East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is a non-profit legal services organization, the community-based clinical program for U.C. Berkeley Law School, and one of the Bay Area’s largest and most effective systems disrupters.  With a dual service and teaching mission, EBCLC is a racial justice organization committed to building a culturally diverse workplace, centered on equity. With about 80 staff, 150 law students a year, and a nearly $10 million annual budget, EBCLC is the largest provider of free legal services in Alameda County, providing multimodal, collaborative, and holistic legal services to over 8,000 clients annually and engaging in legislative and policy advocacy at the state and local level.

The Issue

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the California housing crisis to a breaking point.  Our community is bracing for a surge of evictions after the state and local protections lift, and we know that there will be dire long-term impacts felt throughout the region, which will acutely impact low income communities of color.  Bay Area tenants are facing countless challenges: increasing rent, protracted unemployment, unstable access to health care resources, mounting debts, and increasingly hostile landlords.  These challenges are compounded by systemic racism, discrimination, and pervasive disinvestment in the communities we serve.

The Opportunity

EBCLC’s Housing Unit is excited to recruit a Deputy Director who can join a team of 15 advocates in our effort to provide excellent legal representation and counseling to Alameda County tenants facing eviction and housing instability.  EBCLC’s Housing Unit is looking for a leader who is deeply committed to racial equity, inclusive leadership and management, and strong relationship-building.  The Deputy Director will not only support the Housing Unit’s team, but will engage with EBCLC’s 7 other legal practice areas, as well as other Bay Area tenant organizations and foundations.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist in management of the Housing Unit, providing vision, planning and implementation of the work within the context of EBCLC’s larger racial justice mission
  • Manage the Housing unit’s three-person intake team, which fields 300-500 tenant calls monthly, and provides essential tenant counseling and advocacy to Alameda County tenants. Supervision of this team involves providing support on: workload management, professional development, performance evaluation, and wellness
  • Manage Housing’s unit’s rental assistance programs which includes not only the distribution of funds to tenants, but also working collaboratively with other rental assistance organizations. Management includes supervision of Housing’s project manager and providing support on: cases, workload management, professional development, performance evaluation, and wellness
  • Facilitate a broad set of tasks associated with administration of the Housing Unit including: data collection/analysis and grant reporting, budgeting, facilitating the Unit’s tenants’ rights workshop and courthouse clinic, ensuring high quality and efficient client services, managing day-to-day administrative functions of the team, engaging with sister tenant organizations, and serving as a member of EBCLC’s management team
  • Teach and mentor law students enrolled in the Housing unit, including assisting in the management of the clinical program, designing relevant portions of the curriculum, and providing highly interactive trainings
  • Collaborate EBCLC’s admin staff to ensure tenants receive effective counseling and support;
  • Work with the Housing Co-Directors, and EBCLC’s Executive Director, Deputy Directors, and development team to attract financial support for the unit, oversee grants management, and provide general administrative oversight
  • Serve on EBCLC’s management team, providing input and support for the broader organization
  • Other tasks as assigned by Housing Co-Directors

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience working on tenants’ rights and/or housing rights advocacy
  • Experience supervising and supporting staff with an inclusive leadership style, which manages with a mindset of “power with” rather than “power over” and regularly includes others in decision making
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial justice
  • Demonstrated inclusive leadership skills and experience management a team
  • Excellent time management, priority-setting and organization skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, and demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to provide supervision and guidance within a highly collaborative working environment
  • Excellent written and oral advocacy skills
  • Ability to partner and work effectively with a diverse range of people, including but not limited to clients, law students, service providers, court staff, judges and other government employees, community partners, elected officials, and law school faculty

 

Salary and Benefits

Starting salary for this exempt position is $86,000 – $96,000, as dictated by the EBCLC salary scale.

Benefits include fully paid health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents, life and disability insurance, and generous paid leave (vacation, sick, and holidays); EBCLC also offers flexible spending accounts for qualified health, dependent care, and commute expenditures; and retirement options.

 

Workplace Expectations

Due to COVID19, all EBCLC employees are currently working remotely. Please note, however, that the Housing Deputy Director may need to attend in-person court proceedings when required by the court and appear at EBCLC offices, as needed. The expectation is that the Deputy Director will work in our office in Berkeley, California when it is safe to do. EBCLC will provide the necessary equipment to fulfill the job responsibilities of working from home.

Working at EBCLC

EBCLC is strongly committed to advancing justice through education and advocacy, and the need to transform legal services and legal education. Please take time to review EBCLC’s mission, vision, programs, and website, and ensure that your cover letter reflects how your background, experience, and expertise have prepared you to be successful in performing the responsibilities of the position.

Additionally, EBCLC is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace centered on equity and providing an inclusive, welcoming, and culturally responsive environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

To achieve this goal, EBCLC works actively to improve our office climate, systems and structures, communications, and community engagement to create an inclusive and respectful workplace where differences are acknowledged and valued.  In your cover letter, please address how your personal background and experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural responsiveness and diversity amongst our staff.

We strongly encourage individuals from traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. EBCLC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior contact with the criminal legal system, or any other basis prohibited by law.

 

Application Process:

Interested applicants should submit an application by visiting https://eastbaycommunitylawcenter.easyapply.co/. EBCLC will review applications on a rolling basis. Application materials should include a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and names/contact information for two professional references.

Deputy Director, Housing Practice
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