TeamChild Staff Attorney

STAFF ATTORNEY

TeamChild is a nationally recognized nonprofit legal aid organization serving youth across Washington State, with office locations in Seattle, Tacoma, Yakima and Spokane. TeamChild’s mission is to uphold the rights of youth involved, or at risk of involvement, in the juvenile justice system to help them secure the education, healthcare, housing and other support they need to achieve positive outcomes in their lives. We have three mutually reinforcing program strategies: legal services, policy advocacy, and training and community education. Core to all of our work is our legal services program, which reaches youth 12-24 years old in four of Washington’s largest counties as well as youth incarcerated in our state’s juvenile prison and community facilities. Our clients are youth and young adults who are entangled in juvenile court and the child welfare system and need civil legal advocacy to prevent homelessness, access education and employment and get their basic health and other needs met. In our work, we also aim to move systems away from exclusion, punishment, arrest, and incarceration towards more effective and community-based strategies that address root causes and provide culturally meaningful and developmentally appropriate support and opportunities for young people.

At TeamChild we believe that racial and other social identities should be respected and affirmed. In support of this belief, we are building an equitable and inclusive organization and providing our team of staff, volunteers and Board members with the tools to address institutionalized racism and other forms of oppression. All members of our team are responsible for providing and supporting an equitable and inclusive work environment that will enrich our interactions with each other and our products and services. This responsibility provides the foundation for empowering the children and families that we serve so their needs are justly represented and their desires amply fulfilled. For more information about TeamChild and the Pierce Office, see www.teamchild.org.

JOB OVERVIEW

TeamChild is seeking a full-time staff attorney in our Pierce County Office. This is an opportunity to be part of a collaborative team that is dedicated to client-centered legal advocacy and working to continually reflect and improve our client services and office and program practices. TeamChild’s three central strategies for practicing our mission and affecting change are direct representation, policy advocacy, and training and consultation. Staff attorneys participate in each of these strategies, with client representation as the primary focus. All TeamChild staff participate in fulfilling our commitment to organizational transformation through training, workgroups, retreats, staff meetings, and other internal collaborations. This position will be reviewed after 18 months and retention will be dependent upon funding, and organizational needs.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Direct Representation

● Work effectively with youth clients age 12 to 24 and continue learning and applying knowledge

about adolescent brain development and trauma informed approaches to working with young

people;

● Maintain an appropriate client caseload based on statewide and local office guidance,

considering level of experience, complexity of current caseload, and other agreed upon

responsibilities;

● Develop content expertise in substantive areas of law that we regular practice, including special education, school discipline, McKinney Vento, CHINS, emancipation, dependency, post conviction relief, juvenile court delinquency support, Medicaid, DDA eligibility, SSI eligibility, guardianship, civil rights, and more;

● Present cases competently, as required by client needs and TeamChild’s commitments, in superior court, administrative hearings, juvenile court, and possibly federal court and appellate court;

● Comply with RPCs in providing high quality legal representation;

● Maintain organized and clear client case files, consistently maintain timekeeping and case notes in TeamChild’s web/cloud-based case management system, and close cases in a timely manner, based on statewide and local office guidance;

● Collaborate with local office/program teams and program staff statewide on intake/screening

processes, case planning, case support, litigation planning, co-counseling, reviewing other attorney’s work and closed cases, and other projects;

● Thoroughly review applicable funding contracts in order to understand deliverables and ensure compliance;

Training and Consulting

● Provide substantive training and consultation on a variety of legal areas to youth, families,

professionals, community members, and other lawyers;

● Participate in community engagement work, including but not only outreach activities, to develop relationships and connect with the communities where you work;

● Build and maintain relationships with local and statewide partners and promote effective

collaboration with other legal aid, public defense and advocacy organizations;

Policy

● Opportunities to work on individual and collective policy advocacy areas as they are developed and agreed to by TeamChild at the local, county, and statewide (sometimes federal) levels; Organizational Transformation

● Participate in collaborative decision making processes about our work, priorities, and administration and operations;

● Participate in retreats, planning meetings, regular staffings, and other collective agency work;

● Continue learning about, developing, and applying anti-racist principles in work internal to

TeamChild as well as in our community and client work.

QUALIFICATIONS

We are seeking candidates who are committed to social justice and are passionate legal advocates for young people. Candidates should work well both independently and as a team member, be respectful and passionate about working with people from diverse backgrounds, enjoy creative problem solving, and value the creation of relationships across disciplines. Additional qualifications include:

● Exceptional legal skills, preferably in the relevant areas of law including school discipline/special education, public health care, public benefits, re-entry issues, delinquency, child welfare, or other

areas of youth related law;

● Exceptional oral and written communication skills;

● Member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association or eligible for reciprocity or

limited admission to practice pending admission to the Washington State Bar Association;

● Experience working with young people, especially adolescents;

● Demonstrated competence in working with diverse clients and communities;

● High level of professionalism and ethical standards; commitment to following the Rules of

Professional Conduct, including client confidentiality and zealous advocacy for client-directed goals;

● Must have access to a vehicle and have a valid driver’s license and liability insurance to travel

throughout the county to meet client and agency needs ;

● Strong organizational, technology, and project management skills;

● Demonstrated alignment with TeamChild values : Centering Youth, Anti-Racism, Wholeness,

Accountability;

● Anti-racist analysis and commitment to undoing institutional racism and other forms of oppression;

● Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with other advocates and social service providers;

● Oral Spanish language proficiency (listening and speaking) strongly preferred, written skills

recommended.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Salary is based on the TeamChild attorney salary scale and the candidate's years of relevant experience. The salary range is $60,000 to $90,000. For example, an attorney credited with zero to four years of legal experience will start at $60,000. An attorney with seven years of experience will start at $71,321.

This position comes with full benefits including:

● Medical insurance through Regence with multiple plans available;

● Dental, Vision, EAP;

● Generous vacation, sick leave, and paid time off including 10 paid holidays and the week

between Christmas and New Year’s day;

● Disability and life insurance;

● Options to set up FSA and 403b retirement accounts;

● Annual Wellness Fund stipend, which provides up to $1,000 in reimbursement for personal

expenses related to employee health and wellbeing;

● Paid WA State Bar Association Dues;

● Qualifying employer for the federal Public Interest Loan Forgiveness program;

● Reimbursement for moving and relocation expenses.

TO APPLY

Please email a concise letter of interest, resume, and a legal writing sample to jobs@teamchild.org . Please write "Staff Attorney – Pierce County" and your last name in the subject line. No phone calls or email inquiries please. The first review of applications will be accepted until March 26, 2021 . Position open until filled. Before submitting your application, please check TeamChild’s website to make sure that this position is still open.

All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities, and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or intersex are particularly urged to apply. TeamChild is an Equal Opportunity Employer. TeamChild is committed to promoting an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices for its clients, Board, and staff.

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