Legal Services of New Jersey coordinates and leads the statewide Legal Services system in New Jersey. Unique nationally, in its core commitment to economic and social justice LSNJ provides statewide advocacy, direct representation, technology infrastructure, community legal information, government liaison, funding, training, expert legal backup and other support to the network of five regional Legal Services non-profits that serve all 21 New Jersey counties.
Founded in 1972, LSNJ now seeks a successor to the only chief executive officer in its history, De Miller, who will step down in mid-2020 after leading the organization since its creation.
Applications must be received at LSNJ offices by the close of business on November 26, 2019. It is expected a decision will be made by early spring, and that the successful candidate will be begin an orientation period in June, 2020, with the actual transition to take place in early summer.
Candidate characteristics. Recognizing that no one candidate will score highly in every one of the following areas, the successful candidate will evidence the highest overall evaluation across the characteristics set forth below. These areas are not arranged in any particular order of priority, and are not of equal weight.
Organization and leadership
Other personal qualities and background
LSNJ is committed to a workplace built upon fairness, diversity in all of its aspects, a healthy life-work balance, and respect for colleagues and clients. Benefits include comprehensive health and retirement plans and in-house trainings that offer CLE credit.
The organization. LSNJ, based in Edison, New Jersey, currently has 170 staff and is responsible for some $50 million in public and private grant funds, a large part of which is subgranted to the regional Legal Services organizations. LSNJ has over fifteen specialized direct representation projects, and advocates at the state and national levels in every major area of poverty law. Its legal work is buttressed by numerous essential professional units in poverty research, social work, language services, information technology, multimedia productions, publications, outreach, public information, and development. LSNJ’s staff is very experienced, stable, at the top of their areas of expertise in every major area of law affecting those living in poverty, and deeply committed to their clients and equal justice. LSNJ’s board is deeply engaged in oversight of the organization, and will make the hiring decision.