The Philadelphia Bar Association is seeking a creative and savvy Executive Director with leadership experience to manage and guide the association’s operational, administrative, and financial activities.
The Philadelphia Bar Association, founded in 1802, is the oldest association of lawyers in the United States. Over the years, its members have included some of the nation's most prominent lawyers, judges, public servants, business, civic and community leaders. Today, the Philadelphia Bar Association has about 10,600 members. With a strong sense of social responsibility and community purpose, the Philadelphia Bar Association supports numerous law-related public interest programs through its charitable arm, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. Likewise, Philadelphia lawyers contribute millions of dollars-worth of in-kind services annually to various groups and agencies for the good of the public.
The Executive Director will manage and guide the operational, administrative, and financial activities of the Philadelphia Bar Association. He/she will partner with the new Chancellor, who starts on January 1, 2019, and future Chancellors to execute the Philadelphia Bar Association’s mission and vision and the Chancellor’s agenda in a collaborative and thoughtful way. Some current challenges and opportunities faced by the Philadelphia Bar Association are:
Membership: Consistent with other membership-based professional associations, dues-paying membership has declined since the 2008 recession. The next Executive Director will need to be able to collaborate with elected leadership to create a clear value proposition to retain and to attract new members.
Organizational Culture and Capacity: The Philadelphia Bar Association benefits from a dedicated, committed, experienced, and long-tenured staff. The next Executive Director will also need to harness the staff’s talents, communicate effectively, encourage teamwork, and provide staff management leadership.
Board Engagement and Effectiveness: The Executive Director will need to collaborate with the Chancellor, Chancellor-Elect, Vice-Chancellor, Cabinet, and entire Board to outline the roles, expectations, and responsibilities of Board members, develop mechanisms to assess the Board’s impact, and maximize Board engagement.
Programmatic Review: The Philadelphia Bar Association has added a number of programs in recent years. The Executive Director will need to facilitate a process to evaluate the effectiveness of these programs and to make appropriate changes based upon the needs of the members.
Financial Sustainability and Revenue Diversification: The Executive Director will need to identify various possibilities for revenue enhancement and implement strategies to strengthen the Philadelphia Bar Association’s fiscal health.
MUST HAVE REQUIREMENTS
Mission Orientation: Visible and genuine passion for the Philadelphia Bar Association’s mission, ethos, and programs. Familiarity, understanding, and an appreciation of the law or legal profession is preferred.
Leadership, Creativity, and Entrepreneurial Agility: Evidence and/or an ability to develop new ideas, articulate a value proposition for a service, and to run the business of an entity in an innovative and impactful way with a preference for a membership driven organization and/or a nonprofit.
Revenue Generation and Diversification: Proven track record and/or ability in growing and diversifying funding streams as demonstrated by maximizing current revenue activities and conceiving of new sources of funds.
People Management, Financial, and Operational Abilities: The ability to work with and motivate a diverse group of professionals through empowerment, clarity, energy, and team-building. Experience and success enhancing systems and operational capacity, managing budgets, and running an enterprise with business acumen is critical. At least seven to ten years executive-level management and leadership experience.
Relationship and Stakeholder Management: Demonstrated experience in building, sustaining, and deepening relationships and partnerships with a diverse set of individuals, groups and stakeholders and with the broader business, nonprofit and government community. Demonstrated ability to build relationships specifically to support program delivery across constituencies.
The Philadelphia Bar Association has retained the services of Diversified Search to assist in this search. Interested candidates please e-mail your cover letter and resume to PhilaBarAssoc@divsearch.com.