Position Summary: Under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer, the Legal Director is responsible for the administration of WEAVE’s legal programs, department staff, volunteer attorneys and law students to provide legal services for WEAVE clients. This position works closely with other directors and managers to assure agency wide policy continuity and program excellence. The Legal Director is a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
Member of Senior Leadership Team
Senior Leadership Team members share responsibility to establish organization wide objectives and directives and guide their implementation through the development and implementation of programs and practices, which serve the mission of the organization and reflect the vision and values of WEAVE.
In this role Leadership Members work together to:
• Actualize Board directives and objectives
• Establish organization wide goals and cross-departmental projects and objectives
• Participate in the development of long range, strategic planning and budget planning processes
• Foster team awareness of public image and issues which impact the financial, organizational, political and/or professional stability of the agency
• Present a model of preeminent service to all stakeholders
• Implement the organizational objectives to conduct business through inclusive communication and accountability
• Participate in international, national, statewide and community coalitions and advisory groups related to the field of work
The Legal Director maintains an awareness of strategic trends and issues in domestic violence/sexual assault crisis intervention and related activities, and serves as a resource to the Leadership Team in this area.
The Legal Director provides professional leadership and sets strategic direction of WEAVE’s legal programs to meet the needs of clients, specifically, the Legal Director:
• Collaborate with the Legal Advisory committee and Chief Executive Office; set programs priorities, develop and implement legal protocols, policies and procedures for the department;
• Work with direct service staff and supervisors to ensure the program is well-integrated with other resources available to victims of domestic violence;
• Identify and respond to emerging needs/trends impacting victims of domestic violence and develop protocols and appropriate responses while working with community partners, assist in orientation and training of new staff and volunteers and collaborate with other agencies in the community;
• Respond to subpoenas directed to the organization in order to maintain client confidentiality under California State and Federal law provisions;
• Data Collection- The Legal Director will set protocols and policies with regard to client data, reporting for inter-departmental and organizational needs;
• Client Representation- The Legal Director will represent clients directly and also be available to cover other assigned WEAVE attorney hearings and/or trials based on the attorney’s unavailability or absence;
• Areas of practice- The Legal Director will have knowledge of the following areas of law; Immigration, Family Law, Restraining Orders; other civil remedies for survivors of sexual assault, sex trafficking, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking;
• Participate in quarterly and monthly community meetings liasing with the Family Court, the Domestic Violence Death Review Committee, Sacramento’s Rescue and Restore Coalition and other meetings.
• Provide an analysis/input on legislative policy and/or proposed legislation related to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence;
• Developing and preparing project data and reports, ensure all administrative tasks are completed (such as grant reports) and participate in preparation of reports to grantors and requests for new funding and oversee program files.
• Participate in project and membership development, work alongside staff to service, and represent clients and their children in family law matters
The Legal Director is responsible for the management and development of department staff including:
• Recruiting, hiring, managing and developing staff to effectively and efficiently meet the contract and grant goals
• Providing new staff department orientations and training
• Ensuring the training and professional development of all department personnel
• Maximizing the utilization of volunteers to supplement and enhance the services provided by staff
• Maintaining a positive and strong organizational culture that helps attract and retain creative, competent, and committed staff
• Establishing performance objectives; monitoring performance and initiating feedback
• Conducting performance reviews and developing performance improvement plans when needed
• Communicating management’s position, agency information and work changes to employees
• Approving requests related to personnel issues, and responding to employee complaints and concerns
• Ensuring high levels of productivity from all work groups
• Evaluating effectiveness of staff assignments and modifications of work distribution accordingly
• Making recommendations on salary changes, termination of employees, company policy and plans to adjust to changes in workload
• Active member in good standing of the State Bar of California.
• Minimum of 5-7 years’ experience as an attorney in the area of family law and preferably in the area of domestic violence law
• Supervisory experience including knowledge of human resources, ability to guide and mentor others, and experience working with volunteers
• Knowledge of legal research, legal briefs or memoranda as well as all litigation and litigation support activities
• Commitment to agency mission including domestic violence and sexual assault service provision
• Excellent oral and written communication skills with 2- 3 years’ experience in training and delivering presentations.
• Proven record of effectively directing or managing programs and personnel
• Ability to work with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who are in crisis and has the ability to clearly and simply communicate legal terms and procedures to laypersons
• Experience working with culturally diverse clients
• Bilingual skills highly desired
• Completion of WEAVE’s 70-hour training and certification program (post-hiring requirement)
• Valid California driver’s license, reliable transportation, and proof of current vehicle insurance
• Satisfactory results from criminal background check (post-employment offer requirement)
WEAVE is an Equal Opportunity Employer