The Executive Director is the Chief Administrative Officer of the SFVBA and has direct charge of all administrative and staff operations. The Executive Director is hired by and serves at the discretion of the Board of Trustees, and reports to the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees. The Executive Director is expected to develop deep knowledge of SFVBA’s core programs and the fields they represent (legal community, legal membership association, continued legal education), oversee operations, and develop and execute business and/or strategic plans. The Executive Director also serves as an ex officio member of the Board, the Executive Committee, and all committees and sections of the SFVBA.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Board Administration and Support (10%):
• Coordinate and attend monthly Board meeting, and prepare Board reports (programs, operations, financial etc.) for monthly Board meeting.
• Support operations and administration of Board by advising and informing Board members, and interfacing between Board and staff.
• Support Board member recruitment and Board development as requested by the Board.
• Serve as liaison the Nominating Committee, identify potential Board members, publish. Election pamphlet, and manage annual Board of Trustees Election.
Program and Service Delivery (20%):
• Oversee design, marketing, promotion, delivery and quality of membership services, section programs, Attorney Referral program, Valley Lawyer Magazine, and overall services.
• Ensure effective systems to track membership, and regularly evaluate membership components, measure successes, and propose improvements; and effectively communicate membership and program services to all stakeholders and constituents.
Financial, Tax, Risk and Facilities Management (20%):
• Ensure effective use and accountability of all resources, and compliance with all legal requirements affecting the organization.
• Work with staff and Board to develop and recommend a yearly budget for Board approval and prudently manage SFVBA’s resources within budget guidelines according to current laws and regulations.
• Maintain contractual relationships with consultants, contractors, and vendors.
• Maintain membership records of Association and supervise annual dues billing.
• Oversee operations and ensure all aspects of regulatory compliance are met on an annual basis – including all tax filings.
• Work with Consultant CFO to ensure financial stability and compliance.
Human Resource Management (20%):
• Oversee recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers, and provide direct supervision to all staff, and manage and execute regular performance evaluations for all staff.
• Develop job descriptions for new and existing roles within the agency.
• Manage third-party payroll company to process bi-weekly payroll.
Community and Public Relations (10%):
• Serve as a liaison and assure the organization and its mission, programs and services are consistently presented in strong, positive image to key stakeholders.
• Maintain mutually beneficial relationships with representatives of the legal services community, legislative and government agencies, and business community.
• Foster relationship with judiciary and serve as liaison to the Bench-Bar Committee and coordinates bimonthly meetings between Bench and Bar Leaders.
• Oversee development of Valley Lawyer Magazine publication, organization website, media presentations, and outreach materials that promote the organization and its services.
• Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations while simultaneously retiring any debt.
Fund Development / Fundraising (20%):
• Oversee membership and event fundraising planning and implementation.
• Supervise and play an active role in donor stewardship, including maintaining current sponsorships and cultivating new sponsorships.
• Review sponsorship records and documentation for accuracy, compliance, and follow-up.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR QUALIFICATIONS
Skills and knowledge that are vital to the success of this position include:
• Demonstrated ability to build and sustain effective interpersonal relationships with Board members, staff, service providers, educators, government officials, community members, and media representatives.
• Understanding of the strategic goals of the organization.
• Demonstrated knowledge of membership association nonprofit management and governance functions, roles, and responsibilities.
• Strong organizational skills, particularly in the area of membership services, budgeting, and organizational management.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills including public speaking skills and the ability to clearly articulate agency vision and strategy.
• Proficiency in using computers for word processing, information analysis, research, communications and other functions required for organization's operations.
• Able to travel locally and, infrequently, within California and nationally to represent SFVBA.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DESIRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCES
• Bachelor’s degree required.
• Five or more years of progressively responsible management experience required.
• Background in non-profit administration, association management, legal services, marketing, or related field preferred.
SFVBA is an equal opportunity and ADA compliant employer that welcomes all and will provide all necessary ADA accommodations.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TIME & COMPENSATION
The Executive Director receives a competitive salary of $80,000 - $100,000. This is a Full-time Exempt in- office position that requires working some evenings and weekends. Benefits include vacation, holiday and sick pay; medical and dental insurance; 401K retirement plan match; and travel and cellular phone reimbursement.
To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter describing your strengths and experiences, and references to Rhea@sfvba.org.
More than 2,000 members continue a historical tradition of responding to the challenges and needs of the community by donating time and resources to the San Fernando Valley Bar Association’s public service programs. The SFVBA helps attorneys develop and improve their practice of law by providing networking and referral opportunities, continuing legal education, and discounted services. Sole practitioners as well as large law firms find value in membership.