Senior Director of Operations

Job description

IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, was established in 2006 at the University of Denver, a nonprofit, private university founded more than 150 years ago. IAALS is a national, independent research center dedicated to promoting continuous improvement and excellence in the American legal system. It is a "think tank" that goes one step further - we are solution oriented. We strive to achieve this by creating innovative and practical solutions to problems in our legal system using the partnership of experts and groups around the country. We believe that a trustworthy legal system is essential to our democracy, economy, and freedom.

IAALS is an Institute within the University of Denver, distinct from the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law, and is located in John Moye Hall on the University's campus. Currently IAALS has 18 fulltime and 5 part-time employees. IAALS does not have tuition based funding, nor does it teach students.

IAALS works on solving problems within the legal system: both in the courts and in the delivery of legal services more broadly. We conduct comprehensive analysis and work with stakeholders to design models, empower decision-makers, and measure outcomes and impacts to advance a trusted American legal system. IAALS has ongoing projects in the areas of judicial selection, civil justice reform, family justice reform, legal education, and reregulation of the legal profession. We encourage applicants to learn more about our work at

Position Summary

This position reports to the Executive Director, is a member of IAALS' Senior Leadership Team, and will be responsible for leading the administrative functions at IAALS so as to achieve IAALS' mission. Responsibilities include contributing to strategic planning for and day-to-day leadership of IAALS and its operations, collaborating with other Senior Leadership Team members to support the agenda for IAALS' programmatic work, including, cultivating and participating in development opportunities, marketing and communications, and managing and developing operations staff to support IAALS' objectives.

Required Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in law, business, or management.
  • At least 10 years of experience with hands-on management of teams and systems, with increasing leadership responsibilities.
  • Experience as a CFO, CAO or COO, or equivalent, preferably in legal context, higher education and/or nonprofit.
  • Familiarity with finance, budgetary development and oversight, and HR.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Juris Doctorate
  • At least 12 or more years of experience in the legal system, a nonprofit, or a startup organization.
  • Experience with communications, events, and fund development.

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 8:00am 5:00pm

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00pm (MST) August 8, 2018. Applications may be accepted and reviewed until position is filled.

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.




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Job No: 005204
Posted: 7/17/2018
Application Due: 9/15/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable