Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS) is seeking a Chief Advocacy Officer (CAO) to design, strategically grow and direct MALS’ litigation and advocacy programs to effectively address the issues of people and communities living in poverty. This position reports to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and is a key member of the senior management team. The CAO is responsible for creating and leading a strategic advocacy vision for MALS; overseeing the quality and effective delivery of legal services; and supervising the firm’s managing attorneys, special project teams and the legal work of each; managing litigation and reviewing requests for appellate and complex case representation.

The CAO also serves as General Counsel for the firm keeping the CEO and board of directors abreast of all laws, policies and regulations governing MALS. In partnership with the CEO and Chief Operations Officer, the CAO promotes a culture of high performance, continuous learning and improvement that supports the effective advancement of MALS’ values and mission.

The CAO is an individual with an extensive and varied litigation background, a history of creative and high impact advocacy, demonstrated leadership in litigation, and substantive expertise in poverty law issues. Salary DOE w/excellent benefits, including 401(K).

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Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, writing sample, and resume to MALS is E.O.E.