Legal Aid Justice Center

Executive Director

Charlottesville, VA

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Website: Legal Aid Justice Center 

Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC), a not for profit law firm committed to battling poverty and injustice through individual legal representation, group and class action litigation, community organizing, policy advocacy, and media relations, is seeking nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director. LAJC is a fierce advocate for low-income clients and communities in Central and Northern Virginia, and its work broadly impacts the entire state. The new Executive Director will lead a dedicated team of nearly 50 staff while providing overall strategic direction to the organization in its ambitious agenda to advance social justice throughout the state.

Founded in 1967, LAJC provides services under four key program areas: Civil Rights & Racial Justice, Economic Justice, Just Children, and Immigrant Advocacy. LAJC boldly tackles issues of systemic injustice and aims to raise public and policy-maker awareness of some of the most pressing challenges facing low-income Virginia residents.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will lead the organization in its provision of civil legal services and will provide thoughtful leadership of the strategic planning process in order to position the organization for continued success through efforts targeting the state’s most vulnerable communities. S/he will be a seasoned, inclusive leader and an empowering manager, responsible for overseeing staff based in offices in Charlottesville, Falls Church, Petersburg, and Richmond, VA.

The ideal candidate will have significant nonprofit leadership and complex litigation experience, as well as demonstrated experience advancing access to justice and equal access to resources for all members of society. S/he will pursue opportunities for broad impact work and manage all internal finances and growth of a $5.5 million budget. S/he will ensure compliance with legal and funder requirements, ensuring the short and long term fiscal and programmatic health of the organization. S/he will also enhance internal capacity and organizational infrastructure, while cultivating meaningful relationships and collaborations with key decision makers, law firms, philanthropic individuals and organizations, and other key social service and public interest partners.

The Executive Director will have an immovable moral core, exhibit humble, servant leadership, cultivate donors and pursue fundraising opportunities, and have strong ability to leverage staff effectively. S/he will represent LAJC publicly, and will continue to elevate the organization’s image as a critical, impactful agency within the community. S/he will have an underlying commitment to ensuring low-income people can meet their basic needs and be assured equal access to opportunities and justice, bringing to the work a sensitive appreciation for the barriers their communities face. The Executive Director will be based in the Charlottesville, VA office.

The LAJC Search Committee is being supported by Tamar Datan, Nureen Das, and Mira Kline of the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group. Please see application instructions at the end of this document.


Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume, salary expectations, and where you learned of the position should be sent to: In order to expedite the sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail. 


Tamar Datan

Tamar brings 30 years of nonprofit experience in the fields of conservation, education, economic development, social justice and philanthropy to our mission-driven clients.

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