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Washington State Bar Association – Education Programs Lead

Education Programs Lead (NLE)
Advancement Department
Job Grade E9; Exempt; Full-time; Monday-Friday
Starting Salary Range:  $62,696 – $70,532/year DOE +benefits

(Posted 02/03/2017)

The Education Programs Lead, as an integral part of the Continuing Legal Education team, plays a lead role in planning and designing accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs that strengthen Washington lawyers’ professionalism and competence for practice. The Education Programs Lead works closely with staff and volunteer stakeholders to understand the evolving needs of attorneys in a wide variety of practice settings, and to help shape CLE programing that responds to these needs, aligns with the broader continuum of WSBA’s educational programming, and reflects WSBA’s mission focus areas and strategic goals. The primary focus of this Lead’s portfolio is New Lawyer Education, Public Service, Regulatory, Legal Lunchbox/Diversity Programming, with additional support provided in other areas of educational programming within the Continuing Legal Education team.

To successfully carry out the duties for this position, the successful candidate must demonstrate proficiency in a number of areas, including:  

  • Educational Programming design, development, and delivery
  •  Project and Event management;
  • Volunteer Management;
  • Annual Planning, with an emphasis on overall portfolio design and management;
  • Process Improvement, with an emphasis on innovation and efficiency.

In the skill areas noted above, you will feel prepared to take on this role if you have experience:

Clarifying and validating learning outcomes and objectives in consultation with managers and relevant stakeholders; identifying and engaging subject matter experts to shape curriculum and programs; recruiting, preparing and managing volunteer speakers (ensuring timely follow through at all stages of the process); providing direction and support to staff involved in webcasting, video recording and/or video post-production; managing the event budget (as approved by the Education Programs Manager); working with appropriate staff and stakeholders to assess learning needs and priorities; facilitating ongoing dialogue with key identified stakeholders;  determining, promoting and facilitating opportunities for collaboration; coordinating  educational program planning and calendaring with the associated teams, and ensuring the timely and accurate submission of information in organization-wide program and event calendars.

Further, this position ensures educational programs are delivered on time, on target, and on budget, by: ensuring deadlines are met; coordinating and communicating early, regularly and accurately with the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) team; advance planning and coordination with the webcast team; understanding and communicating registration goals; collaborating with the Communications Department to facilitate strategies that complement formal marketing and advertising; collaborating with the webcast production team by providing support and guidance on education content of online programs; working with appropriate staff and stakeholders to assess learning needs and priorities and to plan a continuum of educational programs and to evaluate the success and impact of the programs offered.

Other duties invariably arise, and the Education Programs Lead will be expected to demonstrate agility in incorporating these responsibilities in the course of their work.

Education: Undergraduate degree or a combination of education, training or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the duties associated with this position. A JD (or familiarity with legal education) or a graduate degree in education is preferred.

Requirements: Education design for online and in person delivery, project or event management in a fast paced, deadline-driven environment; financial/ budget accountability; volunteer management. Experience planning and/or delivering adult education in multiple formats is preferred.

Proficiencies: The successful candidate will be: a thoughtful and thorough planner; a skilled volunteer manager, clear and concise communicator; active and observant listener; collaborative and flexible; clear and concise communicator; skilled and accurate at managing projects, tasks and details; grounded in an understanding of adult learning principles and familiar with instructional design concepts; comfortable in front of an audience and able to coach others in audience engagement; interested in law, justice and professionalism; enthusiastic about helping to foster a culture of inclusion and proactive and budget savvy. Highly qualified candidates will have Experience with Mandatory Continuing Legal Education or similar accreditation; experience within a bar association or other professional association; competence using webinar software, learning management systems, and video capture tools.

The Education Programs Lead has a high degree of contact with bar leaders, members, members of the legal profession, vendors, and professional associations with whom WSBA and its sections may partner. In all situations, the Education Programs Lead is an ambassador for the organization and must be able to demonstrate WSBA’s values in words and actions. The Education Programs Lead maintains responsibility for managing expenses within budget and is a contributor to the CLES work group’s annual goal of more than $1.5 million in revenue. In-state travel and occasional evening and weekend work are also required.

To apply, include a cover letter and résumé (please note that a cover letter is required).  The cover letter should be included in the “Notes” section.  For questions or assistance with your application, please contact

The WSBA is committed to fostering a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status

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