Managing Attorney - Vancouver, WA

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Organization information
Organization name: 
Northwest Justice Project
Street address: 
401 Second Avenue S, Suite 407
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

NJP is seeking qualified Managing Attorney candidates for its regional service office located in Vancouver. NJP’s Vancouver office serves Clark, Klickitat and Skamania Counties. Vancouver affords rich cultural and recreational opportunities and the job offers significant opportunity for professional growth and development within a larger statewide legal aid program.

Northwest Justice Project’s Managing Attorneys play a critical role in the statewide delivery of civil legal assistance to low-income communities across Washington State. They are responsible for the overall management of regional offices and specialized units comprising Northwest Justice Project’s (NJP) statewide law firm and supports carrying out the program’s vision, mission, Strategic Plan and other initiatives and goals.

The Managing Attorney reports to the Senior Managing Attorney of their assigned region. The Managing Attorney represents the office/unit as part of the larger NJP leadership team.

The Managing Attorney provides direct supervision and management of office/unit legal and support staff of the assigned office/unit.

Managing Attorneys manage the law practice office/units that make up NJP’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.

The Managing Attorney makes attorney hiring recommendations, hires non-attorney staff, and provides ongoing coaching and support to their assigned office/unit staff; takes corrective action to address any performance issues; and, in consultation with the Senior Managing Attorney, Human Resources Director, and Senior Management as appropriate under the circumstances, recommends and implements disciplinary decisions, including termination of employment. The Managing Attorney has final authority over the work assignments and performance of non-exempt office staff, Assistant Managing Attorneys or Lead Attorneys as relevant to the office/unit.

The Managing Attorney is expected to provide direct client representation as appropriate within the framework of their duties, including as needed, serving as lead counsel or co-counsel on cases to train new advocates or to expand the substantive expertise of advocates and/or provide needed support on systemically important or sensitive cases.

Equity and Inclusion
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. The Managing Attorney is expected to act as a leader in these efforts with a willingness to identify, address and combat personal and organizational shortcomings.

Salary Range: The salary range begins at $95,000 annually. Specific salary offered will be based upon relevant experience.



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  

Strong oral and written communication skills

Demonstrated exceptional 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.

If unable to meet all criteria, NJP will consider the full breadth of experience in order to determine if an applicant is deemed qualified.

To apply: 

To Apply: Please apply here:
Please submit a letter of interest, current resume and writing sample.

Application Deadline: August 16, 2021

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, gender identity, gender expression, 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.
Salary range: 
Salary Range: The salary range begins at $95,000 annually. Specific salary offered will be based upon relevant experience.
Submission deadline: 
Monday, August 16, 2021