Position: Housing Outreach Attorney
Reports to: Supervising Attorney
Status: 1.00 FTE Full Time – Exempt
Salary Range: $64,400.00 – $72,800.00 annually, DOE
Legal Aid of Sonoma County (LASC) seeks a Housing Outreach Attorney for our Housing Justice Program (HJP). Under the HJP program, an experienced housing attorney will provide legal representation and legal education to low-income tenants who face eviction or have other rental housing issues. Efforts will focus on providing services to persons living in rural areas of Sonoma County who may have difficulty accessing our offices in downtown Santa Rosa. Legal services may include legal information and housing rights education, counsel and advice, preparation of pleadings, negotiations with property owners, and court representation.
HJP services include assistance with eviction defense, Section 8 issues, and habitability, retaliation, and discrimination issues. Tenant outreach presentations and housing workshops increase tenants’ knowledge of their rights as renters. A bilingual housing caseworker works with the housing outreach attorney to provide services. The attorney and caseworker work closely with a variety of Legal Aid’s non-profit partners throughout the county to secure outreach sites, schedule workshops, and coordinate client appointments. Services may include in-home visits to individuals with mobility issues.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Community Outreach and Education
- Respond to requests from the public for information about HJP program services and provide appropriate referral to affiliate agencies and resources.
- Conduct workshops, clinics and community education presentations at outreach locations throughout the County to help low-income tenants know their legal rights.
- Conduct comprehensive legal needs assessment, provide information and brief advice.
- Draft pleadings and other legal documents.
- Negotiate settlements with landlords and property owners.
- Provide representation in unlawful detainer proceedings and at Section 8 hearings.
- Work with HJP community partners to insure smooth operations. Participate in ongoing program operation, design and implementation.
- Work closely with Legal Aid staff and other affiliate organizations to coordinate activities and services.
- Assist potential clients and workshop participants with eligibility screening, and the accurate completion of intake forms and program mandated HUD assessment forms.
Skills and Experience Required:
- Previous housing law experience, including familiarity with eviction defense, habitability and mobile home issues, fair housing rights, and Section 8.
- Litigation or administrative hearing experience.
- Excellent communication skills, ability to work collaboratively with a wide-range of community stakeholders, public speaking, flexibility, and teamwork required.
- Ability to relate to diverse client population, including low-income, disabled and senior clients.
- Working knowledge of computer applications including Microsoft Office and database programs.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Ability to organize and prioritize work effectively with great attention to detail, including timely case management and capturing of data for reports to funders. Maintain up-to-date case notes and statistical records on services provided in the LASC client database.
- A firm commitment to accurate and timely data collection and time reporting (on bi-weekly time sheets and in the client database) is required.
- Previous experience in legal services and/or demonstrated commitment to public interest law work or to legal services for the poor, disabled or elderly, is strongly preferred.
- At least 3 years demonstrated successful experience in providing direct client legal services.
- Juris Doctorate and membership in the California Bar.
Benefits: Legal Aid of Sonoma County provides a dynamic and supportive work environment; and an excellent benefit package after the completion of an initial 90-day introductory period. Benefits include eligibility for company paid Kaiser health insurance or cash-in-lieu; and very generous paid vacation/sick/holiday leave policies. Note that employment at LASC is ‘at will’, completion of the introductory period does not create an employment contract.
To Apply: Please submit resume and cover letter by email to Ronit Rubinoff, Executive Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Legal Aid of Sonoma County is an ‘at will’ and equal opportunity employer.
LASC is a non-profit organization, any employment at LASC may be contingent on
continued funding from program specific contracts and grants.