at Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA)

CLSEPA’s mission is to provide transformative legal services that enable diverse communities in East Palo Alto and beyond to achieve a secure and thriving future. We serve low-income and working-class populations, predominantly communities of color in the areas of immigration, housing, employment, and reentry law. We combine direct services with community education, technical assistance, and policy advocacy.


Our Values

We value Service, Equity, Humility, and Inclusion, and practice:

  • Working towards our mission with colleagues, clients, and community. We recognize that people come to us as whole beings. Service is inherent in treating others the way you want to be treated and recognizing we all have the power to create change;
  • Acknowledging, addressing and reducing harm that results from inequities in society and within our own organization. Working towards equity involves decreasing systematic mistreatment and barriers created by systems of social inequality. It also involves working towards increasing shared access to power, privilege, and resources in the community and within the workplace;
  • Understanding that learning is a life-long process, and we can learn from non-traditional sources, like clients and each other. Listening with active curiosity and thinking about your own reactions and judgments, appreciating other identities, expressions, behaviors and ways of being and doing that are different from your own; and
  • Creating an environment where everyone, including those who have been historically excluded, is valued, able to participate fully, and have a voice.

The success of our mission is dependent on building and maintaining an organization that includes people from different backgrounds and experiences who can challenge each other’s assumptions with new perspectives. To that end, we look for a diverse pool of applicants including those from historically marginalized groups — women, people with disabilities, people of color, formerly incarcerated people, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender nonconforming, first and second generation immigrants, veterans, and people from different socioeconomic backgrounds.


The Opportunity

The Director of the Housing Program at CLSEPA is an opportunity for an experienced and inspirational leader who is passionate about systemic change in housing within the Silicon Valley region and beyond. As part of the Management Team, you will help build trust, engagement, and credibility to inspire your team, community partners, and funders to contribute to CLSEPA’s mission. You will manage, mentor, and grow a team who is responsible for:

  • Providing direct legal services, which includes representing tenants in unlawful detainer (eviction) lawsuits, other affirmative litigation and administrative proceedings, community education and outreach regarding tenants’ rights, particularly around rent debt accrued during the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  • Working in coalition with communities of tenants and advocates to dismantle systemic barriers to affordable housing, fight displacement, and enforce local and statewide rent control protections.

In this role, you will also contribute to the strategic direction of the organization, and participate in fund development by strategizing on opportunities, presenting to funders, and drafting funding proposals in partnership with the Strategic Partnerships team.

You Will

  • Oversee strategic direction of the housing program, including evaluating current work, its alignment with the agency’s mission and other programs, development of future priorities, and implementation of best practices;
  • Oversee the supervision, mentorship, and professional development of the entire housing team, including 2 direct reports; and foster an inclusive, collaborative, and supportive work culture;
  • Manage the Housing program’s operating budget of over $1 million and lead the housing program’s fundraising, including identifying new funding opportunities, cultivating and stewarding funders, and overseeing the program’s grants and contracts;
  • Ensure that CLSEPA maintains strong relationships with external stakeholders, including government agencies and officials, community-based organizations, educational institutions, non-profit legal services providers, law firms and corporate volunteers, media outlets, and other key institutions;
  • Represent CLSEPA at conferences, coalitions, meetings, trainings, and community events’
  • Maintain a docket of cases not to exceed 20% of your time; and
  • Develop, coach, and retain a high-performing housing team.

You have

  • California bar membership;
  • Housing law experience;
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income populations and communities of color;
  • Excellent leadership and managerial skills, including the ability to engage in strategic thinking, work effectively in collaboration with a diverse group of stakeholders, be a clear and thoughtful decision maker, be a proactive and engaged supervisor, and inspire confidence in others;
  • Experience with fundraising, including foundation grants and/or government contracts; and
  • Excellent listening, communication, and persuasion skills.


Starting salary for this full-time exempt position is $103,000 or higher (depending on experience). Benefits include fully paid health insurance (medical, dental and vision) for employees, health coverage for their dependents, life and disability insurance, and generous paid leave (floating holidays, vacation, and sick); CLSEPA also offers a flexible spending plan, for qualified health, dependent care, and commute expenditures; and retirement options.


Application Process

Interested applicants should submit an application by visiting CLSEPA will review completed applications starting April 29, 2022.


Proof of completed Covid-19 vaccination, including eligible booster(s), will be required for all employees (with the exception of reasonable accommodations due to medical or religious beliefs).


CLSEPA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees/applicants in all of our employment practices without regard to race, religion, color, sex or gender (including gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, pregnancy-and childbirth- related medical conditions), sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, uniform-service member/veteran status, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, taking/requesting statutorily protected leave, or any other basis protected by law.

Director, Housing Program
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