NYSBA Executive Director Search

Job Description: Executive Director New York State Bar Association

The Executive Director of the New York State Bar Association is the chief administrative officer of the Association with management responsibility for its administrative and staff operations and for implementing the policies of the Association.


EXPERIENCE  

  • Juris Doctor degree and/or Masters of Business Administration
  • At least 10 years of successful management experience in a comparably complex organization required.

COMPETENCIES  

The New York State Bar Association is a large, complex organization with many facets and constituencies in a rapidly changing profession. The Association must maximize value to its members and interact with the judicial, legislative and executive branches of government, other bar associations and law schools. The Executive Director must have a track record of success as a senior manager at a comparably complex organization and shall have demonstrated experience/skills in the following areas:  

Leadership  

The Executive Director must evidence:   

  • An understanding of the changes affecting the profession and how to position the Association to remain valuable to members, the public and the development of the law.
  • An ability to develop and communicate clear goals.
  • Extensive decision-making skills and the ability to organize and manage collective decision-making processes.
  • A willingness to develop leadership skills in the management and staff of the Association.
  • An ability to lead and manage with different and effective styles depending on the circumstances, entities and people involved.
  • An understanding and demonstration of the importance of the Association’s recognition of the value of and commitment to diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace.

Management

While executing the goals of the Association and providing excellent member services and maintaining financial stability, the Executive Director will manage in a manner designed to keep the New York State Bar Association a workplace valued by its staff, providing a culture where staff is supported, consulted and held accountable to the achievement of clearly defined results. 

In an organization as large and complex as the New York State Bar Association, the Executive Director must be adept at dealing with the inevitable nuances inherent in working with volunteer attorneys as well as staff members.  The Executive Director must:  

  • Manage the effective interaction of the Association with the court system as well as the legislative and executive branches of state government.
  • Recognize the complexities faced by staff with sometimes blurred volunteer and internal reporting lines.
  • Be able to manage annual turnover at the senior volunteer level, keeping shifting leadership focused on long term as well as short term interests of the Association.
  • Deftly navigate among Association sections and committees with worthwhile missions competing for limited resources.
  • Be comfortable with evolving issues regarding technology, knowledge management and communities.

Communication Skills  

As the central depository of critical information in many areas as well as the public face of the Association in many instances, the Executive Director must have superb communication skills. In particular, the Executive Director must:  

  • Effectively represent and articulate the Association’s mission and goals to internal and external audiences, and know which goals may be effectively delegated.
  • Be the eyes and ears of the Association on many issues, such as developments affecting the practice of law and the legal profession, and must listen for and communicate such issues to leadership and appropriate Association staff.
  • Develop effective channels of communication and information distribution within the Association.

Personal Attributes  

The Executive Director will have:   

  • The self-awareness and awareness of others to enable the establishment of positive interpersonal connections and teamwork.
  • The confidence to appreciate and encourage feedback and input from employees and Association members in furtherance of the Association’s mission and goals.
  • A deep pride in the rule of law, legal profession, the work of the New York State Bar Association and the staff of the New York State Bar Association.

Indications of interest should be directed by email to Barbara Mayden at bmayden@youngmayden.com