March 11, 2021

Job Title: Executive Director

Background: Bart Stichman, National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) Co-Founder and Executive Director, will be stepping down as Executive Director after more than 40 years at the helm. Stichman will remain with NVLSP as Special Counsel, focusing on NVLSP’s litigation activities. As a result, NVLSP is seeking a new Executive Director to lead and oversee the organization’s operations while increasing NVLSP’s public profile and general awareness. Since 1981, Bart has diligently established NVLSP as a preeminent veteran's legal advocacy organization. Over the years, the breadth and depth of NVLSP’s staff and programs has developed to match the growing needs of our veterans, servicemembers, and their families; NVLSP has a knowledgeable and dedicated staff who will ensure continued excellence in all of NVLSP’s activities. The new Executive Director will work with the fully-supportive Board to develop a 5- to 10-year strategy, build relationships with key stakeholders, and lead a talented high performing staff. Further, the new Executive Director will build external-facing relationships to increase awareness of NVLSP, expand partnerships, and position NVLSP as a thought leader in the space of unmet legal needs for veterans. 

NVLSP is a high-impact national veterans service organization based in Washington DC.  NVLSP’s mission is to ensure that the government delivers to our nation’s 22 million veterans and active duty personnel the benefits to which they are entitled due to the disabilities that resulted from their military service.  To this end, NVLSP and its attorneys provide free legal representation to veterans and surviving family members before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) and other federal courts, the Board of Veterans' Appeals, and VA regional offices. NVLSP often serves as amicus or lead counsel in impact litigation throughout the United States. NVLSP’s impact litigation alone has resulted in payment of more than $5.2 billion in benefits to more than 100,000 veterans and their survivors. In addition, NVLSP trains hundreds of other lawyer and non-lawyer advocates in veterans/military law and publishes advocacy materials to assist these advocates in their representation of veterans, service members, and their families. NVLSP wrote the book on veterans law, The Veterans Benefits Manual, the nation's first veterans law treatise.

The ideal Executive Director will have:

• At least 10 years of experience in successful and progressive organizational leadership.
• Record of working successfully with the most senior leaders and stakeholders in an organization and serving as an effective partner and strategist.
• Significant experience as a leader and mentor to high-level staff members; record of building trust and consensus with departments across an organization.
• Experience developing successful strategic planning processes and supporting effective, efficient decision-making regarding institutional priorities and resource allocation.
• Development and management of budgets and 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.
• Advanced understanding of the dynamics of legal advocacy programs and partnerships is a plus.
• Commitment to military servicemembers, veterans, and their families with the ability to engage people in NVLSP’s mission to serve them and their families.
• Bachelors and Juris Doctorate degrees are required.

Applications: Development Resources, inc. is leading this search for NVLSP. All of DRi's searches can be viewed at http://driconsulting.com/available-positions/. Applications can also be submitted via email to NVLSP@driconsulting.com.

All applications will be reviewed in confidence.  NVLSP is an equal opportunity employer.

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