Job Announcement: Staff Attorney, Fair Work Legal Clinic

Job Announcement:  Staff Attorney, Fair Work Center Legal Clinic

Fair Work Center Program Description

The Fair Work Center empowers workers to achieve fair employment.  We are a hub for workers to understand and exercise their legal rights, improve working conditions and connect with community resources.  We envision a society in which workers are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of class, gender, or race. We will work to ensure that workers are informed of their rights under the law and that employers are held accountable to labor standards.

The Fair Work Center Legal Clinic, operated in partnership with Seattle University and the University of Washington schools of law advises and represents workers in accessing their rights under Seattle’s labor ordinances as well as under state and federal law.  The Clinic meets community members where they are, with representation taking place in the community rather than waiting for workers to come to us.

Position Description

The Fair Work Center seeks a full‐time Staff Attorney to join our Legal Clinic.  The Staff Attorney will:

  • Represent workers in challenging workplace violations;
  • Provide legal support to the Intake Program;
  • Provide legal support to the Community Clinic Program;
  • Participate in outreach and education events, providing intake, brief advice or other support as needed.
  • Provide technical support to Fair Work Center’s community partners.
  • Monitor and participate in rulemaking and other policy advocacy relating to minimum standards legislation at the local, state, and national level.


The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to economic, racial and social justice, be comfortable in a start-up atmosphere, be mission driven, a quick-learner, flexible and have deep respect for individual workers.  Specifically, the successful candidate will possess the following:

  • Demonstrated commitment to economic, racial and social justice;
  • A law degree from an accredited law school;
  • Admission to the bar in Washington, or ability and willingness to obtain admission in Washington as soon as possible;
  • At least three years of legal experience in labor and employment law.
  • Excellent legal analysis and writing skills;
  • Experience working with immigrant and refugees and communities of color; and
  • Strong interpersonal, negotiation, and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Spanish is strongly preferred.

Compensation.  The salary range is $50,000 – $70,000 per year, depending on experience, along with generous health, retirement and leave benefits.

Application: Please send your letter of interest, resume, three references, and legal writing sample to:  Elizabeth Ford, Legal Director, Fair Work Center, or by U.S. mail at 5308 Martin Luther King Way, South, Seattle, Washington 98118.

We will accept applications submitted by close of business on March 15, 2017.  But please try to get your application as soon as possible.

If you need disability, language or other accommodation in the application process, please contact Hana Kawai at

The Fair Work Center is committed to a policy of pluralism and equal opportunity in an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices for its client communities, Board and staff.    Pluralism refers to the active promotion of mutual respect, acceptance, teamwork and productivity among people who are diverse in work background, experience, education, race, color, national origin, sex, age, religious preference, marital status, sexual orientation, sensory, mental and physical abilities, veteran status, or any other perceived differences.  The resulting diversity is both a source of program strength and a matter of fundamental human fairness.