Managing Attorney


About Legal Aid Society Of San Diego:

Incorporated in 1953, the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. (LASSD) is dedicated to improving
lives by advancing justice through effective and vigorous legal advocacy, outreach and
education. With an annual budget of approximately $17 M, LASSD’s staff of 146 includes 63 attorneys and 45 advocates who work on specialized teams in the substantive priority areas of housing and
community development, health, welfare, immigration law, consumer protection law, family
law, and SSI advocacy. In addition, our pro bono team provides volunteer opportunities in all of
these substantive areas, as well as with tax law, conservatorships, and domestic violence; other
volunteers assist with our various court centered partnership clinics. Find out more about us at

Overview of the Job
The Managing Attorney (MA) is a strategic thought‐partner to the Chief Counsel with a passion
for leading a sophisticated poverty law organization. The MA oversees and integrates the work
of multiple teams through collaborative efforts that engender efficiency, trust and respect
among all parties.

A seasoned attorney who has deep knowledge of and experience in poverty law, the MA has a
visceral connection to the people and communities we serve.

Among, the MA’s many duties, this executive is responsible for:

Strategic Leadership and Management

  • Supervising, coaching and evaluating experienced attorneys in all manner of poverty law
  • Overseeing the quality of the legal work product of substantive law teams
  • Collaborating with the management team on the creation of policy, procedures, and
    strategies for advancing the work of the firm
  • Partnering with the Chief Counsel and the board on developing long‐term operational
    and strategic plans
  • Maintaining continuous lines of communication, keeping the Chief Counsel informed of
    all critical personnel and program issues
  • Handling personnel issues including hiring, conflict resolution, disciplinary action and
    termination processes
  • Identifying new opportunities for cost‐savings, funding, programs and partnerships that
    will advance the work of the firm

External Relations

  • Engaging community residents and community leaders in conversation about formal
    and informal efforts to address policy, program and legal issues that advance the rights
    of low‐ income people
  • Representing the organization externally, as necessary, through all manner of public
    speaking engagements
  • Leading contracting, banking and other business negotiations/relationships
  • Visions external relations activities and increase efficiencies

Administrative Management and Oversight

  • Monitoring regulatory compliance and communicating compliance requirements
    effectively to others throughout the firm
  • Providing assistance with developing and monitoring budgets and financial plans in
    collaboration with appropriate personnel (i.e., Chief Counsel, CFO, and team leaders)
  • Working closely with the Board of Directors to ensure LASSD’s fiduciary and compliance
    responsibilities are fulfilled in a transparent and responsible manner
  • Ensuring policies and procedures are in place and effectively communicating it to staff
    to protect the organization
  • Assisting with the development of funding proposals and ensuring that funding
    requirements are met
  • Other duties as required


  • Member of the CA and Federal Bars or willing to take and pass the CA Bar
  • Highly proficient skills in all manner of poverty lawyering
  • Knowledge of the LSC regulatory environment
  • Keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills which support and enable sound
    decision making
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize,
    negotiate and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Prior experience supervising, coaching and mentoring a team
  • A commitment to lead by example, passion for creating change, and dedication to the

Salary range: $90,000 ‐ $115,000 based on experience. Full benefits provided.
Posting Expiration Date: Open until position is filled.
How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to our online website at

LASSD is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity

and inclusion in its work and staff.

Deputy Director/Managing Attorney
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