Employment Opportunities


The Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA), an Equal Opportunity Employer, is a nonprofit, voluntary bar association and has a membership of approximately 1,500 attorneys, judges, law students and other professionals working within the legal profession in the greater Bay Area. The ACBA administers numerous programs and activities to benefit attorneys and the community.  

If you are interested in learning more about employment opportunities at the ACBA, please contact Amanda Picetti, Director of Administration and Finance, at (510) 302-2207 or amanda@acbanet.org.


Accountant/HR Administrator

General Description

The Accountant and HR Administrator position at the Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA) is an exempt position reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  This position is responsible for all of the accounting and financial analysis functions for two separate organizations, the ACBA, a 501(c)(6), and Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC), a 501(c)(3), and managing the human resources function.

Key Responsibilities

1.  Perform accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll functions; reconcile all bank and investment accounts; reconcile general ledger accounts, forecast cash flow; ensure all taxes are filed correctly and timely (e.g., 1099’s, quarterly payroll taxes, etc.).

2.  Produce and analyze financial statements: balance sheet, revenue and expense statement, cash flow, investments/reserves account analysis, departmental revenue and expense reports, and other  documents as requested.

3.  Prepare ACBA Finance Committee agendas, set-up and staff ACBA Finance Committee meetings (in conjunction with the CEO).

4.  Produce VLSC financial statements and staff the VLSC Admin/Finance Committee meetings when appropriate.  Work with VLSC staff on grant applications, grant reporting, etc.

5.  Prepare and monitor annual budgets in cooperation with appropriate staff, CEO, Finance Committees and Boards.  Identify cost savings and revenue growth when and where possible.

6.  Work with auditor on annual audits/reviews.  Ensure tax returns prepared by the auditor are accurate and filed timely.  Every five to six years, in accordance with best business practices, identify new auditing firms and draft requests for proposal for a new auditing engagement based on the needs of the ACBA and VLSC.

7.  Manage the human resource function of the ACBA; develop and implement the ACBA’s personnel policies; and serve as the point person on all personnel/human resources matters.

8.  Develop, review, and update internal controls and other documents and procedures to ensure financial health, accountability and transparency.

9.  Oversee insurance policies and respond to all requests, deadlines, etc.

10.  Maintain financial documents, original versions of ACBA contracts, and all other key business documents as directed by the ED.

11.  Assist ACBA with special projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

College degree in accounting preferred. 

A minimum of five years of experience in accounting with nonprofit organizations.

A minimum of two years human resources.

Computer literate and proficient in Excel.

Good organizational skills with attention to detail; good written and verbal communications skills

Ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality and to display professionalism in manner and attitude.

Ability to foster teamwork.

Ability to coordinate and manage projects.

Ability to identify and address organizational needs and advance the business of the organization.

Good sense of humor.

Salary Range

$52,000 - $58,000

To Apply

If you are interested in this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and completed ACBA Employment Application to ACBA CEO Tiela Chalmers at tiela@acbanet.org.

Membership Assistant

General Description
The Membership Assistant position at the Alameda County Bar Association is a non-exempt position reporting to the Membership and Education Coordinator. The Membership Assistant works closely with the Membership and Education Coordinator to increase membership in the ACBA and its sections; accurately manage member information in our databases; plan and produce Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) programs and other events; and handle member-related issues and inquiries.  Currently, the position is funded by the ACBA general fund. 
Key Responsibilities
1.   Act as first point of contact, providing excellent customer service to ACBA members and the public, both in person and over the phone. 
2.   Process and maintain member records and information:
          a. Process new member applications and renewals, including payments; 
          b. Enter and manage membership information in our databases; and
          c. Process and record monies received and perform bank deposits. 
3.   Help produce MCLE  programs and special events:
          a. Administer MCLE programs per State Bar of California’s rules; 
          b. Maintain MCLE records in databases and section files;
          c. Maintain event information in the public calendar;
          d. Process event registrations over the phone and onsite;
          e. Assist with planning program logistics and work with vendors to ensure that programs are produced and executed                             smoothly; and 
          f. Set-up conference room for events. 
4.   Assist Membership and Education Coordinator with supporting practice area sections: 
          a. Attend meetings as assigned; 
          b. Assist section members with planning MCLE programs and other events; and
          c. Provide support to section members in accordance with ACBA policies and procedures. 
5.   Assist Membership and Education Coordinator with annual membership dues renewal, phone-a-thon, new member outreach, and annual orientation for section executive committee members. 
6.   Perform other duties as assigned. 
Minimum Qualifications
At least an AA degree or equivalent work experience
Ability to manage and meet multiple deadlines
Excellent customer service skills
Excellent organizational skills
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both oral and written)
Ability to perform accurate data entry and work quickly and accurately with numbers and written information, with great attention to detail
Proficiency in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office (Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word) and web browsers
Professional demeanor
Ability to safeguard confidential information and exercise good judgment
Ability to do research, and analyze information and data
Strong critical thinking skills
Work well in a fast-paced environment 
Experience with volunteers and committees helpful
High-energy, motivated and enthusiastic personality helpful

Salary Range

To Apply
If you are interested in this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and completed ACBA Employment Application to Membership and Education Coordinator Hadassah Hayashi at hadassah@acbanet.org.

Lawyer Referral Service Intern

Application Deadline: Ongoing

General Description

This internship offers an excellent opportunity to learn client interviewing skills and initial triage analysis, and gain experience working in the legal field. The Alameda County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) refers clients to attorneys who have been assigned to various subject matter panels. Our service is well-established, respected in the Alameda County legal community, and certified by the State Bar of California under Business and Professions Code §6155. The LRS also conducts client screening and intake for the bar association’s pro bono arm, Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC).

The LRS Intern will interface between clients seeking attorney services and the attorneys offering legal services. The intern will field a high volume of telephone calls from the public, conducting intakes and providing information about other legal service agencies.  The intern will also assist VLSC by scheduling clients in legal clinics and conducting client intakes. 

This is an unpaid, volunteer internship. The internship is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in the legal community and to increase access to legal services. Supervision will be provided by intake and placement supervisors as well as by the directing attorney.  The position can be full or part-time, with a minimum commitment of 2 days per week (or equivalent), 120 hours. There may be an option to continue part-time during the spring also.  Intake hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is located in downtown Oakland and is near BART.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Answer incoming client calls and analyze caller requests for referral to an LRS panel member or provide information for appropriate governmental, social service, or legal service agency where referral through LRS is unsuccessful.

  2. Process client requests for attorney services by eliciting information from callers about their referral situation and entering this information into a tracking database for subsequent referral and follow up.

  3. Conduct intake screening for financial eligibility for LRS based reduced-fee or VLSC pro bono services when appropriate and assist with monthly VLSC clinic registration.

  4. Contact attorney’s offices to place the referable cases, providing all relevant facts, dates and court information to the lawyer’s designated referral agent.

  5. Send confirmation documentation to callers and referred attorneys, confirming receipt where appropriate.

  6. Input successful referral information for tracking and follow up purposes.

  7. Contact previously referred callers for client follow up and audits.

  8. Occasionally assist at VLSC clinics as needed.

  9. Perform other general office and administrative tasks as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Excellent customer service required; two years of customer service experience preferred

Knowledge of legal terminology and call center experience is a plus.

Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Access

Bi/Multi-lingual ability preferred

To apply

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Beth Litwin
ACBA Lawyer Referral Service
1000 Broadway, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94607