The Executive Director of the Maricopa County Bar Association (“MCBA”) and Maricopa County Bar Foundation (“MCBF”) is responsible for implementing the goals, strategies, programs, and policies established by the MCBA’s Board of Directors (“Board”) on behalf of its members and the MCBF’s Board of Trustees (“Trustees”). The Executive Director is expected to suggest new, creative, and additional activities, programs, events, and solutions to improve the service, efficiency, and financial condition of the MCBA’s and MCBF’s operations. The Executive Director ensures the MCBA is in compliance with its fiduciary and executive functioning obligations to its members, and the MCBF is in compliance with its fiduciary and executive functioning obligations to its donors. In that role, the Executive Director serves as a liaison to MCBA and MCBF vendors and the legal and larger community of Maricopa County. The Executive Director is accountable to the MCBA Executive Committee and Board and the MCBF Trustees, and reports to the MCBA President. In performing these duties, the Executive Director shall:
Lead the MCBA and MCBF in a manner that fosters the continued success and growth of both organizations;
Be responsible for the day-to-day management and operation of the MCBA;
Attend and participate in planning, setting the agenda for, and arranging the logistics of MCBA meetings, including monthly Board meetings, monthly Executive Committee meetings, annual membership meetings, and as necessary and appropriate, section, division, and committee meetings;
Provide guidance and assistance to ensure the success of, and attend, MCBA- and MCBF-sponsored fundraisers and community activities;
Actively seek and secure sponsorships and revenue-generating arrangements.
Implement the goals of the MCBA set forth in the MCBA’s Strategic Plan and, as appropriate, make recommendations to the Executive Committee and Board regarding Strategic Plan updates;
Be responsible for overall management of the MCBA’s website and online presence to maximize traffic, usage, and utility for staff, members, and the public;
Stay current with trends in the national and local legal community and the operations of similarly situated Bar associations; maintain relationships with other bar associations and their respective leadership to ensure that the MCBA is implementing the most effective programs using appropriate technology and best practices; and elevate the prestige of the MCBA so it is recognized as a leader among its peer organizations;
Explore, present to the Board, and implement meaningful opportunities to collaborate with local sister bar organizations, professional organizations, and non-profit organizations;
Provide regular, written reports for the Board and Executive Committee; and
Perform all other duties as may be required or directed by the MCBA Executive Committee or Board.
Manage the financial affairs of the MCBA including (i) implementing the MCBA’s finance-related policies, (ii) providing financial oversight (g., monitor income and expenses), (iii) independently or in conjunction with the MCBA’s outside accountants, preparing, reviewing and presenting financial reports to the Executive Committee and Board, (iv) overseeing the timely preparation of, and compliance with, an annual budget, (v) securing annual audits from the MCBA’s auditors, (vi) exploring new opportunities for revenue growth and/or expense reduction; and (vii) constantly examining existing activities to promote financial efficiency without sacrificing product quality;
Negotiate and advise the President (and other members of the Board as appropriate) respecting the execution of contracts, including but not limited to contracts with accountants, legal counsel, insurance brokers, caterers, website managers, publishers, advertisers, suppliers of MCBA content respecting royalty and revenue-generating arrangements, event and program sponsors, and vendors;
Ensure proper maintenance of membership records and accurate annual dues billing and collections; and
Ensure timely periodic filings mandated by federal, state and local authorities and coordinate annual audit with outside CPA firm.
Public Events & Relations
Serve as the MCBA liaison and representative at legal-community events, such as judicial investitures and bar leadership conferences, to promote and foster a positive, collegial, and professional atmosphere within and towards the MCBA;
Develop, implement, and manage a public relations strategy to appropriately broadcast the events and programs of the MCBA.
Be responsible for successful delivery and execution of, and attend, the MCBA’s and MCBF’s events (g., Annual Meeting, Barristers’ Ball, Golf Tournament, other community, public service and education events/forums and related projects, many of which are spearheaded by volunteers and/or an Activity Director);
Monitor the legislative process respecting significant developments that could impact the legal community, raising such issues to members of the Board as appropriate; and
Inspire MCBA staff members to excel in their roles, take calculated risks to improve the MCBA, and serve members, the public, and each other with dignity and pride;
Oversee and supervise MCBA staff respecting the development and implementation of membership services including providing (i) high-quality CLE programs; (ii) a financially productive Lawyer Referral Service program; (iii) active, valuable sections and divisions; and (iv) strategic partnerships that enhance membership value;
Supervise, direct and delegate the activities of the MCBA staff members and ensure that the office performs efficiently and that all employees work in compliance with the MCBA’s Employment Policies;
Ensure all staff members receive periodic (at least annual) performance reviews; and
Make and/or recommend to the Board sound employment decisions as to staff members, including hiring, termination, promotion, and compensation decisions.
The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities or requirements. The Executive Director is expected to respond to the needs of the MCBA and the MCBF as may be directed from time to time by the Executive Committee of the MCBA in consultation with the Board and the Trustees of the MCBF.
About Maricopa County Bar Association
Since its founding in 1914, the Maricopa County Bar Association has been the largest voluntary bar association in Arizona. Located in Phoenix, one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the nation, MCBA is where the legal community connects.
While State Bar of Arizona membership is mandatory for licensed attorneys, MCBA membership is voluntary. Through its continuing legal education (CLE) programs, social events and charitable activities, MCBA provides a venue for professional growth, networking and public service to the county's diverse legal community.
MCBA's 15 practice, employment or age-related sections and divisions offer members even more opportunities to engage in activities with fellow practitioners. Sections and divisions also offer leadership experience through their executive councils, as does the MCBA through its Board of Directors.
In all areas of service, the MCBA encourages and supports diversity in the legal profession and the judicial system. The MCBA supports fair opportunities for attorneys and all persons regardless of their ethnic background, religion or gender.