Protecting consumer rights and increasing public safety.


Position:         Executive Director – Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA)

Location:        Denver, Colorado

Apply:              Applications should include a cover letter and resume.  Send to by May 30.

                         No phone calls, please.




CTLA is one of the largest specialty bar associations in Colorado. The CTLA mission is “To protect the rights of the individual, advance trial advocacy skills, and promote high ethical standards and professionalism in the ongoing effort to preserve and improve the American system of jurisprudence.” CTLA provides professional resources to its 1350 members including continuing legal education, litigation support, networking, government relations and amicus representation. CTLA actively monitors and proposes legislation that affects Colorado consumers, injured people and CTLA members.
CTLA has active legislative and electoral programs, including a small donor committee and other political fundraising; a robust general fundraising program; and a charitable arm, Trial Lawyers Care. It has an informal affiliation with the American Association for Justice and a working relationship with the National Association of Trial Lawyer Executives.


The executive director acts as the principal officer of CTLA and is responsible for the overall administration, financial management, and day-to-day activities of CTLA. The executive director reports to the board of directors and works with the board to establish the organization’s future direction. The executive director works closely with all CTLA committees. 


Responsibilities include:

  • Plan, organize, administer and evaluate programs including continuing legal education seminars, the yearly convention and other member events.
  • Prepare and recommend annual plans and operating budgets to the board for approval.
  • Assure fulfillment of plans, compliance with governance documents, maintenance of organizational records.
  • Provide the board with periodic management reports, operating statements, and cost and program analyses.
  • Insure the timely filing of accurate reports and forms required by government agencies and affiliated organizations.
  • Work closely with the officers and executive committee.
  • Oversee legislative affairs, including lobbying activities and the electoral program.
  • Implement and oversee strategies to recruit new membership and retain current membership.
  • Manage the CTLA’s administrative office including hiring, firing and supervising staff and administering benefits and payroll.
  • Coordinate and oversee all communication, including responding to inquiries from CTLA members, affiliated organizations and the media, and writing annual reports, newsletters, and member bulletins.
  • Promulgate and implement new marketing programs and public relations strategies.
  • Improve and expand relationships with corporate, community, government, and institutional partners to further the CTLA’s mission and objectives.
  • Act as staff to the board and its committees and serve as the board’s liaison to community and civic groups, government and elected officials.


  • A successful track record of collaborative, proactive leadership and executive management of complex organizations. Leadership and management experience in professional associations (preferably legal or professional services), nonprofits or for-profit business settings with a trajectory of increasing responsibilities.
  • Broad understanding of the legal field and its related issues.
  • Strong understanding of Colorado electoral politics and the legislative process.
  • A proven history of working collaboratively and effectively with a nonprofit board.
  • Demonstrated experience as the spokesperson for an organization.
  • Experience in fundraising with diverse revenue streams and/or increasing the membership of an association.
  • Experience overseeing the design and implementation of technology systems or tools to improve business operations to better meet member need.
  • Demonstrated track record of successfully leading and managing personnel. Experience building a high functioning team, particularly when replacing long-tenured team members.
  • Successful fiscal management experience of a like-sized organizational budget/P&L including creating and managing a budget, forecasting and financial performance analysis.
  • Experience working successfully in a nonprofit environment, or demonstrated aptitude for such environment.


The successful professional will:


  • Commit to CTLA’s mission with demonstrated activist values and skills;
  • Have well-developed diplomacy skills, driven by solutions, not ego;
  • Be a secure, collegial, respectful leader and manager;
  • Be political and people savvy and possess the strength and determination to work positively with challenging personalities;
  • Show proactive leadership on all levels of the Association toward its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Demonstrate a track record of successful fundraising;
  • Have an energetic professional style with a collaborative, relationship-building orientation;
  • Be able to make difficult decisions;
  • Have excellent active, respectful listening skills;
  • Demonstrate a track record of managing and mentoring at all levels;
  • Have deft, nuanced abilities in communicating with different audiences, including leadership, members, staff, and external parties;
  • Have the ability to strategically oversee the incorporation of new technology such as social media and collaborate with appropriate technology resources;
  • Demonstrate proactive thinking and action;
  • Be highly-organized and efficient; able to handle multiple priorities simultaneously with excellent follow-up and attention to detail, and;
  • Have the capacity to recognize and adapt to changing circumstances.


CTLA offers a competitive compensation package, including comprehensive benefits.


Applications should include a cover letter and resume.  Send to by May 30, 2017. No phone calls, please.