Temporary Housing and Employment Attorney

Family Violence Appellate Project (FVAP) is the only organization in California dedicated to appealing cases on behalf of survivors of domestic violence.  Our mission is to ensure the safety and well-being of survivors and their children by helping them obtain effective appellate representation.  We represent clients in the California Courts of Appeal, submit amicus curiae briefs in cases of statewide importance, provide training services to domestic violence attorneys and advocates, and assist pro per litigants. FVAP is dedicated to supporting policies that further the safety and welfare of all survivors of domestic violence. This includes a commitment to increasing survivors’ access to safe and stable housing and employment.  Since its inception in 2018, FVAP’s Housing and Employment Justice Program has provided training and technical assistance to attorneys and non-attorney advocates across California, created written legal tools that domestic violence survivors can use to obtain access to housing, and engaged in policy and legislative advocacy to increase survivors’ access to safe housing. If you are interested in being part of this exciting social justice movement and a resource for domestic violence survivors and advocates across California, this is the place for you!  You can learn more at www.fvaplaw.org.


FVAP is seeking a full-time, temporary, Housing and Employment Justice Attorney to join our exceptional and dynamic staff in our Oakland, California office and manage FVAP’s Housing and Employment Justice Program from approximately late June 2020 to early January 2021.  We value diverse experiences and backgrounds.  FVAP’s clientele is extremely diverse, and we serve individuals and advocates throughout the state, including rural, suburban, and urban populations.  The ideal candidate will bring skills and experiences enabling the candidate to serve these diverse populations adeptly in the context of domestic violence and its impacts on housing and employment.  Any candidate must be willing to pitch in wherever needed to support a small nonprofit.  The immediate supervisor is the Director of Programs.


Skills & Abilities:  A successful attorney has exceptionally strong critical thinking, legal, analytical, and writing skills and is able to perform professionally in a fast-paced environment.  This will necessitate multi-tasking, prioritizing tasks, and changing focus when circumstances demand.  You can communicate effectively with many different stakeholders, including FVAP’s team members, law student clerks, volunteer law firm attorneys, experienced domestic violence advocates and other community members who are not attorneys, and prospective clients from all different backgrounds.  You are able and willing to manage people at all levels, including law student clerks and senior law firm partners who act as our co-counsel.  You are detail-oriented and capable of managing a full slate of cases and tracking and complying with dozens of litigation and other deadlines at once.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


Duties include the following (other duties may be assigned):


  • Managing FVAP’s Housing and Employment Justice Program to ensure each of the Program’s four grants meet their objectives and deliverables. Activities include:
    • Overseeing and managing the Program’s four grant projects by tracking and managing each grant’s separate deliverables;
    • Managing and tracking grant project partners’ progress on deliverables, providing technical support and housing expertise as needed;
    • Drafting a grant narrative report to submit to the funder;
    • Conducting outreach to help community partners understand the housing- and employment law-related needs of domestic violence survivors, especially in underserved and marginalized communities;
    • Researching and drafting written informational materials to provide to statewide stakeholders, including adapting those materials to the unique needs of different geographic, cultural and linguistic communities;
    • Providing trainings to legal services agencies, domestic violence agencies, and other statewide stakeholders;
    • Providing technical assistance to attorneys, other services providers, and pro se litigants on legal and procedural issues related to trial-level or appellate cases;
    • Identifying areas where policy advocacy is needed to support or expand the rights of survivors in housing and employment, and working with local coalitions to enact policies or ordinances;
    • Working with local providers to determine when appellate clarification of the law is needed, consulting with FVAP’s legal team on case selection and strategy for appeals, and litigating appeals;
    • Dependent on success of fellowship application, supervising a legal fellow on an employment law-related project, including giving written feedback on their work;
  • Representing FVAP in the community to service providers, community partners, pro bono law firms, and others;
  • Advancing FVAP’s Theory of Change and commitment to cultural responsiveness;
  • Assisting with administrative and fundraising tasks as needed, including grant reports; checking and responding to office mail, email, fax, and voice mail; assisting with preparation of materials for board meetings; keeping client databases current; attending fundraising events; and other office tasks.
  • Some travel will be required.


Physical and Environmental Conditions:  Performance of duties and tasks uses standard office equipment, including telephone equipment and computers.  Reasonable accommodations provided as needed.  Work is performed inside with exposure to heating and air-conditioning.  Driving or other travel may be required.  The attorney may be able to work remotely some days, subject to organizational needs.


If Covid stay-at-home orders are still in place, the position will be a telework position from home until we are allowed to return to the office.


Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • D. from accredited university and licensed, active member of California Bar;
  • Experiences that will enable you to provide superb technical assistance, training and outreach to a diverse client population and community of domestic violence service providers in the areas of housing and employment;
  • Prior civil litigation experience in housing law and/or employment law;
  • Ability to analyze and apply California housing law, employment law, domestic violence law, family law, and appellate procedure;
  • Excellent communication, writing, editing, and organizational skills;
  • Willingness and interest in effectively supporting and supervising others, including working with outside grant partners to meet grant deliverables;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Ability to adapt to and work in the fast-paced environment of a small nonprofit;
  • Willingness to pitch in and help out as needed; and
  • A commitment to working on behalf of survivors of domestic violence and their children.


Preferred Qualifications and Experience:

  • Appellate litigation and/or legislative and policy advocacy experience;
  • Experience presenting trainings or speaking in front of a crowd;
  • Experience managing and tracking multiple projects with various deliverables;
  • An understanding of the dynamics of, and the legal, social, and personal issues raised by, domestic violence;
  • Experience developing polished written materials that understandably convey complex legal issues to a lay audience;
  • Experience working with clients in crisis and low-income clients;
  • Bilingual in Spanish or another language a plus; and
  • Diversity of personal and professional experience.


Classification:  This position is exempt, full-time, temporary, and at-will.


Compensation:  Starting salary depends on relevant experience and will be commensurate with comparable nonprofit salaries in Alameda County.  The salary range is expected to be between $66,000-$86,569.  If the candidate’s experience meets the expectations of a Senior Managing Attorney at FVAP, we will discuss if the Senior Managing Attorney position and salary scale (starting at $89,900) is appropriate.  FVAP offers temporary employees 40 hours of paid sick leave plus an additional 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked; 13 paid holidays/year; and paid attorney bar dues and continuing legal education. Benefits will be prorated to the 6 month period, except for paid sick leave.


To Apply:  The position will be open until filled.  Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning immediately (April 17, 2020).  Candidates are encouraged to apply early in the process.  The ideal start date is June 22, 2020.


To apply, please email or mail a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three professional references to:

Taylor Campion, Senior Managing Attorney, Housing & Employment Justice Program


Family Violence Appellate Project, 449 15th Street, Suite 104, Oakland, CA 94612


Your cover letter should speak to: 1) why you are interested in working at FVAP; 2) how your background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our work and perform the required and any preferred qualifications, and; 3) how your background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to diversity and cultural responsiveness amongst our staff.  Feel free to think broadly about your response to these questions, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.


To promote social justice and best serve our clients, FVAP is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a diverse staff and providing culturally responsive services.  Individuals of all races, ethnicities, national origins, religions, ages, sexes, sexual orientations, and gender identities, as well as people with disabilities, survivors of domestic violence, candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities and historically oppressed groups, bilingual and bicultural candidates, and those who are the first in their family to complete college or graduate school, are encouraged to apply.


FVAP is located in Oakland, California.  We are convenient to multiple bus lines and BART. As an essential services provider, FVAP will continue to operate under work at home conditions until the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order is lifted.


Thank you for your interest in FVAP!

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