Washington State Pro Bono Council Manager

The Washington Pro Bono Council (PBC) is an organization of members of the pro bono community, providing support and advocacy to the network of the 16 Volunteer Lawyer Programs (VLPs) in the State of Washington.  The VLPs provide free, high quality, efficient, and innovative civil legal assistance to low-income people through the recruitment, training, supervision, and support of volunteer lawyers.  Each VLP is a separate and independent entity providing legal services in a manner reflecting the history, resources, and needs of its local community.  Each VLP is also a part of the statewide Alliance for Equal Justice.  The PBC was formed in 2012 for the purpose of providing VLPs a forum to share concerns, creative ideas, participate in joint training, and to provide a unified voice for the Pro Bono community to the larger Access to Justice Community.  The PBC, structured for organizational purposes, is a committee of the Access to Justice Board, and currently has two co-chairs and an Executive Committee which directs the operation of the PBC.


Washington State Pro Bono Council Manager

Reports to: Executive Committee of the Pro Bono Council

General Information:
The PBC Manager works under the direction of the Pro Bono Council and its Executive Committee to provide leadership in planning, developing and implementing the objectives and priorities of the PBC.  The PBC Manager position is hosted by a PBC member, depending in part on the PBC Manager’s geographic location.  This position carries a high degree of visibility and requires close collaboration with each of the 16 VLPs as well as with external partners.  The PBC Manager works to develop, strengthen and preserve the Pro Bono Council’s 16 member VLPs and their capacity to work effectively, independently, and collaboratively in the provision of pro bono civil legal services to low-income persons across the State of Washington.  The PBC Manager stays well informed on statewide and national equal justice related issues and advises the Pro Bono Council with respect to the Council’s potential involvement.  This position regularly interfaces with external organizations as a point of contact for the Council.  The PBC Manager facilitates activities which ensure that the vision, mission and initiatives of the PBC are effectively shared with the broader Access to Justice Community. The PBC Manager is a passionate, energetic, ambitious professional who can quickly master the salient details of the delivery of pro bono civil legal services and communicate that information to others.


Job Duties:  The PBC Manager has a broad range of duties as identified and directed by the Pro Bono Council which will include, but not be limited to:

  • Provide assistance with the planning, content development, and conduct of Pro Bono Council meetings
  • Develop a collaborative working relationship with the statewide network of VLPs
  • Facilitate efforts to develop, strengthen, promote and sustain collaborative projects between VLPs and other Alliance for Equal Justice members
  • Assist Volunteer Lawyer Programs in their efforts to achieve compliance with best practice standards as set forth in the Washington Pro Bono Program Standards
  • Assist VLPs in developing programing consistent with the Alliance for Equal Justice Hallmarks and Alliance-wide service delivery plans
  • Host a listserv for pro bono program managers
  • Maintain a current statewide directory of pro bono and legal services programs in Washington
  • Develop mechanisms and tools for the sharing of resources within the pro bono community including such material as forms, volunteer recruitment and retention techniques, and program development strategies
  • Identify and document VLP best practices and develop technical assistance materials, resources, and tools
  • Develop draft budgets and strategic plans for the Pro Bono Council
  • Assist the PBC with the implementation of activities supporting State Plan pro bono goals
  • Facilitate and coordinate the provision of training and mentoring as requested for individual VLP staff
  • Assist PBC members in developing the knowledge and skills needed for effective stewardship of the PBC and keep all PBC members apprised of all aspects of the organization’s work
  • Think creatively about gaps in pro bono civil legal services and develop recommendations for PBC and individual VLPs to work in partnership with other entities to close those gaps
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with other legal services providers and human services organizations in the State
  • Provide technical assistance as requested by individual VLPs in program management, project development and client matters
  • Disseminate information to the Council, individual VLPs and external audiences in a clear, concise, open and transparent manner
  • Participate directly in the delivery of pro bono legal services to low income clients of individual VLPs as a means of ensuring familiarity with program activities and service delivery issues

Qualifications:

  • Licensed to practice law and in good standing  in Washington state;
  • Demonstrated cultural competence and experience working with diverse low-income client communities, including communities of color, limited English proficiency and persons with disabilities
  • Demonstrated passion and commitment to the principles of Access to Justice and to the development of programs and initiatives designed to ensure that low income persons have access to the legal help they need
  • Experience managing programs for an agency or non-profit
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a wide variety of skillsets and personalities
  • Ability to learn and integrate new technologies and methodologies
  • Strong communication skills and ability to motivate and lead
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Creative problem solving and mediation skills
  • Proficiency with technology including MS Word, case management systems, Excel, and Outlook
  • Excellent leadership and communication skills, positive leadership style, collaborative   approach to problem-solving and a big picture visionary
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with diverse groups of people with varying perspectives, experience and expertise including an understanding of and ability to incorporate race equity and other diversity related considerations into strategic initiatives and day-to-day work activities.
  • Articulate and exhibiting clear and dynamic communication skills—oral, written and presentation
  • Good judgment, sense of humor, and strong interpersonal skills. Excellent organizational and time management skills.  Demonstrated issue identification and problem solving skills
  • Ability to travel to individual VLP sites across the state sometimes with short notice
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience providing civil legal services to low-income clients, preferably in a VLP setting
  • Comfortable with facilitating discussions between multiple stakeholders with multiple opinions and experiences
  • Experience with resource development and fundraising
  • Experience and skill in engaging with an active Board of Directors
  • Experience in compliance with grant, contract and legal aid principles and requirements

Schedule, Travel, Salary & Benefits:
This is an exempt full-time position requiring regular travel throughout the state, including often travel to King County for meetings.  Salary is $60,000 yearly, with benefits.  Benefits include employer-paid healthcare, paid bar dues, professional development opportunities, paid vacation and sick leave and more. 

Application Process:
The Pro Bono Council is committed to equity and inclusion and encourages individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply. 

To apply, submit a cover letter describing your interest and qualification for this position, a resume, and three references by 5:00 p.m. Thursday March 12, 2020 by email to:  hr@kcba.org.

 

 

To Apply

To apply, submit a cover letter describing your interest and qualification for this position, a resume, and three references by 5:00 p.m. Thursday March 12, 2020 by email to:  hr@kcba.org.