Assistant Managing Attorney - CLEAR
Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit law firm with a mission of Combatting Injustice • Strengthening Communities • Protecting Human Dignity. NJP secures justice for people in or near poverty through high quality legal advocacy that promotes the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families and communities through legal representation, community partnerships, education and other advocacy.
NJP currently seeks applications from qualified attorneys for the position of Assistant Managing Attorney. The Assistant Managing Attorney will work with another CLEAR Assistant Managing Attorney and the CLEAR Managing Attorney to provide oversight and supervision of NJP’s Coordinated Legal Education, Advice, and Referral team (CLEAR). The CLEAR team consists of a staff of approximately 25 advocates (plus volunteer attorneys), and 3 legal assistants. Staff on CLEAR work in Seattle and other NJP locations, including some telecommuters.
CLEAR advocates and staff work together as part of NJP’s statewide law firm, and in collaboration with Volunteer Lawyer Programs (VLPs) and other Alliance for Equal Justice legal aid providers, to bring high-quality civil legal services to low-income Washingtonians. CLEAR advocates provide a range of services (including advice by phone, document preparation, and negotiation with opposing parties) to people across Washington on a wide variety of legal issues. CLEAR services protect victims of domestic violence, preserve affordable housing options, improve access to health care and income opportunities, protect vulnerable consumers, overcome barriers to employment, help clients access justice systems, and provide other assistance toward securing the long-term well-being of individuals and communities.
The CLEAR Assistant Managing Attorney reports to the CLEAR Managing Attorney. This is a fulltime position typically working out of NJP’s Seattle office (currently NJP staff are working remotely).
DUTIES: The Assistant Managing Attorney works under the supervision of the CLEAR Managing Attorney in the following areas, among others.
Supervising Legal Work, Supporting Staff, and Serving Clients
This work includes:
- Communicating clear performance expectations for all CLEAR staff
- Providing support for achieving expectations
- Consulting with advocates on substantive legal analyses
- Consulting with advocates on case management decisions
- Reviewing advocates’ cases for excellence
- Training and coaching of new staff and other staff as appropriate
- Supervising support staff and ensuring appropriate task delegation and workloads
- Engaging with advocates and support staff to identify and support their training needs and professional development goals
- Supporting staff as they develop their skills and leadership potential
- Identifying opportunities to celebrate staff achievement
- Assisting the Managing Attorney with performance reviews and professional development plans
- Providing direct assistance to clients on the CLEAR line as appropriate within the framework of other duties
- Participating in the life of CLEAR and NJP by attending Pods, working on task forces, and engaging with NJP’s Strategic Advocacy Focuses
- Promoting good morale and esprit de corps
Program Policy Implementation and General Compliance
This work includes:
- Assuring compliance with LSC, OCLA and other funders’ requirements
- Assuring compliance with administrative and accounting procedures, including timekeeping and grant compliance
- Assuring compliance with NJP personnel policies
- Assuring compliance with NJP’s Collective Bargaining Agreement
Promoting the Efficiency of Centralized Intake
This work includes:
- Monitoring the CLEAR lines as needed to ensure efficient, high-quality service to clients
- Assisting CLEAR advocates in maintaining appropriate workloads
- Fostering positive working relationships and promoting cooperation between CLEAR and NJP’s field offices and other programs
- Fostering positive working relationships among CLEAR, NJP, VLPs, and the wider Alliance
- Coordinating with the Legal Media Team to ensure responsive client education
Equity and Inclusion
NJP has an organizational commitment to fight racism and to incorporate equity and inclusion in both the work we do and work environment we create. All staff are expected to uphold this commitment and approach their role with a desire to learn and grow in this area. The Managing Attorney is expected to act as a leader in these efforts with a willingness to identify, address and combat personal and organizational shortcomings.
- Minimum five years’ legal experience
- Washington State Bar Association membership in good standing, the ability to acquire membership through reciprocity, or the ability to take the next Washington bar exam
- Knowledge of at least one of CLEAR’s major practice areas (housing, family, consumer/debt, public benefits) and willingness to develop knowledge in others
- Experience performing a broad range of brief services in a hotline setting, clinics, or another setting focused on preparing litigants to proceed pro se
- Familiarity with the civil legal aid delivery system in Washington State
- Familiarity with CLEAR referral partners in Washington State
- Ability to comfortably learn and use call center routing software
- Ability and willingness to receive and provide constructive criticism in a positive way
- Ability to appreciate the differing strengths, skills, and styles of a diverse staff
- Good judgment, ability to handle stress, and willingness to both take initiative and work as part of a team
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Successful experience mentoring other attorneys, paralegals, and/or law students
- Commitment to advancing racial equity, and experience with incorporating racial equity principles into advocacy and leadership
- Commitment to building a collaborative team and fostering trust, including between managers and staff
- A demonstrated commitment to NJP’s client communities and to addressing systems of oppression
The Northwest Justice Project is especially interested in qualified candidates whose professional, personal, and/or service experience allows them to support NJP’s and the broader legal aid community’s commitment to race equity.
Salary Range: Specific salary will be based upon relevant experience, beginning at $75,000 annually.
TO APPLY: Submit a letter of interest, current résumé, and a writing sample to Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org. The letter of interest and email subject line should clearly reference “Assistant Managing Attorney – CLEAR”. The letter of interest should directly address reason for interest in the position and outline relevant experience.
Application Deadline: Materials should be submitted no later than March 1, 2021.
NJP is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and fosters an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices. NJP actively promotes mutual respect, acceptance, teamwork and productivity. NJP is committed to maintaining an organization whose staff, Board and clients are diverse in background, experience, race, color, national origin, gender, age, religious reference, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sensory, mental or physical abilities, veteran status, and other qualities that strengthen the program while reinforcing its commitment to basic fairness. People of color, people who identify as transgender, lesbian, gay, or bisexual, and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals needing a reasonable accommodation for the application or interview process or for more information about the project should contact the Human Resources Department by calling (206) 464-1519.