The PBS Director is primarily responsible for all aspects of KCBA's pro bono programs, and leveraging and growing the commitment of the local bar to provide effective representation and counsel in targeted areas of legal need.  The Director also serves as lead staff person for the Association's highly regarded judicial candidate evaluation process.  In addition, the director also serves as a member of KCBA's senior staff team assisting with organization-wide leadership.

Direct Areas of Responsibility:

  • Pro bono program management
  • Volunteer recruitment, mentoring, and oversight
  • Coordination with local, state, and national pro bono networks, in particular Washington State's Pro Bono Council.
  • Judicial Candidate Evaluation management.

Reporting Relationship:

Reports to the Executive Director

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Housing Justice Project Managing Attorney
  • Family Law Programs Senior Managing Attorney
  • Community Legal Services Manager
  • PBS Program Assistant
  • PBS Volunteer Support Assistant

Principal Duties:

1.  Pro bono program management

  • Improves access to the legal system for indigent individuals by identifying new models for involving lawyers in pro bono work.
  • Supervises daily operations of all PBS programs, including the Housing Justice Project, Neighborhood Legal Clinics, Family Law programs, and Volunteer Lawyer Services.
  • Develops PBS portion of KCBA Annual Plan draft and implements final plan as approved by the board, creating detailed strategies for each program area.
  • Meets regularly with PBS team leaders to coordinate work among programs and provide legal supervision, mentoring, and support as needed.
  • Serve as staff liaison to PBS Committee, working closely with committee leadership to utilize members' expertise in pro bono programs to enhance KCBA's programs.
  • Monitor case processing and referrals, ensuring orderly case flow procedures.
  • Mediate attorney and client complaints following established procedures.
  • Identify grant opportunities, develop proposals, oversee implementation, and submit reports to funders.

2. Volunteer Recruitment, Mentoring, and Oversight

  • Lead Association efforts to engage membership in pro bono service opportunities.
  • Offer training opportunities to ensure volunteers have background to provide quality representation.
  • Support efforts of law firms and solo practitioners to expand their pro bono service commitment.
  • Develop and utilize systems to monitor status and outcomes of volunteer cases.
  • Recognize volunteer efforts in pro bono both as appreciation and as inspiration to other potential volunteers.
  • Mentor volunteers directly in areas of director's legal experience.
  • Solicit ongoing feedback from volunteers about their experience with KCBA pro bono programs.
  • Promote Association membership with non-member volunteers.

3. Coordination with local, state, and national pro bono networks

  • Maintain active leadership and involvement with local, state, and national pro bono networks, including NABPRO, Access to Justice Board's Delivery Systems Committee, and other ATJ committees and task forces.
  • Participate as a member of the King County Legal Aid Regional Planning Group.
  • Participate in scheduled liaison meetings with law firm pro bono coordinators.
  • Analyze and offer comment on proposals and initiatives developed by allied organizations and government agencies that impact KCBA's pro bono programs.
  • Work in partnership with the Pro Bono Council providing support and sharing resources as needed.

4. Judicial Candidate Evaluation Management

  • Serve as initial information point of contact for all candidates seeking ratings.
  • Form review panels, assign reference interviews, and prepare for rating sessions.
  • Partner with oversight committee chairs in leadership of process including careful adherence to rules and guidelines.

5. Other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications:

Education:  J.D. required from ABA-accredited law school.  Current Washington State bar admission or ability to be admitted.

Experience:  Minimum five years of management experience in the civil legal aid, public interest, or related legal fields, specifically in a large metropolitan community.  Supervisory experience required.  Bar association work experience preferred.  Nonprofit organization background helpful.

Abilities/Skills:  Previous experience in legal practice with background in services to the indigent required.  Knowledge of family law, housing, and public benefits is desirable.  Appreciation of the benefits and challenges of working with diverse individuals and organizations.  Ability to manage multiple projects and competing deadlines.  Understanding of pro bono's role in delivery of legal services to the public.  Familiarity with challenges facing civil legal aid providers in Washington State.  Ability to work and lead a collaborative staff team.  Possess a strong work ethic and commitment to the bar's mission.  Strong oral and written communicator with proficiency in Microsoft Office software.  Background with case management systems helpful.

Schedule, Travel, and Salary:

This is an exempt position primarily working Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week, with limited local travel within King County to attend meetings with organizational partners or our remote office location at the Regional Justice Center in South King County.  Salary range $80-85k depending on experience.  Excellent benefits include 100% employer-paid healthcare coverage, public transit subsidy, and 401k plan with automatic employer contributions after one year's service.

To Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume by Friday, May 19 to:
King County Bar Association
ATTN: Human Resources
1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98101
or by email:

Applications received by May 5 2017, will be given preference.

Revised 5/8/17