The Organization

Eviction Defense Collaborative (EDC) is the only legal services organization in San Francisco solely focused on eviction prevention. EDC’s goal is to prevent displacement, stabilize communities, and ensure housing equity in San Francisco. Formed in 1996 as the primary clearinghouse for tenants filing initial responses to unlawful detainer lawsuits (UD), EDC has developed an effective, client-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally sensitive triage clinic model to process the high volume of clients through our daily, open door clinic model. We offer legal services in response to an eviction, tenant rights education, rental assistance, and advocacy for clients residing in city shelters, all under one organizational umbrella. EDC prides itself on being the safety net for San Francisco tenants, serving tenants regardless of income, immigration status, or neighborhood.

Job purpose

The Litigation Staff Attorney (Attorney) will provide full scope representation to tenants in eviction matters. Because we strive to be barrier-free and client-centered, the position requires individuals who truly enjoy working with people; have the skills and capacity to respond in an empathetic and respectful way to clients who are often in crisis; and can work effectively in a collegial and fast paced environment.

At present, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and until further notice, EDC is operating in a hybrid fashion, with some remote work and some onsite work. This role will be onsite and not a remote position. EDC’s In Office COVID-19 Safety Plan adheres to the CDC’s health and safety guidelines and the federal OSHA requirements for workplace safety.

*Proof of vaccination required*

Qualifications

First and foremost, the applicant must profoundly share EDC’s mission and vision of social justice and be able to manage stressful situations with empathy and calm. Below are additional qualifications:

  • First and foremost, the applicant must profoundly share EDC’s mission and vision of social justice and be able to manage stressful situations with empathy and calm. Below are additional qualifications.
  • In good standing with the California Bar (we will consider those waiting for pending bar results).
  • Proficient to intermediate skills with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite and other common computer programs. Database management a plus (Salesforce).
  • Excellent customer service skills (professional demeanor, sound judgment, communication, de-escalation, client-management, etc.) and proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion.
  • Strong legal analysis and legal writing skills.
  • Possess ability to make quick decisions and exercise good judgment.
  • Possess ability to work on several projects simultaneously and handle a high volume of activity and be able to work efficiently and effectively under pressure.
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Facility in Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, Tagalog, Russian or other second language a plus.
  • Must be comfortable working in community settings.
  • Willingness to work collaboratively, but with the capacity to work independently.
  • Landlord Tenant Law a plus

Duties and Responsibilities

Legal Services Duties (90%)

  • Provide full scope representation to tenants in eviction matters including:
  • Preparing responsive pleadings, discovery, and motions;
  • Advocating for tenants and negotiating on their behalf with landlords and landlords’ attorney in unlawful detainer (eviction) actions;
  • Representing tenants at court hearings, settlement conferences, and trials.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues across the organization and within the respective department.
  • Provide support for volunteer attorneys and attorneys at other legal services organizations representing tenants.
  • Work with attorneys and other EDC staff to train and supervise volunteers and interns.
  • Conduct training and other outreach as needed to other non-profit and community-based agencies.

Administrative Duties (10%)

  • Attend weekly program meetings, monthly agency staff meetings, and relevant supervision meetings.
  • Enter all data on time and correctly to support program evaluation and outcomes tracking.
  • Represent EDC at community meetings/events as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in furtherance of EDC’s mission.
  • Provide support for volunteer attorneys and attorneys at other legal services organizations representing tenants.

Compensation

Your salary depends on years of experience. Starting salary for the position is $75,000+. This is a non-exempt, full-time position (Monday –Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm).

We offer a highly competitive benefits package which includes:

100% Employer paid medical (base plan), dental, vision, LTD & STD coverage. You will also qualify for an employer contributed 401(k) account, one hour paid lunch daily, commuter benefits, bike reimbursements, and a FSA dependent care account. In year one, you will be entitled to 15 days of paid vacation, 12 paid sick days and 14 paid holidays.

EDC is a 501(c)(3) organization, which qualifies for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

Union

EDC staff are represented by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers (NOLSW, UAW Local 2320, AFL-CIO). This position is an uncontested union position.

Working Conditions

Due to COVID, our office is functioning in a hybrid model. However, the position may require some on-site work at the EDC offices in San Francisco. The employee is expected to be in the office (or available while working remotely) during normal business hours and to communicate with staff regarding whereabouts when elsewhere for meetings or other obligations. Additionally, the employee is expected to be reachable by email, phone, and video conference as needed during normal business hours, Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

The position requires working with short and long-term deadlines. It also requires working with and on behalf of low-income clients, many of whom are people of color, and to be able to work effectively with clients impacted by trauma (emotional, mental, and physical). Some evening and weekend work may be required.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Prolonged sitting/standing.
  • Extensive typing/data entry.
  • Close visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, text, and figures.
  • Prolonged computer use.

Application Process

Email your resume and cover letter as attachments to @evictiondefense.org with “Staff Attorney Job title” in the subject line.

We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis.

Direct Reports

The employee will not supervise any employees.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

EDC is committed to continually building a diverse and inclusive workplace. We do so because it is the right thing to do, and because we know it makes our work stronger and more effective. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. EDC understands and values a workplace with staff from diverse educational backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, races, sex, gender identity and expression, national origin, ages, languages spoken, veteran’s status, skin color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The Eviction Defense Collaborative believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate on any basis prohibited by applicable law.

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