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Communities Rise seeks a full-time nonprofit attorney
May 25, 2023 | Chinami Arai

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.

Legal Support for Nonprofits (50%)
● Provide transactional legal assistance to nonprofits, or place cases with our volunteer attorney network. Client matters may include entity formation, contracts, intellectual property, employment, and regulatory compliance. Provide similar legal assistance to small businesses on occasion
● Review and approve applications for legal services. Collaborate with the Legal Team on client intake
● Build relationships with volunteer attorneys and communicate regularly regarding matter placement
● Staff monthly nonprofit legal clinics and phone consultations
● Coordinate legal services under government contracts and under the Cohort program of the Capacity Building Team
● Enter case data into Salesforce database for recordkeeping and funder reporting

Community Education & Legal Trainings (20%)
● Create written legal resources and facilitate community education trainings, CLEs, and workshops
● Present about CR legal services at community meetings and conferences

Relationship Building and Collaboration (10%)
● Engage in authentic relationship building with nonprofit clients
● Collaborate with the Capacity Building Team and its Cohort program in building relationships with nonprofits in that program
● Develop and maintain relationships with partner organizations and other stakeholders

Supervision (8%)
● The Nonprofit Attorney will participate in the hiring process for the Nonprofit Resource Manager in Fall 2023.
● Supervise Nonprofit Resource Manager in their duties, including case management, Salesforce data entry, communication and relationship building with nonprofit clients and volunteer attorneys, and assisting with development of written legal resources

Program Development & Strategic Planning (5%)
● Provide support in continuing to develop the nonprofit legal program
● Receive supervision from the Legal Co-Executive Director in managing and developing the nonprofit legal program
● Participate actively in strategic planning processes of legal team and whole organization
● Assist with reimagining and leading our attorney mentorship Nonprofit Advocates Program

In-house Counsel for Communities Rise (2%)
● Assist Legal Co-Executive Director as needed in providing legal counsel to CR on a variety of issues including contract review, ethics, IP, employment, and nonprofit compliance

Other Duties As Assigned (5%)
● This may include such work as assisting with communications, fundraising, and administrative work, or other responsibilities as assigned by the Co-Executive Director, Legal Services

Required Qualifications
We understand there may be stellar candidates who possess some, but not all, of the required and preferred qualifications listed below. We welcome candidates with any relevant personal and professional experience to apply.
● At least 2 years of experience in nonprofit, corporate, contract, intellectual property or employment law
● Candidate must be licensed in Washington State or be able to waive in to the Washington State bar (requirements are 3 years of practice as barred attorney in another state plus currently active and in good standing, see more information here)
● 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.
● This position requires occasional in-person meetings and events in the Seattle-metro area
● Alignment with Communities Rise’s mission and commitment to racial equity and centering our work around communities of color and communities impacted by structural oppression

Preferred Qualifications
● Experience in counseling nonprofits or similar experience
● Excellent writing and oral communication skills, including both technical legal information and
broader public communication
● Ability and interest to work collaboratively with a team as well as independently
● Experience with: Google Workspace, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Salesforce, Zoom, and
● Interest in working collaboratively as a team, as well as independently

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