Sacramento, CA

Associate Section Manager

Job Title: Associate Section Manager
Classification: Exempt
Starting Salary: $58,240
Reports to: Senior Section Manager


The Associate Section Manager (ASM) is the first level position that works with the Senior Section Manager and team to manage the business of and provide support to CLA Sections including: Section Executive Committee Meetings, sub-committee meetings, publications, programs, special projects, networking socials, events and other duties as assigned. The Section Manager offers direction and advice to the member leaders to accomplish Section programmatic objectives consistent with the mission, goals and objectives of CLA. Section Managers provide “institutional memory” on Section activities as the member leaders who serve in a voluntary capacity turn over each year.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Be a thought partner with and act as a professional resource to member leaders to help develop Section activities
  • Serve as a liaison and intermediary between member leaders and others on the CLA professional team (e.g., initiatives marketing, registration, etc.)—ensuring that others on the professional team are aware of Section decisions, events or activities that may impact them and ensuring that the Section is aware of decisions, event or activities happening in other parts of the organization
  • Execute all logistics and operations for Section activities and programs, including preparing and presenting agendas, minutes, project status reports, and administrative reports for Section Executive Committees
  • Market and promote CLA activities to entice new membership and increase event attendance
  • Design promotional items when needed
  • Negotiate with outside vendors for a variety of services
  • Prepare and present RFP’s for services
  • Manage and ensure compliance with CLA operational policies and procedures
  • Respond promptly (within 24 hours) to member leaders’ questions, problem-solve issues that may arise and follow questions or issues through to resolution.
  • Consult with Senior Executive Team concerning matters that may be sensitive
  • Serve as an ambassador from the rest of the organization to the Section(s) you serve, ensuring that decisions and relevant information are fully, accurately and timely communicated to member leaders
  • Represent CLA at programs and Section functions, coordinate Section activities with other CLA staff and outside agencies, and respond to inquiries from attorneys and the public
  • Coordinate the development of publicity, materials, speakers, registration and programs for all Section MCLE programs and CLA-wide programs and special events
  • Prepare meeting site operations including schedule of events and timelines, communicate program requirements in support of one and multi-day MCLE programs
  • Oversee the production and mailing of newsletters, Section pamphlets and other written materials
  • Examine and monitor annual budget for Sections, provide financial and budget reports, and prepare the Section year-end report
  • In coordination with others on the CLA professional team, manage and coordinate membership campaigns, including promotional materials
  • Perform other similar or related duties which may not be specifically included with this description but are consistent with the general level of the job and the responsibilities described


  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration or equivalent work experience in a field that develops skills relating to the functions and responsibilities of this position
  • Minimum three (3) years’ experience planning, organizing and managing projects and programs
  • Experience working with volunteers – preferred
  • Principles of meeting and event planning
  • Principles and techniques of budget preparation and management
  • Principles of the development and management of educational programs
  • Effective writing and oral presentation skills
  • Problem identification, analysis and evaluation
  • Strong creative, strategic, analytical, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Working experience with data base management and Microsoft Office
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at a time
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in person and in writing

Essential Functions:

  • Understand and use Microsoft Office Suite
  • Proofread written documents and view information on a computer screen
  • Endure constant walking, sitting and standing
  • Act quickly in emergency situations
  • Lift up to 25 pounds
  • Travel by air and automobile
  • Some overnight and weekend travel required

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