Practice Management Advisor
Washington State Bar Association
January 13, 2013
Practice Management Advisor
Lawyer Services Department
Job Grade E11; Exempt; Full Time; Monday-Friday
Starting Salary Range: $68,779 - $76,000/year DOE +benefits
The Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) administers regulatory, compliance and membership services for 33,000 lawyers in Washington State. The Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP) is a resource for all members of the WSBA that offers low-cost and confidential professional assistance with office administration, training in office management software, as well as print and web resources to assist with opening, closing, and managing a law practice. This position is one of two positions that specialize in law practice management, most particularly for the solo and small-firm practitioner. This position serves as an advisor, consultant, and educator on best practices for running a law office, maintains and provides related resources, conducts reviews, and provides educational programming around the many facets of law office administration, including but not limited to planning, financial management, technology, office facilities, staff management, client relations and marketing, ethics, workflow, and case/matter management. The position is intended to educate lawyers so that they avoid mistakes that can lead to grievances and malpractice claims. While niche areas of special focus may evolve over time, it is expected that this position will have a broad capacity to advise on law practice management issues that arise at all stages of an attorney’s professional life, from admission to the Bar through to the winding down of a practice and retirement.
To develop and maintain a close connection with new and young lawyers, and to support their professional development, this position also serves as liaison to the Washington Young Lawyers Committee, connecting new and young lawyers with resources in LOMAP and with opportunities for leadership development within the WSBA. In addition to this outreach to new and young lawyers, the position is responsible for reaching out to local, county, and specialty bar associations throughout the state to build relationships with their leadership and to enhance the connections between those organizations and the WSBA. The goal of this outreach is to help these bar associations find synergies and adopt best practices that enhance their ability to learn from each other and to connect them with services within the WSBA that will be of value to them. The position reports to the Associate Director of Lawyer Services and does not supervise any staff.
Requirements: Bachelors or equivalent experience. Preferred: BA degree and MS in business subjects; BA and J.D.; and/or Certified Legal Manager (CLM) certification. Minimum of five years in law office management. Minimum of five years in the following: one or more multi-department organizations; and of developing comprehensive, integrated understanding of the products and services offered by each department; and connecting outside parties with the products and services most responsive to their needs. Skills: Above-average communication, relationship-building, networking, diplomacy, analysis, counseling, instruction, technology, time management, organization, and public speaking are essential when assisting lawyers. Current and in-depth knowledge must be maintained as to applicable software, office equipment, and current legal industry trends as well as the obvious practice-management areas of finance, marketing, accounting, personnel, insurance, facilities, and technology. Ability to think strategically, plan, and execute initiatives; familiarity with board and committee structures and operations; ability to work effectively with volunteers; ability to foster engagement with different business units; budgeting literacy; ability to follow and design on-the-fly business processes and meeting procedures; ability to anticipate next steps, take initiative, exercise sound judgment, and work well independently and as a member of the team; ability to travel throughout the state two to three times per month for meetings and presentations to groups; and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations.
The WSBA is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity.