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Director of Advocacy (ABLE)

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) seeks a progressive leader with a commitment to justice for all and to inclusive communities, an interest in aggressively pursuing results for clients, and a strong vision for the future of legal services, to serve as its Director of Advocacy.

Lead the Next Generation of Poverty Law Advocacy

Founded in 1969 as poverty law firm committed to law reform, ABLE initiated some of the most aggressive advocacy in the country, challenging housing segregation and racial discrimination in hiring practices, fighting for the rights of migrant farmworkers and the mentally ill, and representing low-income communities on economic development efforts. Today, ABLE continues to have a strong focus on its mission, engaging in aggressive litigation and advocacy to protect the rights of low-income individuals, and is committed to racial justice through a community lawyering approach. ABLE does not receive funding from the Legal Services Corporation.

ABLE's carries out its mission through a strategic plan using broad-based advocacy efforts to address critical client needs and focused advocacy to achieve long-lasting results. The Director of Advocacy will lead a team of managing attorneys who work to implement ABLE's strategic advocacy initiatives in the practice areas of education, housing and community economic development, rights of agricultural workers, immigration, and healthcare and public benefits. The Director of Advocacy works with teams of advocates to develop litigation and advocacy designed to have deep and lasting impact on communities, and to create equity and justice.  

In addition to guiding the work of attorneys and practice groups, the Director of Advocacy has major management responsibilities within the firm and works closely with other organizations and partners involved in providing legal assistance to client communities, including close collaboration with an LSC funded non-profit law firm, Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) and other programs in Ohio. The Director of Advocacy is also expected to build relationships and collaborate with national and state advocacy groups and support centers, including the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and the Shriver Center on Poverty Law.

A successful applicant must be a member of the Ohio Bar, or able to be admitted upon motion or temporary certification, have at least seven years of litigation and trial experience, and possess excellent legal, administrative, and communications skills. The Director of Advocacy must have a proven commitment to securing justice for disadvantaged individuals and communities and working in a collaborative environment. Experience in legal services, federal litigation, and working with community groups highly preferred.

The salary range and benefits for this position are highly competitive and dependent on experience.

To apply for this position, send a cover letter, resume, and a list of references electronically (in Microsoft Word) to:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Subject: Director of Advocacy Position

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Equal access to ABLE offices is available. Those applicants requiring accommodation in the application or interview process should contact the Recruitment Coordinator at the email address listed above. ABLE is an Equal Opportunity Employer and places a high value on diversity in its workplace, including diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. We strive to create an environment welcoming to all individuals and we encourage applications from individuals traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession.