Center for Innovation
Job Summary/General Purpose of Job
Acts as second in command in managing the day-today operations of the new ABA Center for Innovation. Responsible for the development and implementation of programs, projects and pilots highlighting the intersection of law and technology to affect innovative strategies to improve access to justice, and the practice of law. Requires demonstrated knowledge in how law, technology, design and delivery systems affect accessibility, availability and quality of legal services.
Principal Duties/Job Responsibilities
Provides subject matter expert advice, counsel and support to the Governing and Advisory Councils on substantive, procedural, media and policy matters.
Accountable for the development, deployment, and management of the Center fellowship project.
Identification of industry trends and opportunities.
Manages the development and implementation of multiple initiatives, requiring substantive knowledge of legal issues.
Assists in the development of recommendations for activity priorities to be undertaken by the Center.
Prepares, manages and oversees budgets for the Center.
Provides leadership, coaching, counseling, feedback, performance appraisal, and, where necessary, applies discipline to assigned staff.
Direct website development/maintenance for the Center.
Serve as point of contact for internal and external entities seeking to develop law-related innovation initiatives.
Performs other related duties as required.
Basic Qualifications & Interests
Possession of a Juris Doctorate from an ABA-accredited law school.
At least five (5) years’ experience in program development and project management.
At least five (5) years’ experience in utilizing technology, design and innovative delivery strategies to improve
legal aid and access to justice.
Previous experience in the assessing possible implications of law-related innovations as it relates to the Model
Rules of Professional Conduct.
At least five (5) years’ experience in defining, optimizing, facilitating and navigating with the policies,
procedures, and operating environment of a not-for-profit/association business setting.
At least three (3) years’ experience in coaching, counseling, providing work direction, feedback, appraising
performance and, where appropriate, applying discipline to an assigned team of employees.
Preferred Qualifications & Interests
Demonstrated interest and experience in how law, technology, design and delivery systems affect the
accessibility, availability, and quality of legal services.
Ability to synthesize complex issues in clear prose for both legal and non-legal audiences.
Ability to work in a collaborative atmosphere.
Experience in the conception, development and implementation of model programs and projects.
Knowledge and intersection with the growing law-related futures efforts and communities.
Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills and ability to communicate effectively with the
highest levels of staff and volunteers.
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