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Civil Survival seeks an administrative assistant
March 7, 2023 | Chinami Arai

Organization Description
Civil Survival organizes system-impacted people, provides legal representation, and advocates for policy reform to restore opportunity to communities harmed by the criminal legal system. We envision a world without incarceration, where people are not limited by their past and are valued for their humanity. Civil Survival’s work includes:
• Organizing mass assistance days that provide legal financial obligation relief to hundreds of clients in a single day. During Civil Survival’s mass assistance day in Pierce County, the courts waived over $2.3 million in criminal legal debt.
• Leading systemic advocacy to make reentry legal relief accessible and automatic. Civil Survival recently led a coalition of organizations to improve Washington’s mandatory legal financial obligations motion, allowing the motion to provide relief to thousands of additional Washingtonians. Civil Survival also led the effort to pass HB 1412, which allowed for restitution to be waived in tens of thousands of cases across Washington.
• Hosting weekly GameChanger groups that provide justice-involved individuals a place to learn how to advocate for systemic change, overcome their own reentry barriers, and provide peer support.
• Providing free criminal history reports for anyone with a criminal record in the state of Washington.
• Supporting bills that expand legal rights for justice-involved individuals. Civil Survival was closely involved in securing the passage of the New Hope Act, which made significant improvements to Washington’s criminal record vacation process.

Job Description
The Administrative Assistant will be responsible for supporting the daily administrative needs of the Civil Survival team. This support will include, but not be limited to, maintaining files, responding to general email inquiries, data entry, scheduling meetings, and event support. The Administrative Assistant will report to, and work closely with, the Operations Manager. The Operations Manager will support the Administrative Assistant in the accomplishment of daily administrative tasks and will work with the Administrative Assistant to maintain and improve the
operations of Civil Survival. Civil Survival strives for racially equitable outcomes in all program areas. The Administrative Assistant will be comfortable with and actively engage in racial equity work. People of color, those directly impacted by the criminal legal system, people who identify as queer, trans, lesbian, gay, or bisexual, and
those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities include:
• Responding to general inquiries from the Civil Survival website;
• Organizing and scheduling internal and external meetings;
• Assisting in planning large in-person events such as mass assistance days and lobby days;
• Ordering and tracking office supplies and equipment;
• Data entry in multiple software programs;
• Providing basic technical support to Civil Survival staff;
• Assisting in the planning of quarterly staff retreats and other Civil Survival events;
• Assisting in payroll functions such as mileage and expense reimbursements;
• Assisting in employee benefit administration;
• Reviewing and processing payments for accounts payable;
• Providing support in employee recognition activities; and
• Assisting with special projects and other administrative duties within the organization;
• Other duties as assigned

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