Senior Attorney - Public Benefits & Special Projects
The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) offers a unique leadership opportunity in a mission driven organization committed to addressing the legal aid needs of low-income people and communities in King County Washington.
NJP seeks qualified candidates to serve as Senior Attorney for the Public Benefits & Special Projects Unit in its King County offices, located in Seattle and Kent. The Senior Attorney of this practice unit will work collaboratively with the Senior Attorneys of two other specialized practice units in the King County office. The Senior Attorney is responsible for day-to-day supervision of the attorneys, paralegals and legal assistants assigned to the Public Benefits & Special Projects Unit, advocacy leadership in the Unit and related statewide advocacy task forces, outreach to external partners, and participation in NJP’s statewide team of Senior Attorneys. This position is located in Seattle.
All NJP attorneys work together as part of a statewide law firm, and in partnership with other legal aid providers, to bring high quality civil representation to Washington’s low-income populations and communities. NJP attorneys are expected to provide counsel, representation and strategic engagement with diverse client communities on a wide variety of substantive law issues that affect people in poverty. NJP’s King County based Public Benefits & Special Projects Unit combines traditional staff attorney advocacy and representation with a variety of advocacy models (i.e., Medical Legal Partnership and Veterans Project), to promote justice and overcome barriers to receiving public benefits and services, secure health and income opportunities, protect families and children, and to address the unique needs of target populations to secure their long-term well-being.
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.
QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum five years’ legal experience with strong litigation and/or administrative advocacy skills, proficient in one or more benefits areas (medical assistance/Medicaid, federal/state cash assistance programs, or veterans benefits), and demonstrated leadership roles in a legal aid environment preferred. Strong communication and collaboration skills, desire to work as part of a leadership team, and ability to work in a highly diverse environment. Washington bar membership or eligibility to attain membership through taking the next Washington bar examination or admission under APR Rule 3(c).
Resume should reflect exceptional relevant work experience as well as a commitment to promoting NJP’s mission: Combatting Injustice • Strengthening Communities • Protecting Human Dignity
Demonstrated experience and/or connection to NJP’s client communities is strongly preferred. The Northwest Justice Project is especially interested in qualified candidates whose professional, personal and/or service experience allow them to contribute to and support the NJP’s and the broader legal aid community’s commitment to race equity. Must be willing to be engaged with the community to be served. Language proficiency in a language spoken by some of our client community, especially Spanish, is a plus.
SALARY: Salary will be based upon years of relevant experience with a salary range beginning at $69,000. NJP provides life insurance, long-term disability insurance and pays premiums for medical, dental and vision insurance to all benefited employees as well as making significant contributions toward dependent health benefit premiums. NJP also offers generous time off benefits and law school loan repayment assistance.
TO APPLY: Interested candidates should send a cover letter, current resume and writing sample to Karen Holland at firstname.lastname@example.org. Email subject line should clearly reference “Senior Attorney – Public Benefits & Special Projects”. Cover letter should include description of any past experience, personal or professional, with low income or other marginalized communities. Application deadline: August 16, 2019.
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, 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 Karen Holland at (206)