Managing Attorneys manage the offices that make up Northwest Justice Project's comprehensive legal aid delivery system and work with the statewide team of Managing Attorneys as a critical part of the larger NJP leadership team.
Specifically, Managing Attorney responsibilities include:
- Operating their assigned office/unit to ensure that staff act in pursuit of NJP’s mission and vision and consistent with NJP policies and procedures.
- Providing direct supervision of advocate and support staff, implementation of program policy and compliance requirements, and development and maintenance of local, client, community and public relations.
- Engaging with client communities and groups to identify and facilitate local/regional response to client legal needs, including direct service to clients and engagement in systemic advocacy.
- Serving as the face of NJP within the service area (including with local stakeholders, governmental contacts, and media), including serving as liaison between the local community and NJP’s Executive Director as needed.
- Ensuring NJP provides the training and resources necessary to support the office and its work.
- Serving as an advocate for local staff, client and community needs in the development and implementation of NJP’s statewide strategic plans, goals and initiatives.
- Minimum five years’ legal experience with strong litigation skills required
- Prior experience successfully managing or supervising others in a professional environment preferred
- Experience in a formal or informal leadership role helpful
- History of successfully mentoring other attorneys and/or law students required
- Leadership of, involvement in, or demonstrated ability to identify and successfully pursue strategic, systemic, and affirmative advocacy
- Commitment to advancing racial equity and experience with incorporating racial equity principles into advocacy and leadership
- Appreciation of the differing strengths, skills, and styles of those supervised
- Good judgment, ability to handle stress, initiative, and willingness to work as a team
- Possess strong oral and written communication skills
- Demonstrated exceptional relevant work experience as well as a commitment to serving low-income persons
- Able to engage with the communities to be served
- Washington State Bar Association membership in good standing or active license in another state with the ability to obtain WSBA membership by motion is required
- Language proficiency in a language spoken by our client communities, especially Spanish, is a plus.