General Responsibilities

  • Exercising mature judgment in potentially sensitive, high-stress situations.
  • Participating in and fostering a collaborative working environment at OPD, statewide stakeholder groups, and in demographically diverse local court systems.
  • Diligently following attorney and state employee ethics requirements.
  • Conducting all activities with the highest degree of professionalism in furtherance of OPD’s Mission, Vision and Values.
  • Periodic travel is required in Washington State, including occasional overnight travel. Out-of-state travel occurs infrequently.

Application Process

Interested candidates should fill out the application at Parents Representation Managing Attorney | Job Details tab | Career Pages ( AND submit the following by email to Program Analyst Ryan Siu at

  • Letter of interest.
  • Current résumé and a list of at least three professional or lived experience references.
  • A one-page, self-edited (not AI generated) writing sample describing how your management style is grounded in, and committed to, anti-racist practices and representation.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Membership in good standing of any state bar association and the ability to become licensed in Washington State within 18 months of employment.
  •  Experience as an attorney practicing in dependency and termination cases.
  • Ability to develop and sustain respectful professional relationships with a diverse community of contract parent attorneys, contract child attorneys, social workers, local courts, the Office of Civil Legal Aid, the Attorney General’s Office, DCYF, Guardians Ad Litem, child advocates, legislators, and others.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience advocating against the impact of race, bias, discrimination, and differential treatment of communities disproportionately composed of Black, Indigenous, and people of color, individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+ or other sexual  and gender minorities, individuals with disabilities, immigrants, limited English speaking persons, and others who have been historically disproportionately overrepresented in the child welfare and related law and justice systems.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, and to function independently as well as part of a team in a collaborative environment.
  • Proficiency with computer use and the ability to become proficient in the use of specialized case management tools.
  • Attention to detail and excellent writing and proofreading skills.
Desired Qualifications
  • Experience working in the child welfare legal system in Washington state.
  • Experience promoting systemic change in important aspects of the child welfare system or initiating juvenile court procedural improvements.
  • Representing parents and supervising attorneys who represent parents in child welfare cases.
  • Working with families living in poverty and/or from diverse cultures.
  • Experience with contract management and supervising professional team members.
  • Actual experience developing management strategies and/or tools to maintain quality service delivery to clients.
  • Experience driving meaningful cultural change opportunities.
  • Know how developing and training public defense team members.
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed practices.
  • Lived experience with the child welfare and/or criminal court system.