East Bay Children’s Law Offices, Inc. (EBCLO) is seeking an exceptional person to lead a strong team including attorneys and social workers who represent children and youth in the juvenile dependency court. This leader must be committed to high quality legal advocacy, through a holistic approach, to provide young clients with a voice in the decisions affecting their lives both in and out of court. The new Executive Director will have a unique opportunity to work with the Board and staff to expand and deepen services for children who need lawyers.
The mission of the East Bay Children’s Law Offices, Inc., is to protect and defend the rights of children and youth through effective, vigorous and compassionate legal advocacy. EBCLO strives to provide a voice for children in and out of court and to promote positive outcomes for them. http://www.ebclo.org/index.html
The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors and serves as a Director on the Board. The Executive Director has overall responsibility for maintaining compliance with EBCLO's core mission of providing vigorous and holistic representation to EBCLO's clients. The Executive Director is charged with inspiring and leading EBCLO's lawyers, social workers, legal assistants, and administrative staff, to work together to support our vision of creating a court system in which every child is treated as an individual, every child's authentic voice is clearly heard, every child's familial and cultural traditions are fully respected and every child's needs are reasonably addressed.
The Executive Director's primary duties and responsibilities include:
- FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Working to maintain EBCLO's financial health through state budget advocacy and private fund development.
- Designing and leading EBCLO's fund development strategy, including preparation of grant proposals and reports to foundations and corporations, cultivating donors, overseeing special events, and leading fundraising campaigns.
- Overseeing and exercising final authority on all budgetary matters in a cost-effective manner. Exercising primary responsibility for negotiating contracts for services with the Administrative Offices of the Court, the Superior Court and related contracting agencies.
- INTERNAL POLICY AND ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Leading and overseeing planning for the development of organizational goals and objectives as well as refinement of policies and procedures to facilitate the best practice goals EBCLO strives to achieve.
- Supervising, consulting with, and overseeing the EBCLO management team’s responsibility to monitor service delivery, to assure a top-quality level of expertise, and to be responsive to needs of staff and volunteers.
- Supporting and maintaining a collegial and cooperative office culture which promotes best practices, transparency, passionate representation of clients, and a shared mission and values throughout the firm including cultural humility and acceptance.
- Exercising final decision-making authority over recommendations made by the Director of Finance and Managing Attorneys with regard to staffing plans, performance evaluations, and human resources.
- Exercising final authority over all EBCLO operations.
- Overseeing the development and maintenance of training and education programs that support EBCLO staff in developing relevant expertise in a variety of arenas including advocacy, negotiation, mediation and trail skills, child development, behavioral and physical health, domestic violence, and special education.
- BOARD AND BOARD RELATED RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Attending and participating in all Board meetings, setting the agendas, preparing reports and supporting materials, and keeping the Board and its Chairperson regularly apprised of all significant developments at EBCLO.
- Drafting policies for the approval of the Board and preparing procedures to implement those policies; reviewing existing policies annually and recommending changes to the Board as appropriate.
- COURT RELATED RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Maintaining primary responsibility for EBCLO compliance with all policies, rules, regulations and statutes set forth by the Alameda County Superior Court, the State of California, the California State Bar, the Administrative Offices of the Court and all other relevant governing bodies.
- Meeting regularly with the presiding judge of the Alameda County Juvenile Court and working cooperatively with the Alameda County Superior Court bench.
- OTHER GENERAL POLICY RESPONSIBILITIES:
- In conjunction with the management team and staff, identifying areas where systemic reforms are needed and leading or overseeing EBCLO's work with other advocacy groups and stakeholders to promote systemic changes, legislative reforms, and public awareness of issues benefiting EBCLO clients.
- Representing or designating EBCLO representatives at numerous local, statewide and national workgroups, conferences and meetings.
- Maintaining positive working relationships with local child welfare and probation department officials, Administrative Office of the Courts, legislative staff, members of the California Legislature and/or their staff, the Alameda County Superior Court, auxiliary legal service providers and the press and other media.