The National Employment Lawyers Association Seeks Executive Director
To Shape Its Next Organizational Chapter

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Innovate from strength. Leverage the expertise of 2,300 attorneys, a 4,000-person membership with its 69 state and local Affiliates. Lead and inspire a talented Staff and committed Board. We offer a leadership opportunity at a pivotal moment in U.S. history for a national organization searching for its next Executive Director following a planned retirement, organizational assessment, and interim leadership transition—creating an amazing opportunity to step into a stable, well-run organization and shape its next organizational chapter.

The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) advances employee rights and serves lawyers who advocate for equality and justice in the American workplace. Our vision is that workers’ dignity, safety, livelihood, and retirement will not be compromised for the sake of corporate profit and interests, and individuals will have effective legal representation to enforce their rights to a fair and just workplace, adequate remedies, and a right to trial by jury. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of NELA and essential to the achievement of our mission.

In this current political context, NELA is seeking a leader to raise the visibility of the work, grow and support its membership, improve the legislative environment at the federal and state levels through the NELA Affiliate network, and determine how best to share its information assets. This is an opportunity to lead to greater impact and success the country’s largest professional organization that is exclusively comprised of lawyers who represent employees in cases involving employment discrimination and other employment-related matters.

The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for carrying out the vision and mission of NELA and its subsidiary, The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute for Law & Policy (The Institute)—and in fact will be managing the search for The Institute’s next leader in mid-2018. The ED is responsible for ensuring that NELA serves the needs and interests of the organization pursuant to its mission, Bylaws, policies, and resolutions, and as directed by the Executive Board, which is the primary policy-setting body of the organization. In addition, the ED provides NELA and The Institute general oversight and supervision of all operations, programs, and activities of the organizations. The ED reports to the NELA Executive Board. Key areas of first year activity involve consensus-building around a strategic vision, strengthening the communications effort, fund development, and leading teams through change. With a Staff of 9, offices in Oakland, CA and Washington DC, a budget of $1.6 million, healthy cash reserves, and renewed energy for its next chapter, this position is a unique leadership opportunity.

Qualifications sought are as follows:

  1. Successful track record as an Executive Director or senior management team member of a 501(c)(6) or (c)(3) and/or nonprofit leadership experience, inclusive of experience as a nonprofit Board member.
  2. Experience working with nonprofit membership organizations, preferably at a state or national level.
  3. Exceptional organizational, leadership, fundraising, personnel, strategic planning, and time management skills.
  4. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including team-building and facilitation.
  5. Adaptable and innovative leader with a sense of humor.
  6. Demonstrated professional affinity and commitment to social justice.
  7. Travel is required.
  8. Law degree and active Bar membership preferred.
  9. Substantive experience or expertise in employment, labor, and/or civil rights law preferred.
  10. A commitment to be based at NELA’s national headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area is preferred, but alternate working locations may be discussed on a case-by-case basis with otherwise highly-qualified candidates.
  11. Experience with strategic communications campaigns is a plus.

With respect to compensation, the proposed range is $145,000-$155,000 annually, with excellent benefits and office support.

Visit NELA’s and The Institute’s websites for more information about the organizations’ missions and activities and the full Job Description. Email a resume, a writing sample from any of these disciplines—policy, research, or a legal brief—and a cover letter describing your qualifications and interest to Philip Arca, Interim Executive Director, Attachments should be in PDF. Screening of resumes to begin September 15, 2017.

NELA is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to attracting, retaining, developing, and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited from consideration by federal, state, or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.


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