019

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director supervises the following direct reports who comprise the five-person executive team: Deputy Director & Chief Counsel, Clinical Director, Finance & Administration Director, and Development & Communications Director.  Additionally, the ED oversees the work of EBCLC’s Data Scientist.  The ED is supported by a full-time Executive Assistant.

Primary Responsibilities:


  • Inspire, motivate and manage a team of highly intelligent, accomplished and committed professionals
  • Work with staff and peers to develop more effective means of delivering legal services and clinical education and addressing policy issues that improve the lives of the communities EBCLC serves
  • Listen with respect to all opinions, including dissent, and strive to achieve consensus when possible, yet making the difficult decisions when needed
  • Maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including foundations, government representatives, major donors; outreach to law firms, respond to grant opportunities, and ensure major gift cultivation in collaboration with the Development & Communications Director
  • Provide day-to-day leadership that serves the mission and reflects the core values of EBCLC
  • Develop effective relationships with other service providers and key collaborators
  • Motivate and lead a high-performance management team; attract, recruit and retain required members of the executive team; provide mentoring and opportunities for leadership as a cornerstone to developing internal leaders
  • Ensure the highest quality of legal services for EBCLC’s clients and highest standard of training for UC Berkeley’s Law students
  • Represent EBCLC to the media, the community and in public forums

Business Planning and Operations

  • Develop and implement strategic and tactical plans to promote the continued development of the organization and ensure positive financial results and client outcomes
  • Identify opportunities for all operational functions to leverage cross-program strengths to take advantage of new opportunities and to address organizational challenges
  • Participate in the development and preparation of short-term and long-range plans and budgets that advance broad organizational goals and objectives
  • Work closely with the Executive Team to create the annual organizational budget and monitor cash flows

Policies, Procedures and Reporting

  • Direct the development and implementation of procedures that promote effective communication and adequate information flow throughout the organization
  • Create effective processes for increasing efficiencies and eliminating redundancies
  • Develop strategic priorities with measurable outcomes to ensure ongoing process improvement and data driven decision making
  • Provide direction and strategy for evaluating operations and reporting results to internal and external audiences
  • Develop metrics in consultation with staff for evaluating organization morale generally and specifically around issues of fairness, equity, and transparency
  • Ensure all organizational activities and operations are performed in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and laws
  • Develop and enhance the relationship of EBCLC to the UC Berkeley School of Law


The successful candidate will have significant experience that includes leadership and demonstrated success in managing organizational development and change.  An undergraduate degree is required.  A graduate degree in law or other relevant area of study is strongly preferred, and an appropriately credentialed individual may be eligible for a faculty appointment at the UC Berkeley School of Law.  The Executive Director will be an exceptional program manager, talented team builder, and effective communicator.

In addition to these requirements, candidates will be evaluated on criteria that include:

  • Experience overseeing legal services and/or legal educational programs in an organization of similar size and complexity
  • An understanding and respect of clinical teaching
  • A commitment to the mission of providing supportive services for low income communities, including communities of color
  • Awareness of legal issues facing the communities that EBCLC serves
  • Familiarity and comfort with financial planning and management as well as organizational budget development
  • Lived experience as a law student would be helpful
  • Demonstrated success building and leading high-performing teams and managing dedicated staff
  • A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and public speaking skills
  • Accessibility and the capacity to embrace diversity of views and opinions
  • Superior critical and creative thinking ability that includes “both and” rather than “either or” approaches to conflict resolution and problem solving
  • A leadership style that emphasizes authenticity, compassion and kindness, coupled with optimism and a sense of humor in times of challenge and stress
  • Strategic business and operational planning experience
  • Process expertise to develop new program rollout procedures that are adaptable to various community/population needs
  • Working knowledge of data analysis and performance/operation metrics
  • Experience working in a collective bargaining environment

The successful candidate will be energized working in a challenging, fast-moving environment and accomplished at driving toward clarity and solutions and will be a visionary and empathetic leader with the ability to inspire employees to live up to their potential.

Salary and Benefits:

To attract the multi-talented Executive Director we are seeking, EBCLC is offering a competitive compensation package, coupled with a comprehensive benefits package that includes employer-paid health care premiums for employees and their families, health savings accounts, a choice of retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, generous vacation time, commuter benefits and much more.

Relocation reimbursement may be provided for the exceptional candidate EBCLC is seeking.


This is an opportunity for an accomplished, entrepreneurial leader to join a growing mission-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to education and social justice.  The successful candidate will become a part of a distinguished team, serving in an organization that is nationally known and respected for its work.  The new Executive Director will be integral in developing staff, enhancing financial support and communication and increasing program and service offerings responsive to community needs, while contributing to the development of skilled and principled legal advocates committed to addressing racial and economic justice.  Moreover, the Executive Director will have the personal satisfaction of contributing to an effort of profound societal and humanitarian importance.

Application Procedure:

Please submit a brief cover letter and resume as attachments via email to:

Joe McCormack, Founding Partner
1740 Broadway, 15th Floor
Office: 212.531.5003
Fax: 212.203.9599

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