PRO BONO SERVICES DIRECTOR
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 Associate Executive Director. Oversees pro bono programs and related grants, manages volunteer recruitment, mentoring, and oversight, coordinates with local and national pro bono networks.
Pro Bono Program Management
- Improves access to the legal system for indigent individuals by identifying new models for engaging community lawyers in pro bono work
- Supervises daily operations of all Pro Bono Services (PBS) programs: includes the Housing Justice Project, Neighborhood Legal Clinics, Family Law programs, and The Records Project as well as the PBS assistant
- Meets regularly with PBS team leaders to coordinate work among programs and provide legal supervision, mentoring, and support as needed
- Monitor case processing and referrals, ensuring orderly case flow procedures
- Mediate attorney and client complaints following established procedures
- Identify grant opportunities, develop proposals and submit applications, oversee implementation, ensure compliance with grants and grant monitoring, and review and process grant reports as required by each grant to funders
- Responsible for fiscal oversight including budget management and assisting in KCBA state and federal audits
- Ensure information/data is entered into LegalServer
Volunteer Recruitment – Mentoring – Oversight
- Offer training opportunities to ensure volunteers have background to provide quality representation
- Lead KCBA efforts to engage membership in pro bono service opportunities
- 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
- Solicit ongoing feedback from volunteers about their experience with KCBA pro bono programs
- Promote KCBA membership with non-member volunteers
Coordination with Pro Bono Networks
- Maintain active leadership and involvement with local, state, and national pro bono networks, including the Pro Bono Council, Access to Justice (ATJ) Board's Delivery Systems Committee, King County Legal Aid Regional Planning Group, and other ATJ committees and task forces.
- 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
WHO YOU ARE
A team player who has the following skills:
- Positive, engaging, intelligent, and articulate individual who can relate to people at all levels of an organization and possesses excellent communication 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
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple department budgets with fiscal oversight
- Understanding of pro bono's role in delivery of legal services to the public
- Demonstrated commitment to race equity
- 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 and willingness to learn new software (background with case management systems helpful)
And who has the following education and experience:
- J.D. required
- Minimum three years of prior management/supervisory experience
- Strong experience in oral/written communications, multi-tasking, and communicating with all members of the community
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, with some local travel. Salary range is $90K-$95K (depends on 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.
Applications are due 10/18/21 via email. Make “Pro Bono Services Director” your subject line and send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to: HR@kcba.org.