Our client, the Civil Justice Association of California (cjac.org), is seeking a dynamic new President/Chief Executive Officer to continue this well-established organization’s mission of providing a voice for balance and fairness in the California civil justice system.
The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) is a statewide, non-profit, membership-supported coalition of citizens, taxpayers, businesses, local governments, professionals, manufacturers, financial institutions, insurers, and medical organizations. CJAC works in the legislature to reduce the excessive and unwarranted litigation that increases business and government expenses, discourages innovation, and drives up the cost of goods and services for all Californians.As a result of powerful lobbying, CJAC has stopped hundreds of dangerous bills from becoming law.
CJAC also works in the courts to help produce important decisions with significant cost savings to businesses of all sizes in a broad variety of areas. The multitude of lawsuits in California are costing jobs and crowding the courts. More than 1,000 major class action suits are filed in state courts each year; half of them are over employment issues. Conflicting and confusing laws expose small businesses to disability access lawsuits.
CJAC’s annual budget is approximately $2.5 million. The President/CEO leads a small, engaged, staff who bring experience from both the private and public sectors. The influential board’s 50 members include many representatives from Fortune 500 companies, who support CJAC’s activities. The President/CEO reports to the Executive Committee’s nine members.
CJAC actively engages with other like-minded, high-profile organizations, such as the California-based Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, the Washington DC-based Civil Justice Reform Group, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce-affiliated Institute for Legal Reform.
CJAC was founded in 1979 as the Association for California Tort Reform (ACTR), a by-product of the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA), passed in response to a crisis of runaway medical liability costs and the resulting shortage of healthcare providers in California. ACTR later merged with another tort reform group of high-tech and venture capital leaders in the Silicon Valley, the California Legal Reform Institute, to form a broader, more powerful coalition dedicated to improving California’s civil justice system. The association was renamed the Civil Justice Association of California in 1999.
To maintain a strong, forceful, and influential Association, a key priority for the President/CEO will be membership recruitment and retention, demonstrating the value of CJAC to all industries. The President/CEO will be required to develop relationships with representatives of the state government’s Executive Branch, key agencies, the Legislature and peer/affinity groups. The President/CEO will be expected to rebuild CJAC’s staff to full strength and to be highly engaged with the media.
This is an outstanding opportunity to lead an influential and high profile, statewide organization, working to bring balance and fairness to the civil justice system in California.
It is expected that the President/Chief Executive Officer will achieve the following during the first year:
By the end of the first quarter,
Will have individually met with the staff and the executive committee, 50% of the board members and the organization’s major stakeholders.
Under the Executive Committee’s guidance and focusing on the policy issues, will have begun relationship-building for CJAC with the Executive branch, key agencies, the Legislature and peer/affinity groups.
To optimize the CJAC mission, will have conducted a comprehensive assessment of the organization: structure, policies and procedures, financials, and effectiveness.
Will have conducted an assessment of board membership needs and composition.
Following the above, will have begun work with the Executive Committee, board, and staff to develop a strategic plan.
By the end of the second quarter,
Will have concluded meeting with board members.
By the end of the third quarter,
Will begin implementing a strategic plan and resultant business plan.
By the end of the first year,
By the end of the first year, will have engaged on 70 bills (yearly average).
Will be seen, internally and externally, as a results-drive leader who has created value for the members of CJAC.
Successful candidates will have the following combination of experience that will allow them to achieve the outcomes noted above:
Ten plus years of professional experience
Experienced working with state government and/or in combination with the federal government; California political connections preferred
Experience managing a small organization or business unit (five plus staff members) with a budget of $500,000 plus
Highly experienced in public speaking and working with the media
A track record of building relationships with legislators and lobbyists
Experience in a membership-based association and in working with a board (could be as a volunteer) are a plus
PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES (in priority order)
Successful candidates will have the following competencies that will allow them to achieve the outcomes noted above:
Politically strategic and analytical
Motivational manager with high expectations
Successful candidates will have the following education that will allow them to achieve the outcomes noted above:
The ideal candidate will possess a work style and personality that will create an excellent fit with the organization’s culture and structure:
A passion for the mission and the issues with a laser focus on winning that is reflected in the staff
A sense of aggressiveness
Understands and balances policy and politics
Entrepreneurial in esprit de corps and work ethic
This position is located in Sacramento, the capital of California and the county seat of Sacramento County. Sacramento is located at the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers and is connected to the San Francisco Bay by a channel through the Sacramento River Delta. The Mediterranean climate is characterized by damp, mild winters and hot, dry summers. Sacramento is a place where different interests, tastes and lifestyles abound, with something to accommodate all of them.
The city of Sacramento is the cultural and economic center of the Sacramento metropolitan area, the fourth largest city in California and the 25th largest in the U.S. Local universities include California State University, the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, and the University of California, in nearby Davis. The UC Davis Medical Center, a world-renowned research hospital, is one of 19 hospitals in the Sacramento region.
The Sacramento region is experiencing a profound shift in its competitive position, in large part due to an influx of entrepreneurs, businesses, and creative professionals. The Greater Sacramento Area is a top employer in life sciences and health services. As part of the agriculturally rich Central Valley, Sacramento is at the forefront of agritech innovation and is considered America’s Farm-to-Fork capital.
Sacramento is home to the NBA Sacramento Kings, the Sacramento River Cats (the San Francisco Giant’s AAA baseball team), and the Sacramento Republic FC, a USL Professional soccer team. The Golden 1 Center, a high-tech basketball and entertainment arena, has recently opened, leading to a downtown renaissance. A new MLS soccer stadium is in the planning stages.
The Crocker Art Museum is one of the leading art museums in California and is currently planning a $40 million expansion. The Sacramento metropolitan area boasts more than 200 parks, four public golf courses, and is known for outdoor recreation including hiking, skiing, canoeing, kayaking, running, and biking.
The world-renowned Napa Valley is an hour’s drive away. San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and more than a dozen ski resorts are less than a two-hour drive from Sacramento. Sacramento International Airport handles non-stop flights to and from approximately forty U.S. destinations (including Hawaii), as well as Canada and Mexico.
For more information on Sacramento’s business climate, please visit the Greater Sacramento Economic Council’s websitewww.selectsacramento.com.
COMPENSATION AND INTERVIEW PROCESS
The compensation package includes a base salary of $300,000 plus a discretionary bonus based upon metrics. Pre-screened, selected candidates will be invited to interview in Sacramento, CA with the Search Committee on March 26, 2019, with second interviews the following morning.
PROCEDURE FOR CANDIDACY
For confidential consideration, at your earliest convenience and no later than March 8th, 2019, please email your chronological resume (to include description and size of current/prior organizations and responsibilities) and compensation expectations to:
Additional Salary Information: The compensation package includes a base salary of $300,000 plus a discretionary bonus based upon metrics. Pre-screened, selected candidates will be invited to interview in Sacramento, CA with the Search Committee on March 26, 2019, with second interviews the following morning.
About Civil Justice Association of California
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