ABOUT JUSTICE DEFENDERS
The lack of meaningful access to justice currently impacts
nearly two of every three people worldwide. From developing
countries like Uganda to the United States (which has the highest
population of prisoners globally) – we are living amidst a
global justice crisis.
We believe that everyone has the right to tell their side of the
story before being convicted of a crime or
punished. Regardless of who you are, where you've been, what
you've done or what's been done to you, we will welcome you and we
will defend you. It's the judge's job to pass judgement, not ours.
We are hated by many and expected to hate each other. Instead, we
grow in love for one another and those we serve, with no
exceptions. Because our past need not define our future.
Justice Defenders works with defenceless communities to provide
world-class legal education, training, and practice. Training
paralegals within defenceless communities provides access to free
legal services at the point of greatest need. Our paralegals
oversee legal offices, file tracing, advocating on individual
cases; collaborating with pro bono partners for court appearances;
conducting alternate dispute resolution, and seeking diversion from
the formal court system. Why do we train people in prison rather
than simply working to give more people access to lawyers? Because
of Saint Oscar Romero’s words:
“There are many things that can only be seen through eyes that
We work for justice for everyone, without breaking fellowship
with anyone. Incarcerated people, formerly incarcerated people, and
prison staff offer unique perspectives on legal systems. Yet their
experiences are rarely listened to. Bringing them together with
prosecutors, the police, judges, experienced lawyers, and academics
creates remarkable possibilities for good.
Guided by our values of humility, bravery, solidarity and
excellence. After almost 20 years of service we are in the process
of establishing ourselves as a community law firm and legal
college; a manifestation of our commitment to excellence. Together,
through radical integration, we can build a world where each of us
is equally accountable to and protected by the law.
Get to know us better.
For more detailed insight into who we are, our values and vision,
take a look at our messaging platform.
The Redemptive Nonproft
Playbook sets the standard for the kind of community we
want to be and are working towards.
Our hope is that our board's guidance and oversight is among
Justice Defenders' greatest assets. We value proximity and are
investing in cultivating a healthy, mutually appreciative, engaged
board. One that is diverse and unified. Ensuring all of our
stakeholders are represented and that our joint expectations are
clear, high and aligned to our mission.
As our budgets grow, we won’t lose our gratitude for the
generosity that enables us to do this work. As with our board, we
commit to donor relationships of mutual benefit, respect, and
trust. Being transparent about the sometimes unpredictable world of
our work and prisons. We become true partners, sharing burden and
working shoulder-to-shoulder for justice.
It is in this context that Justice Defenders seeks a Treasurer
for its global board situated in the United States. The Treasurer
will coordinate with the Treasurer of the three subsidiary boards
within the Justice Defenders group and will be a key link
ensuring global financial excellence, integrity and
continuity. At a minimum the Treasurer will spend at least
eight hours per quarter in meetings plus at least two hours per
month supporting various approvals and transactions. Initially
additional time will likely be required for onboarding and support
for developing Justice Defenders’ investment policy and
Hear more about the Treasurer role from our CEO and Founder
Alexander McLean: Watch the video
The primary responsibilities for the role of the Treasurer are
- Take lead responsibility for the governance engagement for
financial matters on behalf of the Board of Directors. The views of
the Treasurer shall be noted when financial matters are considered
at a meeting of the Board.
- Liaise with the relevant member of Justice Defenders' executive
management team to set the agenda for Finance committee meetings,
ensure relevant follow-up to the meetings and committee work and
report back to the full board regarding committee work and
- When applicable, ensure that an audit is carried out of the
organization’s financial records and compliance with these
procedures at least once in every 12-month period and report to the
Board on the findings and serve as the primary board point of
contact with the auditors.
- Act in accordance with delegated authority, as approved by the
board, with respect to but not limited to compliance, financial
documentation, banking, receipting and custody of funds.
- Significant, demonstrable experience in a senior financial
leadership role gained within any (or a combination) of
business, government, church or voluntary sectors in the United
States. Experience in venture philanthropy is helpful.
- Deep knowledge of best practice and standards for nonprofit
accounting, particularly Generally Accepted Accounting
- Previous experience of chairing committees, boards or
leadership teams effectively.
- The ability to build an effective relationship with the
leadership representative on the committee.
- Ability to foster a collaborative team environment with other
- Ability to synthesize and present committee work to the full
- The ability and willingness to participate in quarterly global
board meetings plus potentially joining subsidiary board meetings
- The ability and willingness to participate in quarterly Finance
- Availability for as needed telephone conversations and/or email
correspondence with the leadership team.
- Be able to serve as the Treasurer for at least one year, with
the potential for extension following one year of service.
We especially encourage consideration by those who have been
in prison, were the recipient of free school meals, or are from the
first generation of their family to attend university and from
those who consider themselves to be part of minority
This role is open to candidates based in the United
Deadline: Applications for this role will be
reviewed on an rolling basis.