The Boston Bar Association (“BBA”) is the Commonwealth’s premier professional association for lawyers. Home to over 15,000 members and more than 140 law firm and corporate partners, the BBA produces high-quality educational programming, advocates for important changes in public policy, and serves our community through innovative public service projects. The Boston Bar Foundation (“BBF”)’s mission is to promote justice by funding and promoting innovation in legal services, enhancing access to justice for the underserved, and supporting the public interest activities of the bar.

The BBA is seeking a Manager of New Lawyer Engagement to be responsible for the BBA’s law students and new lawyers and engagement efforts. This position staffs and supervises the Law Students and New Lawyer Forums, volunteers, and coordinates programs for members. A successful candidate will be an individual who has experience working with career development, preferably in the legal community, and has a passion for developing future talent. This position will report to the Director of Professional Development and supervise the Sections and Service Programs Assistant.

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter along with a resume to hr@bostonbar.org.

POSITION DESCRIPTION    

TITLE: Manager of New Lawyer Engagement   

DEPARTMENT: Professional Development    

REPORTS TO: Director of Professional Development   

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Sections and Service Programs Assistant   

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Manager of New Lawyer Engagement is responsible for BBA’s law student and new lawyer engagement efforts. The position staffs the Law Student and New Lawyer Forums, works with volunteers, and plans programs for these member groups. The position also assists on planning and executing programs that have the goal of recruiting and retaining members.   

RESPONSIBILITIES:   

  • Manage the Law student forum and law student programs at the BBA with the aim to provide relevant programming, engage law students to the BBA, help students network and build connections and provide leadership development opportunities.  
  • Manage relationships with law school contacts and student groups, communicate with these contacts on BBA events and programs, seek feedback on law student programs generally. Assist Membership Department with identifying the information needed for law school annual engagement reports and with law school renewals. 
  • Oversee the leadership development for new lawyers and law students including the Public Interest Leadership Program and assisting with the Diversity Equity & Inclusion Fellowship program.  
  • Oversee the Practicing with Professionalism program required for new admittees to the Massachusetts Bar. 
  • Manage the new lawyer related forums and develop new lawyer programming. This includes career development, networking, and practice fundamentals programming. Recruit program participant speakers.  
  • Coordinate the BBA's part in the new lawyer swearing-in ceremonies. 
  • Develop open houses, new lawyer welcome programs, and member benefits programs in coordination with Membership and Business development departments.  
  • Report regularly internally and to leadership about the BBA’s work with law students and new lawyers. 
  • Perform other duties, including working with other BBA Forums, as assigned. 

Qualifications: 

  • 3-5 years’ experience planning educational programs or equivalent project management experience. 
  • 3-5 years’ experience working with students or volunteers.  
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Management experience strongly preferred. 
  • College degree required; JD preferred. 
  • Experience with working with career development or in the legal profession preferred. 

The BBA expects all directors and managers to meet its standards of practice and performance as outlined below:    

Leadership and Strategy Development 

  • Development as a manager and a leader, and willingness to take initiative to assume new responsibilities   
  • Ability to anticipate problems and develop and implement solutions 
  • Development and implementation of strategic goals to provide direction for the department/organization 
  • Good judgment, especially in dealings with volunteers and leadership 
  • Understanding of how diversity and inclusion contribute to organizational goals   

Teamwork/ Project Management  

  • Integrity and high work standards 
  • Willingness to collaborate with and support others and share information, ideas and credit  
  • Effectiveness in building teams 
  • Effectiveness, accuracy, and completeness of written work product  
  • Responsiveness and strength of follow through  
  • Internal reporting and budget management, including responsiveness to other departments   

Developing People 

  • Coaching, mentoring and management of other staff  
  • Positive behavior, attitude, and actions, including punctuality, adaptability, accessibility, reliability, and flexibility 
  • Self-awareness, sensitivity, and respect of others 

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter along with a resume to hr@bostonbar.org.  

This job description is intended only to provide general guidance.  It is understood that the position may evolve over time, and that additional or different duties may be added at management’s discretion.  It is the policy of the BBA/F to review and update job descriptions annually however updates or revisions may occur within a given year as indicated.

The Boston Bar Association (“BBA”) is the Commonwealth’s premier professional association for lawyers. Home to over 15,000 members and more than 140 law firm and corporate partners, the BBA produces high-quality educational programming, advocates for important changes in public policy, and serves our community through innovative public service projects. The Boston Bar Foundation (“BBF”)’s mission is to promote justice by funding and promoting innovation in legal services, enhancing access to justice for the underserved, and supporting the public interest activities of the bar.

The BBA is seeking a Senior Staff Accountant to lead the accounting activities for both the BBA and BBF working under the direction of the Director of Finance & Administration. This position is an integral part of the Finance & Administration team and will be highly interactive with the 30-person staff of the organization. The Senior Staff Accountant will lead the financial close processes for both the BBA and BBF and enjoy working on special projects. The successful candidate will be a person who is detailed oriented and enjoys contributing their skillset in a mission driven environment. This position doesn’t have direct reports.

