Temporary Public Legal Education Attorney
Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is Washington’s largest legal aid program, interacting with more than 20,000 applicants and clients each year. In addition to direct representation of clients, NJP pursues its mission of Combating Injustice • Strengthening Communities • Protecting Human Dignity by providing many self-help resources to those in need of legal assistance. NJP has a large web presence with the very active WashingtonLawHelp.org (WLH) and NJP's YouTube channel.
NJP is adding a Temporary Public Legal Education Attorney. This position will work with other Legal Media Team staff in creating, updating, and disseminating content in all media: WLH, YouTube, Facebook and print. Specific emphasis will be placed on the development of plain language, multi-media, and if possible, interactive client and community education tools about the eviction moratorium, eviction defense, and applicable changes to landlord/tenant law.
The Temporary Public Legal Education Attorney will report to the Legal Media Team Managing Attorney.
This a full-time, fully benefited position with funding for one year. In addition to this temporary opportunity, NJP anticipates the Washington State Legislature may increase its investment in housing justice, enabling NJP to further increase staffing in regular, long term positions. NJP has a long history of filling open positions through existing staff, thus there is potential for longer term employment should the funding be received.
GENERAL JOB DUTIES:
The Temporary Public Legal Education Attorney will work as part of the Legal Media Team staff in creating, field-testing, updating, and disseminating content in all media including, but not limited to Washington Law Help (WLH), YouTube, Facebook, and print. Other team members include a Website and Publications Manager and two Public Legal Educational Content Editors in addition to a Coordinator offering support. This position will concentrate primarily on creating and updating publications and materials in the House & Apartment topic area on WashingtonLawHelp.org
The Temporary Public Legal Education Attorney will:
- Create and update print and web content to keep up with legal education content demands of a growing population and increasing reliance on web-based self-help resources
- Work with the team in developing new multi-media and video legal education materials to meet our diverse communities’ changing technological usage, including textual/visual graphics, video, interactive lessons, game learning, and mobile-compatible user experiences
- Work with the Legal Media Team to help improve readability and accessibility of online content
- Will take part in relevant trainings and Task Force participation, as well as public legal educational skills in order to stay up to date with all areas of substantive law relevant to NJP’s clients
- Will conduct research including substantive legal topics, public education, social media and web usage and field-testing
- Work with advocates and advocacy teams to create project specific materials, and maximize advocacy opportunities and efforts
- Ensure all NJP materials are culturally appropriate, accessible, and user-friendly for a wide audience of people
- 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.
- Washington State Bar Association membership in good standing, the ability to acquire membership through admission by motion, or ability to take the next Washington bar exam is required.
- Experience in writing legal information in plain language necessary
- Must have the ability to learn and translate substantive law text into plain language as relevant to NJP’s clients
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively with individuals throughout the organization and nationally
- Proficiency in using Microsoft Office Suite
- Accurate and attentive to detail with high degree of organization
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Strong technology literacy
- Previous experience with legal research in both print and web sources
COMPENSATION: Starting salary is based upon years of experience, with an annual salary range of $64,751 to $121,022. We offer a comprehensive benefits package which includes 100% paid employee health premiums and significant premium shares for family health premiums, as well as generous time off.
Hours of work: NJP’s typical client office hours are 9:00 – 5:00, Monday through Friday. Attorney positions are exempt and those in the position are expected to work the hours needed to meet the professional responsibilities.
To Apply: Submit a letter of interest, current resume and writing sample Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cover letter and email subject line should clearly reference “Temporary Public Legal Education Attorney”. Cover letter should include description of any past experience, personal or professional, with low income or other marginalized communities.
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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 preference, 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 Human Resources at (206) 464-1519.