Program Director

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $62,000
Maximum: $65,000
Details: Salary is between $62,000 and $65,000, commensurate with experience.



Start Date


Application Deadline



American Bar Center MS 17.1
321 North Clark Street
United States


Program Director

National Association of Women Lawyers

Reports To: Executive Director


The mission of the National Association of Women Lawyers is to provide leadership, a collective voice, and essential resources to advance women in the legal profession and advocate for the equality of women under the law. Since 1899, NAWL has been empowering women in the legal profession, cultivating a diverse membership dedicated to equality, mutual support, and collective success. For more information regarding NAWL, please visit

Position Description

The Program Director has ownership over the strategic planning, project management, and execution of NAWL’s in-person conferences and support of its program and operational committees. The Program Director has oversight responsibility for meeting each conference’s budget goals and provides substantive guidance to the program chairs to ensure the delivery of innovative and engaging content.

Primary Duties

·        Manages the day to day organization and implementation of all in-person programs and projects, including planning projects, overseeing budgets, managing timelines, and ensuring compliance with association policies.

·        Ensure broad scope of programming across in-person conferences to address cutting-edge, innovative topics of interest to women lawyers.

·        Works with Executive Director to set in-person program budgets and ticket prices.

·        Convenes regular teleconferences of program planning committees and provides post-call reports; works with staff support of Marketing and Sponsorship Committees to set the call agendas and reporting.

·        Advises member leaders on strategy and procedures to ensure projects move forward.

·        Develops working knowledge of potential program speakers to recommend and vets unsolicited program pitches.

·        Serves as principle point of contact for conference projects, both internally and externally.

·        Initiates regular communications with member leaders and staff, including reporting on progress and results.

·        Develops and executes RFPs & BEOs for hotel and event destinations and handles all logistics communications with venues, including AV and reservations.

·        Negotiates contracts with outside program vendors, speakers, and restaurants for in-person events.

·        Coordinates with other entities on joint projects and seeks out internal and external partners.

·        Works with Program/Event Committees to plan program logistics and materials for all programs and events.

·        Prepares running order for conferences and confirms the talking points and logistics for all event speakers.

·        Supports the Diversity Committee’s projects and ensures diversity across all in-person programming.

·        Sources sites for future conferences.

·        Coordinates logistics of program with speakers and awardees.

·        Executes the CLE accreditation process for programs, including soliciting CLE materials from speakers, coordinating CLE sign-in process, and CLE certificate issuance to attendees.

·        Maintains spreadsheets of program committee members and speakers.

·        Coordinates on-site logistics in the days leading up to and on the days of the events.


Bachelors’ degree required and JD preferred.

Skills and Abilities Preferred

Minimum of 5 years of program development experience is required and work experience in a non-profit association or in the legal sector is preferred. Excellent organizational skills and project management and strategy skills are required as is a proven ability to work productively with a team. Aptitude in MS Office applications, website maintenance, and association management or comparable database systems is also required. Meeting planning skills and team leadership skills are a must. Must have a demonstrated ability to succeed in a fast-paced environment working independently or in a collaborative environment with staff and high-level members. Must have poise and carry self in a professional manner at all times.


Health benefits, disability coverage, paid time off, and partial dental benefits are provided.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Send cover letter, resume and references via email to:

Jenny Waters

Executive Director

National Association of Women Lawyers


No phone calls, please.

NAWL is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate in hiring on the basis of race, gender, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or identity, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.