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Advocacy Counsel - Statewide


Advocacy Counsels (ACs) serve as an integral part of NJP’s senior leadership team. The four ACs are members of the Statewide Advocacy Team (comprised of the Director of Advocacy, Advocacy Counsel, Senior Managing Attorney - Client Access, and regional Senior Managing Attorneys) and work closely with Executive Management to help address NJP’s organizational goals and commitments.

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NJP has adopted the Washington Race Equity and Justice Initiative (REJI) and is organizationally committed to fight racism and to incorporate equity and inclusion in our advocacy work and our internal systems and work environment. NJP expects all staff to uphold the REJI commitments and approach their role with a desire to learn and grow in this area. The Advocacy Counsel plays a critical leadership role in advancing NJP’s REJI commitments and our work to center race equity in advocacy determinations, support staff’s anti-racist growth and development, and must be committed to identify, and work to address NJP’s shortcomings and challenges in advancing our REJI commitments.

The position may be based in any NJP field office, dependent on space. Travel throughout the state required. This is a full-time position.

NJP requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Providing proof of COVID-19 vaccine is a condition of employment. Exemptions based on medical and sincerely held religious beliefs may be requested per NJP’s EEO employer policy.

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  • A demonstrated commitment to serving low-income people; understanding of the unique needs of populations that experience particular barriers to access to justice systems and of effective approaches and methods for addressing those needs;
  • A minimum of 8 years of litigation experience; excellent litigation skills and experience leading affirmative or complex litigation. Skill with mentoring and supporting other advocates seeking to grow litigation skills.
  • Significant substantive experience in one or more practice area (to possibly include plaintiff’s side consumer or employment law, reentry or civil rights) and the willingness and ability to develop expertise in other substantive areas.
  • Commitment to advancing racial equity in legal advocacy; experience engaging with racial equity initiatives, or experience engaging in advocacy that advances race equity. 
  • Cultural competence with low-income client communities.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, motivate others, and work collaboratively with diverse groups of people with varying perspectives, experience, and expertise;
  • Ability to listen deeply, integrate feedback, and develop strong relationships internally and with community organizations. Experience engaging with client communities and community based organizations as a partner in advocacy.
  • Leadership, initiative, creativity and problem solving abilities; willingness to take risks and to embrace change and uncertainty;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to regularly travel throughout Washington state and the willingness to periodically work outside typical office hours. This would include occasional travel to the Seattle office.
  • Member of Washington State Bar or ability to obtain membership by motion.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of civil equal justice or legal aid programs in Washington State; experience working in civil legal aid.
  • Experience working with people experiencing poverty.
  • Experience working with farmworkers.
  • Experience leading teams, with or without direct supervisory authority.
  • Experience with advocacy in all levels of state and federal court, and administrative forums; ability to use non-litigation advocacy tools to advance strategic goals
  • Ability and willingness to learn and integrate new technologies and methodologies to efficiently perform responsibilities.


NJP understands that no single candidate will meet all of the desired qualifications.  NJP will consider the full breadth of an applicant’s experience in determining whether an applicant is deemed qualified. 


Submission Deadline: 
April 12, 2022
Organization Information: 
Northwest Justice Project
401 Second Avenue S, Suite 407
Seattle, WA 98104
United States
Phone: 206-464-1519