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Litigation - General Attorney in Seattle, WA

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Company name

Columbia Legal Services.

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Practice Area

Litigation - General/Commercial

Years of Experience

Min 7 yrs required


Seattle, WA

Date Last Verified

Apr 24,2018

Posted on

Aug 14,2017

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Advocacy Director The candidate will oversee all statewide litigation and advocacy projects. Serves as Deputy Director within our organization, and plays a key role in shaping the future of our organizational priorities and direction. This position requires a strong leader, a trustworthy advocate, and a highly capable, strategic manager. The successful candidate will be a consensus builder and creative thinker, with a collegial style and a passion for our work. This position reports to the Executive Director and is based in Seattle (negotiable), with statewide responsibilities. Oversee the advocacy acceptance process to ensure that the mission, criteria, and quality of advocacy and related projects are consistent with program values and standards of systemic and multi-forum advocacy. Must model courage and creativity, experiment, try new approaches, and take risks while maintaining fidelity to mission and vision. Supervise the Policy Director, Communications Director, and five Directing Attorneys to provide oversight, guidance, and coordination for five project teams across five statewide offices. This position consults on litigation strategy, ethical matters and advocacy, as well as training protocols and plans, administrative policies, professional development and management coaching for Directing Attorneys and Policy Director. Collaborate with the leadership team to develop long-term priorities, oversee implementation of a strategic vision, and ensure success of cross-project campaigns. Create and maintain an enthusiastic work environment where all staff contribute to a unified mission of achieving social and economic justice for all, and assume key responsibility in transitioning organization towards a culture of intentionality surrounding organizational decision making and cohesion. Work with internal and external stakeholders to advance our racial justice initiatives and integrate meaningful community engagement, race equity principles, and an anti-bias critical lens into all aspects of our work and organizational culture. Cultivate and maintain key external partnerships, including the development and maintenance of strong community and pro-bono relationships with law firms, cooperating attorneys, allies and partner organizations, key funders, board members, coalitions, and the media on a on a state and national level. Work with Communications Director to develop and lead staff in creating and executing a comprehensive communications plan that contributes to company’s strategic plan and supports program, advocacy and funding goals, produces publications and blogs, and develops talking points on key organizational issues.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate must be a member of the Washington State Bar or seek admission as soon as possible after employment. Should have 7 years of experience in complex litigation (including at least 2 years of significant class action experience.) and other demonstrated experience in appeals, policy work and administrative advocacy. Must have demonstrated significant experience supervising legal teams and administrative leadership, professional development, mentoring, performance management, and coaching of individuals and teams. Excellent research, writing, negotiation, and analytical skills are needed. Should have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, cultural competence, understanding of and principles of intersectionality, and experience working with low-income client communities.
Application deadline is June 23rd.

Additional info

Submit cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references.

Company info

Trisa Kern
Director of Program Administration
Columbia Legal Services.
101 Yesler Way
Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98104
Fax: 206-626-5366