Deputy Director – Partially Remote

Gulfcoast Legal Services is looking for a Deputy Director for our Financial Stability department. The Deputy Director will assist in the financial, administrative, personnel, and programmatic management of the assigned substantive unit(s) of the organization. They will help ensure compliance with legal, funder, and audit requirements and will represent GLS in local, regional, state, and national legal communities as well as with public interest partners.

The ideal candidate will be an inclusive, adaptive leader with public interest legal experience in the assigned substantive area, including client representation experience, project management expertise, and an appreciation for the barriers low-income clients face. They will have an underlying commitment to ensuring vulnerable people can meet their basic needs and obtain equal access to opportunities and justice.

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Supervise complex legal work of other victim services advocates (paralegals, private attorneys, and volunteers). Fills in for other attorneys as needed.
  • Provides guidance, training, and input on cases to support less experienced staff.
  • Evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of cases and prepares complex cases for presentation in court.
  • Oversees staff’s preparation for and performance in State and Federal courts for motions, trials, arguments, hearings, rules to show cause, pre-trial conferences, status conferences, roster/docket sounding, and appeals.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with task force members, community partners, etc. to coordinate and improve the provision of direct victim services.
  • Assists in identifying and recommending staff training within the substantive area.
  • Leads unit meetings, advocate meetings, task forces, and program wide meetings.

 

 

SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

 

  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written, required.
  • Ability to deal professionally, courteously and efficiently with people.
  • Ability to plan, direct and coordinate activities; work with government agencies, community groups and other organizations as necessary; communicate effectively in both written and oral forms; exhibit independent judgment in the development, implementation and evaluation of plans, procedures and policies.
  • Ability to work on various projects with different priorities.
  • Ability to work overtime when required.

 

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • A commitment to the provision of high-quality legal services.
  • Juris Doctorate degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school.
  • Florida Bar membership and eligibility to practice law in the State of Florida.
  • At least 15 years’ experience as a practicing attorney, preferably in a legal aid setting.
  • If using a vehicle to drive to hearings, trainings or to do other business-related travel, the attorney must possess a valid Florida driver’s license and auto insurance.

 

 

Gulfcoast Legal Services is an equal opportunity employer. We offer generous paid time off, an excellent benefits package, flexible schedules, paid holidays and professional development assistance. Compensation depends on experience.

GLS is a non-profit agency and relies on grant funding, employment is contingent upon grant funding. GLS requires all employees to be maintain full vaccination against COVID-19 unless an accommodation is legally required.

 

Interested applicants may send their resume to:

Tara Meyer

Fiscal & Human Resources Manager

Taram@gulfcoastlegal.org