Legislative & Public Policy Manager

POSTED Jan 11 2017

Boston Bar Association
Boston, Mass
Full Time

Boston Bar Association seeks an organized, motivated self-starter with excellent writing and communication skills to manage and coordinate comprehensive advocacy programs and initiatives of the Boston Bar Association. Responsibilities include management of internal policy research and development; serving as liaison to courts; and providing support to BBA Leadership, Sections and Task Forces in the area of public policy development and advocacy.  Responsibilities include: 

  • Manage Section-based government relations policy development; Serve as liaison and main point of contact to the Sections for all government relations items; Communicate with Section co-chairs regarding possible outcomes with government relations items and strategies for reaching outcomes and BBA legislative priorities. Keep Sections updated on the status of items and facilitate communication between the Sections and the Courts.  
  • Draft and edit external communication as needed, draft blog posts, facilitate review of documents as necessary.
  • Serve as liaison to Courts, handling all administrative aspects as well as preparation and follow-up from meetings and attend, as needed.
  • Serve as liaison to the Access to Justice Commission, IOLTA Committee, Equal Justice Commission, and other court related committees and working groups, serving as point of contact, attending meetings, and maintaining contact with key involved individuals, providing resources and follow-up as needed.
  • Serve as Access to Justice Court liaison, serving as point of contact for court and access to justice initiatives including Limited Assistance Representation (LAR), Court Service Centers and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Ensure communication between staff and major Court programs, and communicate, as needed, with BBA Professional Development, Public Service and Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) staff.
  • Assist with BBA leadership support, prepare preparatory and follow-up material for government relations leadership meetings, and facilitate government relations items, presenters, and materials for Executive Committee and Council meetings.
  • Support or manage other projects as needed.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to write persuasively and analyze data to support writing tasks; strong organizational and analytical skills; management of multiple projects simultaneously and meeting strict deadlines; and, with laws changing as societies develop, an interest in access to justice and a passion to continue the improvement and advancement of law to those in need.  

J.D. with admission to practice law in Massachusetts preferred, but will consider three or more years of experience working in Massachusetts state government, or other lobbying or government experience with increasing management/supervisory responsibility.

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter with resume to hr@bostonbar.org.