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Open Position: Program Director


The Connecticut Bar Foundation (Foundation), a dynamic charitable and programmatic foundation dedicated to expanding equal access to justice in Connecticut, seeks an enthusiastic and highly organized individual to serve as its Program Director.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Program Director will be responsible for the daily coordination and administration of all Foundation programing, including planning, organizing, leading, monitoring, and evaluating program activities. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who enjoys being involved with worthwhile programming, has experience managing program activities but would like to take on greater responsibility, and who takes pride in keeping the trains running on time. 

The Foundation is comprised of four fulltime and one part-time staff. Programming is delivered in coordination with the Foundation’s active Board and dedicated volunteers, known as James W. Cooper Fellows. The Fellows support much of the Foundation’s programming both financially and through active participation and leadership.

The Foundation’s programming includes annual activities, such as a high school essay contest, a public interest fellowship, and an annual reception, as well as more frequent programs, including a speaker series on racial inequality and roundtable discussions, and periodic programming, including symposia on timely topics in the law and history projects that capture the legacy of pioneering women lawyers, attorneys of color, and legal aid lawyers in Connecticut.


  •  Assume primary responsibility for administering the Foundation’s programs
  • Work with Executive Director to develop the annual calendar of program activities
  • Develop a timeline, budget and procedures for each program and oversee each program from start to completion
  • Coordinate the Fellows committees that support each program
  • Collaborate with program chairs to schedule committee meetings and set program goals
  • Continually evaluate programs and elicit feedback from committee members and participants to identify needed improvements
  • Develop and implement strategies to enhance program efficiency and efficacy, including the use of online tools to improve information sharing and coordination of activities
  • Utilize social media to promote the Foundation’s programming
  • Document all program activities and maintain detailed and organized records
  • Develop draft meeting agendas, distribute meeting materials, and take meeting minutes
  • Prepare reports on program activities for distribution to the Fellows Education and Program Committee and Foundation Board
  • Additional responsibilities as needed to keep the organization running effectively


Minimum Qualifications

  • A minimum of seven years of profession experience
  • Successful project management experience, including supervision of staff and/or volunteers
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and manage time effectively while balancing multiple demands
  • Strong computer competencies with ability to adapt to new technology platforms and online tools
  • Proven ability to work independently with efficiency, flexibility, creativity and good humor
  • Strong writing skills adaptable to multiple audiences including daily business communications, internal memoranda, newsletters, press releases and social media
  • Experience with communication and engagement tools, including social media
  • Proven ability to connect diverse audiences to an organization’s mission and activities
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain strong professional relationships with a wide array of people – government officials, junior and senior staff, for-profit and nonprofit representatives, and individuals from diverse backgrounds
  •  A commitment to equal access to justice for all, regardless of power or privilege
  •  Bachelor’s Degree


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in a nonprofit organization, foundation, or government agency
  • Experience with constituent databases and virtual meeting platforms
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively in a remote/virtual capacity
  •  Knowledge of the Connecticut legal community


Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary will range between $65k - $80k, commensurate with experience. Free onsite parking. Office laptop provided for remote work. Competitive health and other benefits available.


To Apply

Please email a PDF of your resume and a cover letter describing your interest, relevant qualifications, and where you heard of the position to no later than November 16, 2020 with “Program Director Position” in the subject line of the email.


The Connecticut Bar Foundation is committed to building a diverse staff and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.