The Deputy Director serves as the program’s general counsel and is responsible for NJP’s effective and efficient administration and operations to ensure the delivery of high quality legal services to low-income individuals and communities.
The Deputy Director is a member of the executive leadership team, reporting to the Executive Director, and works in close collaboration with the Executive Director, the Director of Advocacy, and the Director of Finance to provide strategic, programmatic, and race equity leadership for NJP. The Deputy Director supervises the Operations Director, Human Resources Director, and Information Technology Director.
The Deputy Director carries out the duties of the Executive Director in the Executive Director’s absence.
- In collaboration with the executive leadership team oversees risk management issues associated with strategic, complex, or sensitive advocacy matters.
- In collaboration with the Director of Advocacy, oversees practice and advocacy related ethics and risk management issues.
- Works with Human Resources Director to ensure compliance with all applicable employment laws, NJP personnel policies and the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and oversees labor-management relations, including union contract negotiations.Reviews and addresses all reports or complaints of potential malpractice or violation of professional ethics.
- Oversees systems to ensure avoidance of risk related to quality of practice.
- Responds to individual ethical inquiries from staff.
- Maintains reports of grievances against NJP attorneys filed with the Washington State Bar Association, complaints filed with funders and third parties, and any complaint filed with a court regarding attorney malfeasance, including motions for sanctions and related outcomes.
- Engages in regional, state, and national efforts to address policy developments related to regulatory, grant compliance, and other programmatic requirements impacting NJP and NJP services to client communities by providing input to regulatory entities and public and private funders
Northwest Justice Project has retained Morten Group, LLC to conduct this search. Applicants should email a cover letter and resume in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Northwest Justice Project – Deputy Director Search.” Cover letters will be evaluated as a writing sample. Application materials must be directed to the email address above. No phone calls, please. Note that due to the number of applications we receive, we will only respond to those applicants whom we would like to invite to interview for the position. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The Northwest Justice Project is especially interested in qualified candidates whose professional, personal, and service experience will allow them to contribute to and support NJP's and the Washington's equal justice community's commitment to race equity. Northwest Justice Project is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy status, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sensory, mental or physical abilities, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors. Applicants from historically underrepresented communities, including people of color, people who identify as transgender, lesbian, gay, or bisexual, and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals needing a reasonable accommodation for the application or interview process or more information about the project, should contact Morten Group Project Manager, Sarah Menke at Executivesearch@mortengroup.com.