Start Date: August 15, 2023
Location: Candidate must live in Washington State for this position. Communities Rise is currently working remotely. When Communities Rise returns to in-person work, this position may require regular presence at the office. The position requires occasional in-person meetings and events in the Seattle metro area.
Classification: Full-time exempt position
Reports To: Co-Executive Director, Legal Services
Salary: $80,000-$100,000 annually, depending on level of experience
Benefits: Paid medical, vision, and dental insurance; 12 paid holidays plus week-long office closures in July and December; 12 vacation days and 12 Sick and Safe Time days in the first year; 100% of Paid Family and Medical Leave premiums paid by employer, 401K retirement plan and access to free personalized retirement planning advisors; monthly stipends for remote work and personal phone expenses; and paid Washington State bar licensing fee and professional development expenses.
About the Role
Communities Rise seeks an attorney committed to social justice and skilled in nonprofit law to help advance our bold mission to build community power. Under our nonprofit program, the Nonprofit Attorney will provide transactional legal assistance to nonprofit organizations, primarily those led by and serving BIPOC and other marginalized communities, in order to help their nonprofits — and their communities – thrive. Related tasks toward this goal will include creating written educational and training materials and collaborating with community partners to leverage additional resources for nonprofits. The Nonprofit Attorney will also occasionally provide similar legal assistance to small businesses. Our nonprofit program services are particularly needed now as the pandemic has severely
impacted nonprofits similar to how the pandemic devastated small businesses. The current economic downturn could result in an estimated 40% of nonprofits nationally being forced to shut down. Small BIPOC-led and serving nonprofits are particularly vulnerable due to barriers nonprofits face – including lack of access to affordable legal help. Communities Rise’s nonprofit program fills that gap with free transactional legal assistance.
Key values guiding CR’s legal and capacity building work that we expect the candidate to embrace are: a relationship-building and client centered approach to working with our clients from BIPOC and other marginalized communities; a strong commitment to race equity and racial justice; and a commitment to collaboration and flexibility. Candidates who are drawn towards community lawyering and transactional lawyering for nonprofits and small businesses as a way to promote social justice are prime candidates for this position.
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