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter along with a resume to hr@bostonbar.org.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

TITLE: Senior Staff Accountant

DEPARTMENT: Finance & Administration

REPORTS TO: Director of Finance & Administration

POSITION

SUMMARY: Reporting to the Director of Finance & Administration, the Senior Staff Accountant will lead the monthly and annual financial reporting close of the Boston Bar Association (BBA) and Boston Bar Foundation (BBF). This is an exempt salaried position scheduled 35 hours per week.

RESPONSIBITITIES:

  • Maintains a documented system of accounting policies and procedures
  • Recommend new systems, policies, and procedures to increase department customer service and efficiencies
  • Oversees the integrity of accounting information exported from the association’s soon to launch Association Management Software (AMS) Fonteva which runs on Salesforce
  • Oversees the production of periodic financial reports including monthly income statements and balance sheets, ensures that the reported results comply with US GAAP
  • Assists in developing board presentation packages containing monthly financial information
  • Reviews and prepares the general ledger for monthly and annual closes
  • Reconciles the BBF endowment and investment accounts
  • Accounts for net assets with and without donor restriction
  • Maintain accruals of payroll and other sensitive information
  • Support annual budget analysis and monthly forecasts
  • Serves as a key liaison to external auditors and provide needed information for the annual audit
  • Coordinates with software vendors to maintain accounting software systems; recommends updates to enhance the accounting software
  • Performs other related duties as necessary or assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Dedicated to providing excellent customer service to BBA staff and external stakeholders
  • Proficient in accounting software and system conversions, experience with Stock Garber & Associates (SGA) a plus
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelors degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business Administration required
  • 3 years or more of related experience required
  • Nonprofit financial experience preferred but not required

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter along with a resume to hr@bostonbar.org.

The Boston Bar Association (“BBA”) is the Commonwealth’s premier professional association for lawyers. Home to over 15,000 members and more than 140 law firm and corporate partners, the BBA produces high-quality educational programming, advocates for important changes in public policy, and serves our community through innovative public service projects. The Boston Bar Foundation (“BBF”)’s mission is to promote justice by funding and promoting innovation in legal services, enhancing access to justice for the underserved, and supporting the public interest activities of the bar.

The BBA is seeking a Leadership and Foundations Project Assistant to support the BBA and BBF’s work with its leadership and partners in the community. This role provides administrative support to the BBF granting process, BBA’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) initiative, and Affinity bar relations. A successful candidate will be an individual who’s demonstrated excellent writing skills, attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple projects. This position will report to the BBA/BBF Executive Director and does not have any direct reports.

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter along with a resume to hr@bostonbar.org.

Position Description  

TITLE: Leadership and Foundation Projects Assistant 

DEPARTMENT: Executive 

REPORTS TO: BBA/BBF Executive Director  

POSITION SUMMARY: 

The Leadership and Foundation Projects Assistant supports the BBA and BBF’s work with its leadership as well as our partners in the community. In addition, the position works closely with the Director of Foundation Programs to support partnerships with grantees, Affinity Bars and other community collaborations.  

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Supports all BBA and BBF leadership committees including scheduling meetings, compiling, and distributing agendas and materials, taking meeting minutes, and maintaining accurate contact records. 
  • Provide administrative support of the BBF granting process as well as grants and grantee relations. This includes supporting the work of the Delivery of Legal Services Section and related activities. 
  • Provide administrative support for the BBA’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) initiatives. This includes support needed to maintain relationships and collaborations with BBA affinity bar partners, DEI staff and partners at law firms, and community organizations, as well as the DEI Section and related activities. 
  • Assist with Affinity Bar relations including tracking leadership, supporting, and promoting affinity bar activities and programs, and directly assistant affinity bar partners upon request. 
  • Provides administrative support for the Beacon Awards Selection Committee and the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summer Fellowship program. 
  • Assists the Director Foundation Programs and DEI with identifying and promoting service and community activities that might be of interest to our members. This includes scheduling programs, volunteer communication, data entry and record keeping.  
  • Writes informative pieces about the BBA and BBF’s work in the community and with our Affinity Partners.
  • Perform other duties as required and assigned.  

SKILLS:

  • Demonstrated exceptional writing skills 
  • Strong communication and customer service skills 
  • Exceptional attention to detail 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects independently 
  • Ability to interact with a wide range of people from lawyers and judges to students and community leaders 
  • Bachelor's degree required; prior professional experience preferred  

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter along with a resume to hr@bostonbar.org.  

This job description is intended only to provide general guidance.  It is understood that the position may evolve over time, and that additional or different duties may be added at management’s discretion.  It is the policy of the BBA/F to review and update job descriptions annually however updates or revisions may occur within a given year as indicated.