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July 25, 2018

Job Announcement: Executive Director of the Philadelphia Bar Association

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 lawrelated 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 next 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 of the Association’s current challenges and opportunities are:

  • Membership: Consistent with other membership associations, especially in law and other professional services, duespaying membership has declined since 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 Association benefits from a dedicated, committed, experienced, and longtenured staff. The next Executive Director will also need to harness the staff’s talents, to communicate effectively, to encourage teamwork, and to provide staff management leadership.
  • Board Engagement and Effectiveness: The new Executive Director will need to collaborate with the Chancellor, Chancellor-Elect, the Vice-Chancellor, the Cabinet, and the entire Board to outline the roles, expectations, and responsibilities of Board members and to develop a formal and on-going mechanism to assess the Board’s impact, to hold the Board accountable, and to maximize Board engagement.
  • Programmatic Review: The Association has added a number of programs over the past several years. It will be important for the new Executive Director 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: Since membership has declined, it is imperative to find new revenue sources for the Association. The new Executive Director will need to identify and analyze the various possibilities for revenue enhancement and will need to be able to implement strategies to strengthen the Association’s fiscal health.


  • Mission Orientation: Visible and genuine passion for the Association’s mission, ethos, and programs. Familiarity, understanding, and an appreciation of the law and the legal profession is critical.
  • 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 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. Evidence of successful executive-level management and leadership experience a must.
  • Relationship and Stakeholder Management: Demonstrated experience in building, sustaining, and deepening relationships and partnerships with a diverse set of individuals, groups and stakeholders, including with business, government and nonprofit communities. 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

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