The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit law firm with a mission of Combating Injustice Strengthening Communities Protecting Human Dignity.NJP secures justice for people in or near poverty through high quality legal advocacy that promotes the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families and communities through legal representation, community partnerships, education and other advocacy.NJP seeks a full-time, experienced Legal Assistant to support our statewide advocacy and our pro bono efforts. This position will be one of two Legal Assistants providing support to NJPs Statewide Advocacy Counsel and Pro Bono Coordinator.The successful candidate will have an opportunity to work collaboratively with both Northwest Justice Project Attorneys and pro bono attorneys across the state, supporting our public interest law practice.It is anticipated this position will be located in NJPs Seattle office, however other locations may be considered if space if available.The individual hired into this position will be expected to travel to Seattle as needed to facilitate group meetings/events.Our Advocacy Counsel and the Pro Bono Coordinator are physically located in offices throughout the state, requiring some remote support and some travel.JOB DUTIES:The Legal Assistant hired for this position will undertake a range of duties including, but not limited to:Assist Advocacy Counsel and Pro Bono coordinator by supporting one-time and recurring advocacy meetings, such as statewide advocacy task force meetings of legal services attorneys and advocates:Coordinating all logistical requirements for advocacy meetingsAttending all or part of meetings to provide necessary assistance, as requestedServing as the record keeper for meetings and advocacy-based grant compliance requirementsKeeping task force materials organized and available to staffMaintaining a master calendar of all task force meetings and conference callsModerating listservs hosted on Advocacy Resource Center website, as requestedAssisting with other tasks as neededAssist Advocacy Counsel and the Pro Bono Coordinator by supporting advocacy trainings and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) activities, including:Coordinating the Advocacy Counsel and the Pro Bono Coordinator to help identify and arrange technology, training materials, and logistical requirements for trainingsCoordinating with the Pro Bono Coordinator and law firms and trainers regarding materials and technology requirements for pro bono trainingsCoordinating with trainers regarding logistics, materials, and technology requirementsServing as the administrator for NJPs Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) sponsored CLE accountApplying to WSBA for CLE credit for trainings Tracking CLE and other deadlines in preparation for trainingsReporting attendance and maintaining the CLE records for trainings As needed, attending all or part of advocacy trainings to provide assistance Keeping training materials organized and available to staffAs needed, recording, editing, and posting recordings of trainings Posting litigation and training documents to NJPs staff Intranet and/or SharePoint website, which we call IKE Assisting with other tasks as needed and requestedProvide administrative and clerical support to the Pro Bono Coordinator including:Data collection and management of prospective and current volunteers contact and other relevant informationDrafting forms, handouts, and informational and promotional materialsConducting periodic case and project follow-up with volunteers and clientsAssisting with responding to prospective volunteer inquiriesWhen applicable, directing volunteers to appropriate resources and support personsAs needed, calendaring meetings and events Assist with other tasks as neededProvide administrative and legal support to Advocacy Counsel including:Helping prepare advocacy related grant reports and other NJP staff communication on significant advocacy developmentsManaging and updating various organizational and individual calendarsCommunicating effectively and professionally with NJP clients, co-counsel, and pro bono attorneys and volunteers Preparing and editing correspondence, legal pleadings and other documents independently and consistent with attorney/advocate instructions.Opening and maintaining legal files and records, primarily electronically, including Bates stamping and logging documentsFormatting, filing, and serving pleadings in state and federal court, including appellate courtsCreating tables of authorities and table of contents for trial court and appellate pleadingsAssisting with other tasks as neededMINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Minimum 4 years experience as a Legal AssistantPossess good organizational/time management skills: successfully manage multiple duties/tasks and deadlines and prioritize workPast work experience should include duties which required high level of accuracy and detail orientation Strong oral and written communication skillsDemonstrate cultural competence and sensitivity in working with diverse colleagues and in an inclusive environmentAbility to work within a team environment and to work independentlyDemonstrated intermediate/advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel and Outlook and open to learning new software applicationsExperience using basic office machines such as copiers, scanners, etc.PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:Experience with Microsoft Suite (PowerPoint, Publisher OneNote, OneDrive, SharePoint, Teams), Legal Server and Adobe strongly preferredExperience with event coordination preferredExperience working remotely preferredNJP 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.Salary Range:Salary is based upon years of experience, with an annual salary range of $43,410 – $75,995. This is a non-exempt position. 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:NJPs typical client office hours are 9:00 5:00, Monday through Friday.To Apply: Submit a letter of interest and current resume to Human Resources at . Cover letter and email subject line should clearly reference Legal Assistant AC/Pro-bono.Cover letter should include description of any past experience, personal or professional, with low income or other marginalized communities.The Northwest Justice Project is especially interested in qualified candidates whose professional, personal and/or service experience allow them to contribute to and support the legal aid communitys commitment to race equity.Application Deadline: February 5, 2021NJP 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 reference, 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 the Human Resources Department by calling .
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