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Deputy Executive Director

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Be part of an organization dedicated to enhancing the practice of law and improving our community through programs that provide equal access to legal services. The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) has a strong commitment to employee work-life balance and provides a stimulating work environment. BASF currently has an exciting opportunity for a Deputy Executive Director to be part of the team!

About BASF

BASF is a nonprofit organization and the oldest voluntary bar association in California. Today, over 7,300 San Francisco lawyers are members of BASF, which prides itself as being one of the most active and innovative local bar associations. Our offices are located in the Financial District. In addition to services and benefits to our members, BASF provides a variety of legal services to San Francisco residents including our Lawyer Referral and Information Service, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and the Justice & Diversity Center (including the Homeless Advocacy Project) which is the largest provider of legal services to San Franciscans.

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Deputy Executive Director (DED) will have both internal- and external-facing responsibilities within the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) and the Justice & Diversity Center (JDC), including developing department strategies, helping to manage and oversee internal operations and member/volunteer recruitment/retention, oversee and manage various free legal services programs/projects.. The DED will oversee and work closely with various business unit managers and directors to ensure departmental achievement of goals, and will partner closely with the ED to plan the organization’s future growth and strategic response to an ever-changing legal profession and community needs.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Operational focus for both organizations
  • Oversee the department goal settings and objectives/outcomes
  • Responsible for various BASF and JDC departments which may include: CIS/ADR, Membership, Barristers, Communications, CLE/Events, LRIS, HAP, Immigration, PBLS
  • Lead the organization in achieving goals (including financial goals ) and objectives through effective leadership and oversight, team motivation and strategic planning and prudent financial management
  • Operationalize ED’s vision in structuring and leading teams to deliver outstanding products and services
  • Collaborate with Finance Department and department heads to assist in budget preparation, administration, results and action plan reviews
  • Ensure department structures and goals are efficiently aligned with organizational goals; identify short- and long-term issues and implement solutions necessary to achieve and maintain goals
  • Partner with the ED in identifying best practices and improving internal systems to meet the organization’s future needs and budgetary and human resources; evaluate departmental business practices and propose and implement changes where appropriate
  • Oversee/assist ED in working with members, volunteers and staff on various organizational projects and engagement
  • Mentor and coach staff; be a visible, approachable sounding board/resource and problem-solving partner
  • Build and maintain strong client and community relationships
  • Drive BASF member engagement and membership growth
  • Participate in JDC fundraising, building grantor and other relationships including oversight and strategy
  • Develop thought leadership around specific topics/emerging trends in organizational and business development
  • Share in knowledge dissemination, reporting, and communications of the organizations’ programs, projects and initiatives
  • Participate in organizations’ marketing strategies and analysis
  • Attend and assist with facilitating BASF and JDC board and other meetings

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Juris Doctor Degree required and must be a California licensed attorney. A business degree or an equivalent combination of relevant business education, training, and expertise sufficient to perform the essential duties of the position are preferred.
  • Seven years’ experience as an attorney and executive with strong operations, financial budgeting, demonstrated results and performance management responsibilities
  • Experience working with a diverse population of lawyers or other highly-skilled professionals as association members, clients, volunteers and funders
  • Experience in the legal, service-driven, customer-focused, or non-profit industries

Prerequisite Skills and Requirements

  • Ability to balance a passion for serving our legal and broader community with a drive for success
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Effective communication skills to inspire action, accountability and drive organizational success
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent customer and client service/relationship management skills (be pleasant, tactful and diplomatic)
  • Excellent legal analysis and legal service skills
  • Ability to be self-directed and resourceful with high ethical standards
  • Ability to be an efficient and articulate public speaker
  • Ability to interact effectively with individuals of different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Ability to be an effective change agent
  • Ability to develop, educate, mentor and hold colleagues accountable
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically on both a micro- and macro-level, and exercise good judgment in implementing and applying policies appropriately in solving problems and conflicts
  • Ability to develop effective comprehensive strategic plans
  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple components of a project from beginning to end, including setting and meeting deadlines
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to multi-task in a high volume, fast-paced, service- and team-oriented environment and independently prioritize with high attention to detail Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook) and knowledge of technology trends and tools in the use of general database systems and social media
  • Strong knowledge of operating metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Knowledge of marketing strategies and ability to analyze their effectiveness

Why Work For Us

We offer a collaborative work environment, a progressive work culture, and a wonderfully diverse staff. Additionally, we have a standard 35-hour workweek, flexible scheduling (manager’s discretion), and we are a mission and values based organization.

We also offer competitive pay and a generous benefits package that includes: a choice of medical insurance plans, dental insurance, vision insurance, pretax commuter, health, and dependent care accounts, employer paid long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and a retirement and profit-sharing benefit, and more!

To find out more about BASF, please visit www.sfbar.org

To Apply

Please submit cover letter along with a resume.

Equal Opportunity Employer

BASF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We conduct all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other classification protected by applicable Local, State or Federal employment discrimination laws. BASF welcomes diversity in the workplace.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $150,000.00 - $165,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday

Work Location: Hybrid remote in San Francisco, CA 94105


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