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Children’s Law Center Executive Director

Posted 11 months ago

The Executive Director provides leadership and overall management in carrying out the mission of
Children’s Law Center of Minnesota (CLC). The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the
administration, programs and the strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include
fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of

Mission: Children’s Law Center of Minnesota promotes the legal rights and well-being of children and
youth. CLC’s staff and volunteers provide direct representation of children and youth, primarily in the
child welfare system, and advocate for changes in the systems that affect their lives.

1. Board Governance: Works with Board in order to fulfill the organization’s mission as defined by
the Board of Directors.
 Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and
accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and make
informed decisions.
 Specific tasks include:
i. Set Board meeting schedule, prepare for, and participate in all Board meetings.
Secure location and ensure all arrangements are made. Prior to each meeting,
prepare and distribute Board meeting agenda and documents.
ii. Keep the Board fully informed on the overall operational and financial condition
of the organization and on all significant developments affecting the
iii. Set Board committee meeting schedule, prepare for, and participate in all Board
committee meetings. Prior to each meeting, prepare and distribute Board
committee meeting agenda and documents.
iv. Assist in recruiting new Board members.
2. Financial Performance and Viability: Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial
health of the organization.
 Responsible for the fiscal integrity of CLC, to include submission to the Board of a
proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, with accurately reflect the
financial condition of the organization.
 Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the
approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and ongoing operation of the
organization in a positive financial position.
 Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered
into on behalf of the organization (except official documents requiring signatures of
Board officers or Board resolutions authorizing the ED to sign on behalf of CLC).
 Specific tasks include:
i. Approval of all invoices and check writing
ii. Review bank account statements, approve bank transfers between checking and
savings accounts
iii. Review all financial statements (monthly) and prepare for finance committee
(every other month)
iv. Review general ledger and approve all QuickBooks entries
v. Prepare for annual audit, consolidate necessary information, work with the
auditors in preparation for the audit and when auditors are on site, provide
auditors with all necessary information.
vi. Work with consultant to prepare the 5500 Report (retirement summary).
vii. Work with finance committee to prepare annual organizational budget
3. Organization Mission and Strategy: Works with Board and staff to ensure that the
organization’s mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach.
 Responsible for strategic planning and implementation to ensure that CLC can
successfully fulfill its mission into the future.
 Responsible for the enhancement of CLC’s brand/image by being active and visible in
the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private
i. Speak at community, law firm and bar association meetings and forums to
introduce CLC, explain CLC’s mission, and identify CLC’s varying levels of needs
(from lawyers to funding).
ii. Oversee marketing and communication efforts.
iii. Serve as CLC’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the
media and the general public.
Maintain a working knowledge of significant development and trends in the field.
 Lead and actively participate in CLC diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
 Provide leadership in system report efforts
4. Organization Operations: Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the
operations of the organization are appropriate.
 Responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid
and volunteers and that sound human resource practices are in place and complied
i. Overseeing and handling all staff related matters for paid staff and unpaid
interns and volunteers.
ii. Bi-weekly (or as necessary) staff meeting.
iii. Handle staff complaints and issues as they arise, in consultation with HR
resources where appropriate.
iv. Training and mentoring staff members and handling daily questions and issues.
v. Interview and hire new employees.
vi. Supervise and coordinate staff vacation schedules; review and approve staff’s
monthly vacation reports.
vii. Maintain a climate which attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse, qualified
and high performing staff.
viii. Submit bi-monthly payroll through ADP
ix. Retirement Plan contributions (403(b)), submit employee and employer
contributions twice a month.
x. HSA contributions, submit employee and employer contributions through Alerus
twice a month.
xi. Review and approve staff’s monthly expense reports.
 Responsible for fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support CLC’s
i. Review, edit and revise foundation grant proposals, reports, and grant-specific
program budgets. Ensure all grant application and report deadlines are met.
ii. Meet with foundations program officers and engage in foundation site visits.
iii. Network with CLC’s primary law firm donors to ensure donor retention.
iv. Speak at community, law firm and bar association meetings and forums to
introduce CLC, explain CLC’s mission, and identify CLC’s varying levels of needs
(from lawyers to funding).
v. Review and edit CLC e-newsletter and practice points.
vi. Review and approve website and social media content. Review and approve
advertisements for print and online media.
vii. Review and analyze development plan and periodic snapshots of fundraising
viii. Annual benefit brainstorming ideas, awardees, awards, marketing, and all facets
of event planning from location to food to invitations to announcements.
Review and oversee everything related to the event, maintaining contact with
major sponsors regarding contributions, preparing thank you notes. Ensure that
staff is on track with components of the event.
x. Work with Board Development Committee and CLC Development Manager to
ensure Board driven fundraising is moving forward.
x. Submit invoices to Hennepin County and Minnesota Office of Justice Programs.
 Responsible for organization’s general operations, compliance and logistics.
i. File the completed and Board-approved audit with the Attorney General
ii. Update organization’s status with the Minnesota Secretary of State (annually).
iii. Renew all insurance plans: legal malpractice, property casualty, employee
health and dental, worker’s compensation, and unemployment insurance.
iv. Ensure compliance with office lease and manage lease renewals and
amendments as necessary. Work with the landlord on office space issues and
v. Work with staff to identify organization technology needs, authorize purchase
of any equipment and updates.
5. Program and Volunteer Attorney Management
 Ensure that CLC’s program is implemented effectively and carries out the organization’s
i. Plan, implement, and provide leadership for CLC’s programs.
ii. Manage and build network of volunteer attorneys.
iii. Develop and implement training programs for attorneys and other child
iv. Respond to requests for amicus briefs.
v. Advocate for CLC with governmental bodies, courts, community groups, law
firms, media and other child advocacy groups.
Qualifications and Attributes:

  • Passion for, and commitment to, the Children’s Law Center mission.
  • A minimum of eight years in executive or management experience at a respected nonprofit or
    public institution and a bachelor’s degree in a related field, and a law degree.
  • Exceptional leadership and communication skills, including a proven track record in leading and
    growing organizations and communicating with key stakeholders.
  • Possesses working knowledge of the legal, fiscal, and regulatory environment in which a
    nonprofit operates.
  • Knowledgeable and experienced in finance, budget development, and fundraising principles,
    including major gift cultivation.
  • Strategic thinker who can also plan and execute against short-term and long-term objectives,
    and create action plans that yield results.
  • Has personal ethics and integrity that reflect positively on CLC’s mission and the organization, is
    a passionate and convincing advocate for CLC’s mission. Is involved and respected in the
    nonprofit community.
  • Committed to championing diversity, equity and inclusion, and will ensure the organization is
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, supervise, empower a team, and build relationships with diverse
  • Ability to establish, foster and maintain effective long-term working relationships with the Board
    of Directors, staff, volunteers, the community at large, local law firms and corporations, local
    City and State government, and community service agencies.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Children’s Law Center of Minnesota provides equal employment
opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and
harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status,
genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other
characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement,
promotion, termination, layoff, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and references to Tiffany Allbee, Interim Executive
Director, Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, 450 N. Syndicate St., Suite 340, St. Paul, MN 55104 or via email to Position open until filled.

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