Education and Training, Legal, Project Management/Program Development
4 Year Degree
Manager, Trial Advocacy Education The American Association for Justice (AAJ®), formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA®), is seeking to fill a Manager, Trial Advocacy Education position for its Education Department. AAJ is the world’s largest trial bar and seeks to promote a fair and effective civil justice system—and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.
The Manager, Trial Advocacy Education is responsible for the day-to-day planning and execution of continuing legal education programs focused on developing and improving attorney’s trial advocacy skills.
Overview: The Manager works closely with AAJ volunteer faculty and course advisors, other AAJ staff, and third-party vendors to plan program content, review marketing materials, organize and manage onsite logistics, and oversee program execution.
This position requires acute attention to detail, strong written and oral communication skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team, experience handling multiple projects at one time, positive attitude, willingness to think outside the box, and strong professional judgement. This position oversees the Program Coordinator and works frequently with AAJ staff from across the organization.
This position is based out of Washington, DC. Frequent travel and occasional evening and weekend hours are required. Responsibilities are outlined below.
Programming Planning and Content Development: • Host planning calls with AAJ members. • Draft program plans and agendas, ensuring compliance with AAJ policies. • Communicate program logistics and requirements with faculty. • Work with other AAJ staff to identify potential venues, review contracts and banquet orders, and ensure program plans are economically responsible. • Coordinate with education and marketing staff to prepare program descriptions, promote programs, and review marketing materials.
Onsite Program Execution: • Travel to programs held around the country and serve as the face of AAJ to faculty and members at Education programs. • Meet with hotel and other facility staff to review program logistics. • Manage and train other AAJ staff traveling to programs. • Ensure registration and onsite logistics run smoothly and are following AAJ rules and standards. • Support faculty presentations, including assisting with technical questions or issues and troubleshooting problems independently.
Post-Program: • Follow-up with faculty, course advisors, and participants as needed. • Review hotel invoices and prepare financial summaries.
Other: • Manage a Program Coordinator. • Support AAJ at Conventions and other events as necessary. • Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: • BA/BS required, JD a plus. • Minimum of 3-5 years’ relevant work experience required; graduate degree may be substituted for some work experience. • Legal experience through education or employment history a plus. • Strong computer/technical skills required, including expertise using Excel, PowerPoint, Prezi, and Adobe Acrobat. • Strong proofreading skills required; writing and editing experience preferred and experience drafting marketing materials is a plus. • Event, program, or education planning experience strongly preferred; event or program planning experience in a non-profit, legal organization, or association is a plus. • Ability to travel (approximately 25%). • A strong commitment to the preservation of the civil justice system required.
Please email resume, cover letter and salary requirements to HR@justice.org. EOE.
About American Association for Justice
The American Association for Justice, formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA®), provides trial attorneys with information, professional support and a nationwide network that enables them to most effectively and expertly represent clients. The mission of the American Association for Justice is to promote a fair and effective justice system—and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.