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Deputy Director/Legal Director – Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid/Minnesota Disability Law Center

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid/Minnesota Disability Law Center (MMLA/MDLC) is seeking a dynamic leader to be a full-time Deputy Director/Legal Director to work in its Minneapolis office. This position will be a member of the senior leadership team, reporting to the Executive Director. This position is temporarily remote and will be a hybrid position upon any firm-wide office return.

MMLA’s mission is to advocate for the legal rights of disadvantaged people to live safe, healthy, and independent lives in their communities. MMLA is supported by funding from the State of Minnesota, the federal government, local governments, the United Way, foundations, local law firms and corporations, etc. MMLA enjoys a good rapport with, and strong support from, the organized bar. MMLA does not receive funds from the Legal Services Corporation.

MDLC is a statewide program of MMLA. MDLC receives federal funding to serve as Minnesota’s Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system for persons with disabilities. MDLC represents Minnesotans with disabilities to enforce and to protect their basic civil rights. MDLC also engages in community outreach, education of policy makers, and public education efforts to advocate for people with disabilities throughout the state. MDLC’s largest office is in Minneapolis. Other MDLC offices are located in Duluth, Fertile, and Mankato.

As an equal opportunity employer, MMLA is committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, and communities to apply. We welcome information about how your experience can contribute to serving our diverse client communities. Applicants are encouraged to share in their cover letter how they can further our goal of equal justice for all. We are committed to a discrimination- and harassment-free workplace.

RESPONSIBILITIES: This position includes three primary areas of responsibility: [1] legal work management and supervision; [2] administrative, financial, and governance management duties; and [3] external relations. Basic duties in these areas include the following:

· Apply the principles of MMLA’s Racial Justice Statement in all interactions.

· Overall legal supervision and leadership of approximately two dozen MDLC staff in 4 offices statewide.

· Oversight and review of MMLA/MDLC intake processes, including oversight of case assignments and eligibility screening.

· Standing meetings with all levels of staff to discuss ongoing work, to identify emerging issues in MDLC’s operations and practice, and to plan to meet client and office needs.

· Handling of client grievances pursuant to MMLA’s policies in partnership with supervisors.

· Management of MDLC grant budgets, staffing allocations, and work planning for 9 federal P&A grants, state funding, and occasional non-federal grants in consultation with supervising attorneys, and fiscal/administrative staff.

· Oversight of a federally mandated Advisory Council for work on behalf of people with mental health disabilities, including planning agendas, ensuring Council membership remains in compliance with federal law, and reporting on the Council’s work.

· Leading MMLA Board-MDLC Oversight Committee quarterly meetings and ensuring Committee membership is adequate.

· Supervision of annual MDLC priority-setting process and five-year strategic plans, including shepherding it through Advisory Council, Oversight Committee, and MMLA Board approvals.

· Engagement with the MMLA Board, including attendance at quarterly MMLA Board meetings to report on MDLC’s work.

· Serving on MMLA’s Management Committee in capacity as Deputy Director for the MDLC division.

· Engagement in HCBA and MSBA activities, particularly on working groups related to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

· Relationship-building with the federal and state bench through participation in professional associations, committees, working groups, and boards.

· Relationship-building with disability rights stakeholders through presentations and webinars sponsored by government agencies or other disability rights organizations and working groups.

· Building and maintaining relationships throughout the National Disability Rights Network, a network of disability rights advocates throughout the federal government.


Minimum Qualifications:

· Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Minnesota.

· Five plus years of successful managerial or comparable experience.

· Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to partner with a team of professionals across offices.

· Proficiency using Microsoft Office required.

· Seek and receive Social Security Administration security clearance, upon being hired.

Preferred Qualifications:

· Five plus years of experience in providing services to individuals with disabilities.

· Second language skills and experiences with diverse economic, social, or cultural communities.

· Knowledge of disability law as well as familiarity with service systems is strongly preferred.

· Insight into issues affecting MMLA’s clients which may be based on experience working in the areas of social justice, economic justice, and racial justice.

· Applicants with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply.

· Experience working in a nonprofit environment.

All employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with limited exceptions for medical or religious reasons.

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid offers a competitive salary and robust benefits package, including family medical and dental insurance, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, 403(b) with employer match, FSA, employee assistance programs, and generous paid time off.

APPLICATIONS: Submit resume, cover letter expressing interest in the position, and salary expectations online at

If you require a reasonable accommodation for completing this application, interviewing, or otherwise participating in our employee selection process, please contact Jolene Chestnut at

Please direct all other inquiries to

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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