1101 Market Street, 11th Floor • Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone: 215-238-6300 •

February 15, 2008

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation Seeking Executive Director

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is seeking to fill the position of Executive Director. The Bar Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization, established in 1964. Each year the Bar Foundation raises money from attorneys, law firms, corporations and other donors and distributes those funds as grants to local organizations that provide legal services to the poor, the elderly, the disadvantaged, and victims of abuse and neglect. This position affords a tremendous opportunity to work with the leaders of the Philadelphia legal and business communities in fulfilling the Bar Foundation's mission of providing access to justice to the underprivileged of our community.

The Executive Director is responsible for the daily management and administration of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation working with its staff and, as well, interfacing with the staff of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Areas of responsibility include administration, financial management, fundraising, marketing, community liaison, grantmaking and special projects. The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Trustees.

Qualified candidates should have excellent organizational and communication skills, effective writing skills, and a high level of experience with technology. Proficiency with Word, Excel and Powerpoint required. Experience with web-based publishing and donor-management software is preferred. Candidate must be able to multitask and juggle multiple demands in a high-paced environment. The candidate must be comfortable fundraising and representing the Foundation to high-level decision-makers. Graduate degree and/or ten years' experience in non-profit management or law-related environments is preferred.


1. Administration

  • Ensure that grantmaking and fundraising activities are supported by an effective infrastructure.
  • Development and implementation of the Foundation's Strategic Plan.
  • Board: Coordination of all Board activities, and providing support for all committee activities, including development and implementation of annual committee agendas.
  • Staff: Hire, supervise and evaluate all staff, including public interest coordinator, administrative and support staff, interns and volunteers.
  • Finances: Development of the budget, coordination with the comptroller to monitor operating finances and endowment, and production of timely and accurate financial reports to the Board, finance committee, and state and federal reporting agencies; oversee and assist in the preparation of the annual audit.
  • Operations: Facilities, equipment, database, collections and accounts payable.

2. Fundraising
  • The development and implementation of annual and endowment fundraising campaigns, including the identification and cultivation of donors to include philanthropists, law firms, lawyers, corporations and other foundations.
  • Coordinate activities of the Board in implementation of fundraising plans.
  • Manage all aspects of the special events that are a component of the Foundation’s annual fundraising efforts.
  • Expand the organization’s marketing capacity through strategic partnerships and new initiatives, including web-based marketing projects.
  • Continue the development and implementation of branding and marketing campaigns to advance the visibility of the Foundation.

3. Grants/Program

  • Administer annual grants programs, including managing the application process, site visits, grant decisions and post-grant reviews.
  • Administer any special requests.
  • Administer IOLTA recommendations process.
  • Administer LexisNexis re-granting program.
  • Administer existing special grantmaking programs such as the Shuster and Marutani Fellowships.
  • Promote participation in public interest fellowship program.
  • Provide technical assistance and other non-financial support to grantees.
    a) Fundraising;
    b) Board and staff development; and
    c) Other organizational issues
  • Actively participate in the Philadelphia network of legal services providers (and other committees of the Philadelphia Bar Association) in order to promote collaboration and synergies.
  • Help link grantees to in-kind sources of support.

4. Special Projects

  • The planning, assessment and implementation of such other special projects as the Board shall designate (strategic planning, pro bono task force, business plan, etc.)

The Executive Director's position is full-time, based in downtown Philadelphia, and does not require travel. The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities are encouraged to apply.

The salary will be competitive and includes an excellent benefits package.

Applications will be accepted by mail and email and should be submitted by February 19, 2008. Send resume and cover letter.
Elaine M. Rinaldi, Esquire
Philadelphia Bar Foundation
c/o Cozen O’Connor
1900 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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