Executive Director

20 Jan, 2020


Executive Director

Western Center on Law & Poverty
Los Angeles, CA

For over 50 years, Western Center on Law and Poverty has led the fight in California to end poverty and secure housing, health care, a strong safety net, racial justice, and financial security for all low-income Californians. Western Center works on behalf of nearly seven million individuals —including immigrants, women and girls, seniors, people with disabilities, veterans and low-income working families – to remedy the structural failure that is poverty, and to address the racial injustices that oppress people of color. Following the successful tenure of retiring Executive Director Paul Tepper, Western Center invites applications and nominations for a new Executive Director to build on the strong existing foundation and sound strategic plan, inspire new partnerships and champions, and help lift the organization to a new level of impact in the coming decade.


To achieve its mission, Western Center brings about system-wide and structural change through impact litigation, legislative, policy, and administrative advocacy at the state and federal level, and support for legal services and community-based organizations. Headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in Sacramento and Oakland, Western Center’s talented and dedicated staff of 32 are a truly statewide presence and the “go-to” team to amplify marginalized voices of low-income Californians across a range of issues and contexts. The Center has an annual budget of $4.7 million and is supported by an endowment of approximately $3.7 million, which has been conservatively managed and provides a strong base of support. The current strategic plan contemplates significant future growth, and Western Center is increasingly seen as a national model for addressing poverty.


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director serves as the President of the Western Center on Law & Poverty Board and that of its support organization, the WCLP Endowment Foundation. At a time of unprecedented opportunity for impact, and with the support of an outstanding staff, strong and diversified financial resources, and excellent statewide relationships and reputation, the new Executive Director will be poised to implement a vision for growth and continued leadership on the critical and persistent challenges driving  Western Center’s work. The new Executive Director will be a courageous leader with experience in poverty law and knowledge of California and federal programs affecting low-income people; demonstrated commitment to advancing equity within Western Center and ability to reflect the experiences, backgrounds, and cultures of those impacted by poverty; experience stewarding an organization’s key assets through growth and change, with an eye toward fostering financial sustainability, talent development, communications and branding, and support systems; a J.D. and California bar membership are strongly preferred.



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Compensation is commensurate with experience with a target range of approximately $160-180K.  We welcome open dialogue with all interested parties about the full compensation package and employment proposition. To apply, please send a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position to WCLP-ED@nonprofitprofessionals.com. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.



Job posted: 2020-01-20