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Full Time
Rochester, NY
April 7, 2017

Executive Director-Volunteer Legal Services Project


Ms. Gaddis, who has served as the Executive Director of Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County Inc. (“VLSP”) for 15 years, has indicated that she intends to retire in early 2018. The VLSP Board has named a five-member Succession Committee to conduct the search for her replacement.

“We thank Sheila for her excellent leadership of VLSP. During her 15 years at VLSP she has built a stable financial foundation and positioned the organization to grow and better serve low-income Monroe County residents,” said Board President Laura Smalley.
The Succession Committee is being assisted by Cochran, Cochran and Yale, a national search and consulting firm, with extensive experience recruiting for not-for-profit organizations.
VLSP is a local not-for-profit corporation that provides free legal help to low income residents of Monroe County, New York who are facing non-criminal legal problems. VLSP’s services are provided by staff and pro bono attorneys who donate their time and talent to ensure that low income people have access to the justice system when faced with serious legal problems. Approximately 1,600 volunteers serve on the pro bono panel and the staff needed to administer the volunteer program has grown to 14.35 FTE. VLSP operates on an $1,200,000 annual budget.
VLSP has been recognized by the American Bar Association (“ABA”) and the New York State Bar Association (“NYSBA”) as a leader in the pro bono movement. VLSP’s volunteer attorneys, supporters and staff have been recipients of national, regional and local awards, including the National Association of Pro Bono Professionals, Pro Bono Professional of the Year Award at the ABA’s Equal Justice Conference, the NYSBA’s President’s Pro Bono Service Award and GRAWA's Family Friendly Employer Award. VLSP’s programs are regularly featured in NYSBA and MCBA publications. VLSP's Executive Director has been a presenter at ABA and NYSBA conferences and provided technical assistance and consultation to other pro bono programs.
The Executive Director directs and manages the activities of the organization in accordance with the policies and strategic plan established by the Board. The new Executive Director will be charged with ensuring the achievement of short and long-range goals for all operations, human resources, financial performance, community relations and growth, including establishing and maintaining relationships with funders, legal services organizations and community based organizations.
Indications of interest, inquiries and applications should be directed by email to Cochran, Cochran & Yale, Attention: Cheryl Yawman and Kymberly Bailey, Non-Profit Search Practice Directors at
Individuals wishing to refer potential candidates also can contact Cheryl or Kymberly at 585-785-5724 or via email
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