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STAFF ATTORNEY: HOUSING JUSTICE/RENTERS’ RIGHTS

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Public Advocates Inc.
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San Francisco, CA
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Published 29 days ago

For nearly 50 years, Public Advocates Inc. has been at the forefront of social justice movements in California as a bold and highly regarded civil rights law firm and advocacy organization that challenges the systemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination. We pride ourselves on skillfully deploying a diverse set of legal and policy tools to achieve tangible legal victories and help low-income communities of color build their power to participate effectively in public decision-making. We are excited to be hiring a new Staff Attorney to join our Metropolitan Equity Team in our San Francisco office.

The Public Advocates Metropolitan Equity Team has been at the forefront of advocacy, coalition building and litigation to promote racial and economic justice in housing, transportation and the built environment for two decades. We take a multi-disciplinary approach to increasing affordable homes in all communities, protecting tenants and communities facing displacement pressures, supporting public transportation that serves the needs of low-income people, winning socially just and environmentally sustainable development and funding infrastructure that meets the needs of historically disinvested communities. We pursue integrated strategies for change — including coalition building, administrative and legislative advocacy, litigation and communications — at the local, regional, state and national levels in partnership with grassroots groups building the power of low-income communities of color. Visit our website to learn more about this work.

Our new hire will join a high-functioning team of attorneys and policy advocates, and their near-term focus area will be on housing justice, renters’ rights and land use

Responsibilities include work in the following areas:

(We recognize that our ideal candidate will likely have experience in some of these responsibilities and will be on a growth trajectory in others.)

  • Community Partnership & Coalition Building: Build and maintain positive relationships with diverse grassroots community partners, legal and policy groups and other allies; co-lead local and/or state coalitions engaged in multi-year policy campaigns and power building; leverage Public Advocates’ legal and policy expertise to enhance capacity of community partners
  • Policy Advocacy: Develop, analyze and promote policy change in an inclusive and collaborative way with Public Advocates’ community and coalition partners
  • Legal & Administrative Advocacy: Work on precedent-setting administrative advocacy before local, regional and state agencies; help to develop and pursue strategic litigation, working closely with senior Public Advocates attorneys and pro bono co-counsel; may have opportunities to initiate and manage litigation depending on experience
  • Communication: Develop and execute outreach and media strategies, including messaging, community education, writing and representing Public Advocates and coalitions to the press and public
  • Strategy: Help shape strategic direction of cases and projects that they are working on, incorporating policy advocacy, community collaboration, media and communication, and/or litigation to achieve our objectives

Qualifications

  • Two to five years of relevant experience
  • CA Bar admission
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate clearly and persuasively about legal and policy issues to legal and lay audiences
  • Ability to work both independently and to collaborate internally and with a diverse set of allies

Preference for candidates w/:

  • Experience working with grassroots community organizations and supporting community capacity-building and empowerment
  • Experience working on policy advocacy campaigns in collaborative settings and co-leading coalitions
  • Litigation experience
  • Spanish language fluency

Qualities expected of all Public Advocates staff include integrity, high professional standards, commitment to progressive social change and working successfully with diverse colleagues, clients and community partners. This includes active participation in promoting healthy workplace culture through our organizational diversity and inclusion initiative – an ongoing and intensive process of communication, trust-building and learning about our individual and organizational areas for growth. We strive to build a culture of cooperation and mutual support and value flexibility, resilience, optimism, curiosity and a sense of humor.

For nearly 50 years, Public Advocates Inc. has been at the forefront of social justice movements in California as a bold and highly regarded civil rights law firm and advocacy organization that challenges the systemic causes of poverty and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    October 18, 2021
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Compensation

USD 81,000 - USD 90,000
Salary for attorneys w/2-5 years of experience is determined by a fixed step scale. Actual salary for attorneys w/greater than five years of experience will be based on relevant experience and internal equity considerations.

Benefits

The Staff Attorney would be based out of our downtown San Francisco office*. Our office is located on the Embarcadero near the Ferry Building, convenient to public transportation (we offer access to tax-advantaged commuter benefits).

Competitive salary range begins at $81,000-$90,000 for a Staff Attorney w/two to five years of post-graduate experience (this is based on a fixed step scale). Actual salary for attorneys w/greater than five years of experience will be based on relevant experience and internal equity considerations. Benefits include full health and dental insurance for employee and eligible family members; life and long-term disability insurance; generous vacation and paid holiday schedule; 403(b) retirement plan; and paid sabbatical after 7 years.

*At the time of this posting all our staff are working from home. We anticipate a return to the office (and travel) when it is safe to do so. In the case of an out-of-area hire, we expect the new hire to relocate to within commuting distance of San Francisco or to be available in person as needed, and not less than twice per month (or every other week).

The Staff Attorney would be based out of our downtown San Francisco office*. Our office is located on the Embarcadero near the Ferry Building, convenient to public transportation…

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near San Francisco, CA
Associated Location
131 Steuart Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94105-1241, United States

How to Apply

Applications welcome immediately; position open until filled. To be considered, applications must include: 1) a cover letter that a) explains your specific interest in this role and in our advocacy model, b) addresses how your identity and background have prepared you to be an effective advocate for social justice and c) describes a project or challenge you have managed that will help us understand your qualifications; and 2) a resume. Please submit your application (and/or questions) by email to attorney@publicadvocates.org.

Public Advocates is committed to fostering a diverse staff and diversity in the legal profession and we seek to fill this position with someone who shares our values, including our organizational commitment to diversity. We encourage all interested individuals to apply — especially Black, Indigenous and People of Color; women; people from low-income backgrounds; people with disabilities; people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender or anyone belonging to any other federal or state protected category. Read our Diversity Vision Statement here.

Applications welcome immediately; position open until filled. To be considered, applications must include: 1) a cover letter that a) explains your specific interest in this role and…

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