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Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services seeks an executive director
January 11, 2023 | Chinami Arai

POSITION TITLE: Executive Director
COMPENSATION: $78,000 to $85,000
Generous vacation and sick leave benefit along with eleven paid holidays. Full time staff receive a monthly health stipend of $400.
RECRUITMENT: Complete application packets must be received by Monday, January 23, 2023.



Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services (TCVLS) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that provides legal assistance to low-income individuals and families for a variety of civil legal proceedings. Our clientele cannot afford legal representation due to financial constraints, so they turn to TCVLS for legal advice, brief services and representation. Trained volunteer attorneys help people who must selfrepresent by providing legal advice and consultation. Occasionally we match clients with private attorneys for pro bono full representation.
While our core mission is to provide legal advice and representation through volunteer attorneys, TCVLS has attorneys on staff as well. Our Housing Justice Project team includes attorneys who provide advice and direct representation to eligible tenants who are at risk of eviction and/or who have been served a summons for eviction. In addition, TCVLS has recently received a grant to put together a team of attorneys to provide legal services to survivors of domestic violence.
TCVLS provides legal services in Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, Pacific, and Lewis Counties.
TCVLS is committed to race equity and justice. We want our employees to be diverse and reflect the community and the individuals we serve. We strive to have services and programs that are free from bias and oppression and staff and volunteers that treat everyone with dignity and respect.

The Executive Director of TCVLS is the organization’s primary leader providing strategic and financial management of a nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve low-income individuals and families unable to afford legal services on their own. The Executive Director reports to and works closely with SEEKING CANDIDATES WITH STRONG MANAGERIAL SKILLS AND EQUALLY STRONG COMMITMENT TO SERVING LOW INCOME
INDIVIDIALS AND FAMILIES the organization’s governing Board of Directors to develop policies, including the annual budget, that support this mission and the services provided by organization staff.

• Supporting Board of Directors
• Providing strategic, mission-driven leadership
• Ensure financial stability of organization
• Support staff in high quality, client focused service
• Represent TCVLS in ways that strengthen our presence in the community and build respect for our mission
Detailed position description available at

• Sincere and deliberate commitment to serving low-income populations in a community encompassing five counties.
• A bachelor’s degree in any field AND three (3) years of work experience in a non-profit organization. Five (5) years total of work experience with a non-profit or non-profits may substitute for this requirement.
• Ability to work collaboratively and in partnership with governing body of Board of Directors.
• Strong organizational management skills to include successfully juggle multiple duties/tasks and deadlines and ability to prioritize work for employees.
• Significant understanding and experience in building and operating budgets for a non-profit organization.
• Understanding and experience in grant-writing, producing fundraising events, and grant reporting.
• Ability to lead staff strategically with a focus on mission-driven operational details and goals.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated cultural competence and sensitivity in working with diverse staff, clients, communities, and colleagues.
• Ability to manage stress and work calmly under pressure.
• Demonstrated intermediate/advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel and Outlook and be open to learning new software applications.
• Ability to use and operate office machines such as copiers, scanners, etc. effectively.
• Be accurate and detail oriented.
• TCVLS has an organizational commitment to fight racism and to incorporate equity and inclusion in both the work we do and work environment we create. All staff are expected to uphold this commitment and approach their role with a desire to learn and grow in this area.

• A Master’s degree or Juris Doctorate (J.D.).
• Management or supervisory experience within a non-profit organization, particularly those that are dedicated to social justice.

This position requires use of a computer, laptop, printer, copier/scanner and phone (including answering system). The Executive Director speaks to clients, volunteers, board members and community partners and must be able to understand written and verbal communications in a variety of settings or be able to do so with an accommodation necessary to achieve understanding. The Executive Director is required to travel throughout our five-county service delivery area and must be able to sit for long periods of time during travel.

A complete application packet must be received no later than Monday, January 23, 2023. Candidates must include a cover letter, a resume that reflects experience and qualifications for the position, and a list of three references (please include phone numbers).

Application packets can be mailed or e-mailed to:
Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services
P.O. Box 405
Olympia, WA 98507-0405
TCVLS is an equal employment opportunity employer. All employees have the right to work in a discrimination-free environment. TCVLS will not permit or condone any arbitrary discrimination in the workplace. All employment decisions will be made without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, creed, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by state, local, or federal laws