Job Details

Executive Director- Children's Law Center

Location:   Covington, KY

Salary:   based on experience


POSITION TITLE:   Executive Director, Children’s Law Center



  • Do you have a passion for juvenile justice?
  • Do you want to leverage your leadership skills in a highly respected and vibrant organization?
  • Do you embrace being the face of an organization with community leaders, policymakers, judges, and peers?
  • Do you have the desire and vison to drive change on a regional and national level?



Since 1989, the Children’s Law Center (CLC) continues to be a dynamic non-profit legal services organization serving Kentucky and Ohio, with regional and national reach.  Located in Covington, Kentucky, it provides both individual and systemic advocacy for children and youth, focusing on juvenile justice, children in need of protection, and education-related issues. The agency provides high quality legal representation to over 500 individual children and youth each year, and engages in impact litigation, policy initiatives, and training and education programs which further the rights of children. 


The CLC currently has 12 employees and an annual budget of just under $1 million.  Funding is provided through national, state, and local grants as well as corporate and individual contributions.  It maintains its headquarters in Covington, but has a satellite office in Lexington, Kentucky.



The Children’s Law Center is seeking a new Executive Director to progress the mission of CLC and provide leadership, insight, and direction for the future.  Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for CLC’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. The Executive Director will also refresh and activate a recently completed strategic plan.




Leadership & Management:

  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising and communications; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals
  • Actively engage and energize CLC volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors: serve as ex-officio of each committee, seek, and build Board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing operations and future growth
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain CLC’s high-performance team  
  • Ensure effective systems to track progress, and regularly evaluate program successes that can be effectively communicated to the Board, funders, and other constituents


Fundraising & Communications:

  • Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and future expansion with a focus on increasing the level of unrestricted funds
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of continuing to strengthen the brand
  • Use external presence and relationships to initiate new opportunities for funding and community engagement


Programming and Litigation:

  • Provide leadership and direct engagement in litigation, policy, education, and communications work in carrying out the priorities of the organization
  • Create effective partnerships to enhance the capacity of CLC to engage in multi-strategy initiatives to meet priorities
  • Lead and continue to develop the NKU Chase Children’s Law Center Clinic, providing on-going opportunities for law students throughout the region with practical litigation experience and valuable pro bono service opportunities


Planning & New Business:

  • Refine and execute the recently created strategic plan to ensure long-term program support and expansion of services and advocacy initiatives
  • Be a well-respected external, local, and national presence that publishes and communicates the successes of CLC’s programs and advocacy initiatives.



  • Strong alignment with the CLC mission
  • Dynamic, collaborative, and creative leader with a record of success leading and growing an organization with a focus on recruiting, developing, and retaining talent
  • Demonstrated commitment to making diversity and inclusion a top priority
  • High level of respect from community leaders, judges, and peers in the legal community
  • Good standing as an attorney with a minimum of 8 years of practice
  • Licensed as an attorney in Kentucky and Ohio  or eligible for  reciprocal bar admission in both states.
  • Successful track record in marketing and fundraising, including grant writing, donor solicitations and special events
  • Deep understanding of children’s law issues, including education law, juvenile justice, child victim issues, and children’s civil rights issues and credible spokesperson on these issues
  • Strong litigation skills, including state, federal, and administrative forums
  • Current knowledge of policy work on critical issues affecting children and families; can be a visionary to drive system change
  • Strong financial acumen and experience with owning and managing a budget, including audits and other non-profit reporting
  • Experience and understanding of working with boards of non-profit organizations
  • Strong working knowledge of non-profit law and practice
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal



  • Make an impact on the lives of children everyday while also driving systemic change
  • Lead an engaged, committed, and talented staff
  • Collaborate with a passionate and energized Board
  • Take a well-regarded, financially stable organization to its next level of growth and impact
  • Enjoy a manageable schedule, healthy culture, and great variety in your day!


Children’s Law Center is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, sex, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or socioeconomic status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.  Children’s Law Center also prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories.


To learn more about this opportunity, contact Barry Elkus at Gilman Partners at or 513-842-5331. 



Barry Elkus, Partner