Sacramento, CA

Section Manager

Job Title: Section Manager
Classification: Exempt, Full-time
Reports to: Senior Section Manager


The Section Manager (SM) works independently to manage the business of and provide support to the California Lawyers Association (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. This position requires overnight, out of town travel, up to 25%.

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.) and
  • Ensure that others on the professional team are aware of Section decisions, events or activities that may impact them and ensure that the Section is aware of decisions, event or activities happening in other parts of CLA
  • 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 sensitiveServe as an organization ambassador 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 the position
  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience planning, organizing and managing projects and programs
  • Minimum two (2) years supervisory experience
  • Principles of meeting and event planning
  • Problem identification, analysis and evaluation
  • Principles and techniques of budget preparation and management
  • Principles of the development and management of educational programs
  • Knowledge of publicity and marketing
  • Meeting and trade show planning and coordination
  • Effective writing and oral presentation principles
  • Within the introductory period obtain a working knowledge of CLA and its functions and a general knowledge of other agencies and their interface with CLA
  • Experience working with volunteers preferable
  • Strong creative, strategic, analytical, organizational and personal skills
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office and data base management
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at a time
  • Receive and relay detailed information through verbal and/or written communications
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in person and in writing.
  • Act quickly in emergency situations

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CLA Membership is $99 and includes one section. Additional sections are $99 each.