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NACBA Executive Director Search

Executive Director Search 

Deadline to Apply is November 30, 2017

The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) is searching for the organization’s next Executive Director (ED). The position is VIRTUAL, with preference to the Greater Washington DC area and is available immediately.

NACBA is the only national organization dedicated to serving the needs of consumer bankruptcy attorneys and protecting the rights of consumer debtors in bankruptcy. Formed in 1992, NACBA has approximately 3,000 members located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

NACBA is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors. A professional staff of three serves NACBA from their home offices, and three contractors support the operations as well. NACBA’s budget is in the $1.3 million range.

Executive Director

The ED serves as the chief staff executive of NACBA, responsible to the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for the effective conduct of the Association, providing leadership and overall strategic direction of the organization.  The ED is responsible for management of all technical, financial and personnel measures, resource development, and strategic planning.

The ED establishes and recommends Association goals, objectives, and related policies to the Board of Directors. Within that framework, the ED plans, organizes, coordinates, controls and directs the staff, programs and activities of the Association in compliance with all pertinent laws and regulations, Bylaws, policies and procedures.  The President is the primary face for the Association and is responsible for developing relationships and raising support for the organization.

NACBA is a critical point in its history. The next ED will be able to guide NACBA through a transformational period in terms of the Association’s growth and evolution. It is also a chance to strengthen NACBA’s leadership role in serving the organization’s Educate, Advocate and Litigate mission statement.

Key Criteria

  • Strong association or other organizational leadership and management skills and experience, at either the CEO or senior-management level.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and demonstrated success in identifying and maximizing additional revenue sources.
  • Ability to build relationships and collaborative partnerships with internal constituencies and related external organizations.
  • Dynamic executive presence and demonstrated ability to serve effectively as the “face” of the organization; a skilled and articulate communicator.
  • Sound financial acumen and business sense.
  • Basic understanding of the legal profession and/or related financial services industries in order to speak knowledgeably and credibly on behalf of the membership – a strong plus.
  • Tech Savviness – a strong plus.
  • Get it done, grassroots personality – a strong plus.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

Under the general direction of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, the ED will be expected to handle the following duties and responsibilities:

Strategy and Vision | Board Relations

  • Providing support and advice to the NACBA Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and President by:
    • Executing all decisions of the Board of Directors, except in cases where assignments are made specifically by the Board.
    • Regularly informing the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of conditions and operations of the Association.
    • Developing the meeting agenda and preparing minutes for meetings of the Board of Directors.
    • Developing the meeting agenda and preparing minutes (assisting Secretary) for meetings of the Executive Committee.
    • Participating as directed in all meetings of Board and Executive Committee, unless requested to not attend.
    • Providing liaison and staff support to NACBA’s committees to enable them to perform their duties as delineated in the Association’s Bylaws.
    • Proposing new policy initiatives, as appropriate.
    • Ensuring sound implementation of the Association’s policies as directed by the Board.
    • Proposing strategic initiatives, plans, and policies which further NACBA’s interests.
    • Planning, formulating, and recommending to the Board of Directors basic policies and programs that will further the Association’s objectives.
    • In partnership with the Board of Directors, creating a Strategic Plan and ensuring implemented successfully; recommend specific goals and objectives to ensure successful implementation.

External Relations

Managing all external affairs of the Association (in conjunction with contracted representation), including relationships with like-minded bankruptcy and consumer associations, and legislators/regulators by:

  • Overseeing promotion of interest and active participation in the Association’s activities to NACBA stakeholders.
  • Attending legal profession related meetings and maintaining positive relationships with other, related associations.
  • Cultivating and maintaining positive relationships with current, past and potential convention exhibitors and sponsors and to ensure that the interests of the Association are realized.
  • Serving as an association spokesperson (when requested) on legislative and regulatory issues to profession, government, media and the membership of the Association;
  • Providing ongoing information to the Board, staff and other constituencies regarding trends, issues, and developments affecting NACBA, its members and the consumer bankruptcy profession in general.

Management & Operations

Overseeing the internal affairs of the Association, including day-to-day operations. In this regard, the CEO will:

  • Be responsible for maintaining, directing, motivating and compensating staff.
  • Have authority for hiring, termination, performance review, goals-setting, employee relations, and employment practices.
  • Supervise the NACBA team and be responsible for full staff meetings.
  • Direct and coordinate all approved programs, projects, and major activities of the NACBA staff.
  • Have overall responsibility for allocating staff and appropriate NACBA resources to Association functions, committees, task forces, and special projects.
  • Execute such contracts and commitments as may be authorized by the Board of Directors or outlined in established Association policies.
  • Working cooperatively with the Association’s financial team in conjunction with the development of the annual reviewed financial statements and required tax filings.
  • Develop and recommend an annual budget in cooperation with the Treasurer and Executive Committee and implement the budget within the confines of established guidelines.
  • Ensure that all funds, physical assets, and other property owned by the Association are appropriately maintained and safeguarded within established policies.
  • Develop and supervising NACBA’s internal operating policies and procedures, subject to Board approval as appropriate.
  • Safeguard confidential information as it applies to the daily functions of the Association and its members.

