Professional Legal Administrator

SMALL LAW FIRM SEEKING A PROFESSIONAL LEGAL ADMINISTRATOR WITH EXPERIENCE

We are looking for a Professional Legal Administrator to work directly with the Law Firm Principals/Owners to oversee everything except the practice of law. This includes not only strategic planning, project management, and critical administrative and financial oversight, but is also a key leadership role in shaping and sustaining firm culture.

If you’re interested in applying to this position, please FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS AT THE END OF THIS POSTING. Apply by email only.

We need a Professional Legal Administrator who is a rockstar savant of workflow and project management, who deeply understands employee engagement, who is metrics-driven and KPI-obsessed, and who will be invested in making important contributions to the success of the Firm.

About the Position

We are an award-winning family law firm in Tacoma that has grown quickly. We are not looking for an Office Manager or an Administrative Assistant. We need a full-blown bona fide Professional Legal Administrator who has either run your own division or department, built your own business, or can demonstrate you have the experience we need for this position. Do not apply if your only prior experience is as a paralegal, administrative assistant, executive assistant, bookkeeper, or office manager.

The position encompasses a wide range of activities with involvement in all phases of administration, personnel, finances, facilities, and business systems. We need someone with the experience and maturity to keep the Firm’s needs in the forefront and work closely with the Owner and key staff on strategy, policy, problem-solving, and decision-making. This position will be responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and controlling the day-to-day operations of the Firm, and for directing the implementation of Firm policies.

We are building a firm where systems run the business, and people run the systems. This position is responsible for improving both our people and our systems.

You must be able to show evidence of your prior success with:

  • Playing a role in management of teams of 15+ people and budgets of $5,000,000 or more
  • Systems management and process refinement to ensure matters are handed appropriately so that client needs are met, legal and ethical requirements are met, and clients receive excellent service
  • Employee engagement and leadership, supervision, and termination
  • Learning how to measure what matters and using common financial reports to make business decisions (budget variance, P&L, cashflow forecast)
  • Managing bookkeepers, accountants, technology services, and other vendors

We care about skills and experience. We care just as much about your behaviors, habits, and attitudes…the right person for this role must:

  • Not only “adapt” to change, but lead change – drive it and thrive in it
  • Talk more about the solution than the problem
  • Equally embrace both aspects of the “work/life balance”
  • Have a high energy level
  • Never hesitate to praise when deserved and correct when needed
  • Have thick skin and high empathy
  • Have a sense of humor in equal measure to your sense of compassion
  • Have keen conflict resolution skills (not conflict avoidance skills)

Our firm has been very successful, and we have grown rapidly … without the guidance of a professional administrator. We are proud of the firm we’ve built; we’ve done a lot of good, and we’ve gotten a lot of stuff right! But there is a lot of room for improvement and expertise. This is the first time we will be bringing in someone from the outside to help us manage and grow our firm. The right person for this position is someone we can develop trust in and who will trust in us. The right person for this position will be able to “manage up” to help us help you get your job done.

Prior legal experience is required. Knowledge of family law will be helpful. If you don’t have it, you need to commit to getting yourself up to speed quickly because you will be expected to make sure cases and clients are getting the attention they need and that the staff is following the rules.

This is an executive-level position with an executive compensation plan that includes a salary and incentives driven by performance towards KPIs.

We do good work and take great satisfaction in helping others make plans for the future and protect their loved ones. We want to be profitable as well. We want to have a good life and we want to pursue our hopes and dreams and help you pursue yours. We also care about our work team and we are very dedicated to maintaining a positive and upbeat work environment. If this sounds like a law firm you want to work at and a job you can do, we very much look forward to talking with you soon.

TO APPLY, WE NEED YOU TO FOLLOW A TWO-STEP PROCESS. If both steps are not correctly followed your application will not be considered. (Yes, we are serious about this. Following instructions is pretty important for a Profession Legal Administrator who is supposed to help us streamline our operations and make sure everyone follows the rules.) Send an email to careers@blisslawgroup.com and attach a PDF of your resume’ and a cover letter. The letter should tell us why you would be great for this job. The subject line of the email should say: “Administrator rotartsinimda”