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Classroom Law Project

The Opportunity
Classroom Law Project (CLP), an innovative nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon, is seeking its next Executive Director. The ideal candidate will have a passion for civic participation and the principles of democracy, experience leading organizational growth, a working knowledge of education and legal systems, and hands on experience with teaching or program implementation.

The next leader of CLP will build on the successful track record of Marilyn Cover, who is retiring after 35 years as CLP’s Executive Director and 40 years as a champion of civics education. During her tenure, the organization became a national model.

More than 1,000 teachers and 88,000 students participate annually in CLP programs including Mock Trial, Constitution Teams, Law Day, Courthouse Tours, We the People Day (at the state capitol), and Street Law, which places law students from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland area high schools to teach practical law in coordination with classroom teachers.  CLP also provides cutting-edge professional development opportunities to teachers including workshops and an annual civics conference sponsored by the Oregon Legislature.

CLP is governed by a 40-member Board of Directors. Board members bring extensive connections within the legal and education communities as well as public, private and nonprofit sectors. The incoming Executive Director will lead a capable staff of four and an extensive network of talented volunteers.

Priorities for the Executive Director

  • Maintain program excellence and increase participation: Build on CLP’s strengths, network of relationships, and reputation. Grow the participation of teachers and students across the state, including Oregon’s diverse racial, ethnic and socio-economic populations.
  • Build and diversify resources: Nurture existing relationships with funders (governments, foundations and individual donors) while working to develop additional resources through major gifts and connections with the private sector.
  • Lead organizational development and growth: Lead strategic planning to develop a vision and expansion strategies that will benefit more teachers and students around Oregon in cooperation with community partners; includes identifying how CLP will further integrate digital resources within operations, programs and communications.
  • Lead and support the internal team: Effectively manage CLP’s dedicated staff team with professional development, coaching, performance feedback, and an optimistic and energetic work atmosphere.
  • Update the brand: Lead the organization in reviewing and updating its brand to ensure that CLP is communicating effectively about its mission, value and programs.


Executive Director Profile:

Required Experience, Knowledge and Education

  • Leadership and Change Agility: Demonstrated ability to lead strategic development, manage organizational change, and lead/support a team in a dynamic environment.
  • Communications and Relationship Building: Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills. Proven ability to establish productive relationships and effectively represent the organization to diverse stakeholders including community and business leaders, teachers, volunteers, donors, media, partners, elected officials, and other government contacts.
  • Teaching Experience and Knowledge of the Law: Experience with formal or informal education (e.g., teaching in the classroom or community-based settings) and knowledge of legal and government systems.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Cultural self-awareness and demonstrated ability to address issues of diversity, equity and inclusion within organizational culture, practices and policies.
  • Management: Minimum 5 years executive management experience or equivalent, including strategic planning, financial oversight and working with a nonprofit board of directors.
  • Bachelors Degree.


Preferred Experience, Knowledge and Education

  • Experience developing resources through a combination of major donors, grants and contracts.
  • Experience with programs that promote civic participation and/or education.
  • Knowledge of Oregon’s education system.
  • Knowledge of / relationships with rural Oregon communities.
  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree or other advanced degree in education, public policy, or related field.

Compensation:  Salary range is $100,000 to $130,000, depending on experience, plus generous benefits.

How to Apply

  • Submit the following by May 18, 2018:
  • A cover letter that reflects how your experience qualifies you to become the Executive Director of Classroom Law Project (CLP), and
  • A complete chronological resume.
  • Send via email as a PDF to Classroom Law Project’s Executive Search Consultant, Paula Manley: moc.yelnamaluapnull@hcraesPLC / Subject Line: CLP Executive Search
  • All inquiries will be handled confidentially. Please use this email to request an accommodation.


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