State Bar of Michigan

Executive Director

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State Bar of Michigan
Lansing, Michigan, United States
9 days ago


Organizational Overview 
The State Bar of Michigan (SBM) is a nationally recognized leader in fostering innovations to serve the public interest, the legal profession and ensure access to justice. The Bar is dedicated to its mission to “aid in promoting improvements in the administration of justice and advancements to jurisprudence, in improving relations between the legal profession and the public, and in promoting the interests in the legal profession in the State.” SBM is an integrated bar of 46,000 members organized as a public corporate body and regulated by the Michigan Supreme Court. SBM’s $11m budget is funded by license fees set by the Supreme Court. There are 75.5 FTEs. 
A 32-member Board of Bar Commissioners governs SBM. The 150-member Representative Assembly serves as the Bar’s policy-making body. There are 23 standing committees and workgroups and 44 substantive and practice-related sections. 
The executive director is accountable to the Board of Commissioners. 

Position Summary 
The executive director is the chief staff executive officer and is responsible for staff leadership and management of SBM, including implementation of the strategic plan, oversight of day-to-day programs and operations, and cultivating strong relationships with the Bar’s strategic partners. The executive director represents the interests of SBM and the Michigan legal community at local, state, and national levels. The executive director assists in fulfilling SBM obligations to the administration of Character & Fitness, Attorney Grievance Commission, Judicial Tenure Commission, Unauthorized Practice of Law, and the Client Protection Fund.  


Key Duties 

  • Advise and support the Board of Commissioners regarding strategic opportunities, challenges, and threats
  • Build the governing capacity of the Board of Commissioners, Representative Assembly, committees, and sections through policies and best practices
  • Collaborate with the president and officers to fulfill their roles and responsibilities
  • Develop operational goals and objectives congruent with the strategic plan
  • Ensure compliance with Supreme Court Rules and Revised Judicature Act governing the Bar
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with the Supreme Court and appropriate legislative and executive branch leaders to further the Bar’s mission
  • Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the organization and the profession
  • In collaboration with strategic stakeholders, develop, lead and support initiatives that promote access to justice within the legal system
  • Implement policies and programs efficiently and effectively
  • Advance programming and services that support members’ professional development and wellbeing
  • Enrich SBM reputation within the profession, organized bar community, and, among members
  • Exercise sound financial management and oversight in compliance with best practices and applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations
  • Foster a high functioning, dynamic, and collaborative staff culture
  • Oversee sound risk management policies and processes, including cybersecurity
  • Optimize the use of technology to serve staff, members, and the public interest
  • Assure adequate resources, training, and support to retain and develop staff
  • Communicate regularly with internal and external stakeholders
  • Lead post-pandemic changes to operations, staff management, and governance

Required Skills 

  • Strategic leadership and insight to foster innovation and collaboration
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for developing and maintaining relationships
  • Technological literacy with an understanding of systems development
  • Financial management and budgeting
  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills
  • Familiarity with the legal profession, court administration, and lawyer regulation
  • Integrity and high ethical standards

Minimum of 10 years of experience as the chief staff executive or in a senior management position with a non-profit, association, foundation, or law-related organization is preferred. 

A law degree is preferred but not required. An advanced degree in a related field such as public policy, public administration, organizational development, or an MBA will be considered. 

Salary is negotiable and depending on experience. 

Contact Elizabeth Derrico, Elizabeth Derrico & Associates,, 312.209.1979

Job Information

  • Job ID: 58147369
  • Location:
    Lansing, Michigan, United States
  • Position Title: Executive Director
  • Company Name: State Bar of Michigan
  • Job Function: Other
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite

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