Governance and Public Services
Job Summary/General Purpose of Job
Provides executive leadership, policy and direction and strategic oversight in the field of civics education and public education regarding the law, justice system and legal profession.
Principal Duties/Job Responsibilities
Provides national leadership in the field of civics education and public education regarding the law, justice system, and legal profession.
Manages the programs and operations to advance the strategic goals of the Division. Fosters environments for the sharing and exchange of relevant information and ideas. Serves as staff liaison to the Standing Committee on Public Education and its Advisory Committee, assisting in the formulation of policies and programs of the Standing Committee. Makes recommendations for Presidential committee appointments.
Makes presentations at national and regional conferences and meetings. Writes articles for outside publications and provides consultations and technical assistance to internal and external entities. Cultivates contacts and develops outside organizational partnerships and collaborative programmatic efforts. Fosters diversity via outreach efforts. Serves as expert in the field of civics education.
Functions as advisor and counselor to ABA leaders, senior executives, affiliated groups, state and local bar association and others in the area of civics education and education of the public regarding the law, justice system, and legal profession. Oversees speeches and other materials developed for Association leaders.
Provides strategic direction and conceptualizes new programs, products and publications. Fosters business development and marketing efforts to generate non-dues revenue and secure outside funding. Cultivates prospective business partners and funders, including corporate sponsors and grant awarding organizations.
Oversees implementation of educational programs, publications, products, curriculum, and services to members, the public, the bar and other organizations.
Establishes priorities and directions for staffing of the Division. Oversees staff performance and professional development, setting priorities and performance standards.
Sets strategic direction for financial administrative operations of the Division. Manages budgets funded from diverse sources.
Provides leadership, direction, coaching, counseling, feedback, performance appraisal, and, where appropriate, applies discipline to and through assigned subordinates.
Performs other related duties as required.
Basic Qualifications & Interests
Possession of a graduate degree from an accredited college or university.
At least ten yearsâ experience in the field of civics education/education to the public regarding the law, justice system, and the legal profession.
Previous leadership experience in educational principles/strategies, and a variety of knowledge delivery systems (presentations, publishing, technology-based vehicles.
At least three years’ experience leading, developing, and being accountable for entrepreneurial fundraising and development activities which exceeded $100,000 a year in support of the furtherance of education and/or the expansion of various aspects of the rule of law.
Preferred Qualifications & Interests
Possession of a Juris doctorate from an ABA accredited law school
Executive experience managing a not-for-profit professional organization.
The American Bar Association is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
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