Project Manager, Michigan State Bar Foundation

The Michigan State Bar Foundation was established in 1947 to provide leadership and grants to improve access for all to the justice system, including support for civil legal aid for low-income households, law-related education and conflict education. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization.  The Foundation administers annual and project grants to increase access to justice throughout Michigan.   

The Michigan State Bar Foundation receives revenue through the Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program that was adopted by the Supreme Court in 1990.  Michigan lawyers are required to deposit short-term or nominal funds of clients and third persons into IOLTA accounts.  Interest generated on IOLTA accounts is paid to the Michigan State Bar Foundation and provides an important source of funding for civil legal aid in Michigan.  Financial institutions play a significant role in the success of the IOLTA program.

In addition, the Michigan State Bar Foundation administers funds from the state legislature, funds from state agencies, a centralized fundraising campaign and a Fellows Program. The Michigan State Bar Foundation works closely with our annual grantees to implement new grant initiatives and is excited about new opportunities and growth.

The Project Manager will oversee and manage the IOLTA Program and the implementation of new grant programs and initiatives.  The Project Manager will report directly to the Executive Director and work closely with the Chief Financial Officer, Program Coordinator and Development Associate. 


Oversees and manages IOLTA Program, including:

  • Oversees and manages systems for maintaining IOLTA account records and related data;
  • Oversees and manages system for compliance from financial institutions;
  • Develops, manages and tracks the annual attorney compliance process for IOLTA accounts;
  • Monitors and oversees follows up on any problematic accounts.

Provides leadership and support to enhance revenue through the IOLTA Program, including: 

  • Provides support to the Foundation’s IOLTA Community Investment Committee to recruit financial institutions to participate in the Leadership Bank program;
  • Recommends and participates in policy changes and new programs to enhance Michigan rules and procedures related to IOLTA;
  • Coordinates promotion and recognition opportunities for Leadership Banks;
  • Facilitates communication with all IOLTA participating financial institutions;
  • Maintains and updates information related to the IOLTA program.

Special grant project management, including:

  • Assesses opportunities for new grant programs and initiatives;
  • Manages the workflow, budget and stakeholder communication to achieve successful implementation of new projects;
  • Understands and assures compliance with grant requirements; and
  • Develops a process for grant applications, reporting and grant payments.

Reporting and Administrative responsibilities.

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required.
  • Must have five or more years of relevant work experience.
  • Must have excellent project management and organizational skills with an attention to detail. 
  • Ability to operate at the tactical and strategic levels.
  • Capacity to interpret regulations to assure program compliance.
  • Strong analytical skills and able to assess data and reports.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team.
  • Possess exceptional communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Strong ability to problem solve and work in a timely and independent manner.
  • Interested in implementing new systems and strategies to enhance revenue and strengthen the organization.
Salary & Benefits: 

Salary depends on experience.  Excellent fringe benefits.

How To Apply: 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Email cover letter and resume to [email protected].

Hiring Organization: 
Michigan State Bar Foundation
Project Manager
City and State: 
Lansing MI

MSBF is an equal opportunity employer.  We strongly encourage applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women and LGBTQ applicants.