Apply to be a CAPLAW Board Member!

The CAPLAW Board is seeking one new member!

Applicants must submit the following materials by May 12, 2023 to Allison Ma’luf, CAPLAW’s Executive Director at

  • Completed application form (below);
  • Resume;
  • A letter of recommendation from the Board Chair/President of your CAA; and
  • A letter of recommendation from the Executive Director/CEO or Board Chair/President of your state or regional Community Action association

Letters of recommendation may be submitted together with, or separately from, the other application materials and must be emailed to CAPLAW by May 12, 2023.

The CAPLAW Board will notify candidates selected for an interview by May 26. Interviews will take place in person June 27-29, 2023, at the 2023 CAPLAW Annual Training Conference in Austin, TX. Selected Board members will attend and be seated at the Board’s annual meeting in late October.

If you have any questions, please call CAPLAW’s Executive Director Allison Ma’luf at (617) 357-6915 or email her at



CAPLAW’s mission is to eliminate poverty by strengthening the legal and management capacity of community organizations. CAPLAW is the national legal expert for the Community Action network. Through consultations, training and resources we equip approximately 1,000 CAAs across the country with the knowledge and tools to operate as accountable and effective change agents. We also provide guidance to federal, state, and national Community Action partners on legal and financial issues affecting CAAs. We envision a dynamic national network of community organizations that empower individuals to overcome the effects of poverty and thrive.   

View a list of current CAPLAW board members here.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities of Board Members

  • Attends and actively participates in Board meetings
  • Serves on and actively participates in Board committee(s)
  • Leads or assists, as needed, with special projects (e.g., providing feedback on CAPLAW resources and tools)
  • Attends CAPLAW’s annual national training conference and participates in execution of the conference as needed (e.g., monitoring workshops, moderating workshops, presenting a workshop, presenting remarks at a general session, facilitating a roundtable discussion, assisting with registration)
  • Attends other CAPLAW training events (e.g., webinars, national trainings)
  • Acts as an ambassador for CAPLAW to the Community Action network by conveying information about CAPLAW to the network and soliciting feedback on CAPLAW from the network
  • Acting as part of a group:
      • Develops and updates CAPLAW’s mission
      • Establishes organizational goals and policies
      • Evaluates and approves CAPLAW budgets
      • Regularly reviews activity reports and financial statements to determine progress and status in attaining objectives in accordance with current and anticipated future conditions and resources
      • Develops revenue strategies that align with CAPLAW’s mission, provides input on and, where appropriate, approval of funding proposals
      • Provides input on CAPLAW’s programs and activities, including its annual national training conference
      • Evaluates the performance of the Executive Director for compliance with established policies and objectives of the organization and contributions in attaining organizational goals
      • Selects new Board members


Each applicant for a CAPLAW board position must currently serve as the Executive Director/CEO, or an equivalent position, of a Community Action Agency that is a CAPLAW member (either by paying dues directly to CAPLAW or by being a current member of an association that is a CAPLAW member). In addition, they must have:

  • A minimum of five years’ experience as an Executive Director/CEO, or equivalent position, of a Community Action Agency
  • Demonstrated participation in CAPLAW events (e.g., attendance at the CAPLAW conference, CAPLAW webinars, consultations with CAPLAW attorneys)
  • Proven interest and involvement with Community Action associations on a state, regional and preferably national level for a minimum of three years
  • An ability and willingness to travel throughout the U.S. to attend at least one in-person Board meeting per year, with reimbursement for transportation, meals and lodging provided by CAPLAW
  • An ability and willingness to attend and participate in CAPLAW’s annual national training conference
  • An understanding of the legal context in which CAAs operate: the interconnectedness of legislative, legal, and political needs of CAAs; legal issues involved in the management of a CAA and of programs traditionally operated by CAAs (e.g., CSBG, LIHEAP, Head Start, Weatherization)
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities
  • An ability to work productively on a team with a diverse group of people
  • A sense of humor

The CAPLAW Board encourages applicants from federal Regions 2 and 3.

Click here for a PDF version of the CAPLAW Board Member job description.

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    (May be submitted separately and emailed directly to by May 12, 2023)

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    (May be submitted separately and emailed directly to by May 12, 2023)