IAALS is a solution-oriented research institute located at the University of Denver that works to forge innovative and practical solutions to problems within the American legal system. We connect with experts, stakeholders, and users of our system to achieve our mission in five distinct areas: civil justice reform, family justice reform, the judiciary, legal education, and the legal profession.
IAALS is an Institute within the University of Denver, distinct from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, and is located in John Moye Hall on the University’s campus.
IAALS works on solving problems within the legal system: both in the courts and in the delivery of legal services more broadly. We conduct comprehensive analysis and work with stakeholders to design models, empower decision-makers, and measure outcomes and impacts to advance a trusted American legal system.
We encourage applicants to learn more about our work at iaals.du.edu.
This position reports to the Executive Director. This person will be responsible for leading the programmatic objectives at IAALS so as to achieve IAALS' mission. This position will initially focus on leading our programs related to legal education and the delivery of legal services, including the regulation of the legal profession.
Responsibilities include contributing to strategic planning for and day-to-day leadership of IAALS and its programmatic areas, developing the strategic plan for IAALS' programmatic work, identifying and maintaining partnerships, cultivating and participating in development opportunities, developing and leading projects, managing and developing staff to support IAALS' objectives, and representing IAALS in public settings. This person will serve as a member of the Senior Leadership Team and supervise programmatic staff.
- Provide strategic and day-to-day leadership of IAALS and its programmatic functions.
- Identify, develop, and maintain partnerships, including coordinating and maintaining regular communication with board members, project stakeholders, working groups, advisory committees, outside consultants, and funders and prospects.
- Stay abreast of developments around the country.
- Develop and lead projects, including supervising project teams and partners.
- Oversee programmatic staff and work with others to plan, coordinate, and facilitate meetings, convenings, and events.
- Represent IAALS and its work in many venues and outlets, including national presentations, conferences, events, and media.
- Write blogs, articles, and reports about IAALS' work and current legal reform issues.
- Lead and oversee legal and empirical research.
- Collaborate with communications, development, and research to achieve IAALS' goals.
- Collaborate with Senior Leadership Team members in IAALS-wide planning and strategic thinking.
- Occasional travel is required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. Ability to communicate complex concepts in persuasive, understandable ways and using varied communications media.
- Experience building strong relationships and serving as a liaison between multiple parties. Must possess a strong comfort level in varied social situations.
- Capacity to plan and strategize and prioritize work, use good judgment, problem solve, make independent decisions and work on multiple tasks without direct supervision.
- Ability to solve practical problems in situations where limited standardization exists and anticipate what is needed in the future.
- Proven ability to set and meet deadlines.
- Capacity to understand, digest and collate complex legal theories and practices. Ability to read and interpret documents such as professional journals and reports.
- Ability to develop, monitor, and report on budgets.
- Computer proficiency involving legal research and presentation software.
- Juris Doctor degree
- 8 years of experience in the legal system, including experience with and understanding of current challenges facing the legal system, involvement in solution-oriented efforts (e.g. service on committees or commissions; experience with an institution involved in reform efforts; research and/or writing on legal reform issues), supervision of employees, and project management.
- 10 - 12 or more years of experience in the legal system, including experience with and understanding of current challenges facing the legal system, involvement in solution-oriented efforts (e.g. service on committees or commissions; experience with an institution involved in reform efforts; research and/or writing on legal reform issues), supervision of employees, and project management.
- Experience in the areas of legal education and the delivery of legal services.
1. Standard office environment.
2. Unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high.
3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.
1. Ability to sit/stand 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.
The position is based in Denver. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Evenings and weekends as required.
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on December 13, 2019.
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.
Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.
Please include the following documents with your application:
2. Cover Letter
The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.
All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.