Executive Director (hybrid)
Full-Time Executive Director (hybrid) at Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid
Available Openings: 1
Industry: Legal
Pay Type: Salary
Compensation: $125,000
Education Preferred: Yes
Education Level: Doctorate
E-Verify: Yes
Criminal Background: Case-by-Case Review

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (MMLA), the largest provider of pro bono civil legal services in Minnesota, is seeking an Executive Director to lead the organization in achieving its mission of improving the lives of people in need. Our work delivers justice to people, breaks the cycle of poverty, ensures fairness, and gets results that change lives! To learn more about our work, visit our website or our Facebook page, or read our annual report.

The next Executive Director will lead a 180-person program in seven offices, including more than 75 attorneys. The position is based in Minneapolis, with the ability to work up to three days per week remotely, and requires routine travel to the St. Cloud and Willmar offices as well as to meet with donors located in Minnesota. The Executive Director will work with MMLA’s dedicated and talented staff and board to deliver legal representation to people in the communities MMLA serves, implement new strategies to meet ever evolving community needs, and diversify and grow our funding sources.

The Executive Director will also play a critical role in advancing MMLA’s commitment to implementing policies and practices focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion, both internally and externally. MMLA’s next Executive Director will have the responsibility of being a visionary leader in transformational change as MMLA implements its Strategic Racial Equity Action Plan (SREAP).

Compensation & Benefits: The expected starting salary range for this role will be $125,000-$145,000 annually. Family medical and dental insurance. Short-term disability insurance. Long-term disability insurance. Life insurance. 403(b) with employer match. FSA options. Employee assistance program. Generous paid time off, including 15 annual paid holidays, 10-25 annual paid vacation days, 12 annual paid sick days, paid parental leave, and half days on Fridays.

Desired Starting Date: January 2024 (negotiable)

Applications: Submit a resume, cover letter describing your leadership style and explaining interest in this position, and three job-related references, one of which must be a current or former supervisor, via the MMLA careers website.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with priority given to applications received by Monday, November 20, 2023. Two rounds of virtual oral interviews will be held in December.

If you require a reasonable accommodation for completing this application, interviewing, or otherwise participating in our employee selection process, please send an email to Barb O’Connell at boconnell@mylegalaid.org requesting the accommodation.

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.


Responsibilities: Serve as the public face of MMLA by providing leadership in local and state legal aid forums and engaging with the Minnesota Judicial Branch, the private bar, the justice community, and other community leaders. Develop and cultivate relationships with individual and corporate donors, foundations, the state legislature, and other funders to increase and diversify MMLA’s financial resources. Envision and implement strategies to grow MMLA’s internal and external racial justice work, including the organizational SREAP. Direct MMLA’s advocacy and promote collaborative teamwork among MMLA programs, staff, and services. Promote collaboration with other legal aid providers and human services organizations in the region and state. Develop strategies to close the gaps in available legal services to our client communities. Collaboratively administer and direct a staff of attorneys and non-attorneys, including recruiting and retaining high quality staff, managing an effective leadership team, implementing technological upgrades and innovations, and working closely with the MMLA Board of Directors and The Fund for Legal Aid.


Qualifications: Personal qualities that include integrity, knowledge of and commitment to MMLA’s mission, and the ability to inspire and motivate. Ten years of recent legal practice. Licensure to practice law in Minnesota or eligibility for admission by reciprocity, and be in good standing. Experience in, comfort with, and commitment to organizational racial justice work with a focus on transformational change. Successful fundraising experience, such as grants, corporate, and individual giving, preferably in a non-profit setting. Management experience, including supervision, feedback and evaluations, delegation, and conflict resolution. Demonstrated commitment and dedication to providing high quality legal assistance to people from low-income backgrounds and/or people with disabilities. Demonstrated success in leadership. Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a variety of stakeholders. Tech savvy and commitment to leveraging technology to improve and expand legal services. Diverse economic, social, or cultural experiences, including lived experience, preferred.

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid

Contact: Bree Dalager
111 N 5th St
Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Transit: On bus line