Now in his 45th year at KEJC, director Rich Seckel has shared his plan to retire by next summer. "It's been an honor to do the work and help grow the organization," said Rich, as he encouraged a vigorous search for a successor. See our Request for Proposals to conduct the search below. Find a pdf version here.
Kentucky Equal justice Center (KEJC) seeks a recruitment firm/consultant to lead the search for our next Executive Director. The firm chosen will work closely with the Board of Directors and staff.
The ideal firm will demonstrate past success in conducting an executive search and expertise recruiting for legal aid organizations and/or nonprofit organizations. The ideal firm will also demonstrate a focus on diversity and inclusion.
About Kentucky Equal Justice Center
The mission of Kentucky Equal Justice Center is to promote equal justice for all residents of the Commonwealth.
Kentucky Equal Justice Center was formed in 1976 to work with all the civil legal services programs in Kentucky on things best done cooperatively, from training to advocacy in Frankfort. We serve as a watchdog and advocate for and with a wide range of low-income Kentuckians — from children to elders in long-term care — and keep in touch with a network of poverty law offices where people bring real-life problems.
Today, we are a growing, flexible, and responsive public interest advocacy organization, sticking up for low-income people and working with a multitude of community partners. Our track record is strong: from the lawsuit that successfully challenged Medicaid work requirements in 2017, to legislative successes on human trafficking and mortgage lending, to innovative litigation to collect wages due workers, to ever-growing partnerships with public interest allies.
KEJC has a staff of 25, including attorneys, paralegals, advocates, and community organizers. The areas of focus for our work include housing, health, food, and immigration. KEJC houses Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, a well-respected community resource which responds to the legal needs of Kentucky’s immigrant populations.
Kentucky Equal Justice Center is governed by a board of directors made up of attorneys, community members, legal aid partners, and people directly affected by our services.
For more information about KEJC, please visit our website at https://www.kyequaljustice.org/.
KEJC aims to start our search for the next Director before the new year and to complete the transition no later than May 31. The provisional timeline for selecting a recruitment firm is as follows:
October 30 RFP Released
November 13 Applications due
November 24 First review complete
December 4-8 Interviews
December 10 Recommendation to board
January 1 Proposed start date
Scope of Work
Solicit input from KEJC’s Board of Directors, staff, and community to determine the key priorities for the next Director
Provide input on the development of job description and salary range
Develop recruitment strategy, including an advertising plan, process, and timeline for hiring of new Director
Perform an extensive, nationwide search with a focus on reaching a diverse applicant pool
Review applications, identifying qualified candidates to invite to interview
Coordinate the interview process, including preparing interview questions and other assessments as needed, identifying board and staff to sit on interview panels, and completing any necessary background checks
Lead the process of evaluating and selecting a qualified candidate, including negotiating with selected candidate upon job offer
Complete the search by March 31, 2024
RFP Submission Requirements
In your proposal, please include the following components:
Qualifications: A thorough description of the firm, the team who will be working on the project, and experience in the nonprofit sector/legal aid. Please include information about the firm’s values, priorities, and practice regarding anti-oppression and diversity.
Approach: Your plans for the process to find a successful candidate. Provide a scope of services and an outline of tasks, schedules, client communication checkpoints and project duration. Also include expectations and standards for communication with KEJC, as well as a projected timeline for project completion.
Budget: A detailed budget for scope of services, including fixed and variable costs, fees, etc., and a proposed schedule for payment
References: Contact information for at least two references, ideally from legal aid/nonprofit organizations.
Contact information: The name and contact information for a person at the firm who can answer follow-up questions regarding RFP submission.
Submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria:
Qualifications of firm and key personnel: The extent to which the proposal demonstrates the firm’s ability to provide the depth and breadth of experience, skills, knowledge, and creativity generally required by this project
Values: Demonstrated dedication to values and practices around equity, anti-racism, and anti-oppression
Approach/methodology and timeline: Completeness and quality of response, including clear deliverables and reasonable approach
Reference check: Satisfaction of former clients and duration of new hires
Cost: Cost in relation to proposed activity
Note: Preference will be given to firms who have experience with nonprofits, legal aid, and anti-oppression work
Please email proposals to Heather Darby, Operations Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than November 13, 2023. Candidates who are selected to move forward will be invited to interview with the KEJC Executive Committee and members of our management team. Click here for a pdf version of this RFP.