Executive Director

Executive Director

Street Law, Inc.

Silver Spring, MD   |   May 11, 2020

About Street Law, Inc.

Street Law’s mission is to advance justice by empowering people with the legal and civic knowledge, skills, and confidence to bring about positive changes for themselves and society at large. Since 1972, it has been hard at work in communities and schools across the country—and on the global stage since 1986—developing programs and teaching materials that educate people about law and government. Street Law believes that when people have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to understand how law and government work, to advocate effectively for themselves and others, and to participate in civic life, their lives and their democracy will improve. For Street Law, establishing a rule of law culture in which citizens are informed and empowered is a community responsibility that is best accomplished through collaboration between the legal and educational sectors.

Street Law advances its mission by helping others—specifically classroom teachers, the legal community, law enforcement, government agencies, and community organizations—be effective law and government educators.

Street Law’s work fits into the following five categories:

  • Teacher Professional Development Programs that annually help over 600 social studies teachers improve the way they teach about law and government.
  • Legal Community Partnership Programs that engage more than 2,000 lawyers, law students, police officers, and other legal professionals each year to teach young people about law and legal careers.
  • The Legal Life Skills Program that empowers over 500 participants in underserved populations across more than 25 sites annually with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to thrive.
  • International Programs that bring education about democracy and the rule of law to young people and marginalized populations in dozens of countries around the world.
  • Curricula and Teaching Materials that are relevant to students’ lives and delivered via interactive, student-centered teaching strategies—including the high school-level law text Street Law: A Course in Practical Law.

Street Law boasts a civic education footprint far in excess of its budget and staff size thanks to a robust network of educators, volunteers, and partner organizations. It has a rich history of impactful, sustainable, scalable innovation. For more information on Street Law, please visit www.streetlaw.org.

The Executive Director Opportunity

To plan for the retirement of a highly successful, long-time leader, the organization is seeking an Executive Director who is excited about building on Street Law’s incredible history and expanding its impact in the future. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to take the helm of a leading civic education organization doing work both in the United States and internationally.

Street Law is seeking an experienced, dynamic, and visionary leader to oversee all facets of the organization’s work and to guide it into its next stage of development. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, program development, strategic planning, and fundraising of the organization, and reports directly to the Board of Directors. The individual will work in a collaborative manner with a highly experienced and capable staff to address needs and take advantage of opportunities in the field of civic education and will represent the organization to funders, organizational partners, and professionals in the legal field.

The Executive Director will lead a mighty staff of 14 and oversee an annual budget of $2.5 million.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Developing and executing strategies that increase the visibility, capacity, and impact of Street Law’s key programs in communities across the U.S. and internationally.
  • Inspiring and motivating staff through collaborative and empowering leadership that maximizes staff talents and skills.
  • Leading a comprehensive fundraising strategy that builds on existing networks and pursues new funding avenues.
  • Maintaining the financial viability of the organization by ensuring diverse and sustainable revenue streams.
  • Representing the organization externally with educators, legal professionals, funders, and organizational partners in order to further the mission.
  • Promoting the organization’s values of nonpartisanship, diversity, equity, and inclusion both internally and externally.
  • Maintaining and encouraging an organizational culture of respect and cooperation.
Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate for this role will bring a collaborative, nonpartisan, values-driven approach to leading the strategy, staff, and operations of Street Law during this critical opportunity for growth in civic education. The successful candidate will have demonstrated leadership and management skills with a history of setting a strategic vision and securing the necessary resources required to execute on that vision. They will possess an entrepreneurial spirit, the ability to fundraise, and a strong orientation toward collaboration with a range of diverse stakeholders. The successful candidate will bring a palpable passion for Street Law’s mission of bringing legal professionals, educators, corporate partners, and other stakeholders together to increase the impact of civic education and possess sufficient knowledge to collaborate comfortably with professionals in all realms.

In addition to the above, the Executive Director will possess the following attributes and competencies:

Passion for the Mission

The Executive Director will believe deeply in the power of an engaged citizenry and the importance of increasing civic education tools, resources, and programs across communities. The successful candidate will embrace Street Law’s nonpartisan approach to its work and be energized by the opportunity to share broadly the important role that civics plays in a healthy democracy. With a strong equity focus and a deep appreciation for education as a critical lever in advancing social justice, the Executive Director will bring a passion for working on behalf of young people. As a representative of the organization, the Executive Director’s demonstrated enthusiasm for Street Law’s values and ability to engage others in its mission-driven work will facilitate both internal and external stakeholders toward a shared sense of purpose. Content knowledge in education, civics, or the law is appreciated.

Strategic and Visionary Leadership

The Executive Director will be an experienced leader who enjoys inspiring and collaborating with staff to achieve measurable goals across an organization. Bringing a growth mindset, they will be excited about the opportunity to increase the impact of the organization in the coming years. They will have the proven ability to develop and promote the strategies needed to advance the work of a mission-based organization, from funding to mission delivery to gathering evidence of proof of concept. Able to balance responsibility with creativity, the Executive Director will consistently have an eye on the future and be looking for ways for Street Law to grow, collaborate, and lead in the evolving landscape of civic education. Working directly with program, development, and operations staff, they will skillfully manage in all directions to assess and anticipate challenges and set and implement a strategic vision for Street Law’s next phase of growth.

Ambassador and Fundraiser

The Executive Director will be an inspirational and charismatic leader who will serve as the chief ‘Ambassador’ for Street Law. An articulate, informed, and passionate public speaker and clear and persuasive writer, they will represent Street Law both domestically and internationally and will be seen as a leader in the field. The Executive Director will be effective at conveying Street Law’s mission and vision and generating additional support and partners for the organization. They will be an energetic fundraiser and asset developer who will fully embrace this aspect of the role. The Executive Director will bring a creative and entrepreneurial approach to revenue generation, enabling Street Law to maintain its broad, enthusiastic donor base and access previously untapped support.

Building Relationships to Grow Impact

The Executive Director must possess dynamic and effective interpersonal and communication skills to inspire trust and confidence and grow and sustain excellent relationships with a range of diverse internal and external audiences. The successful candidate must demonstrate a high level of credibility, cultural fluency, and a deep respect for the communities and partners that Street Law works with across both the education and legal sectors. The Executive Director will model Street Law’s values around democracy and equity. Their natural ability to build rapport and foster collaboration with staff, stakeholders, and funders will successfully translate into measurable growth in the organization’s programmatic outcomes, funding, and overall development.

Nonprofit Management

The Executive Director brings strong staff, operational, and strategic financial management experience with a track record of successful fundraising, sound financial oversight, and an ability to effectively communicate both financial and programmatic results to a Board of Directors. The successful candidate will bring experience building and leading teams to navigate dynamic challenges and guiding team members’ growth and development. The Executive Director will share a commitment to program excellence and possess the ability to inspire and empower staff and engage individual skills and talents to build a collaborative and cohesive team. They will bring an understanding of both the importance and power of technology, and knowledge about how to leverage those tools to expand an organization’s reach. They will understand and implement best practices in nonprofit management, planning, marketing and communications, and fundraising to meet ambitious goals and ensure sustainable development in programming, funding, and across the organization.

Contact

Koya Leadership Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Erin Reedy and Marisa Chock are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please visit this link. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

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Street Law is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners

Koya Leadership Partners, a member of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.