Managing Attorney - Southeast Iowa Regional Office (Ottumwa)


Iowa Legal Aid is recruiting a Managing Attorney for its Southeast Regional Office in Ottumwa, Iowa.  The Southeast Regional Office provides critical legal assistance to low-income and other vulnerable residents of 13 counties in southeastern Iowa. The Managing Attorney may be based out of our offices in Ottumwa, Iowa City, or Des Moines.


Background: Founded in 1977, Iowa Legal Aid serves clients in all 99 Iowa counties through offices in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City, Mason City, Ottumwa, Sioux City and Waterloo.


Through free legal assistance and community legal education, Iowa Legal Aid brings hope, dignity, and justice to low-income and other vulnerable Iowans. Legal assistance at Iowa Legal Aid ranges from advice and brief service to full representation before administrative agencies and state and federal trial and appellate courts.  In our diverse practice, we prioritize work involving housing, domestic violence, income maintenance, health care, individual rights, and consumer issues to help secure our clients’ most essential needs. Iowa Legal Aid attorneys appear in court frequently and serve clients out in the community through expungement and pro se divorce clinics, our Eviction Diversion Project Help Desks, and targeted outreach events.


Iowa Legal Aid plays a crucial role in changing systems and achieving justice through impact advocacy. Learn more about Iowa Legal Aid at and


Responsibilities:  The Managing Attorney is responsible for a wide range of essential legal and administrative tasks.  Staff development is a priority, including recruitment, onboarding, training, supervision, and evaluation. (The office staff typically includes staff attorneys, paralegals, support staff, an AmeriCorps member, volunteers and/or interns.)  The Managing Attorney also is the organization’s local representative for community engagement, which involves planning and participating in community legal education and clinics, recruiting volunteers, and exploring partnership and fundraising opportunities.  In addition, the Managing Attorney supports Iowa Legal Aid’s statewide programs, as needed, including our intake unit and special projects, and will participate in grant support and compliance duties. 


Qualifications:  Preferred candidates will have at least three years of legal experience, supervisory experience, background in and a demonstrated commitment to working with low-income people, and experience handling claims in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, collegial environment are required.  Individuals with Spanish or other language skills are encouraged to apply.  Must be licensed to practice law in the state of Iowa or be available to take the next scheduled bar examination


Location: Preference will be given to candidates who live in Ottumwa or the surrounding service area. We will consider candidates based in Iowa City or Des Moines with the understanding that regular travel to Ottumwa is required as needed, at least on a weekly basis.


Salary/Benefits:  Salary and rank dependent on experience and scope of duties.  Current entry level salary is $62,000 (at the assistant manager rank).  Excellent fringe benefits are available, including a generous leave, insurance, and retirement package.  Iowa is a great place to live and to work for a non-profit, ranking fourth in the country for affordability.  See US News & World Report Study Ranks Iowa Number 1 for Opportunity Nationally


Closing Date:  When filled.


Applications:  Submit letter of application, resume, recent representative legal writing sample, and at least three professional references to:


Arlys Kness

Iowa Legal Aid

666 Walnut Street

25th Floor

Des Moines, Iowa 50309


Iowa Legal Aid is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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