Requisite Background & Experience | Desirable Qualities and Characteristics

Qualified candidates for the position of Executive Director will be expected to understand, embrace, and advance NACBA’s mission and be prepared to step in as the face of the organization when necessary and appropriate. All candidates will also be expected to present the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; advanced degree preferred.
  • Certified Association Executive | CAE designation a plus.
  • Executive-level experience in a professional membership association of a similar magnitude a plus.
  • Experience with and knowledge of the legal profession a plus.
  • Experience with advocacy; a deep understanding of the advocacy process.
  • Experience working with a volunteer-driven organization as either a staff member or volunteer.
  • Experience as a change agent, strategic thinker, and relationship/consensus builder.
  • Experience building and maintaining coalitions and strategic partnerships.
  • Experience retooling an organization, including growing membership.
  • Experience working with a governing board to develop and implement strategy and vision.
  • Demonstrated understanding of governance issues, including board management and dynamics.
  • Superior communications skills, both written and oral, and experience with public speaking.
  • Previous oversight of budgeting and financial management of an organization.
  • Ability to set priorities, delegate responsibilities, and mentor, motivate, and develop staff.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and orientation.
  • High energy / dynamic personality.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan strategically and think tactically.
  • Creative problem-solver.

Bonus Points

  • Tech Savvy Required
  • Understanding of Abilia Net Forum AMS
  • Understanding of Higher Logic Communities Platform
  • Understanding of Word Press

Compensation | Benefits | Availability

NACBA offers a competitive compensation package to attract the right candidate. The organization offers stimulating work and professional development opportunities, encouraging all team members to generate innovative ideas to further the goals of the Association. NACBA also provides employees with a benefits package (various insurance, retirement, reimbursement, professional development, etc.)

Application Process

  • Resume and cover letters must be received no later than Thursday, November 30, 2017.
  • Must include requested salary range.
  • Email to


Register for NACBA’s Webinar, “2017 Case Law Update& Impact on Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys” Today!


Don’t miss NACBA’s comprehensive webinar, “2017 Case Law Update& Impact on Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys,Thursday, June 22nd from 3pm-4pm ET with Henry Sommer and Angela Littiwn. This webinar will discuss recent trends in bankruptcy case law, with analysis of cases decided by the Courts of Appeals and other appellate courts. Take a look at the cases they will be discussing and make sure you Register Today!

  • Midland Funding, LLC v. Aleida Johnson, No. 16-348
  • Husky Int’l Elecs., Inc. v. Ritz, 136 S. Ct. 1581 (2016)
  • Failla v. Citibank, N.A. (In re Failla), 838 F.3d 1170 (11th Cir. 2016)
  • Lynch v. Jackson, 2017 WL 59011 (4th Cir. Jan. 4, 2017)
  • In re Adinolfi, 543 B.R. 612 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. 2016)
  • Fla. Dep’t of Revenue v. Gonzalez (In re Gonzalez), 832 F.3d 1251 (11th Cir. 2016)
  • In re Rivera, 832 F.3d 1103 (9th Cir. 2016)
  • County of Dakota v. Milan (In re Milan), 556 B.R. 922, 923 (B.A.P. 8th Cir. 2016)
  • Germeraad v. Powers, 826 F.3d 962 (7th Cir. 2016)
  • In Re Tracht Gut, LCC, 836 F.3d 1146 (9th Cir. 2016)
  • Birmingham v. PNC Bank, N.A. (In re Birmingham), 846 F.3d 88 (4th Cir. 2017)
  • In re Crawford, 841 F3 1 (1st Cir. Oct. 25, 2016)
  • DeNoce v. Neff (In re Neff), No. 14-60017 (9th Cir. June 9, 2016)
  • Spokane Law Enforce Fed. Credit Union v. Barker (In re Barker), 839 F.3d 1189 (9th Cir. 2016)
  • Anderson v. Hancock (In re: Hancock), 820 F.3d 670 (4th Cir. 2016)
  • Smith v. Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., 845 F.3d 256 (7th Cir. 2016)
  • Bazemore v. Jefferson Capital Sys., LLC, No.  15-12607 (11th Cir. July 5, 2016)

Cost of the Webinar

$25 for NACBA Member/$75 Non-Member

We Hope You Join Us!

