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Filled: Director of External Affairs for the National LGBT Bar Association

LGBTQ Bar Association for Lawyers in the US



Location: Washington, DC
Supervisor: Executive Director
Direct reports: None

three-lawyersThe National LGBT Bar Association seeks a positive, highly skilled, articulate and motivated leader for the position of Director of External Affairs, based in our national office in Washington, DC. This position requires demonstrated leadership in planning, execution, and providing strategic direction and daily coordination for expanding the Bar’s programs. The Director of External Affairs will also provide strategic thinking and participate in growing membership services and communications.



The National LGBT Bar Association promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community in all its diversity. The LGBT Bar carries out its mission through the following:

  • Year-round VIP networking events, professional development webinars and programs
  • Annual “Lavender Law” conference, career fair and legal expo with more than 1,500 attendees, including more than 400 students and 170 recruiters
  • Thought leader engaging members of the profession, with more than 10,000 subscribers
  • Lead numerous advocacy efforts, including resolutions before the American Bar Association; working with Members of Congress in both the House and Senate on the prevention of discrimination against LGBT individuals in jury selection
  • Educate LGBT couples about changing federal regulations
  • Provide LGBT online tax resources to over 1,250 tax payers and professionals  
  • Lead diversity discussions with our members in law firms and global legal departments
  • The Board of Directors is comprised of leaders from global law firms, corporate legal departments and advocacy communities


The LGBT Bar is seeking a transformational Director to lead the organization and facilitate significant growth in Programs. Responsibilities will include:

  • Programs:lawyers-audience
    • New program design and execution in line with strategic objectives
    • Responsible for creation of new business models, recruitment of partners, marketing materials, and start up budget
    • Create momentum and awareness of services to legal professionals and law students
    • Establish performance metrics and monitor results of Bar programs
    • Promote cooperative relationships with external bar associations in order to help cultivate support for LBGT issues and reciprocate with support for cross over issues
    • Increase the awareness of bar association leaders about LGBT issues and initiatives
    • Brand management and strategic communications
    • Attend legal professional meetings surrounding Bar activities (travel required).
  • Membership Services. Participate with other staff in planning and executing:
    • A plan to expand and diversify the membership
    • All membership activities
    • Use of research (surveys, focus groups) results to create high level of member satisfaction and retention
    • Identification of speaking and leadership opportunities at various conferences, programs and workshops for LGBT Bar Leaders and Members
  • Communications. Participate with other staff in planning and executing:
    • A variety of communication channels including, e-mail marketing, membership communications, and professional journals and blogs
    • The annual communications plan for all services for legal professionals, including assessment and evaluation.
    • Engagement of various demographics of the LGBT Bar’s members and attendees


  • Juris Doctorate and extensive non-profit management experience (required)lawyers-party
  • Excellent knowledge of performance evaluation techniques and key metrics
  • Highly collaborative leadership style 
  • Experience developing and implementing communications strategies
  • A strong track record as an implementer who successfully manages multiple initiatives and tasks concurrently
  • Experience working collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters
  • Self-starter, capable of working independently, and possesses entrepreneurial passion for creating and implementing new initiatives in law
  • Outstanding knowledge of data analysis, reporting, and budgeting
  • Working knowledge of MS office and program management software (e.g. Basecamp, MS Project etc.)
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills
  • An analytical mindset with great problem-solving abilities
  • Excellent communication skills



  • Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.  The Bar has an excellent benefits package, including full health, dental and vision coverage for all employees and their dependent children, short and long term disability and employer contribution to 403(b) plan.
  • The Bar is an equal opportunity employer. We provide equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, matriculation, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, medication, status as a veteran, tobacco use, or other classification protected by law.



  • Submit your resumé with a thoughtful letter of interest at this link:
  • All applications are reviewed and acted upon as they are received. The position will be filled as soon as the appropriate candidate is found. It is therefore recommended that you submit your materials as promptly as possible.
  • No telephone calls please.
  • The Bar is proud to celebrate diversity. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities, and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or intersex are particularly urged to apply.
  • For more information about The Bar, please visit our website: