The Executive Director is the chief operating executive of the NBA responsible for the overall administration, supervision of work, programmatic design and implementation. The Executive Director provides direction and leadership of the association, and serves as an ambassador, as directed by the President, Executive Committee, or the NBA’s Board of Governors to achieve various organizational objectives. The Executive Director maintains relationships with other organizations, such as law firms, corporate partners, bar associations and governmental entities.
Good applicants must be: committed to and knowledgeable about civil rights and liberties issues and should have significant experience with nonprofit organizations. Applicants should demonstrate: an interest in, enthusiasm for, and commitment to the mission and principles of the NBA; a record of success in a leadership position in the government, nonprofit, or private sectors; successful development experience, preferably in nonprofit, advocacy, or other community-based group; organizational and management skills; an ability to build coalitions and work effectively with diverse communities and organizations that have divergent and often competing agendas; strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, and comfort working with donors, board members, volunteers, and staff with different backgrounds and diverse opinions; excellent communication skills, including demonstrated ability to write and speak clearly, precisely, and persuasively both for professional and lay readers, including an ability to draft and edit position statements; experience dealing with news media and other avenues to promote the work of the NBA; experience in successfully directing volunteers, and demonstrated leadership skills and ability to motivate others; experience in working effectively with an active Board; ability to function well in a high-pressure environment that can require extended hours and travel throughout the county and abroad.
A Bachelor’s degree is required; a law degree or other advanced degree preferred.
About National Bar Association
The National Bar Association (“NBA”) is a national not-for-profit trade organization with its headquarters located in Washington, D.C. The NBA was formed by 12 African-American pioneers with a mutual interest in, and dedication to, justice and the civil rights for African-Americans in America. This mission has been the foundation of the NBA since 1925. Today, as the nation’s oldest and largest national association of predominantly African-American lawyers, judges, educators and law students, the NBA has 84 affiliates throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Africa and the Caribbean, with a network of more than 65,000 professionals who are both lawyers and non-lawyers. For more information about the NBA, visit www.nationalbar.org.