Join an organization dedicated to improving our community through programs that provide equal access to legal services. The Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco (JDC) currently has an exciting opportunity for Supervising Attorney of Tenant Advocacy Project. This position will represent tenants in housing issues before eviction lawsuits are involved (no unlawful detainer work), while developing a pro bono program in which volunteer attorneys do this work with the Supervising Attorney’s training and support.

 

About JDC:

JDC advances fairness and equality by providing free legal services to low-income people through staff-based representation, as well as recruiting and training pro bono attorneys. Each year JDC staff and over 1,800 volunteer attorneys, legal assistants, law students and college students serve nearly 8,000 indigent clients. JDC’s holistic advocacy approach seeks to address the social service needs of clients in addition to their legal needs. JDC’s overarching goal is to assist the community’s most vulnerable members access the judicial system and strengthen their personal, professional and economic security.

 

About the Job . . .

We seek an experienced housing attorney who will directly represent and advocate for tenants while simultaneously developing a program that engages and trains volunteer attorneys to do the same work. The result will be that, over the next six to twelve months, the supervising attorney will personally handle a decreasing number of cases and increasingly assign incoming cases to volunteer attorneys, train new volunteers, and mentor and support attorneys in their pro bono cases.

 

Current responsibilities will include:

  • Represent low-income tenants in various housing issues that arise before and/or outside of unlawful detainer lawsuits, to resolve problems, advise tenants and landlords of legal obligations, and stabilize rental arrangements to avoid housing instability and homelessness
  • Oversee client intake
  • Collect data to prepare and submit grant reports

 

Responsibilities over the next several months and beyond will include:

  • Work with key colleagues to develop a pro bono program that engages volunteer attorneys in certain cases, create trainings on fundamental housing laws and regulations, assign cases to volunteers, and supervise volunteers during their cases
  • Conduct community outreach to increase client referrals
  • Mobilize pro bon engagement by cultivating relationships with volunteers, law firms, and in-house departments
  • Oversee client intake, evaluate incoming cases, and oversee assignments to volunteers
  • Collect data to prepare and submit grant reports
  • Collaborate with other community-based groups on broad housing issues and potential solutions

 

EXPERIENCE
  • Active membership and good standing with the State Bar of California
  • Three years of experience with housing legal issues and litigation

 

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with individuals and groups
  • Ability to fulfill different roles, prioritize, and multi-task
  • Strong project management and organization
  • Able to interact effectively with a variety of personalities and work with cultural humility
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Experience with SalesForce CRM platform is helpful

 

 

Why Work For Us:

We offer a collaborative work environment, a progressive work culture, and a wonderfully diverse staff.  Additionally, we are a mission and values based organization.

We also offer a generous benefits package that includes: a choice of medical insurance plans, dental insurance, vision insurance, pretax commuter, health, and dependent care accounts, employer paid short- and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and a retirement and profit-sharing benefit, and more.

To find out more about JDC, please visit our website at www.sfbar.org/jdc

 

To Apply:

Starting salary is competitive with other nonprofits. JDC is strongly committed to diversity and encourages applications from people who can contribute to our diversity.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to BASFjobs@sfbar.org.

Supervising Attorney, Tenant Advocacy & Homelessness Prevention
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