NACBA25 Highlight!

Get Ready for the 25th Annual NACBA Convention!

Orlando, Florida May 4th-7th 2017!


There are some aspects of #NACBA25 that won’t change for example, our stellar sessions, outstanding keynote speakers, and an awesome location. However, we like to keep it fresh here at NACBA!

So What’s New?

CIRCUIT MEETINGS: New this year, NACBA will host individual circuit meetings for sharing of ideas and the latest “round-up” of what is taking place in the circuit where you practice. Circuit meetings will be led by Members of the Bench and or NACBA Members from the designated areas.

ADVANCED TOPICS: The convention planning committee has scheduled 6 advanced topics to challenge and inform even the most seasoned bankruptcy practitioner.

SATURDAY SCHEDULE: Given the location and that many attendees may include family, the committee planned an abbreviated schedule on Saturday, May 6th so attendees could take in the Walt Disney World parks and surrounding Orlando area without missing valuable CLE seminars.

There’s no time like the present to Register for #NACBA25 and receive savings with the Early Bird Rate!

See you in Orlando!

2016 Virtual Bankruptcy Workshop Session Highlight


Friday, December 16th

1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET

“Anchoring your Divorce and Bankruptcy Practice: There’s a Hole in My Boat! The Stay Doesn’t Stay Everything”
Presented by: Hon. Sandy Karlan (Ret.) & Ian Falcone Esq.

Don’t miss this informative and relevant session on divorce and bankruptcy. Make sure your client stays anchored! Check out the topics that will be discussed to ensure sure the boat doesn’t sink:

  • Keep it above board. Reviewing divorce forms to protect your client from committing bankruptcy fraud.
  • Over a Barrel: Dischargeability Issues
  • Any port in a storm: Who determines whether an award is a dischargeable?
  • Dead Reckoning: What determines whether an award is dischargeable?
  • Give me some slack: Learn the importance of language contained in the divorce decree
  • Batten down the hatches: Protecting attorney’s fees in discharge proceedings.

Didn’t catch Session 1? No problem, Register today for Session 2 to receive the recordings and material for both sessions!

About Our Presenters:

Ian Falcone

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Ian M. Falcone is a Senior Attorney with more than 20 years of legal experience with TheFalcone Law Firm, P.C. located in Marietta, Georgia. The practice focuses on complexbankruptcy matters involving intertwined corporate and personal debt situations, tax liabilitiesand divorce related obligations. Mr. Falcone also handles contested and uncontested divorces,child support modifications, contempt cases, as well as small business representation andlitigation.Mr. Falcone received his Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Engineering at TuftsUniversity in 1989 and his Juris Doctor from Albany Law School in 1992. He has served asPresident of the Bankruptcy Section of the Cobb County Bar, President of the Solo and SmallFirm Section of the Cobb County Bar, is a member of the Family Law Section of the Cobb County Bar, a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys(NACBA), and a member of the Metro Atlanta Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney Group. He maintains a bankruptcy blog: BK Beyond the Basics which can be found at


Sandy Karlan

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Sandy Karlan is certified by The Florida Supreme Court as a family court mediator and is board certified by The Florida Bar in Marital and Family Law.  She is the author of a chapter on Bankruptcy for the Matthew Bender six-volume series on Florida Family Law and is currently a commentator on bankruptcy law for The Florida Family Law Reporter published by Matthew Bender.  She has also written numerous articles and lectured on bankruptcy and family law, and is regularly invited to teach at Judicial College.

Sandy Karlan was appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles to the Circuit Court in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Miami-Dade County where she served for almost 20 years until December 2014. During that time, she also served as the Administrative Judge of the Family Division. As Administrative Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit’s Family Division, Sandy Karlan was responsible for projects including coordination between the Court and Department of Revenue regarding child support matters.  She also helped to develop KidSide, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing funding for Family Court Services.

For several years, Sandy Karlan was a member of the Florida Supreme Court’s Family Court Steering Committee, which developed the model family court and the Florida Supreme Court adopted the model in May 2001.  She was Chair of the Florida Bar Commission on the Legal Needs of Children, which studied the needs of children who appear in all divisions of Florida courts and produced a comprehensive report documenting the unmet legal needs of children, including recommendations to meet those needs in areas such as representation and confidentiality.  That report provided a blueprint for changes that have subsequently been implemented.

Her recent appointment, as a member of the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet was made by Governor Rick Scott. The Cabinet’s statutory purpose is to ensure that services for children and youth are coordinated between state agencies and delivered to improve the quality of life for Florida’s children.

Sandy Karlan received her Juris Doctor degree in 1978 with honors from the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University.  In private practice for 17 years, she specialized in bankruptcy and family law.

