President and Chief Executive Officer

The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) is seeking candidates for the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. The position office is located in Madison, Wisconsin. 

Job Summary

The President is the Chief Executive of NCBE who devotes full time to managing its affairs. The President carries out the policies and programs of NCBE as established by the Board of Trustees (“Board”). The President sets the tone for creating trusting relationships with constituents by ensuring that test products and services are of the highest quality.

Primary Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities include but are not limited to those listed below. Some of these responsibilities, such as those related to staff and financial management, are fulfilled through supervision of directors and other management-level employees who have direct responsibility for certain functions and staff.

  • Represent NCBE in its relationships and communications with the jurisdictions, bar associations, bar admissions officials, the American Bar Association, law school deans, State Supreme Court Justices, AALS, and other organizations and stakeholders;
  • Manage relationships and contracts between NCBE and other testing organizations;
  • With the management team, establish operating plans to provide testing products and services to the jurisdictions.  Work in partnership with the Board to keep it informed as to the activities and operations of NCBE and to address important issues  when they arise;
  • Manage the fiscal affairs of NCBE, including preparation of an annual budget subject to the appropriate involvement of Conference committees;
  • Provide strategic vision and planning for future and long-range goals of NCBE, proposing appropriate changes to policies and programs as needs arise;
  • Serve as ex-officio member of the Board and committees of NCBE and coordinate the work of the committees;
  • Evaluate the organizational structure of NCBE, advise the Board of necessary changes, and implement organizational development and design plans to meet operational requirements;
  • Manage the NCBE leadership team, and oversee management of staff;
  • Perform such other duties as assigned by the Board.

Basic Qualifications

  • J.D. degree from an accredited law school;
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience that includes management or other leadership of a complex business entity, an organization in the legal profession (e.g., law firm, law school or bar admissions authority) or an organization involved in high-stakes testing. That experience should reflect responsibility for supervision of staff, budgeting, communications with external stakeholders, and public speaking.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Involvement with bar admissions at the state and/or national levels, including for example (i) test development and administration, (ii) experience addressing testing related disability accommodation issues pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act and state laws;
  • Experience managing programs and activities of national-level organizations involved in bar admissions, legal education, or other high stakes testing organizations;
  • Experience working effectively with a volunteer governing Board;
  • Experience in (i) annual budget preparation, (ii) interfacing with independent auditors, and (iii) management and investment of organization assets, and interfacing with external financial advisors;
  • Familiarity working with sophisticated information technology systems and operations;
  • Experience and demonstrated success managing an organization and actively engaging in strategic planning of an enterprise;
  • Experience with federal employment laws and human resource issues relevant to the workplace;
  • Experience and skill with public speaking, strong written and verbal communication skills, and a commitment to quality;
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational management with the ability to oversee the strategic direction of the organization;
  • Demonstrated success in working effectively with a board of directors.


The offices of the National Conference of Bar Examiners are located in Madison, Wisconsin. Residence in the Madison area is required of the President/CEO.


The position requires extensive domestic travel, usually on a long-weekend basis for Board or Conference committee meetings or other bar admissions or legal education-related meetings. International travel is only occasionally required.

Indications of interest, inquiries, applications and nominations should be directed by email to:

Barbara Mendel Mayden
Young Mayden, LLC
4414 Herbert Place, Suite 1000
Nashville, TN 37215

The National Conference of Bar Examiners is an Equal Opportunity Employer