Since its founding as a Washington State non-profit civic organization in 1908, the Spokane County Bar Association (SCBA) has continuously served its attorney members.  Today over 1000 local attorneys voluntarily join the collegial SCBA. Member attorneys have unique opportunities for professional growth, connections and support, social events, continuing legal education, pro bono opportunities, leadership development and member benefits. The SCBA also provides services to attorneys outside of the region, paralegals, and other legal professionals.

The SCBA is centered in Spokane, Washington. Spokane is resource rich with four distinct seasons and accompanying outdoor activities, a continuing core district expansion with a multi-university district, Fairchild Air Force Base and as the central Pacific Northwest medical hub.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Spokane County Bar Association to enhance the integrity and competence of the legal community and to pursue greater access to justice for all county residents.

SCBA Spotlight

 Volunteer Lawyers Program

Director of Legal Programs Job Description

The Spokane County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program is a vibrant nonprofit organization that works to connect low-income community members to pro bono legal services and education.

The Director of Legal Programs, staff attorney, will work to ensure the VLP meets the needs of the clients, promotes good relationships with program volunteers, and implements the standards for the State Plan for the Coordinated Delivery of Civil Legal Aid to Low Income People.

To Apply

Send resume and letter of interest to

Position Closes Wednesday, March 10, 2020

This position is currently structured as a full-time position. The SCBA VLP will consider applicants who prefer part-time work. The SCBA VLP offers a competitive salary, medical/dental, parking, and provides a positive work environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Participates in Regional Planning Committee meetings
  • Utilizes, populates and extracts from the Legal Server database
  • Recruits and retains volunteer attorneys for direct representation and clinics
  • Design the volunteer service to align with attorney needs and wants
  • Trains and oversees clinic volunteers and Rule 9 interns (if eligible)
  • Facilitates numerous clinics – some evening clinics
  • Writes articles for newsletters and associations
  • Represent the VLP program in judicial forums
  • Provides oversight and direction to the VLP staff
  • Works with Executive Director on achieving the grant deliverables, reports, and operations
  • Assists with the planning of fundraising activities and various events
  • Create the system to capture data and ensuring the validity of the data

Secondary Responsibilities

  • Attends community events, meetings, trainings, conferences, conference calls, luncheons and dinners as needed
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Maintain WSBA licensing requirements including Continuing Legal Education and be a member of the SCBA in good standing.

 Position Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • D. or near completion
  • Prior experience within a non-profit organization as an employee or volunteer preferred
  • Ability to speak other languages a plus
  • Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency in, or ability to become proficient in, use of Legal Server, Microsoft Office products: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook; and other standard office equipment

Physical Abilities
Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to:

  • Sit for prolonged periods of time;
  • stand, walk and climb stairs;
  • operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard;
  • and utilize verbal and written communication to exchange information
  • Clearly see 20+ feet, with or without corrective lenses and differentiate between colors
  • occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist;

Mental & Other Skills/Abilities

  • Adaptability: ability to adapt to changes, delays or unexpected events in the work environment; ability to manage competing demands and prioritize tasks; ability to change approach or method to best fit the situation.
  • Dependability: ability to respond to management direction; ability to complete tasks on time or notify the appropriate person with an alternate plan when necessary.
  • Interpersonal Skills: ability to maintain satisfactory relationships with others, excellent customer service skills and a good overall understanding of appropriate human relations.
  • Judgment: ability to make prudent and timely decisions; ability to exhibit sound and accurate judgment; ability to explain reasoning for decisions.
  • Language Ability: ability to read, and write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals; ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from management, staff, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Problem Solving Ability: ability to identify and/or prevent problems before they occur; ability to formulate alternative solutions to problems when necessary; ability to transfer learning from past experiences to new experiences of similar nature.
  • Quality Management: ability to complete duties, on time and with precision; ability to edit the accuracy and thoroughness of one’s work as well as the work of others; ability to constructively apply feedback to improve performance, ability to generate ideas to improve and promote quality in work
  • Reasoning Ability: ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form; ability to walk through problems involving multiple variables.
  • Supervisory Skills: ability to carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Company’s policies and applicable laws.  Applicable supervisory responsibilities include: interviewing, hiring, training, and coaching employees, planning, assigning and directing work, reviewing performance, appraising/disciplining employees when necessary and addressing complaints and questions and resolving problems

Work Environment

While performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this job, the employee is exposed to typical office environment conditions and noise levels. Multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment is an integral part of this position.


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