Legal Assistant - Yakima, WA

Employer: Northwest Justice Project

Job Description:
Job Announcement:
Bilingual (English/Spanish) Legal Assistant - Yakima WA
The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is the largest publicly funded civil legal aid organization in Washington with 19 offices located throughout the state providing legal services to low income persons and their communities. NJP’s Yakima office seeks a full-time, experienced legal assistant to assist attorneys who primarily work in the areas of family law, housing, public benefits, and consumer protection.

JOB DUTIES:
 Prepare and edit correspondence, legal pleadings and other documents independently and consistent with attorney/advocate instructions.
 Maintain legal files and records.
 Manage litigation and office calendars.
 Assist in filing pleadings, recording documents and arranging service of process.
 Assist in client communication, fact development, limited computer-assisted legal research and community outreach/education where appropriate.
 Coordinate client/ interpreter/attorney scheduling.
 Perform investigative work (research facts, gather discovery, access databases etc.) as requested.
 Maintain a professional working relationship with our clients and the community.
 Perform clerical/administrative/other office tasks assigned.
 Perform reception duties: assist with individuals coming into office seeking services; answer multi-line computer telephone system; and manage office voicemail box.
QUALIFICATIONS:
 Qualified applicants should have a demonstrated experience and knowledge of Yakima and Kittitas County Superior Court local rules and procedures; Yakima and Kittitas District Court local rules and procedures including, but not limited to, knowledge of family law local rules and procedures.
 Experience with online filing systems in Federal Court.
 Experience working with mandatory family law forms and other mandatory court forms.
 Working knowledge of federal, state and local rules and procedure.
 Possess strong organizational/time management skills: successfully manage multiple duties/tasks, deadlines, and prioritize work.
 Demonstrated intermediate/advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel and Outlook and be open to learning new software applications.
 Use and operate office machines such as copiers, scanners, fax machines, etc. effectively.
 Be accurate and detail-oriented.
Legal Assistant, Yakima November 2019
 Possess strong oral and written communication skills.
 Demonstrate cultural competence and sensitivity in working with diverse clients, communities, and colleagues.
 Manage stress and work calmly under pressure.
 Ability to work within a team environment and to work independently.
 Bilingual Spanish/English preferred
NJP has an organizational commitment to fight racism and to incorporate equity and inclusion in both the work we do and work environment we create. All staff are expected to uphold this commitment and approach their role with a desire to learn and grow in this area.

COMPENSATION:
Starting salary is based upon years of experience, with an annual salary range starting at $41,520. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, which includes 100% paid employee health premiums and significant premium shares for family health premiums, as well as generous time off.
Hours of work: 9:00 – 5:00, Monday through Friday
Application Deadline: December 6, 2019

TO APPLY:
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and current resume to: Victoria Hester at resume@nwjustice.org. Email subject line should clearly reference “Legal Assistant Yakima” position. Cover letter should include description of relevant experience including personal or professional engagement with low income and diverse communities.
Learn more about NJP at www.nwjustice.org

The Northwest Justice Project is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices for its client communities, Board and staff. NJP actively promotes mutual respect, acceptance, teamwork and productivity among people who are diverse in work background, experience, race, color, national origin, sex, age, religious preference, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sensory, mental or physical abilities, veteran status, or any other perceived differences. This policy strengthens the program while reinforcing its commitment to basic fairness. People of color, people who identify as transgender, lesbian, gay, or bisexual, and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have questions about this position, please contact Victoria Hester, HR Specialist at 206-707-0998.

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Location: Yakima, WA
Application Method: TO APPLY: Interested candidates should send a cover letter and current resume to: Victoria Hester at resume@nwjustice.org. Email subject line should clearly reference “Legal Assistant Yakima” position. Cover letter should include description of relevant experience including personal or professional engagement with low income and diverse communities.
Base Pay: starting $41,520 YR

Posted on November 18, 2019
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