The Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in IP Law is a charitable organization whose mission is to increase the diversity of the IP bar by providing scholarships and mentoring to underrepresented minority law school students pursuing careers in IP law.
The Foundation was established in 2001 and partnered with the ABA-IPL, AIPLA, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, and Johnson & Johnson (the founding corporation), thereby accessing resources of these organizations, including extensive study in, and commitment to, diversity within the IP law profession and infrastructure, vast contacts, and a wealth of knowledge in diversity.
The Foundation Program Manager will play a critical role in developing and implementing the programs and strategic goals as determined by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. The Program Manager will assess the programming needs, assists in the development of new programming concepts, and ensures that the objectives for each of the Foundation’s programs are met. The Program Manager coordinates activities of committees and other work groups with programming responsibilities, both within the Foundation and among its partnering/affiliating organizations, and takes the lead or otherwise assists in planning activities. The Program Manager serves the Foundation under contract with the American Intellectual Property Law Association, as a full-time AIPLA employee selected by mutual agreement and dedicated exclusively to activities in support of the Foundation.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following (other duties may be assigned):
Program and Outreach Management
Working with the Executive Committee, Trustees, and relevant committees plan and implement outreach activities including outreach activities for scholars or other recognition recipients, volunteers supporting the programming, in-kind and other financial supporters, and a broad set of entities impacted or participating in the Foundation’s programming.
Research opportunities for collaborative programming with outside organizations and government agencies where appropriate
May require writing grant proposals for specific projects or initiatives.
Develop, manage, and implement the Foundation’s programs, and manage third-party relationships as necessary
Manage the annual compliance filings including state corporate registration and charitable registration as required.
Manage donor and scholar communications, including calls to donors and scholars
Manage marketing collateral and work with outside designers and print shops as needed.
Work with the Executive Director to manage the day to day administrative activities of the Foundation.
Attend meetings of the Foundation Executive Committee, Board of Trustees, and Foundation Committees as needed.
Develop and maintain reciprocal arrangements with sister organizations as necessary
Manage budgets for the Foundation, financial planning for Foundation programs, and works with the Executive Director to meet regularly and review and update the financial reports for the Trustees.
Maintains the Foundation’s website and social media presence and develop website content and technologies to support the Foundation’s activities
Provides administrative support for the Society of Foundation Scholars and committees of the Foundation.
Oversee and maintain the donor database, and works closely with the fundraising committee to support their outreach efforts.
Track and analyze the overall fundraising performance.
Maintain fundraising files, and distribute fundraising communications including thank you letters and receipts.
Oversee the distribution of fundraising materials, and coordination of special events, including donor recognition events.
Three to five years relevant experience in non-profit management including fundraising management and program management (especially 501(c)3 management experience).
Strong project management experience, extensive knowledge of and experience with computers, and computer programs, networks and databases, including writing programs for manipulating data
WordPress, Microsoft Word, Access and Excel experience required
Aptitude for communicating effectively verbally and in writing to a diverse range of audiences and in various settings
Highly proactive and dependable team player who takes the initiative on projects, follows through on detail, and works well under pressure and on deadline
Strong communication and project management skills
Self-starter and ability to manage multiple projects
Ability to work independently
Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
Abila/Net forum and/or Eleo Database knowledge a plus
Legal or law-related education preferred
Additional Salary Information: Negotiable. Competitive salary and benefits package.
About Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in Intellectual Property Law
The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) is a voluntary national bar association constituted primarily of intellectual property practitioners in private & corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community.