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    By statutory dictate, the State Bar aims to obtain the cooperation of all the practicing lawyers in the State in the better administration of justice and in maintaining a high standard of professional conduct in the State Bar. The State Bar also seeks to uphold the honor of the profession of the law, to encourage adequate preparation for its practice, and to promote cordial intercourse among the members of the State Bar. The State Bar is the legal entity through which the considered judgment of its members on matters affecting the judicial system of the State may be ascertained and made available to the courts and the Legislature. All lawyers licensed to practice in South Dakota including private practitioners, judges, government and legal services attorneys and corporate counsel, comprise the State Bar.


    The Executive Director serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the State Bar and serves at the direction of the President, President-Elect, and 13-member Bar Commission. The State Bar has 3 other staff members with its office located in Pierre, South Dakota. The Executive Director leads, manages, and executes the affairs of the organization consistent with Bar Commission policies and the organization’s Strategic Plan. The Executive Director serves as the chief administrator for South Dakota CLE, Inc. and the South Dakota Bar Foundation and as the chief lobbyist for the State Bar before the South Dakota Legislature. This is a salaried (exempt) position located in Pierre, South Dakota, with full benefit package, including health, dental, and retirement as a member of the South Dakota Retirement System. Salary will DOE. The State Bar is an equal opportunity employer.


    - Juris Doctorate from an ABA-accredited law school and a member in good standing in all jurisdictions in which a license is held.

    - Strong interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to foster and maintain relationships with a diverse group of bar members, volunteers, court personnel, and legislative branch and executive branch personnel.

    - Ability to develop and manage budgets and provide Bar Commissioners with in-depth information on the finances of the State Bar and its affiliated entities.

    - Knowledge of volunteer boards and committees and how they operate.

    - Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

    - Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage a large volume of diverse priorities and conflicting goals.

    - Lobbying experience or familiarity with the governmental and/or legislative processes.

    Closing date to submit an application is October 13, 2017.

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