Director Access to Justice Institute
FLSA Status: Exempt
Months Per Year: 12
Employment Status: Full-Time
University will be one of the most innovative and progressive Jesuit and Catholic
universities in the world, educating with excellence at the undergraduate,
graduate, and professional levels. We embrace an intersectional framework for
defining diversity in its broadest sense, including differences in gender,
gender identity, race, ethnicity, generational history, culture, socioeconomic
class, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship status,
political perspectives, geographic origin and physical ability. Seattle
University strives to be a welcome, open and safe campus climate for all who
learn, live and work at Seattle University.
Director will lead the Access to Justice Institute (ATJI) team to accomplish
the goal of inspiring law students to make a lifelong commitment to equal
justice for marginalized and/or underserved communities. The Director reports to the Dean of the School of Law.
Seattle University School of Law educates ethical lawyers who distinguish
themselves through their outstanding professional skills and their dedication
to law in the service of justice. Faculty, students, and staff form a vibrant,
diverse, and collaborative community that promotes leadership for a just and
humane world. The Law School’s commitment to academic distinction is grounded
in its Jesuit Catholic tradition, one that encourages open inquiry, thoughtful
reflection and concern for personal growth. Innovation, creativity and
technological sophistication characterize our rigorous educational program,
which prepares lawyers for a wide range of successful and rewarding careers in law,
business and public service.
serves as the law school’s social justice and DEI hub, inspiring, promoting and
supporting: transformative and active community engagement by the law school
community in the service of justice for marginalized and underserved communities;
bridge- building between academics and action to help eliminate unfair and
oppressive systems and practices; community-building with those individuals and
community groups who share a commitment to justice for all; and leadership
development and capacity building of the next generation of social justice
Leading the ATJI team, the Director is a vital team member who will strive to
accomplish the goal of inspiring law students, wherever their career paths take
them, to make a lifelong commitment to equal justice for marginalized or
In collaboration with the Dean of the School of Law, develop a strategic plan
and oversee activities and trainings that drive the mission to provide
community engagement opportunities for students.
social justice opportunities to law students:
- Respond to inquiries by legal services providers, pro bono counsel, community
agencies, courts, government agencies, faculty, SU Law Clinic or any other
public interest entity by assisting them with communication to students about
- Conduct outreach so that students know about the opportunities (e.g., ensure
opportunities are published in ATJI communications, and encourage Center for
Professional Development and relevant faculty members to share opportunities
with their students).
- Follow up with students who take advantage of the opportunities to find out
about their experience.
- Engage in community outreach with legal service providers to maintain and
build new relationships, keep abreast of strategic advocacy focus areas, and
assess the current legal climate.
and oversee Partnership Projects (ongoing volunteer social justice
opportunities facilitated by ATJI in partnership with an organization) by
collaborating with legal services providers, pro bono counsel, community
agencies, courts, government agencies, faculty, SU Law Clinic, Incubator Program, or any other
public interest entity. Development and oversight involves:
- Reaching out to potential partners and identifying how law students could
- Designing opportunities for student participation, in collaboration with the
partner organization and, when appropriate, law student organizations with a
goal of providing opportunities requiring varied commitment levels for student
- Recruiting student leaders and volunteers.
- Organizing any necessary trainings.
- Providing oversight and guided reflection to ensure quality work by students
and quality experiences for the students.
- Supervise the Moderate Means Program.
Mentor and supervise students and student organization leaders who engage in
social justice projects by providing technical support (i.e., legal expertise,
ethics), guidance (i.e., connections to community, how to collaborate
trainings), and capacity to build leadership skills. This includes:
- Work with the Public Interest Law Foundation to host several events
including but not limited to the Evening with Equal Justice and the annual
spring auction. This work will include extensive event planning and procurement
- Track student hours for the Pro Bono Pledge and ensure accurate reporting to
the Dean’s Office for graduation. Promote the Pro Bono Pledge and encourage
participation by all students.
- Organize, oversee, and/or support ongoing social justice events, trainings,
symposia, and series. Develop new programming that serves the primary
mission of ATJI.
with law school departments to advance the law school mission. Some examples
include: Lifelong Commitment to Social Justice, work with Center for
Professional Development by cross- referring and meeting with students to
connect them to volunteer and networking opportunities. Collaborate on
programming, including public interest career road-mapping and post- graduate
Bridging Academics to Action: work with faculty to identify and develop
service-learning opportunities, connecting them to the equal justice community
and the work of ATJI.
Development Opportunities for Active Engagement: work with the Fred T.
Korematsu Center for Law and Equality and the Ronald A Peterson Law Clinic on
collaborative projects to advance respective goals and to provide more
opportunities for students to engage the justice community.
Building Law Student Community and Leaders for Justice, work with Office of
Admission to assist with cultivating public interest minded applicants and
selecting the Scholars for Justice. Work with the Office of Alumni
Relations to encourage pro bono among alumni.
Collaborate with external law school public interest administrators and faculty
and equal justice and pro bono organizations, groups, and alliances to advance
the mutual equal justice mission. Some examples of these groups include
Access to Justice Board’s Law School Relations Committee, WSBA Pro Bono and
Legal Aid Committee, and the Seattle Area Pro Bono Group.
duties as assigned.
position requires a J.D. with three to five years of public interest legal
experience as an attorney.
- Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to social justice.
- Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to inclusion, diversity and
cross-difference competence as a justice imperative, and a commitment to the
university’s mission, vision, and values.
must be able to work collaboratively and work both in teams and independently.
- Candidates must have excellent oral and written communication skills, and the
ability to comfortably speak in front of large and small groups.
must have competency with Microsoft Office products and some familiarity and
experience with social media tools.
- Candidates must be system-thinkers, be well organized, able to work on multiple
projects at the same time, be able to prioritize and manage work projects, and
enjoy a team oriented approach to projects.
must have a License to practice law, preferably in Washington.
working at a law school or with law students, including having first-hand
knowledge of working in a law school setting as well as having experience
supervising law students in their legal work is preferred.
with developing or participating in professional leadership development
programming is preferred.
with event and/or training/CLE planning and oversight is preferred.
- Candidates must be creative, enjoy working with a diverse community, and have a
sense of humor.
Please attach a cover letter with your resume when applying. Job postings are open until filled, unless otherwise specified.
Compensation at a Glance:
Salary Range: $82,000 to $88,000
Seattle University has provided a compensation range that represents
its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the
time of posting. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be
determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected
candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity
considerations, and available market information, and not based on a
candidate’s gender or any other protected status.
Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck.
Seattle University provides generous leave, health plans, and retirement
contributions that add to your total compensation package.
Benefits at a Glance
Consistent with its fundamental Jesuit values, Seattle University offers a wide range of benefits designed to care for the whole person. Choose from three different medical plans, a dental, and vision insurance programs. Protect your income with life, short & long-term disability coverage. Plan for your future with up to a 10% employer contribution
for retirement benefits, comprised of a 5% nonelective employer contribution
and an additional dollar-for-dollar match of your voluntary contributions up to
a maximum of 5%. You may also take advantage of 100% paid tuition benefits for the employee and dependents, a subsidized transportation benefit, a wellness program with free access to an onsite fitness facility, and a wide variety of campus events. Enjoy a generous holiday schedule, including a paid Holiday break closure in December, vacation and paid sick leave, and paid community service leave. For more information explore the Benefits website at: https://www.seattleu.edu/hr/benefits/