Sandy Karlan received numerous awards throughout her career including the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Community Service Award and Legal Services of Greater Miami has created the Judge Sandy Karlan Law Student Fellowship in her honor.  She is currently a board member and past President of the Florida Chapter of the Association of Family & Conciliation Courts (FLAFCC) and a member of the International Women’s Forum.

Did You Know There is a 2nd Bonus When You Register for NACBA’s 2016 Virtual Workshop?

There’s not just one but two bonuses when you register for the 2016 Virtual Bankruptcy Workshop on December 9th and 16th!  All attendees will be registered for a chance at winning 1 of 10 NCLC Consumer Bankruptcy Law & Practice 2016 Eleventh Edition (value $140). NACBA will be giving away ten (10) copies, at random, of the NCLC Consumer Bankruptcy Law & Practice 2016 Eleventh Edition.


Inside of the Consumer Bankruptcy Law & Practice 2016 11th Edition you’ll have access to:

  • Everything you need to know about the all-new official forms effective December 2015—the forms filled in for sample chapter 7 and 13 cases, with extensive annotations and instructions.
  • The new April 1, 2016 dollar amounts updated in the chapters and the Code.
  • Analysis and pleadings concerning the new requirements for mortgage servicers submitting proof of claims.
  • Reprints of the Bankruptcy Code, additional bankruptcy statutes, the bankruptcy rules, fee schedules, bankruptcy regulations, director’s forms, and more.
  • Automatic stay, the bankruptcy discharge, and remedies for stay and discharge violations
  • Using bankruptcy to deal with a foreclosure
  • Exemptions, lien avoidance, and secured claims
  • Hidden fees and overcharges in creditor claims
  • Attorney fees
  • Litigating consumer cases in bankruptcy
  • Non-dischargeability actions
  • Creditor reaffirmation abuses
  • Consumers as creditors of bankrupt merchants, landlords, or lenders.

Register Today for Your Chance to Receive This Invaluable Resource!

Bankruptcy News Briefs 11/7

Fresh Headlines…


Federal Court Gives FTC OK to Shut Down Debt Collection Operation

CFPB Sets Field Hearing On Consumers’ Access to Financial Records

If a receiver discovers possible criminal wrongdoing, are they required to report it to authorities?

Student loan debt rises 56 percent since 2004

Consumer Bankruptcy Filings Fall Again-Non-commercial filings down 2% in October

Supreme Court to Rule on Stale Claims and FDCPA

TCPA Case Survives Spokeo Motion To Dismiss

Got A Priority Bankruptcy Claim? Nothing To Worry About Then, Right? Wrong.

Upcoming NACBA Events

NACBA Webinars Web Banner (1)

6 Key Numbers Every Bankruptcy Attorney Must Know

Date: November 17, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM Eastern / 12:00 PM Pacific (60 minutes)
Presenter: Stephen Fairley, CEO of The Rainmaker Institute
Cost: No Cost to NACBA Members – Member Benefit

Register HERE

There are 6 critical numbers every bankruptcy lawyer running and growing a business needs to understand and review every month. Unfortunately, many attorneys don’t have the systems in place to obtain these numbers nor do they know which numbers are the most critical to their success. If you don’t know your numbers you cannot build a financially successful law firm! This webinar will provide you with the tools you need to accurately gauge the financial stability and health of your business.

In this information-packed webinar you will discover:

  • The 6 key metrics you need to track.
  • How to determine your cash flow so you can plan for future growth.
  • 5 areas you need to upgrade to take your law firm to the next level.

Save the Date for NACBA’s Silver Anniversary Annual Convention

Celebrate 25 Years of NACBA!

2017 NACBA’s 25th Annual Convention
Thursday, May 4’th – Sunday, May 7’th, 2017
Orlando, Florida


Become a member of NACBA! Join today and take advantage of the benefits, networking opportunities and resources NACBA has to offer!


NACBA Membership Benefit Highlight! Zola Creative Media

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As a member of NACBA, you’re committed to protecting the rights of consumer debtors in your area, but are you doing enough to educate your community and prospective clients about your services? Since 2006, Zola Creative has helped attorneys like you do just that. And as the Preferred Website Provider of NACBA Members, you too can have a powerful web presence at a fraction of the price.

All members of NACBA are eligible to receive either a semi-custom website package for only $1199 (usually $2450) or 20% off a fully custom website design package. In addition to a professional design that commands attention from visitors, your site will be powered by a comprehensive marketing system, giving you a robust suite of online marketing tools to educate and engage, including:

  • Attorney-written content designed exclusively for NACBA members 
  • Integrated Attorney Blog
  • Debt Calculator
  • E-Newsletter Management System
  • Click to Call Technology
  • Online Consultation Request

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