Florida Rural Legal Services


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Job Duties and Responsibilities for

Deputy Director/Advocacy Director


The purpose of the Deputy Director position is to provide assistance to the Executive Director regarding all aspects of the management, administration and funding of FRLS; and assume responsibilities of Executive Director when requested by the Executive Director.


he following outlines the general responsibilities of this position:

*     The Advocacy/Deputy Director is a management level attorney position who reports directly to the Executive Director.  This position includes involvement in the overall management of the program, with primary responsibilities for such areas as management of advocate performance evaluations, training, Private Attorney Involvement (PAI) programs, litigation support, and recruitment.  Some involvement in personnel and labor relations matters is also included in this position.

Specific Duties include:

*     Oversee and assist with evaluations of all non-Administrative staff.

*   *   Evaluate and determine if probation is needed for an employee and follow up during the probationary term until final recommendation to Executive Director.

*     *    Handle PAI Involvement activities as assigned in conjunction with Executive Director.

*     *    Assist in hiring all professional staff.

*   *  Maintains expertise (by handling cases, reading legal journals and periodicals, providing consultation to other staff members, and attending training) in program priority areas and the fields of professional responsibility and Florida practice and procedure including appellate practice.

*     *   Litigation responsibilities on selected cases and assisting staff with litigation matters.

*     *   Be responsible for review of all complex litigation and other Advocacy matters.

*     *   Be resource along with Executive Director for Managing Attorneys on FRLS policy matters.

*   * Serves as a member of the Management Committee to develop and implement program policies and goals.

*     *   Performs functions of Managing Attorney as assigned by Executive Director.

*  * Write selected reports, grant applications and other communication for funders and potential funders including FBF and LSC as directed by Executive Director.

*     *   A member of Central Administrative team.

*  *  Responsible for program mission and work plan implementation, as assigned by the Executive Director.

*    *    Assume managerial and supervisory responsibility with respect to other management staff and members, as requested by the Executive Director.

*   * Work with Administration and Tech Committee to oversee updates entered on website content.

*     *   Assists the Executive Director in communication in public relations activities as required.

* * Develops in coordination with the Executive Director or Managing Attorneys a comprehensive annual report for the Board of Directors.

*     *   Attends meetings of the Board of Directors.

*   *  Travel to other offices to perform evaluations and other administrative personnel related matters, as needed.

*     *   Reports to the Executive Director.


Personal Attributes:


*     Dedication to high moral and ethical standards

*     The ability to engender confidence and trust,

*     A management style that inspires and encourages professional growth in others

*     A strong work ethic and commitment to working as a team

*     The ability to work effectively with diverse groups and individuals

*     A sense of humor, sound judgment, and overall excellent “people skills.”

*     Commitment to a flexible, comprehensive view of representation on behalf of low income people that values both individual and systemic advocacy

*     Ability to identify and respond to shifting trends in legal practice and policies affecting the poor.




Barred in FL, or eligible for timely admission to proactive.  Minimum of 10 years legal experience including substantial litigation experience in state and federal courts.  Highly skilled and effective lawyer.  Significant experience leading an advocacy effort other than litigation.  Prior management  or administrative experience involving supervision of staff in a legal services setting.  Excellent administrative and organizational skills.  Commitment to FRLS’ mission.


SALARY AND BENEFITS – Excellent Salary and benefits.  Salary DOE.


To Apply:


To encourage all interested and highly qualified applicants to apply, the hiring process will be confidential.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  In order to receive full consideration, however, candidates are urged to submit their materials by May 15, 2014.


Interested candidates should submit a letter expressing in detail your interest in the position of Deputy Director/Advocacy Director of FRLS and what you believe you can contribute to the future of FRLS and its client community.  The letter should be accompanied by a current resume, and two writing samples. 


Highly qualified candidates with questions about the position or process are encouraged to contact the Executive Director, Donald Isaac at 239-334-4554.



Send Resume and Writing samples to:


Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc.

3210 Cleveland Avenue, Ste. 101

Fort Myers, Florida  33901


Email:  beverly.mccoy@frls.org



**FRLS is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

                                                 OUTREACH PARALEGAL

Fort Myers

February 3, 2014



To maintain contact with the Florida migrant and seasonal farmworker community, constantly assessing the needs of the client population.  The paralegal will conduct extensive outreach to farmworkers throughout the state, provide supportive services to client groups, investigate facts, and assist attorneys in litigation.


Specific duties include:  visiting migrant farmworker camps and seasonal farmworker communities throughout the state, providing education about farmworkers’ rights under federal and state laws, investigating living and working conductions and, when appropriate, assisting farmworkers to assert their rights through the legal system.  Frequent travel to remote locations during non-business hours, including nights and weekends, is required.  The position also involves providing support to attorneys during litigation, maintaining client contact, and legal research.


An interest in working with minorities and poor people is required.  The paralegal must be able to communicate with and work with a varied client community as well as with attorneys and public officials.  Must have good writing skills.  Basic computer skills a must.  Spanish speaking ability is required.


$21,000 - $59,000 - Salary depends on experience level.

Liberal annual leave and fringe benefits provisions.

Send Resume to:

Recruitment Coordinator

Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc.

PO Box 219

Fort Myers, Florida  33902-0219


Email:  beverly.mccoy@frls.org


Fax:  (239)936-7038

Deadline:  Until Filled