ADAP - Director Search

The Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program, the protection & advocacy system for the state of Alabama, seeks a dynamic Director. This individual will be at the forefront of championing disability rights, steering the organization toward impactful advocacy, and ensuring the enforcement and protection of these rights across the state. ADAP invites candidates who are strategic thinkers, passionate about the rights of people with disabilities, and possess a proven track record in leadership and organizational excellence.

The Position

The Director provides leadership both inside and outside the organization, managing the day-to-day operations and continually increasing ADAP’s mission impact. The Director will have knowledge of disability law and regulations, history and issues, and measures of service quality for persons with various disabilities. The Director will communicate ADAP’s understanding of the challenges faced by our community and expand ADAP’s vision and ability to meet those challenges. Specifically, the Director’s duties include legal, policy and advocacy leadership for our community and staff; oversight of the organization’s administrative, human resources, and financial operations; and building the organization’s public profile and funding base.

Reporting to the Academic Dean of The University of Alabama School of Law, the Director will provide sound management and professional judgment skills and work with staff, advisory councils, state agencies, and community groups. Successful candidates will bring a variety of experiences and attributes to ADAP, including:

  • Seven (7) years practicing law with a specialty in civil rights law, disability law, or other relevant area and six (6) years of supervisory or management experience is preferred. Trial and appellate litigation experience in state and federal courts, including complex litigation actions, with a strong interest and experience in civil rights.
  • Experience working with individuals with disabilities and with the agencies and systems that support individuals with disabilities.
  • Financial acumen with experience developing and managing a budget of at least $2M.
  • Knowledge of disability law and regulations, history and issues, and measures of service quality for persons with various disabilities.
  • Leadership experience.
  • Sound management and professional judgment skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Experienced in grant writing and grant reporting oversight.
  • Ability to work with advocacy and community groups.
  • Must be admitted to practice before all federal courts whose jurisdictions encompass Alabama or eligible for admission within one (1) year of the date of hire.
  • This position requires extensive in-state travel, some of which will be overnight.
  • Must receive a favorable suitability clearance from the Social Security Administration.

To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter which conveys your interest in this leadership opportunity through The University of Alabama job portal at

For other inquiries about this opportunity, contact Catrese Brown at