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Equity and Justice Lead – DEI & Public Service


The WSBA's mission is to serve the public and the members of the Bar, ensure the integrity of the legal profession, and to champion justice. 

 

The Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) operates under the delegated authority of the Washington Supreme Court to license the state’s nearly 40,000 lawyers and other legal professionals. In furtherance of its obligation to protect and serve the public, the WSBA both regulates lawyers and other legal professionals and serves its members as a professional association—all without public funding.

 

The Equity and Justice Team currently has two positions open, the Equity and Justice Lead and the Equity and Justice Specialist. Please apply for both positions if you would like to be considered for both roles. The interview process will be conducted simultaneously. We are accepting a single cover letter for both job openings.

 

About the position: 

The Equity and Justice Lead (Public Service and Diversity Equity and Inclusion) is part of the Equity and Justice Team, which develops, establishes, implements, and evaluates initiatives, programs and policies that:

  • Serve the increasingly diverse members of the public especially those who cannot access justice because of poverty or other forms of marginalization;
  • Equip and support WSBA members to serve the public especially those who cannot access justice because of poverty or other forms of marginalization;
  • Ensure the legal profession is diverse and inclusive for people applying to join WSBA and members of WSBA; and
  • Ensure the WSBA operates in ways that align with its stated values of justice, diversity, inclusion and equity (DEI). 

 

The primary purpose of the Equity and Justice Lead is to serve as the lead on the development and implementation of the WSBA’s pro bono and public service commitment and co-lead on the development and delivery of the WSBA’s diversity, equity and inclusion commitment. This position provides a wide range of leadership and coordination in the areas of outreach and training, consultation, resource development, and communications. The Equity and Justice Lead plays a lead role representing WSBA in diversity, equity and inclusion work.

 

Job Duties & Responsibilities: 

 

Race Equity Audit and Plan – In partnership with an external consultant and Equity and Justice Team, the Equity and Justice Lead will serve as a thought leader to implement an organization-wide race equity audit and develop a race equity plan for the internal operations of the WSBA. This will include: 

  • Reviewing, analyzing and planning changes to WSBA structures, policies, processes and practices that allow harm and disparate outcomes for people of color. 
  • Creating a process for continued examination of operations to ensure alignment with values in policies and practices.
  • Managing staff committees and groups such as DEI Staff Committee or committees formed to provide leadership, guidance, and help implement WSBA’s race equity plans.

 

DEI Curriculum Design, Development, Delivery and Evaluation – Work in partnership with peer Equity and Justice Lead and other stakeholders to develop design, deliver and evaluate the diversity, equity and inclusion curriculum for members, leadership, volunteers of committees, boards, council, and staff.

 

DEI Tools and Resource Design, Development and Delivery – Serve as primary point of contact for this portfolio of work by coordinating with peer Equity and Justice Lead and other stakeholders in the development and design, delivery and evaluation of diversity, equity and inclusion resources. As well as collaborating with other teams and departments to integrate DEI resources into other resources.

 

DEI Consultations – Serve as primary point of contact for this portfolio of work. Consult with WSBA members and legal organizations to identify the tools and resources best suited for their needs, including making referrals to organizational equity consultants and trainers. You will consult with liaisons and WSBA teams and departments to infuse DEI into all programs and practices.

 

WSBA’s Accessibility Policies – Serve as thought leader to peer Equity and Justice Lead regarding WSBA’s current policies, practices, and procedures around accessibility and accommodations. Liaison with legal organizations and disability rights organizations to connect WSBA to current developments and best practices and work collaboratively with the leadership and staff to institute best practices.

 

DEI Convenings and Collaborations – Participate, collaborate and partner with other entities and coalitions working on DEI in the legal profession in WA state and nationally.

 

Program Design, Development, Delivery and Management – Collaborate with multiple teams and entities at the WSBA including the CLE Team, Pro Bono and Public Service Committee, Pro Bono Council, the Access to Justice Board, and the WSBA Communications & Outreach Department (COMM) to develop and deliver programming such as the Qualified Legal Service Provider (QLSP) application and review process and the pro bono portal www.probonowa.org [1].

 

Volunteer Management – Serve as primary staff liaison to the Pro Bono and Public Service Committee, by providing leadership, support and project management for activities and annual planning as needed.

 

The Equity and Justice Lead regularly must manage volunteers, steward relationships with both internal and external stakeholders, balance competing priorities, communicate changes, coordinate expectations, meet deadlines, and solve problems as they arise in the planning and delivery of activities, initiatives and programming.

 

This position oversees the budgets for Powerful Communities Projects, the Pro Bono and Public Service Committee and public service programming, totaling approximately $25,000.

 

Education: This role requires an undergraduate degree or equivalent experience. A JD or graduate degree in a related field is preferred.

 

Experience:

Requirements

  • Project or event management in a fast paced, deadline-driven environment; financial/ budget accountability; volunteer management; and a demonstrated commitment to equity and justice.
  • Must be exceptionally organized and possess outstanding written and verbal communications skills. 
  • Must be able to manage projects, multitask and prioritize workload. 
  • Must have technical ability to learn and utilize new software/databases and content management software.

Preferred

  • Experience in communications (social media, print, strategic planning) and experience engaging in pro bono and/or public service work.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the missions of WSBA, the Pro Bono and Public Service Committee, the Access to Justice Board, and the Council on Public Defense.
  • Working understanding of implicit bias and willingness to engage in equity and justice work.
  • Familiarity with the Alliance for Equal Justice and larger equity and justice community.

 

The statements contained in this job specification are not necessarily all-inclusive; additional duties may be assigned and requirements may vary from time to time.

 

This position requires the following: Telephone and computer work. Occasionally stands for extended periods. Occasional lifting and moving of 10-40lbs of materials. Travel within the state. Attending off-site meetings. Some work on evenings and weekends.

 

The Equity and Justice Team currently has two positions open, the Equity and Justice Lead and the Equity and Justice Specialist. Please apply for both positions if you would like to be considered for both roles. The interview process will be conducted simultaneously. We are accepting a single cover letter for both job openings.

 

To apply, upload your résumé and cover letter. Cover letters are required. For questions or assistance with your application, contact recruiting@wsba.org [2].

 

The WSBA is committed to fostering a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


  1. http://www.probonowa.org/
  2. mailto:recruiting@wsba.org


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