About Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc.:
Since 1968, Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc., has provided high-quality civil legal aid to those who otherwise would be denied justice. Whether it’s securing FoodShare for a family in need, obtaining a domestic abuse restraining order for a single mother, preventing homelessness for a veteran, or disputing a predatory loan for a vulnerable elder, Legal Action delivers high-quality, personalized legal representation to every client. We emphasize the legal work that will create systemic change for all.
Legal Action fights tirelessly in the southern 39 counties of Wisconsin to ensure equal justice. With funding from the Legal Services Corporation, the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation, and other sources, our non-profit law firm represents low-income and elderly individuals at no cost to clients. Attorneys in Legal Action’s six offices focus their work on housing, public benefits, family law, consumer issues, and removing barriers to employment.
Legal Action seeks a full-time Development and Communications Manager, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our new Development and Communications Manager will be dedicated to the pursuit of equal justice for low-income people. The Development and Communications Manager will be the primary fundraising and communications partner with Legal Action’s Executive Director and Board of Directors. This person will be responsible for creating and driving all development and external communication plans, maintaining and expanding a robust, diverse grant portfolio, and supporting the statewide equal justice fundraising campaign (housed at the Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund)
We value a diverse staff and work environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQIA, people with disabilities, and people with life experiences or education that add to our diversity and our capacity to provide high-quality legal aid to our clients. We encourage applicants to include a statement about the ways that their unique background and personal, professional, and life experiences contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and our law firm’s mission along with their other application materials.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made for people with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Highly skilled in producing edited and polished long-form (e.g., grant proposal narrative) and short-form (e.g., talking points) written texts and products.
- Precise and accurate editing skills.
- Strong interpersonal communication skills to persuade external audiences about the critical importance of equal justice and Legal Action.
- Ability to work cooperatively and harmoniously with and under the direction of the Executive Director.
- Ability to work cooperatively and harmoniously with other Legal Action staff.
- Ability to set and stay within clear priorities and tasks.
- Excellent verbal presentation skills.
- Ability to influence and engage a wide range of stakeholders and build long-term relationships
- Strong organizational skills; deadline and success driven.
- Ability to work independently without close oversight.
- Open to working in a fluid, fast-paced environment.
- A commitment to and passion for equal justice for low-income people is essential.
- Fluent in using Microsoft Office, the Internet, a database, and other software and applications for communications, grant writing and other fundraising, and data and information gathering.
- Legal Action will provide training, as necessary.
- Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred. Degrees and/or experience in writing are highly desired.
- 4 years of experience in the non-profit grant writing or communications field is preferred, though training will be provided if necessary.
- Valid driver’s license.
- Regular in-state travel (2 times/month) throughout southern Wisconsin will be required.
- Occasional out-of-state, overnight travel (at least 2 times/year) is also required.
We prefer to house this position in our Milwaukee office, but we will consider housing it in our Madison, Oshkosh, or Racine offices. After satisfactory completion of the probationary period and performance reviews, a telecommuting arrangement may be considered under Legal Action’s personnel policies.
Starting salary will depend upon the applicant’s experience and qualifications, with a range of $45,000 - $65,000 per year. The position includes a full fringe benefit package, which currently includes: fully paid health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance; a modest contribution to a firm-sponsored retirement plan; generous paid sick time; four weeks of annual leave and four days of personal leave per year; and four weeks of paid parental leave.
The position is subject to a probationary period of up to one year.
The position is governed by the Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. Personnel Policies which are subject to unilateral change by the Legal Action Board of Directors. As with any Legal Action position, there is no guaranteed period of employment and employment is “at will”, subject to termination at any time.