KINSHIP CARE SOLUTIONS PROJECT STAFF ATTORNEY
The King County Bar Association promotes and supports a diverse and collegial membership; works with the judiciary to achieve excellence, equity, and accessibility in the administration of justice; and benefits the community through public service and engagement in public policy.
Reports to the Pro Bono Services Director. Manage the Kinship Care Solutions Project that assists kinship caregivers in minor guardianship cases in King County, primarily through a panel of volunteer attorneys. Kinship caregivers are relatives, such as grandparents, who are caring for children when their parents are unable to do so. Kinship caregivers encounter legal issues when attempting to provide for the needs of children in their care, including those related to housing, health care, education, financial benefits, and the child’s emotional and physical safety and well-being.
Advocacy and Pro Bono Program Management:
- Screen and assess cases for pro bono representation;
- Provide legal advice, brief services, and limited representation;
- Recruit volunteer attorneys to provide representation in minor guardianship cases;
- Develop relevant materials and conduct trainings for volunteers and community stakeholders;
- Provide consultation and mentoring to volunteer attorneys;
- Keep up with relevant law and court procedures.
Administrative and Supervisory:
- Recruit and supervise interns, externs, and volunteers as needed;
- Maintain case records and data;
- Provide reports for grant compliance;
- Perform other duties as needed.
Outreach and Collaboration:
- Partner with community-based agencies and other civil legal aid organizations for case referrals;
- Engage with relevant stakeholders in improving services and supports to kinship caregivers;
- Collaborate with other Pro Bono Services programs and assist in program development and enhancement.
WHO YOU ARE
A team player who has the following skills:
- Demonstrated understanding of the impact of race, bias, discrimination, and differential treatment of communities disproportionately composed of BIPOC individuals, individuals who identify as LGBTQ or other sexual minorities, individuals with disabilities, immigrants, limited English speaking persons, and others who have been historically marginalized in the law and justice system;
- Good organizational and communication (written and oral) skills;
- Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks, prioritize, and meet deadlines;
- Demonstrated commitment to providing civil legal services to low-income clients;
- Demonstrated ability to work well in an environment exposed to secondary trauma;
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people;
- Proficiency with technology including Microsoft Office Suite programs and case management systems.
And who has the following education and experience:
Licensed to practice law and in good standing in Washington state;
Experience in a relevant area of law such as family or guardianship law is preferred including representing kinship caregivers or youth in minor guardianships or nonparent custody;
Experience working with people from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds;
Supervision experience is preferred;
Experience with volunteer management and mentoring is preferred.
Founded in 1886, KCBA is a membership legal organization with over 5,500 attorney members, 45 staff and an annual budget of over $4,000,000. As an equal opportunity employer, KCBA is committed to upholding an equity and justice-based organizational environment for the public, the client communities it serves, its members, its Boards, its staff and its volunteers. This means the organization actively promotes mutual respect, acceptance, teamwork, and productivity among people who are diverse in work background; lived and professional experience; immigration status and citizenship; education; race and ethnicity; national origin; sexual orientation; age; indigenous group membership; religious preference; marital status; sensory, mental, and physical abilities; social class; gender identity; veteran status, as well as other differences relevant to equity and justice. The resulting diversity is both a source of organizational strength and a matter of fundamental human fairness.
Please note, one of KCBA’s programs supports attorneys working with parents and guardians of at risk children. As a result, certain convictions would make an applicant ineligible. The King County Bar Association requires all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To meet this requirement, all employees must provide proof of vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application process, have questions regarding eligibility, or have vaccination questions, contact Len Roden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is an exempt, full-time position based in Seattle, WA that may require occasional local travel within King County. Salary range starting at $70,000 annually and increasing based on years of experience, with excellent benefits. Benefits include employer-paid healthcare, 401k plan with automatic employer contribution, subsidized transit pass, flexible spending account, professional development opportunities, paid vacation, sick leave, and more.
Deadline for applications is May 6, 2022 via email. Make “Kinship Staff Attorney” your subject line and send a letter of interest that addresses any lived or professional experience that would contribute to our advocacy, resume, and three references to: HR@kcba.org.