Government Affairs Deputy Director

30 Sep, 2020


Government Affairs Deputy Director

Washington State Association for Justice |
Seattle, WA

The Washington State Association for Justice seeks a Government Affairs Deputy Director to help direct and support one of the most successful and vibrant Government Affairs programs in the state.


Washington State Association for Justice (“WSAJ”) is the largest association in the Pacific Northwest committed exclusively to serving the needs of plaintiff’s attorneys. With more than 2,400 members from across the state, WSAJ is a community creating and sharing resources for its members to secure justice for their clients. WSAJ provides education, litigation support, networking and information sharing opportunities, as well as government relations and amicus representation. WSAJ Also maintains an affiliated political action committee that works closely with the Government Affairs team. The organization harnesses the energy of its entire membership so that each member individually can hold wrongdoers accountable and achieve justice for their clients in the courtroom, even against powerful interests.

WSAJ offers:

• Membership: Top attorneys and law firms in Washington join WSAJ’s prestigious EAGLE program to protect their practice and the rights of their clients and all the citizens of the state. Their support is critical for WSAJ’s public affairs programs that educate voters, lawmakers and the jury pool on the value of an independent civil justice system.

• Government Affairs: WSAJ’s mission is to “stand up in the courtroom and the halls of government for real people”. The government affairs program is one of the most effective in Washington State protecting the rights of consumers, injured people and workers represented by members. The Association educates and informs opinion leaders, legislators, members of congress and the judiciary. It is actively involved in the electoral arena supporting judicial, legislative candidates and ballot measures to protect the civil justice system.

• Education: WSAJ provides numerous valuable educational opportunities to its members. Educational offerings include seminars in various specialty fields of plaintiff’s law, continuing legal education (“CLE”) programs, targeted publications, as well as the annual convention for members.

• Amicus Program/The Washington State Association for Justice Foundation: A supporting organization of WSAJ, the WSAJ Foundation funds the Amicus Program, a proven voice for injured people inside Washington’s courtrooms. Since its inception more than 40 years ago, the WSAJ Foundation Amicus Program has helped achieve justice for all the people of our state, for our clients, and has helped its members in their everyday practices in profound ways, irrespective of their area of practice. The WSAJ Foundation’s top priority is growth of an endowment to fund the ongoing operation of the Amicus Program.

• Resources: WSAJ provides litigation support, including a brief bank, practice handbooks in all areas of civil litigation, trial aids and exhibits, and an expert witness database, as well as networking, information sharing, and government relations representation on behalf of its members.


Legislative (40%)

• Assist legislative advocacy efforts during legislative session in Olympia to include writing, research and tracking legislation and following up with legislators at all stages of legislative progress

• Work with legislators and staff to work amendments and other negotiations on issues moving forward

• Attend and testify at hearings and prepare WSAJ members and their clients to testify

• Support membership involvement and grassroots mobilization efforts in support of legislative priorities, including organizing lobby days and preparing regular communications to the membership

• Participate and engage with allies and organizations to advance WSAJ legislative priorities

Electoral (25%)

• Work with Government Affairs Director to develop priorities and targeting in key legislative districts and statewide elections for membership involvement

• Organize action teams of members in key areas to fundraise and assist in PAC check deliveries

• Draft political action communications about WSAJ’s Justice for All PAC activities to engage membership

• Activities in all areas of legislative and electoral responsibilities requires working with and engaging WSAJ members

Working with WSAJ Members and Committees (35%)

• Engaging membership groups and committees on legislative and political priorities

• Working on member committees, task forces and study groups on public affairs topics as needed

• Helping engage on appointments with state agencies as needed


• Knowledge and experience of the legislative process required

• Law degree helpful and desired

• Experience lobbying and/or working in electoral politics in Washington State strongly desired

• Experience working with lawyers desired

• Strong people skills and written communications skills

• Attention to detail, organization and strong follow through and self-direction on assignments

• Ability to manage major projects and events under time sensitive deadlines

• Desire to work on a close-knit team with a long-tenured staff; an ideal candidate has a great sense of humor and takes pride in his or her work


• Salary range $80,000-$110,000 depending on experience

• Considering applicants who desire to be a full-time exempt employee of WSAJ or work as a contract lobbyist (please specify in your cover letter)

• During session, many evenings and some weekends. We believe in work-life balance.

• Some travel around the state as needed


• We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled

• To apply: please email cover letter and resume to, subject line: Government Affairs Deputy Director

Job posted: 2020-09-30