LIFT Wisconsin - Executive Director Position
The Economic Justice Institute, Inc., seeks an Executive Director for its project, LIFT Wisconsin, a legal tech start-up dedicated to ensuring equitable access to justice for Wisconsinites.
LIFT Wisconsin is a project of the Economic Justice Institute, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit that also supports the work of the UW Law School’s civil legal clinics. LIFT Wisconsin has a three-part mission: 1) build a novel on-line application that accesses public data to make it easy for people to clear civil legal barriers to economic prosperity (www.legaltuneup.orgTM); 2) transform legal and court systems to prevent injustice in the first place; and 3) contribute to national reform movements to improve civil legal justice for all. We currently offer supported services in Dane County, including the capital city, Madison. We are expanding to Jefferson County and Racine, with plans to expand further as resources allow. LIFT applies for and receives grants from foundations to fund its operations, with an annual budget of approximately $1 million.
We are engaged in a national search for a new full time Executive Director. The Executive Director of LIFT Wisconsin is responsible and accountable to the EJI Inc.’s Board of Directors.
This position is responsible for overseeing LIFT’s work in the areas of technology, the delivery of legal services, and advocacy for system change. In this role the Director will be charged with leading the vision and strategy of LIFT’s work around innovation, implementation, and reform, as well as the broader delivery of legal services. This includes presenting on related topics in various group settings; leading in developing and implementing a strategic plan; and assisting fundraising efforts to support this work.
The Director's responsibilities include:
1) Further LIFT’s mission and vision through service, relationships, and advocacy.
2) Prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion internally and externally in all aspects of LIFT’s work. Commit to being an anti-racist organization and the ongoing learning and action necessary for this designation.
3) Motivate LIFT/EJI’s board and LIFT’s Advisory Committee toward these ends while sustaining a high level of morale and excellence.
4) Promote LIFT’s work and the results to a broad range of diverse constituencies to increase engagement, policy change and financial support.
5) Maintain a working knowledge of innovative projects underway around the country in this area.
6) Cultivate relationships with the legal profession, regulatory bodies, and other entities involved in LIFT’s focus areas in order to raise the national profile of the work and organization.
7) Cultivate relationships with Wisconsin law schools, universities, and community colleges to encourage student participation and in-put for technology development and delivery of services.
1) Oversee/manage day-to-day operations of LIFT Wisconsin.
2) Oversee/manage development of online tool
- LIFT has relationships with the Office of Court Operations, WI Dept. of Justice, Dept. of Children and Families, and Dept. of Transportation in order to access and utilize data maintained by these offices and departments. The Director must further on-going negotiations and initiate negotiations for additional data access as necessary. Enter into contracts or MOU’s for access to public data.
- Monitor tech development and on-going maintenance.
3) Community Engagement & Marketing: Oversee community partnerships and dissemination and marketing of Legal Tune Up tool, including developing messaging and media outreach.
- Work with marketing personnel to engage local agencies and employers to develop and maintain positive relationships with businesses and organizations.
- Oversee social media and other media marketing of LIFT Wisconsin including outreach via blogs, interviews and other vehicles that promote LIFT’s work.
- Oversee legal service coordinators engaged in the training of communitypartners and pro bono attorneys, including development and dissemination of training manuals, videos, and other methods that reach the target users (both helpers and end users).
- Collaborate with law schools, courts, legal service providers, bar groups and members of the private bar to promote use of and access to LIFT Wisconsin’s tool.
- Regularly meet with consortia of outreach or service providers to ensure accountability and to discuss project development, marketing, outreach, service delivery and funding opportunities/efforts.
- Present at conferences related to LIFT’s work.
4) Program Services: Oversee and manage the development and implementation of LIFT’s related programs, including the delivery of legal services offered at community-based locations and on-site at employers and job training placement support through coordination with the legal services coordinators and employment outreach and placement specialists.
5) Staff: Oversee and manage staff positions, including but not limited to, outreach coordinator, manager of marketing and communications, and legal services coordinator. Work closely with LIFT’s Associate Director and other members of the LIFT team, including representative of the UW Law School, Legal Action of Wisconsin, and Employment and Training Services.
6) Board Activities: Schedule and attend both LIFT Advisory Committee meetings and EJI Inc. Board meetings, including setting the agenda for the Advisory Committee meetings, taking meeting notes, and submitting regular updates to the Board in advance of EJI Inc.’s Board meetings.
Sustainability and System Change
1) Finances: Prepare and manage the project’s budget and sub-budgets from various funders. Analyze the organization’s performance and project financial needs and funding opportunities. Provide information on a regular basis to LIFT’s Advisory Committee and EJI, Inc. Board.
2) Coordinate with accountants, other financial consultants, and the Board treasurer to ensure compliance with grant requirements, state and federal reporting requirements and overall budget management.
3) Fundraising: Oversee grant and philanthropic funding opportunities. Work with key stakeholders - associate director, board members, and advisors to maximize fundraising. Engage in outreach related to new funding opportunities.
4) Evaluation, Improvement, and Sustainability: Ensure robust process and outcomes evaluation, necessary financial audits, and conformity to budgets, including coordination with the UW-Institute for Research on Poverty on implementing evaluation tools and in gathering data for evaluation.
5) Policy Advocacy: In collaboration with the Policy Advocate, oversee LIFT's local and state policy work, including political advocacy, coalitions, and organizational policy reform that benefit the population served by LIFT Wisconsin.
Degrees and Experience
- Overall knowledge and at least three to five years of experience in nonprofit or social enterprise operations, board relations, and management
- Previous experience with a community-based organization, and collaborative projects
- A working knowledge of local, regional, and state-level political priorities
- Experience with technology innovation, online resources/tools, or social media preferred
- MPA, MBA, MPP, JD, MSW or related degree preferred
Skills and Abilities
- Energetic, creative, and well organized
- Leadership, project-building, and project management experience
- Excellent communicator and networker
- Highly capable of functioning well independently and modeling for others
- Excellent financial and grant writing/fundraising skills or a demonstrated willingness to learn
- Supervisory and human resources experience
- Demonstrated commitment to and experience working towards racial and social justice
1. This is currently a remote position with the plan of obtaining office space in 2023 where the Executive Director would be located.
2. Unexpected interruptions occur periodically, and stress level is moderate.
3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.
4. This position requires driving to various locations for meetings, presentations, trainings, and pop-up clinics.
1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.
3. Operate a motor vehicle in order to travel to various locations in state.
- Mentorship from a committed team of program founders
- A track-record of 6 and 7 figure fundraising success from national and statefunders and grant-writing support
- A vision and multi-year implementation plan
- A dedicated group of collaborators and a Board committed to achieving LIFT’s mission
Salary and Benefits
The salary range for this position is $75,000-$90,000 and is based on experience. LIFT also offers a benefits package including health, dental, training and education, and generous leave.
How to Apply: Interested applicants should send the following documents in PDF format to email@example.com:
1. Cover letter, summarizing interest in the position and qualifications
3. Optional, but highly encouraged: Statement about the ways that your unique background and personal, professional, and life experiences contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff, our mission, and the communities we serve.
We value a diverse staff and work environment. We strongly encourage applications from black, indigenous, and people of color, people who identify as LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, women, and people with life experiences or education that add to our diversity and our capacity to provide high-quality services and work to transform systems to meet the needs of communities. For this reason, we encourage applicants to include a statement about the ways that their unique background and personal, professional, and life experiences contribute to this commitment.