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Our friends over at Iowa Legal Aid are looking for a Director of Program Administration, a position whose responsibilities include overseeing LSC grants like TIGs.


In addition to their general programs Iowa Legal Aid has several special projects. One good one is their Youth Link Project where they assist young adults who are aging out of foster care with legal assistance with some of the issues inherent in being an independant adult. Another is the legal Hotline for Older Iowans where they provide immediate access to an attorney to help those over 60 with elder related law issues.


You can find the application as a PDF here and the original posting here.


Director of Program Administration

Position: Director of Program Administration in Iowa Legal Aid’s Administrative Office in Des Moines.

Iowa Legal Aid:  Iowa Legal Aid, founded in January, 1977, serves low-income Iowans in all 99 Iowa counties through ten regional offices located around the state. The program is governed by an 18 person Board of Directors, with a budget of approximately $9 million.  Funding for the program comes from over 100 sources including the national Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the state of Iowa and many United Way agencies.  The program has a long history of high-quality legal representation and has a comprehensive community legal education component.  LSC, Iowa Legal Aid’s primary source of federal funding, conducted a “Program Quality Visit” of Iowa Legal Aid in 2015.  The review concluded:

Iowa Legal Aid is a very accomplished, productive, and organized program providing high quality, effective and efficient legal services to its clients. Some of the strengths include a dedicated, highly professional, well-respected and knowledgeable staff, excellent leadership, a well organized and proficient intake system, superior strategic planning and a supportive and dedicated board.

More information about Iowa Legal Aid can be found at and

Responsibilities:  The Director of Program Administration is responsible for the fiscal and administrative operations of Iowa Legal Aid and is directly accountable to the Executive Director.  Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Development, implementation and oversight of the program’s annual budget and budget revisions, as well as monthly reports to the Development, Finance and Audit Committee of Iowa Legal Aid’s Board of Directors.

  • Serve as the primary contact for the program’s independent public accountants in the performance of the annual audit, including planning, coordination and facilitation of the completion of the program’s annual audit and completion of the annual IRS 990.

  • Assist and supervise the Fiscal Manager in the management of the program’s cash assets and bank accounts; review and approve monthly accounts payable, journal entries, expense claims, ACH transactions, and payroll; supervise the Technology Advocate and assist with planning and oversight of the program’s IT systems.

  • Ensure the program’s compliance with LSC’s Audit Guide for Recipients and Auditors, Accounting Guide and Compliance Supplement for Audits of LSC Recipients. Included in these responsibilities is the management of the program in accordance with the regulatory policy set forth in the LSC Act, Regulations and instructions.  

  • Provide oversight of fiscal requirements related to non-LSC grants and assist in preparation of grant budgets/documents in conjunction with the program’s development activities.

  • Serve as the chief financial officer for the Iowa Legal Aid Foundation, including the review and approval of financial transactions, managing the Foundation’s financial accounts, preparation of monthly financial reports for board review, and facilitating the completion of the annual IRS 990 nonprofit tax return for the Foundation.

The Director of Program Administration also has duties related to general program administration, human resource management and information technology (e.g. negotiate leases, assist with collective bargaining, coordinate acquisition of professional liability and multiperil insurance).

Qualifications:  Excellent grasp of accounting principles for not-for-profits; excellent writing and problem-solving skills; highly organized with a proven ability to meet deadlines; experience with human resource management; able to work as part of a team; interest in working with the problems confronted by low-income Iowans; competence with technology.

Salary/Benefits:  Salary dependent on experience.  Excellent fringe benefits which are competitive with comparable positions in the legal services community.

Applications:  Submit letter of application, resume, recent representative writing sample, salary history and expectations, and names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least three professional references to:

Dennis Groenenboom, Executive Director, Iowa Legal Aid

1111 Ninth Street, Suite 230 • Des Moines, Iowa  50314-2527 • 515-243-2980, ext. 1620

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