POSITION SUMMARY The Sections Services Manager provides operational management for initiatives to support AALS sections’ leadership along with section member engagement. Serves as staff liaison to the Committee on Sections. Collaborates with other departments to support sections. Works with the meetings department to help plan the section programming at the annual meeting and other conferences throughout the year. Manages the Section Event Coordinator who supports a variety of projects including Section event coordination, updating, and maintaining the AALS Sections webpages, adding individuals to Sections, distributing reports, and assisting with ongoing Section projects.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Serves as first point of contact for section leadership and assists section leadership in their delivery of section member value.
Serves as liaison to the AALS Committee on Sections, serves as lead to section-related working group, and collaborates with other departments on section-related projects.
Works to ensure the sharing of best practices across all AALS sections to increase member engagement and enhance operational efficiency and effectiveness.
Creates resources and explores new avenues to best assist sections leaders and their members.
Communicates direction and requirements of AALS to the sections, promotes AALS initiatives to sections, and assists with the application process for of new sections, election of new leadership, section awards, and other key business functions.
Ensures effective, timely, and diplomatic handling of sections questions, complaints, and issues.
Develops new written content and coordinates the publication of newsletters and email promotions to section members; maintains and updates section guides, forms, tools, and collateral materials.
Creates mechanisms to measure section health, wellness, and engagement.
Leads evaluation, analysis and reporting of mechanisms including monthly and annual reports on sections activities to AALS and Section leadership.
Leads working group of AALS staff focused on improving section activities.
Manages online Section communication platform, including maintaining appearance, functionality, and technical support for users.
Adds faculty to sections in AALS databases; provides new member reports monthly to section membership, and total membership data upon request.
Thinks creatively about annual meeting section programming and assists with scheduling of all section programs.
Manages the on-site logistics office at the AALS Annual Meeting to support section programming.
Performs other relevant duties as assigned.
Manage and coordinate execution of live webinars and networking events; communicate with speakers to ensure timely collection of webinar content.
Create and build registration and Webinar Pages on AALS Website.
QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, and SKILLS REQUIRED
Bachelor’s degree required; with graduate or professional degree preferred.
Minimum of three-four years of related working experience. Experience with volunteer and membership management and engagement at a non-profit association preferred.
Strength in managing large amounts of detailed information and implementing complex processes is required. Excellence in database administration is essential.
Outstanding customer service skills, excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills and ability to mediate difficult and complex situations.
Detail oriented, strong organizational and project management skills, and able to handle multiple projects at any given time; must be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with the ability to work independently. Exercise creativity and good judgement in solving problems.
Ability to work independently to create objectives with measurable outcomes
Team-oriented attitude and ability to contribute to design- and functionality-related decisions.
Hands-on experience with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Workspace, and Zoom; and have knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, SurveyMonkey, and Canva.
Higher Logic Thrive Platform knowledge and experience preferred, but not required.
AALS Vaccination Guidelines
Before coming to the AALS office, all employees are required to receive a vaccination against COVID-19, unless a medical or religious reasonable accommodation is approved. If offered a job, the candidate must document that they have been vaccinated with one of the CDC-authorized vaccines or request an accommodation before their start date.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
AALS is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. AALS is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Applicants from all underrepresented groups, including people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and DACA recipients are encouraged to apply.
The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association of 176 member and 19 fee-paid law schools. Its members enroll most of the nation’s law students and produce the majority of the country’s lawyers and judges, as well as many of its lawmakers.
Founded in 1900, the mission of AALS is to uphold and advance excellence in legal education. In support of this mission, AALS promotes the core values of excellence in teaching and scholarship, academic freedom, and diversity, including diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints, while seeking to improve the legal profession, to foster justice, and to serve its many communities–local, national and international.
AALS has the dual responsibility of serving law schools and their deans as their institutional membership organization, and individual law school faculty and administrators as their learned society. AALS provides extensive professional development opportunities including the AALS Annual Meeting, the centerpiece of yearly association activities which draws thousands of professors, deans, and administrators. Faculty and deans engage throughout the year via more than 100 sections that present programs, ...provide mentoring for new faculty, and serve as a resource for discussions on important legal issues from antitrust, dispute resolution, and taxation to civil rights, criminal justice, and international law. Each year, the association also hosts a clinical conference, faculty appointment services, and a workshop for new law teachers. In May 2021, AALS hosted the Conference on Rebuilding Democracy and the Rule of Law with the American Bar Association and Law School Admission Council as co-hosts. The conference brought legal scholars together with current and former high-level government officials to analyze the health of our democracy, discuss who is responsible for protecting it, and consider reforms related to the presidency, the electoral process, race and voting rights, and presidential elections.
AALS serves as a voice on behalf of legal education. The association’s website features the latest news and issues related to legal education and showcases outstanding faculty and innovative programs at AALS member schools. AALS also connects the legal community and public on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.
AALS conducts research on topics important to legal education and, in 2018, published two research reports based on a national survey conducted for the association by Gallup to understand student views on law school: Before the JD: Undergraduate Views on Law School and Beyond the Bachelor’s: Undergraduate Perspectives on Graduate and Professional Degrees. Current research projects are focused both on legal education and on law school leadership, including the American Law School Dean Study released in 2022.
AALS is a member of the American Council on Education, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Consortium of Social Science Associations, the National Humanities Alliance, and the Washington Higher Education Secretariat.