Until Filled; first review of applications will begin on May 1, 2021 Regular Half-Time (50%), FLSA Exempt $45,000 to 50,000 Annually DOQ Flexible -- Determined on the Location and Needs of the Best Candidate
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. RCW 13.34.100(6) provides for the appointment of attorneys to represent children in all dependency cases six months following termination of parental rights. Attorneys contracted to represent legally free children must comply with specific practice, training, and caseload standards developed by a Children’s Representation Work Group in 2010 and are currently being revised. RCW 13.34.100 (6) (c) (iii) and RCW 2.53.045 assign administration, oversight, and state contracting responsibility to the Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA). OCLA intends to hire a half-time Program Counsel to assist the Children’s Representation Program (CRP) Manager in implementing, monitoring and effectively supporting the provision of legal representation for children as required by current law and as it may be expanded in coming years. This position has the potential to become full-time at a later date.
Primary Activities The CRP Program Counsel will assist the CRP Manager in running the program for which state funding is available to underwrite the appointment of attorneys to represent children in accordance with the practice, caseload, and training standards outlined in RCW 13.34.100(6). Such activities will include, but not be limited to, the following: Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid Underwriting Justice • Ensuring Accountability
a) Assist the CRP Manager in monitoring performance under contracts with individual attorneys and agencies, including conducting periodic performance assessments of attorney contractors engaged to represent children in child welfare cases.
b) Assist the CRP Manager in ensuring sound fiscal management and accountability of the Children’s Representation Program.