The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (“the Committee”) seeks an Operations Specialist. This is a confidential employee position within the meaning of the National Labor Relations Act.


The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs works to create legal, economic, and social equity through litigation, client and public education, and public policy advocacy with a primary focus on racial justice. For the last 50 years, the Committee has been on the cutting edge of civil rights advocacy in the region bringing precedent setting litigation to address discrimination. Our work focuses on injustices in housing, employment, the criminal legal system, education, public accommodations, and civil rights of immigrants. We partner with individuals and communities facing discrimination and with the legal community to achieve justice. For more information on the Washington Lawyers’ Committee, please go to www.washlaw.org.


The Operations Specialist will provide executive and administrative support to the Chief Operating Officer and the Operations Team. The Operation Specialist will also work with other members of the Committee’s management team. A mandatory function of this position is the ability to maintain strict confidentiality of information in creating and maintaining files involving human resources, benefits, financial, creating and management’s files for Union negotiations and Labor Management Committee meetings, Board of Director meeting minutes and files, etcetera.

The Operations Specialist will:

  • Create and maintain confidential Management files involving Union negotiations, grievances, and Labor Management Committee meetings.
  • Enroll and update employees in the Committee’s insurance benefits and retirement plans.
  • Provide operational support throughout the employee life cycle.
  • Assist in the maintenance of personnel, Board governance, and operational files.
  • Assist in the onboarding and offboarding.
  • Coordinate all of the logistics of Board of Directors’ meetings and subcommittee meetings, including the scheduling of meetings, taking accurate and detailed meeting minutes, maintaining active list of Board members, tracking-and-trending Board contributions, scheduling event space and catering.
  • Support Operations team’s strategic initiatives, including a primary focus on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.
  • Enter new employee data into payroll system and assist with financial records, including accounts payable.
  • Work with the Operations teams and IT consultants to improve efficiencies in the creation and maintenance of electronic files and systems.
  • Other duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications:

  • Passion for civil rights, racial equity advocacy and the Committee’s Mission.
  • Knowledge of benefits administration, recruitment, hiring, on-boarding and off-boarding processes.
  • Prior experience of providing high-level administrative support.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Experience implementing technological software and/or processes, is a plus.
  • Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations;
  • Able to contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture that encourages and celebrates differences;
  • Understanding the power of social media and how to utilize various platforms, is a plus.
  • Experience working in a Union environment, is a plus.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule that will include some limited early morning, evening meetings and events.


Salary range $48,000 – $54,000, based on experience. Total rewards package includes generous leave and employer-funded benefits.


Please email a letter detailing your interest, a resume, and brief writing sample to: wlcjobs@washlaw.org. Please place “[your name] – Operations Specialist” in the subject line.

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Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled.

This position is a hybrid position with a minimum of three core days required to physically be in the office located in Washington, D.C. We will be participating in-person when it is necessary to provide the highest quality legal services and the most effective advocacy.


The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging are essential components of the Committee, and we encourage all qualified persons to apply. Applicants are accorded an equal opportunity for selection without regard to actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, personal appearance, matriculation, or political affiliation.


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