Kansas Legal Services seeks an Executive Director

Kansas Legal Services (KLS) is seeking an Executive Director. KLS is a non-profit law firm committed to providing equal access to justice for the most vulnerable Kansans. KLS operates 11 offices and provides service in all 105 Kansas counties. It has a budget of $8 million, supporting a staff of 100, including 45 lawyers.

KLS receives funding from the Legal Services Corporation and other sources, public and private. The CEO reports directly to the Board of Directors.

The Executive Director of KLS is responsible for:

  • Provide vision and leadership to KLS staff with direction provided by the KLS Board of Directors.
  • To provide a public face to KLS that ensures trust and competence in the organization and support for the mission of providing legal services to low-income Kansans, and related efforts.
  • Manage KLS assets and resources in a manner consistent with state and federal requirements and generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Manage KLS programs to meet the requirements of current funding sources to ensure renewal, while continuing to find additional sources of revenue for KLS.
  • Expand services for self-represented litigants through the KLS website, while emphasizing the direct service needs of eligible clients who cannot represent themselves.

About Kanas Legal Services:

Kansas Legal Services operates 11 offices statewide to provide direct civil law services to vulnerable Kansans.

Services are offered to low-income families and individuals, as well as seniors, in a variety of legal matters. KLS receives assistance requests from 26,000 people each year and provides services to 16,000 people.

Our website provides extensive information on legal matters and was viewed by 372,000 people in 2021. Free online legal forms to meet specific legal needs are used by 7,000 unrepresented litigants each year.

KLS encourages the support of private attorneys in our work, through a statewide Private Attorney Engagement Program. This program supports the involvement of all lawyers, from those beginning their legal careers to retired and inactive lawyers, seeking to give back to their communities.

KLS is governed by a 23-member Board of Directors comprised of attorneys and eligible members of service area clients. Member attorneys are nominated by a state bar association or law school. Client board members are financially eligible for program services upon appointment to the board.

KLS’s primary areas of legal practice include family law, housing, elder law and return to work issues. KLS focuses on helping survivors of domestic violence; protect tenants against illegal/unfair landlord practices; seizures; and federal and state disability programs. KLS staff are appointed by the court to provide representation for defendants and parties to CINC actions in certain locations.

KLS operates a separate mediation program, Midland Mediation Services, which provides mediation services to various entities on a contractual basis.

Supporting the Executive Director, the KLS leadership team includes the Director of Advocacy and Complex Litigation, Director of Pro Bono Services, Senior Research Counsel, Director of Program Research and Development, and Director financial. The Personnel consists of a dedicated team of approximately 100 employees, including 45 lawyers.

KLS has $8 million in funding, including $3 million from the Legal Services Corporation. Other funding comes from municipal and county contracts, federal, state, local, and private funding, and other sources.


The ideal candidate should:

  • Demonstrate a passionate interest in the mission of KLS, a commitment to serving low-income customers and communities, and the ability to set a vision for the future of the organization.
  • Have experience successfully managing a legal services program, law firm, or other highly regulated nonprofit entity in a manner that demonstrates leadership skills.
  • Be available to travel throughout Kansas, possessing knowledge of the diverse urban and rural populations within its borders.
  • Direct involvement and success in raising funds and developing other resources, enabling them to meet additional legal needs with increased resources.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of working effectively within a board/executive director team, in a not-for-profit environment.
  • Possession of a license to practice law in Kansas or ability to obtain a license in Kansas.
  • Demonstrate professionalism, good listening and problem solving skills and the ability to motivate others as personal characteristics.
  • Be a diversity champion.
  • Know the development of the budget, compliance with the management of contracts and grants, financial monitoring.

To apply:

APPLICATION PROCESS Heather File, Human Resources Coordinator for Kansas Legal Services, assists the board’s search committee in selecting a new executive director. Documents should be submitted electronically to [email protected] Candidates with questions about the position or the process are encouraged to contact her at the email address above. This position will remain open until filled.

To be fully considered, applicants must submit their documents by June 10. Applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter specifically explaining your interest and qualifications for this position, as well as your goals and vision for Kansas Legal Services under your direction. A resume is required. We encourage you to submit the names (and contact details) of three professional references.

The Board wishes to make a final decision in July 2022 and have the selected candidate join the organization in the fall of 2022, in order to complete a transition.

The first round of interviews is scheduled for July 11-13, with a final round of interviews on July 25-26. Interested candidates should plan to be available during these times.

Salary is based on experience, within the public interest salary scale. KLS offers generous benefits, including medical, dental, and vision plans; life and disability insurance; a pension plan; paid vacation; and an employee assistance program

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