The American Association for Justice (AAJ®), formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA®), is seeking to fill the Director of Education position for its Education Department. The ideal candidate will have a J.D. and some legal experience as a practicing lawyer.
The Director of Education is responsible for directing and managing AAJ’s continuing legal education programs, working closely with a board of trustees and nationally recognized speakers.
AAJ is the world’s largest plaintiff trial bar and seeks to promote a fair and effective civil justice system—and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.
• Manage education department staff, and work with the Board of Trustees, course advisors, and faculty in the design, planning, budgeting, marketing, implementing, and evaluating of CLE programs.
• Serve as the liaison to the Board of Trustees and its subcommittees.
• Conduct long-range planning, policy development, implementation, and evaluation of CLE programs.
• Guide the development of content for CLE programs, including researching and evaluating CLE programs offered by competing providers.
• Conduct needs assessment of members and lead the development of new education content, including recruiting high-profile qualified faculty and promoting diversity in programming.
• Develop and manage department budget.
• Evaluate sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, working closely with AAJ’s business development department.
• Develop and maintain relationships with the state trial lawyer associations as well as with AAJ member groups, committees, and vendors.
• Monitor, recommend, and implement emerging learning technologies and techniques, including traditional, e-learning, podcasts, webinars, and livestreaming.
• Prepare and present reports about the Education department and CLE programs to the Board, staff, and AAJ officers and members.
• Work in tandem with AAJ’s marketing and membership departments to recruit and retain members.
• Work with AAJ’s meeting and conventions team and third-party vendors to review and evaluate contract proposals for CLE programs.
• Oversee staff executing a nationwide law student trial advocacy competition.
• B.A. degree required, J.D. and some legal experience as a practicing lawyer preferred.
• Minimum 7 years’ experience at a supervisory level.
• Experience supervising and coaching staff at various levels and managing relationships with members/customers and third-party vendors.
• Ability to operate strategically, identifying and leveraging opportunities for member education by developing and leading continuing legal education programs.
• Excellent interpersonal, analytical, and oral/ written communications skills.
• Experience working effectively with association/organization leaders and committees.
• Must be a detail-oriented leader and able to demonstrate innovation and initiative, good judgment, and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
• Prior association and/or non-profit experience is a plus.
• Experience with event planning and working with volunteers is a plus.
• Some travel to meetings and events is required.
Please email resume, cover letter and salary requirements to HR@justice.org. EOE.
About American Association for Justice
The American Association for Justice, formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA®), provides trial attorneys with information, professional support and a nationwide network that enables them to most effectively and expertly represent clients. The mission of the American Association for Justice is to promote a fair and effective justice system—and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.