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 5,000 clients annually and engaging in legislative and policy advocacy at the state and local level.
As EBCLC’s community-centered transactional law practice, CEJ’s mission is to advance people-oriented economic development and empower low-income communities of color to build long-term solutions to poverty in the East Bay through a racial justice and anti-displacement lens. CEJ currently provides free legal education, advice, and representation to underserved entrepreneurs, small businesses, cooperatives, and nonprofits that align with CEJ’s mission, including groups seeking to create organizations that sustain and empower low-income communities and communities of color. The new project manager will contribute to deepening CEJ’s focus on its sustainable business development and community empowerment work and supporting grassroots coalitions and community partners on local and state-level policy advocacy as informed by CEJ’s impacted clients and communities served.
CEJ is seeking a full-time Project Manager to lead and coordinate activities in support of CEJ’s community engagement, partnership, education, outreach efforts, and administrative structure (the “Project”). The primary goals of the Project are to identify and cultivate connections with businesses, nonprofits, and cooperatives that sustain and empower BIPOC communities to close the racial wealth gap and to preserve and produce housing that is affordable for low-income communities of color. The Project Manager will leverage data and expertise from EBCLC’s practices and maintain relationships with BIPOC-led and serving community organizations and groups to inform and strengthen CEJ’s racial and economic justice mission. The Project Manager will work directly with community members, conduct research, present at community forums, coordinate media/communications, and assessment, and keep the Project on course. The Project Manager reports to the CEJ Program Director.
- Identify opportunities to deepen CEJ’s racial justice impact through client recruitment and feedback and by developing and maintaining close relationships with business service providers, community-based organizations and partners, and internal clinics.
- Build partnerships with and coordinate with internal clinics and community partners to identify community needs for “know-your-rights” resources and legal workshops related to small business formation for entrepreneurs of color and entrepreneurs facing barriers to traditional employment.
- Provide community outreach and logistical support to CEJ attorneys during periodic legal clinics and other community workshop activities as directed.
- Develop, coordinate, and implement community outreach and educational materials on community and cooperative business development, tenant associations, alternative land, and housing opportunities, and community benefits.
- Identify and support state and local anti-displacement and affordable housing preservation policies and funding resources, such as the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act and the Small Sites Program, that empower tenants and nonprofit organizations to acquire properties with the goal of keeping them permanently affordable. This work may include research, preparing support letters, participating in and coordinating with coalitions, and advocating at the local level.
- Utilize public data and community relationships to identify properties at risk of redevelopment and collaborate with mission-driven community-controlled housing providers such as community land trusts and cooperatives to implement strategies to preserve the properties and prevent displacement.
- Research and draft original articles, policy toolkits, and op-eds about community business development and anti-displacement generally and other topics related to the project’s work, as prioritized and reviewed by Supervisor.
- Create systems to streamline CEJ’s client intake and internal and external referral processes.
- Maintain EBCLC’s client database to ensure accurate accounting of services provided and other information as required for grant or project reporting.
Assist in the recruitment and training of clinical students who will contribute to the Project.
- Additional tasks as assigned by Supervisor.
- Minimum 4 years experience in an administrative, customer service, social or legal services environment; formal education may substitute for the experience requirement.
- Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs, and database software. Able to pick up new computer skills quickly.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills, and comfortable with public speaking.
- Ability to work effectively and non-judgmentally with a diverse range of people, including people with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities, people in crisis, low-income people, people of color, law students, attorneys, and service providers.
- Self-starter; ability to work independently and with little supervision.
- Excellent organizational skills; ability to be detail-oriented, multi-task, and set priorities.
- Ability to work under pressure in an empathetic, patient, and professional manner.
- Community/tenant organizing and/or policy advocacy background.
- Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese language skills.
Salary and Benefits:
Starting salary for this exempt position is $66,000 – $74,000, 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.
Due to COVID-19, all EBCLC employees are currently working remotely. Staff may work in the office if they wish to do so, subject to certain capacity limits and other safety protocols. Please note that the Program Director may need to attend in-person meetings and/or engage in in-person fieldwork to support our clients and the coalitions we work closely with. EBCLC will provide the necessary equipment to fulfill the job responsibilities of working from home.
Working at EBCLC
EBCLC is a unionized workplace and members of the bargaining unit are represented by the Engineers and Scientists of California Local 20, IFPTE. This position is part of the bargaining unit.
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.
Interested applicants should submit an application by visiting https://eastbaycommunitylawcenter.easyapply.co/. The position will remain open until filled. EBCLC will review applications and interview applicants on a rolling basis and will only review complete applications. A complete application must include a cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for two professional references. Please submit your complete application as one single pdf file by uploading it under “Upload your Resume.”