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Equity and Justice Specialist – 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 Specialist 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 Specialist will be to support, build and maintain relationships with the Minority Bar Associations, Diversity Committee, the Moderate Means Program law school partners and to support the development and delivery of the WSBA’s diversity, equity and inclusion commitment. This position provides a wide range of support and coordination in the areas of data analysis, consultation, resource development, and communications. The Equity and Justice Specialist plays a vital role representing WSBA in access to justice, diversity, equity and inclusion work.

 

Job Duties & Responsibilities: 

 

Moderate Means Program Coordination – Manage the WSBA’s role in the Moderate Means Program as a partner and a grantor. This work involves partnering with the law schools to identify, develop and implement systematic improvements and operations, recruitment of MMP professionals, development and delivery of trainings and toolkits for MMP professionals, outreach to the public, collaborating with the Washington State Bar Foundation to raise funding, and grant management.

 

Diversity Committee Support – Work with the Equity and Justice Manager to partner with and support the work of the Diversity Committee. This includes partnering with co-chairs to create agendas, engage in strategic planning, and move initiatives along, manage recruitment, onboarding, retention, and off-boarding. The specialist will provide orientation and training for the committee on history, purpose, role, and goals. Support the committee process of yearly goal setting, and review of past goals, midyear evaluation. As well as building analysis around DEI, knowledge of relevant data, reports, plans and commitments, and ability to be ambassadors for the committee.

 

Minority Bar Association Leadership and Support – Partner with and support the work of the Minority Bar Associations which includes but is not limited to: 

  • Liaise with each MBA on how to promote and support their mission and work.
  • Support collective MBA leaders.
  • Support and facilitate attendance at MBA events.
  • Partner with Equity and Justice Team and MBAs on WSBA events and programming (e.g., WADA event, Legal Lunchbox, nonprofit governance training).

 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Data Management

  • Track, analyze and communicate demographic data to advance a legal profession that is inclusive and diverse.
  • Conduct a diversity study (composition of legal profession and retention rate) every 10 years (due in 2022) and biannual survey updates (with external consultant).
  • Work with the law schools to track demographics of people coming into the profession.
  • Work with Regulatory Services Department to track bar application and bar exam data, identify and address inequities. 
  • Work with Office of Disciplinary Counsel to track disciplinary actions and identify and address inequities.
  • Work with other entities like the Initiative for Diversity, Nation Diversity Council, etc. to track data, leverage resources and collaborate.

 

This position is a highly visible role and will have extensive contact with many outside stakeholders within the legal field, WSBA staff and volunteers, including the Board of Governors, committee, boards, taskforces, the Minority Bar Associations, the law schools, the Alliance for Equal Justice, etc. This position will regularly provide presentations to various groups within and outside the organization.

 

The Equity and Justice Specialist – DEI/Public Service is responsible for tracking the Moderate Means Program budget ($221,777) and diversity, equity and inclusion work (which includes $6,000 to support the Diversity Committee and Minority Bar Associations).

 

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 working understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • 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 with legal services delivery to people with low or moderate income; experience tracking, analyzing and data; and experience staffing or serving on a board or committee. 

 

The Equity and Justice Specialist – DEI/Public Service faces sometimes stressful and competing demands and shifting priorities in an evolving department. The volume, type and intensity of work can changes from day to day. A high degree of flexibility and capacity to shift gears without dropping details is required.

 

This position requires sitting in front of a computer or in meetings for long periods of time. The position is required to travel occasionally to various locations statewide for meetings and events.

 

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 [1]

 

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. mailto:recruiting@wsba.org


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