September 20, 2018
Job Title: Deputy Executive Director
Posiiton Type: Full time
NVLSP seeks a Deputy Executive Director to serve as second-in-command of the organization. Reporting to NVLSP’s Executive Director and working on a six-person Executive Leadership team, the Deputy Executive Director oversees operations for a 36-person staff responsible for development, finance, litigation and pro-bono legal work, and training and publications. The Deputy Executive Director oversees and manages all aspects of NVLSP’s operations, sets comprehensive goals and metrics for performance and growth, and establishes policies that promote NVLSP’s culture and mission. Essential duties include:
- Develop, implement, and monitor short- and long-term goals and strategies to support NVLSP’s mission, regularly reporting to the Executive Director on progress and results.
- Provide expert advice on operations to guide the planning of the Executive Leadership Team.
- Continually evaluate the strategic direction and programs of NVLSP, recommending and leading adjustments as needed and taking responsibility for ensuring the organization fulfills its responsibility to disabled veterans.
Human Resources Leadership
- Oversee human resources functions now being performed by the Chief Financial Officer, including hiring and termination, personnel policies and procedures, and employee benefits; establish organization-wide policies that continue to advance the culture and mission of NVLSP.
- Motivate and mentor a high-caliber team of department directors, including directors of pro bono programs, litigation, development, and training and publications.
- Work with departments to create specific goals that advance the organization’s strategic plan and ensure that departments have established adequate operating plans to meet each benchmark.
- Establish a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates departments to work together; ensure full and equitable accountability across departments.
- Collect and evaluate data to assess department performance against established metrics.
- Directly supervise administrative staff, including the office manager and office assistant, providing constructive supervision and ongoing performance feedback.
Logistics and Finance
- Develop and maintain systems to support the work of a large team of legal counsel and litigators.
- Ensure effective internal support for extensive collaborations with external legal partners.
- Work with the Chief Financial Officer to develop NVLSP’s annual operating plan and budget, helping to ensure the organization achieves its annual financial goals and aligns expenditures and revenue.
- Assist the Executive Director in fundraising ventures and ensure he is effectively leveraged in donor outreach.
- Assess, select, and manage relationships with partners and vendors.
The ideal Deputy Executive Director will be an organized thinker, persuasive leader, and knowledgeable non-profit executive. The Deputy ED will have a sophisticated sense of how to direct an organization and how to align programs, staff, and organizational strategies within a mission-driven environment. S/he will excel at overseeing an organization’s operations, building trusting relationships internally and externally, and fostering effective relationships across department teams.
- 8 to 12 years of experience in roles with significant responsibility for overall operations.
- Bachelor’s and Juris Doctorate degrees are required.
Skills and Experience
- Advanced understanding of the dynamics of legal advocacy programs and partnerships.
- Record of working successfully with the most senior leaders and stakeholders in an organization and of serving as an effective partner and strategist.
- Significant experience as a supervisor and mentor to high-level staff members; record of building trust and consensus with departments across an organization.
- Experience managing successful strategic planning processes and supporting effective, efficient decision-making about institutional priorities and resource allocation.
- Comfort participating in the development and management of budgets and in financial reporting.
- Proven ability to lead employees throughout an organization and motivate them to maximize results, as well as to set clear and appropriate performance goals and metrics and to track results.
- Demonstrated ability to facilitate collaborations among diverse stakeholders, including staff members and external partners in the legal, corporate, and philanthropic sectors.
- Excellent verbal and communication skills, including strong listening skills, powers of persuasion, and sensitivity to interpersonal dynamics.
- Preference for experience in law reform litigation and legislative efforts aimed at benefiting a large group of constituents.
- Preference for experience serving in the military or working with a military or veterans service organization.
Personal Characteristics and Leadership Style
- Commitment to military service members and veterans with the ability to engage people in NVLSP’s mission to serve them and their families.
- Ability to manage multiple tasks in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment that is often driven by externally-imposed deadlines.
- Ability to set high standards and to provide steady direction, guidance, and mentorship to staff both individually and as a team.
- Demonstrated commitment to teamwork and transparency; capacity to motivate others to invest in and adhere to those values.
Please send all questions, resumes, and CVs to search@driconsulting.
NVLSP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.