Supervising Attorney – Housing
The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley advances the rights of under-represented individuals and families in our diverse community through legal services, strategic advocacy, and educational outreach. Now with over 90 employees, the Law Foundation is the largest provider of free legal services in the South Bay. Located in downtown San Jose, the Law Foundation is a dynamic and interesting place to work. We pride ourselves on fostering a work environment that is motivating, collaborative and fun, with plenty of opportunities for professional growth. We are working towards a race-conscious legal services practice.
The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley is seeking a full-time Supervising Attorney for its Housing Department, focused on supervising a fast-paced and dynamic unlawful detainer defense practice. As a part of our Strategic Plan, the Law Foundation is focusing on the redesign of our Housing Department. Over the course of the next year, Law Foundation housing staff will be experimenting with various approaches to training, supervision, and support of staff as well as trying out various service delivery models. The housing team will be working to incorporate community lawyering and other race equity tools into its work in an effort to design a new housing department that provides the best possible housing services to our community. The new Housing Department will have a strong focus on anti-displacement and will dedicate resources to both direct services work and system change. The Supervising Attorney will play a critical role in designing the structure, prioritization and service delivery model of the new Law Foundation Housing Department. The Supervising Attorney will also be responsible for training and supporting staff and overseeing the work of the direct services practice. In addition, the Supervising Attorney will help to maintain and grow funding resources, and managing the administrative aspects of the program.
- Supervision of direct services staff and casework focusing on unlawful detainer defense;
- Hiring, training, mentoring, and professional development of staff;
- Collaborate with other Law Foundation team members to assist with program design, development, oversight, and administration of the Housing Department;
- Work closely with the policy and impact litigation units at the Law Foundation to support the Law Foundation’s systemic change efforts in the housing context;
- Ability to consider alternative models of unlawful detainer practice and willingness to experiment and create design models incorporating various best practices;
- Direct representation of clients, specifically in the unlawful detainer context;
- Support program and organization-wide initiatives, including race equity;
- Oversee and participate in education and outreach to community about legal issues confronted by low-income tenants;
- Public relations with government contractors and the community;
- Oversee and manage contracts;
- Assist with supervision of housing intake;
- Provide support to pro bono attorneys and the pro bono housing program;
- Participate in fundraising activities including events and grant writing and reporting.
- Minimum of five years of experience in public interest law or advocacy services;
- Unlawful Detainer defense experience;
- Legal supervision experience;
- Litigation experience outside the unlawful detainer context, including affirmative housing litigation;
- Experience managing and assigning work to a team;
- Ability to effectively supervise legal work in a fast-paced environment and high-volume eviction defense practice;
- Ability to effectively collaborate with teams, both internal and external to the Law Foundation;
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to create a culture of feedback and continual improvement;
- Experience in Community Lawyering and willingness to incorporate community lawyering into an unlawful detainer defense and housing practice;
- Commitment to Race Equity work and incorporating race equity principles in an unlawful detainer defense practice;
- Demonstrated commitment and ability to work with underrepresented communities, including people living with mental health disabilities, HIV/AIDS, or other disabilities and clients of diverse ethnic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds;
- Strong organizational skills;
- Strong written and verbal communication skills;
- California Bar Membership or ability to practice law in California;
- Bilingual in English and Spanish or Vietnamese preferred.
Highly competitive nonprofit salary; excellent benefits including generous paid time-off, fully paid employee health insurance and 401(k). More information regarding the Law Foundation is available on our website: www.lawfoundation.org.
The Law Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer. We encourage people of color, women, people living with disabilities, older people, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to apply. It is the policy of the Law Foundation to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants, without regard to race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, medical condition or genetic information, veteran status, national origin, disability, marital or other protected status. The Law Foundation will conform to the spirit, as well as the letter of all applicable laws and regulations.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled. Please submit the following via email to firstname.lastname@example.org: (1) a resume, (2) three professional references, and (3) a cover letter that explains your interest and also addresses the question below.
In order to best serve our clients and our community, the Law Foundation is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How has your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to social justice, race equity and diversity among our staff?