Managing Attorney - Eviction Defense
NJP offers a unique leadership opportunity in a mission-driven organization serving the civil legal aid needs of low-income people and communities throughout Washington State. As a not-for-profit law firm, NJP provides free civil legal services to address barriers and promote justice for all low-income persons in Washington. NJP pursues its mission of Combating Injustice • Strengthening Communities • Protecting Human Dignity through legal advice and representation, community partnerships, and education to empower clients and combat injustice in all its forms.
Northwest Justice Project’s Managing Attorneys play a critical role in the statewide delivery of civil legal assistance. They are responsible for the overall management of the regional offices and specialized units comprising NJP statewide law firm and carry out NJP’s vision, mission, Strategic Plan and other initiatives and goals.
The Managing Attorney will directly supervise and manage the staff attorneys and support staff assigned to the Statewide Eviction Defense Unit (the Unit) and will provide overall leadership in the development and operation of the Unit.
The Eviction Defense Unit Managing Attorney will provide essential leadership and be responsible for implementation of NJP’s response to the historic statewide Right to Counsel program authorized by the Washington State Legislature, consistent with guidance from the courts and the Office of Civil Legal Aid. The Eviction Defense Managing Attorney will oversee the law practice of the Eviction Defense Unit and work with the statewide team of Managing Attorneys as a critical part of NJP’s leadership team.
Please see https://nwjustice.org/node/1673 for more details
Salary Range: Specific salary will be based upon relevant experience starting at $95,000.
- Minimum five years’ legal experience with strong litigation skills required
- Experience litigating housing or unlawful detainer actions strongly preferred
- 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
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Demonstrated relevant work experience as well as a commitment to serving low-income persons
- Willingness and ability 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
NJP will consider the full breadth of a candidate’s experience to determine an applicant’s qualification for the position.
To Apply: Submit a letter of interest, current resume and writing sample to Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cover letter and email subject line should clearly reference “Managing Attorney – Evictions Unit”. Cover letter should directly address reason for interest in the position and outline experience mentoring others.
Application Deadline: Position will remain open until filled, with priority given to those applications received by May 3, 2021