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Professional Development and Training Specialist

The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit law firm whose mission is to combat injustice, strengthen communities and promote human dignity through high quality legal representation, community partnerships, education and other advocacy to mitigate systemic barriers experienced by our client communities. The Professional Development and Training Specialist will collaborate closely with NJP’s advocacy leadership, managing attorneys, and the Staff Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee when carrying out position responsibilities. This is a Full Time position.

The Professional Development and Training Specialist reports to the Human Resources Director

SUMMARY

Responsible for the development, implementation, coordination and administration of Northwest Justice Project’s professional development, continuing legal education (CLE), general staff training and mentorship programs.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Staff Training:

  • Provide an initial and ongoing assessment of training needs for all NJP staff
  • Develop and implement an on-boarding orientation program for all staff to provide effective, efficient and relevant integration into their field office/unit, specific practice groups, the NJP organization and the larger Access to Justice into Community
  • Develop and implement a specific curriculum for attorneys to incrementally develop and expand their case handling, litigation, community engagement and other professional skills to effectively respond to and serve clients with diverse legal needs
  • Develop and implement a specific curriculum for support staff  to provide effective, efficient and relevant skill development  that supports and furthers the work of  their field office/unit and the mission of  NJP.
  • Develop and implement a specific curriculum  for management and supervisory staff to support  effective, efficient and relevant integration into their role and meet the expectations of their leadership positions. 
  • Plan and coordinate annual program wide trainings on relevant topics, including, but not limited to race equity, sexual harrasement, safety, advocacy developments, and program initiatives.
  • Working  closely with the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee, develop and implement a race equity curriculum and that provides meaningful opportunities for learning and growth
  • Apply an equity and inclusion lens to all internal training opportunities
  • Identify and foster relationships with resources outside NJP that might provide relevant training opportunities
  • Assist in the development of agendas for NJP’s Annual All Staff Meeting, Annual Legal Assistant Retreat, Continuing Legal Education programs and other statewide training

CLE :

  • Disseminate upcoming internal and external CLE opportunities to staff
  • Assist in the planning, development and logistics of internal CLE’s
  • Coordinate with advocacy leadership and managing attorneys on relevance of and protocols for selecting staff to attend out-of-town CLE’s and conferences 
  • Review and provide approvals/denials of CLE requests

Mentorship Program:

  • Develop and provide ongoing coordination of NJP’s mentorship program, including a method for measuring effectiveness of the individual relationships and program as a whole
  • Develop criteria to identify NJP staff who are suitable to serve in a mentorship role to others
  • Identify staff who desire a mentor and match them up with an NJP mentor who best meets their needs

Other:

  • Assists as needed in the overall support of HR Department goals and responsibilities

NJP has an organizational commitment to fight racism and to incorporate equity and inclusion in both the work we do and work environment we create.   All staff are expected to uphold this commitment and approach their role with a desire to learn and grow in this area.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience developing and implementing employee training programs
  • Experience in a legal setting helpful, but not required
  • Extensive knowledge of instructional design theory and implementation
  • Adequate knowledge of learning management systems and web delivery tools
  • Experience with full training cycle (assess needs, plan, develop, coordinate, monitor and evaluate)
  • Familiarity with traditional and modern training methods and techniques
  • Knowledge of adult learning techniques and methods
  • Experience with e-learning platforms
  • MS Office proficiency
  • Advanced organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple assignments
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively with individuals throughout the organization
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrates cultural competency including ability to work effectively in multiethnic environment; sensitivity to and respect for diverse cultures.
  • 4 year degree in Education, Training, HR or related field is preferred*

*Combination of on the job experience, training and education may be combined to meet requirement

NJP has an organizational commitment to fight racism and to incorporate equity and inclusion in both the work we do and work environment we create.   All staff are expected to uphold this commitment and approach their role with a desire to learn and grow in this area.

COMPENSATION: Starting salary is based upon years of experience, with an annual salary range starting at $52,064.   We offer a comprehensive benefits package which includes 100% paid employee health premiums and significant premium shares for family health premiums, as well as generous time off.

Hours of work:  9:00 – 5:00, Monday through Friday

TO APPLY:  Interested candidates should send a cover letter and current resume to: Angela Brooks at resume@nwjustice.org. Email subject line should clearly reference “Professional Development and Training Specialist” position. 

Application deadline: April 12, 2019.
    

The Northwest Justice Project is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices for its client communities, Board and staff. NJP actively promotes mutual respect, acceptance, teamwork and productivity among people who are diverse in work background, experience, race, color, national origin, sex, age, religious preference, marital status, sexual orientation, sensory, mental or physical abilities, veteran status, or any other perceived differences. This policy strengthens the program while reinforcing its commitment to basic fairness. People of color, people who identify as transgender, lesbian, gay, or bisexual, and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.