Executive Director Search
The Toledo Bar Association has opened a search for a new executive director to lead the organization. The search will remain open until the position is filled. To apply, read the position profile below, and download the complete profile here.
Joel P. Epstein
Managing Director & Principal
WAVERLY PARTNERS, LLC
Executive Director Position Profile
The Toledo Bar Association (TBA), founded in 1878, is a voluntary 501(c)(6) nonprofit unincorporated association representing approximately 1450 members of the bench and bar of Toledo and neighboring communities. Through its activities, the TBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice. The Association has an annual budget of approximately $1.0 MM, and a staff of 8. The organization is presently headquartered in a TBA- owned office building located in downtown Toledo.
TBA’s mission is to provide outstanding service to its members, to assist them in serving the profession and the community, to make the association indispensable to the bench and bar, and to preserve and promote Toledo as a unique place to practice law in a culture of camaraderie, collegiality, competence and mutual trust.
The Toledo Bar Association is committed to preserving and promoting the “Toledo Way” of practicing law. At the core of the Toledo Way are two principles: best practices for service to the clients and professional satisfaction gained from a collegial working environment. In furtherance of these principles, the Toledo Way places a premium on the ability to amicably negotiate or resolve disputes or controversies without resorting to more formal processes or personal attacks. A natural derivative of this approach is the accepted and appreciated collegial working environment in the Toledo legal community. This professional setting is unrivaled anywhere else in the country and it allows Toledo attorneys to focus their time and energy on efficient, effective resolution of disputes on behalf of clients while enjoying an unparalleled environment of mutual respect, excellence in the practice and camaraderie. The Toledo Bar Association stands as the organized and vocal proponent of the Toledo Way.
The organization consists of 1450 members, governed by an elected Board of Trustees, and provides services, assistance, as well as networking opportunities to attorneys, judges, paralegals, teachers and law school students in Toledo. TBA sponsors more than 40 active committees in such fields as law reform, court administration, professional ethics, and continuing legal education. Inter-professional committees work with other professionals to solve mutual problems. TBA also schedules continuing legal education seminars and social gatherings for the benefit of its members, and provides access to justice through pro bono legal services to those who cannot afford an attorney through its 400+ Pro Bono panel attorneys and various clinics.
The Toledo Bar Association Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with $1.3 MM in assets, is the philanthropic arm of the Toledo Bar Association and supports TBA’s charitable and educational purposes.
The TBA Foundation’s resources must be exclusively used to:
• Foster the integrity of the legal profession;
• Facilitate the administration of justice;
• Defray the administrative expenses of providing pro bono legal services to indigent persons; and
• Aid lawyers in need.
More information on the TBA can be found on its website: www.toledobar.org
The Executive Director oversees a current staff of full-time employees, including: Assistant Executive Director; Director, Continuing Legal Education; Director, Lawyer Referral and Information Services; Accounting Director; Bar Counsel; Director of Communications; Information Technology Administrator; and Director, Pro Bono. This executive will maintain and promote important interactions and working relationships with TBA members; officials in federal, state and local government agencies and institutions (including the University of Toledo College of Law); outside financial advisers and consultants; executives at other metropolitan, national, state and county bar associations; and the public at large.
The Executive Director serves under the direction of TBA officers and Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for the effective and efficient conduct of TBA’s affairs. This person recommends and participates with the officers and the Board of Directors in formulation of the Association's mission, goals and objectives and related policies. Within that framework, this person plans, organizes, coordinates, controls and directs the staff, programs and activities of the TBA. The Executive Director is responsible for budget and fiscal management, and serves as the organization’s ambassador to the membership and public at large.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
The Executive Director provides the Association’s Board and officers with appropriate resources and innovative ideas for growth and development. Working with the President of the Association, he/she is responsible for developing Board meeting schedule and agendas, maintaining Board minutes and records, carrying out plans and programs of the Board, serving as representative of the Board for all contacts with the TBA staff, initiating and advocating programs for consideration by the Board, and advising the Board on all important matters under consideration. Provides leadership and work with the Board in establishing strategic, operational and tactical plans and priorities for the Association. Provides leadership to and oversee the TBA staff and volunteers in efforts to recruit new members and to retain existing members and expand membership base and oversee activities related to maintaining effective member relations.
A Bachelors degree is required; an advanced degree in business, law, public administration, marketing, or related field is highly preferred. A demonstrated commitment to continued professional development through the American Society of Association Executives or Certified Association Executive designation is desirable.
The ideal candidate has demonstrated a successful career track record in association management and is currently serving as the top executive of a comparable professional services-focused association or bar association with a proven track record of success. Alternative experience includes serving as a “#2” or other senior-level executive at a complex business association, demonstrated leadership in the legal profession, or as an executive from a private or public sector entity. Significant experience leading membership retention and growth of a voluntary association of professionals is highly preferred.
The Executive Director position of the TBA is an outstanding opportunity for a committed association or other executive to lead a professional association with a long history of success. An experienced staff and committed Board ensure the historical integrity of the organization and a strong foundation for the TBA going forward. At the same time, the legal professionals that make up the association face challenges within their industry from changing client preferences and industry consolidation. The TBA must continue to provide outstanding services and programs as well as advocate on behalf of the membership in the years to come.
Interested candidates should send a resume/CV to WAVERLY PARTNERS, the executive search firm retained by the TBA Board on this search. The TBA firmly supports the principle and philosophy of equal opportunity for all individuals, regardless of race, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability.
Joel P. Epstein
Managing Director & Principal
WAVERLY PARTNERS, LLC