CEO/Executive Director, Institute for the Advancement of the
American Legal System Apply now Job no: 493256
Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Academic Administration
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IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal
System, seeks a new CEO/Executive Director. A national,
independent research center, located at and partnering with the
University of Denver (DU), IAALS is dedicated to facilitating
continuous improvement and excellence in the American legal system,
with emphasis on the civil justice system. The work of IAALS is
especially important as the United States faces unexpected
challenges such as COVID-19’s threats to lives and livelihoods, and
as the imperatives of racial justice shape our national agenda.
IAALS’ non-partisan and proven research and consensus-building
methods are well-suited to address opportunities for change.
Founded in 2006 by DU Chancellor Emeritus Daniel L. Ritchie,
Denver attorney and bar leader John E. Moye, business leader and
philanthropist Charles C. Gates, and former Colorado Supreme Court
Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis, IAALS proactively forges innovative
and practical solutions based on extensive research, and broad
engagement and convenings of experts and users. IAALS works to
empower the best ideals of the American legal system, expanding
access, removing inefficiencies, and delivering services in
relevant and creative ways. The Institute is committed to restoring
fairness, function, and the public’s faith in our system.
An American legal system that works for all people by being
accessible, fair, reliable, efficient, and accountable; a system
that earns trust, because a trusted and trustworthy legal system is
essential to our democracy, our economy, and our freedom.
To forge innovative and practical solutions to problems within
the American legal system. For additional background, please visit
our website at https://iaals.du.edu/.
The University of Denver
Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is an independent,
doctoral-granting research university with high research activity.
The University of Denver is ranked among the nation’s top 100
universities, with many of its professional schools and programs
ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report . Located in the
thriving city of Denver, at the foot of the awe-inspiring Rocky
Mountains, the University enrolls just under 13,000 students in its
distinguished undergraduate liberal arts and sciences, graduate,
and professional programs, including the Sturm College of Law .
The University of Denver is located on a 125-acre campus less
than 30 minutes from downtown. Through the Denver Advantage , the
University aims to integrate and engage the campus with its
surrounding neighborhood, open the doors of campus to the City of
Denver, and foster a greater sense of belonging for the DU
community. The beautiful campus, with sweeping views of the Denver
skyline and the Rocky Mountains, is also designated as an
arboretum. In 2019, Business Insider ranked Denver second in its
list of “50 Best Places to Live in America Right Now,” and U.S.
News & World Report has rated Colorado as the nation’s top economy
for the past three years.
IAALS focuses its efforts on big, systemic problems in our legal
system that impact millions of Americans for which there are
achievable solutions. IAALS seeks an experienced, inspiring
individual to lead the Institute and this work with energy and
urgency; to serve as the public face of IAALS and be responsible
for its overall management in achieving IAALS’ mission.
This is a unique opportunity for an innovative professional and
proven leader to join this dynamic and nationally-respected
organization, leading a talented staff and working with a committed
This individual will lead the critical work of IAALS going
Redesigning the civil justice system to meet the challenges and
opportunities of the 21st Century, focused on the end user, to
ensure our system is relevant and accessible for the people it is
meant to serve.
Reworking the system so that it is navigable for people
regardless of level of representation, so all can achieve fair
Reexamining the regulatory constructs of the legal profession
with an eye to which of them ultimately serve or disserve the
Developing more robust tools for selecting and evaluating judges
that honor both accountability and impartiality.
Ensuring law students get better value for their tuition
dollars, legal employers can hire more qualified candidates, and
ultimately clients receive better service.
Marshaling and implementing solutions designed to address
declining trust in the courts.
Tackling issues of access to justice, racial equality, and
diversity on the bench.
Specific duties of the CEO/Executive Director include:
Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the American
legal system and within IAALS.
Regularly engaging with IAALS’ Executive Committee and Board of
Advisors to plan, implement and refine the trajectory of IAALS’
Supervising, developing, and collaborating with the IAALS senior
leadership team on program area development, strategic planning,
operations, and fundraising.
Ensuring the financial stability and integrity of IAALS through
responsible budgeting, planning, fundraising and stewardship.
Maintaining and building connections with national and
Raising the public profile of IAALS through speaking and
teaching engagements, press interviews, civic engagement, writing
and publishing opportunities, and blogs and op-eds.
Effectively conveying a vision of IAALS’ strategic future to
staff, the board, partners, other stakeholders and donors.
Maintaining and enhancing collaborative efforts with other units
of the University of Denver.
Significant commitment to travel in conjunction with
conferences, networking, and execution of the IAALS mission.
Working with urgency and an entrepreneurial mindset to solve
large-scale problems, inspiring teammates and stakeholders.
Thinking strategically, identifying opportunities that can
benefit from the IAALS approach, and generating solutions that are
relevant, timely and practical in addressing the toughest issues
confronting the legal system and the legal profession.
Providing executive-level leadership of IAALS in a transparent
and ethical manner that advances and guides the organization’s
Serving as the primary spokesperson to the organization’s
stakeholders, the media, and the public.
Cultivating social and professional networks to retain and
generate business relationships for IAALS.
In addition to holding a Masters, J.D., PhD this person will
Relevant, Legal Leadership and Background: 7-10+ years of
demonstrated senior leadership experience leading a company or
nonprofit, an academic entity such as a research institute or law
school, branch of a court system, law firm, corporate law
department, or relevant government agency or other enterprise
related to the legal system. Familiarity—and prior engagement—with
issues facing the courts, legal profession, and legal education.
Legal, policy and/or government experience at the state or federal
level a plus.
Management and Team Building Experience: Experience and
demonstrated ability in identifying talent and building, mentoring,
and leading a team, as well as managing both teams and systems.
Ability to establish priorities for an organization with clearly
Stakeholder Management: Ability to build working relationships
with key stakeholders, including regional and national
organizations, the public sector, relevant corporate entities and
Fundraising : Aptitude for fundraising; ability to motivate
donors and grantmaking institutions by building relationships and
seeing opportunities to work together.
Passion for the mission of IAALS: Ability to motivate others
through a passion for the work of IAALS and for justice and the
rule of law. Belief in the importance of addressing issues facing
the courts, legal profession, and legal education, and in IAALS’
practical, solutions-oriented, and non-partisan approach.
Visionary, entrepreneurial leader and strong communicator:
Ability to articulate a vision and engage others to achieve it; to
identify new opportunities to advance and grow an organization and
work with others to seize them. Creative communicator who leverages
technology. Exceptional writing, speaking and critical thinking
skills, with the ability to present complex material both to
audiences of individuals in the field, as well as to audiences of
business leaders and beyond. Effective presence and gravitas.
High EQ: Emotional intelligence, with the ability to read others
and their cues while being self-aware; treating everyone with
courtesy and respect. Demonstrated values of personal integrity and
accountability, modeled for a skilled and committed IAALS team.
If you have specific questions about this job description or the
application process, please email Cynthia Bowling at
The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity
of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color,
national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status
protected by law.
All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion
of a criminal history background check.
Advertised: September 13, 2020
Applications close: Open until filled
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