Notice of Position Vacancy Administrative and Contract Support Assistant Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid Permanent Full-Time $41,000 - $45,000 Annually DOQ Olympia, WA (preferred); Alternative locations possible Limited travel may be required September 1, 2021 October 15, 2021
Introduction and Agency Overview The Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA) is an independent judicial branch agency that manages and oversees state appropriations for civil legal aid in Washington State. OCLA manages five principal programs:
A general statewide civil legal aid program for low-income people
A civil legal aid to crime victims program
An emergency COVID-19 civil legal aid program
An appointed counsel program for children in the child welfare system
An appointed counsel for indigent tenants against whom unlawful detainer proceedings have been filed
OCLA’s governing statute is codified in RCW 2.53. The agency does not provide services in-house. It contracts with non-profit legal aid providers, private attorneys, and law firms to provide legal aid services in each of the core program areas. During FY 2022-23, OCLA will manage over $95 million in state and federal funds.
OCLA currently has six full-time staff, but is expected to grow significantly over the coming years in light of new and expanded programs assigned by the Washington State Legislature in the 2021 legislative session. In order to meet current and existing programmatic obligations, OCLA seeks additional administrative support capacity through the addition of an Administrative and Contract Support Assistant.
The successful applicant will have:
Demonstrated commitment to equity and social justice (either through prior employment, volunteer activity, or lived experience)
Exceptional administrative support skills
Outstanding customer service and people skills, including the ability to communicate effectively in person, by email, and by telephone
Ability to work effectively as a critical member of a small team of professionals in a highly mission-driven environment
Ability to prioritize tasks, handle short deadlines, and work independently
Ability to grasp the big picture as well as accurately follow through on details
Well-developed skills with the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Teams) and other relevant software applications; ability to learn and master the Judicial Contract Tracking System (JCTS) and other relevant software applications
Excellent writing and proofreading skills
Basic math skills
Experience or demonstrated interest in working in or with a public or private social service or law and justice organization or environment
High School graduation or GED and three years of progressively responsible experience working in an administrative support or clerical organization
Coordinate and organize program activities as assigned
Work closely with the Senior Administrative Assistant/Contracts Manager to prioritize and allocate administrative and contract support tasks, responsibilities, and timelines
Receive, review, assess for accuracy invoices from agency contractors and forward the same to the relevant program lead for approval
Accurately enter data into the JCTS system
As requested or assigned, coordinate, organize, and manage event (in-person and virtual) logistics
Perform assigned duties using independent judgment and ensuring timeliness, accountability, confidentiality, and quality of work product
Coordinate with other agency staff members on administrative practices and procedures
Make travel arrangements
Embrace, support, and contribute to the agency’s anti-racist and equity focused organizational culture and strategic initiatives
Exercise mature judgment and patience with contractors, clients, and vendors
Participate in and foster a collaborative team working environment at OCLA
Diligently follow the ethical requirements of state government
COVID-19 Related Conditions of Employment Consistent with the guidance outlined in Proclamation 21-14.1 and Supreme Court Order No. 27500-B- 669, the successful applicant must demonstrate proof of vaccinated status or the basis for an exemption due to sincerely held religious beliefs or an exemption due to a disability-related need for reasonable accommodation.
Compensation and Benefits Salary: Benefits: Leave: Retirement: $41,000-$45,000 annually DOQ Paid medical/dental, life insurance, and long term disability insurance programs Paid vacation and sick leave benefits Employer contributions to state retirement benefits Click here for more benefit information
Application Process Interested candidates may apply by submitting the following electronically to email@example.com: Letter of interest, describing your specific qualifications for the position Current résumé and a list of at least three professional references Application for State Jobs (Word file) (Rev. 6/4/19)
Persons selected for interview may be asked to complete an office skills assessment.
Additional Information The Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA) is committed to equity and inclusion in hiring and employment practices and full compliance with federal and state equal employment opportunity and non- discrimination laws. OCLA strongly encourages members of diverse communities that have historically been under-represented in and harmed by the law and justice system to apply. OCLA will not discriminate against any person based on race, creed, color, national origin, citizenship, or immigration status; families with children; gender (including gender identify or gender expression); marital status; sexual orientation; age; veteran or military status; the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability (actual or perceived); or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Individuals needing a reasonable accommodation for the application or interview process, should contact Hope Hough at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 704-5564. OCLA believes in providing substantial professional flexibility consistent with necessary accountability considerations. We also support Washington State greenhouse gas reduction efforts. We therefore take a generous approach to telecommunication and remote work activity.