The Chief Programs Officer (CPO) of the District of Columbia Bar (Bar) provides leadership and management to the Programs Division, which includes the Programs Office, the Sections Office, the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Department and Regulation Counsel. The CPO is responsible for oversight of the development of content and implementation of programs, events and other services. The CPO is a key leadership position within the Bar and serves as a member of the Executive Team (ET). The position reports to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
1. The CPO is responsible for the leadership and direction of staff and the day-to-day operations of four departments within the Programs Division of the organization. These departments include:
a. Programs Office – The Programs Office manages the compliance functions of a mandatory course on legal ethics and local practice, and manages and coordinates the Bar’s leadership development initiatives. The Programs Office also coordinates planning for general membership meetings and volunteer recognition events.
b. Sections - The Sections Office is responsible for the provision of membership support and events planning services, and for assistance with community outreach and publications for the Bar’s Council on Sections and the 20 sections that are organized by practice area and fields of interest.
c. CLE – The CLE Department is responsible for implementation of the Bar's program of continuing legal education of Bar members and others. Programs within the CLE Department include: the Continuing Legal Education Core Program (CLE Core Program), the Mandatory Course on the District of Columbia Rules of Professional Conduct and District of Columbia Practice (Mandatory Course) and the Rules of Professional Conduct Education Program (Rules Education Program).
d. Regulation Counsel – Regulation Counsel provides multiple services to Bar members, attorneys and clients to address the regulation of attorney conduct. Services provided by Regulation Counsel, include the Attorney/Client Relations Program (ACRP), consisting of an Attorney/Client Arbitration Board (ACAB) and a Clients’ Security Fund (CSF); the Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP); the Legal Ethics Program (LEP); the Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee (Rules Review Committee); and the Practice Management Advisory Service (PMAS).
2. Provides effective and visionary leadership, aligned with the Bar’s mission, for all programs and services delivered to Bar members to ensure the effectiveness and quality of each program; promotes regular and ongoing opportunities for staff and volunteers to give feedback on program operations. Hires, trains and supervises management and administrative staff.
3. With the Chief Executive Officer and other members of the ET, works to define the strategic priorities of the Bar.
4. Ensures compliance with all regulatory, licensing and accreditation requirements.
5. In coordination with the Executive Office, oversees the management of the Bar’s leadership development initiatives, including the administration of the John A. Payton Leadership Academy.
6. Oversees the planning of the biennial Judicial and Bar Conference and the Bar’s Celebration of Leadership: Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner.
7. Develops and implements long-term and short-term goals and objectives to maintain and improve programs.
8. Is responsible for the oversight and development of annual program budgets; prepares and submits the Program Division’s annual budget to the CEO for review and approval; manages the current budget.
9. As a member of the ET, works to ensure that programmatic efforts are aligned with the Bar’s mission and strategic plan and assists in the development and enforcement of Bar policies and procedures.
10. Attends meetings, trainings, conferences, etc., to build external relationships and to enhance knowledge. Maintains effective liaisons and communications with sections, committees, voluntary bar associations and other state and local bar associations.
11. Proactively seeks new and/or external opportunities for the benefit of the Bar’s programs and services.
12. Establishes and maintains effective relationships and communications with the Board of Governors, community groups and other strategic alliances.
13. At the direction of the CEO, represents the Bar at meetings with other bar executives, court officials, etc.
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies to perform the essential functions of this position.
Analytical—the individual synthesizes complex or diverse information.
Strategic – the individual is forward thinking and can see big picture ideas while understanding the tactics involved in the process.
Innovative – the individual is innovative thinker that supports innovative thought throughout the organization.
Problem solving—the individual identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner and gathers and analyzes information skillfully; thinks creatively to solve problems, to conduct organizational planning and to meet strategic goals.
Communication—the individual speaks clearly and persuasively in all situations and conducts effective presentations and productive meetings involving various internal and external stakeholders; produces effective written communications.
Delegation—the individual delegates work assignments, gives authority to work independently, sets expectations, mentors and monitors delegated activities.
Leadership—the individual inspires and motivates others to perform well and accepts feedback from others.
Management skills—the individual appropriately includes staff in planning, decision-making, and facilitating process improvement; makes oneself available to staff; provides regular performance feedback to staff; and develops staff’s skills, encourages growth and maintains accountability.
Quality management—the individual continuously looks for ways to improve and promote quality and demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
Judgment—the individual displays willingness to make decisions, exhibits sound and accurate judgment and makes timely decisions.
Planning/organizing—the individual prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently and develops realistic action plans.
1. A J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school.
2. Must be an active member of the D.C. Bar or eligible to become an active D.C. Bar member. A successful candidate who is not an active member of the D.C. Bar must apply for admission to the Bar within two (2) months of beginning employment with the Bar.
3. Minimum of 12 years relevant work experience is required. Five or more years in a leadership role at a large membership organization or comparable non-profit organization with experience operating programs is desirable.
4. Strong, direct managerial experience in an office of comparable size.
5. Pragmatic leadership style with the ability to motivate a team of managers.
6. Demonstrated leadership and management skills in complex organizational structures, with the ability to develop and manage collaborative business relationships both internally and externally.
7. Excellent communication and organizational skills.
8. Familiarity with information technology systems. Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
9. Strong understanding of generally accepted legal practices.
10. Strong understanding of legal methods and principles, knowledge of current legal research, regulations and climate. Knowledge of the current legal issues in the District of Columbia and nationally is particularly helpful.
11. Ability to handle and maintain the confidentiality of highly sensitive information.
This is an exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience. The D.C. Bar has an excellent benefit package.
This is not an attempt to list all essential functions of this position. It is recognized that job duties may change over time, based on the Bar’s needs.
The District of Columbia Bar is an equal opportunity employer.
Interested individuals must submit a cover letter with salary requirements and resume to: