Baltimore, MD (Hybrid)

Executive Director, Maryland Legal Services Corporation

The Organization

The mission of Maryland Legal Services Corporation is to ensure low-income Marylanders have access to stable, efficient and effective civil legal assistance through the distribution of funds to nonprofit legal services organizations. Since 1982, MLSC has made grants totaling over $376 million to help provide services in more than 4 million legal matters.

The Maryland General Assembly established MLSC in 1982 as a nonprofit corporation to distribute funds from the Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program and other sources for the provision of civil legal services to low-income Marylanders. In addition to IOLTA, MLSC receives funding from surcharges on certain court filing fees and a distribution from the Abandoned Property Fund. MLSC currently provides funding to 41 nonprofit grantees throughout Maryland to ensure that eligible clients in all areas of the state have access to legal assistance. MLSC also administers Maryland’s Access to Counsel in Evictions program.

Position Overview


Maryland Legal Services Corporation announces the launch of a search for the organization’s next executive director. Are you a dynamic nonprofit leader who is passionate about addressing pressing civil legal problems and social justice issues? Do you feel energized by the idea of using your advocacy and legislative policy experience to support underserved Maryland communities? Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC) is seeking an Executive Director to fulfill the organization’s mission and statutory mandate. MLSC has just undergone a period of dramatic growth, and now is an exciting time to join our organization.

As the Executive Director you will oversee MLSC strategy and operations including legislative advocacy, grantmaking, Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) compliance, and fiscal office management. You will be responsible for protecting and pursuing organization funding to maintain and expand civil legal services through state legislative activities. The Executive Director must be an effective liaison with stakeholders such as the grantee community, Maryland Access to Justice Commission, Maryland State Bar Association, Maryland judicial and legislative branches, and the Office of the Attorney General. You’ll develop and recommend grantor policies and procedures to ensure funds are used in accordance with MLSC’s statutory mandate and funding-specific requirements. You’ll also represent MLSC at state and national events, conferences and meetings.

The Executive Director serves as a champion and advocate for nonprofit legal services providers and Maryland’s civil legal aid delivery system as a whole. This will be an exceptional opportunity for you to leverage your legislative and financial acumen, along with a “never give up” approach to supporting low-income Marylanders, all while leading a small but talented team of highly dedicated, passionate nonprofit professionals.

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You will be qualified for this opportunity if you possess a bachelor’s degree and at least seven years of nonprofit experience including budgeting, compliance, finance and fiscal controls. Experience with the legislative process and public policy advocacy work is required, with Maryland-specific experience preferred. A J.D. degree or other relevant advanced degree is preferred, as is experience with the nonprofit civil legal service providers in Maryland. Prior leadership experience serving as an executive director, deputy director or senior staff member is also preferred.

You should possess familiarity with social services, issues facing nonprofit organizations and grants, which may come from board, volunteer, or staff service.

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The starting salary range for this position is estimated to be $130,000 – $175,000, depending on experience and skills. Additionally, we are pleased to provide a comprehensive benefits package, including health, life and disability insurance, as well as a generous retirement plan, retiree health insurance and parking.

How To Apply

To be considered for this opportunity, please apply by July 31 at by submitting your resume and a cover letter. Please mention where you saw this posting in your cover letter.

As an equal opportunity employer, we strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for this opportunity.

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