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Housing Attorney (San Francisco Regional Office)

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Bay Area Legal Aid
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San Francisco, CA
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Published 18 days ago

BayLegal seeks an attorney with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice to join our Housing Law practice group in San Francisco.   This position is based in our San Francisco office and involves traveling throughout the county and potentially the Bay Area as necessary to best serve our low-income clients. See COVID-19 Temporary Remote work below.

As a Housing Staff Attorney, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn and advocate for the diverse legal needs of underserved and vulnerable communities in San Francisco and the broader Bay Area to reduce homelessness, enhance stability, and address social injustice;   
  • Provide full-scope legal representation to low-income tenants in unlawful detainer proceedings, including propounding and responding to discovery, conducting depositions, pre/post-trial motions, trials, and appeals;    
  • Represent tenants in administrative proceedings before the San Francisco Housing Authority and other agencies;      
  • Advocate for tenants on issues of fair housing, substandard conditions, and VAWA
  • Identify systemic problems that affect our clients’ housing rights and address these challenges through affirmative litigation and policy work;
  • Staff Off-Site Legal Clinics to conduct intakes, provide legal advice, assess for further services;
  • Collaborate with the local and national tenant advocacy community;
  • Provide workshops and technical assistance to community partners and our client community on housing law, tenants' rights, and a broad range of civil legal issues;
  • Develop relationships and engage in collaboration with a range of public and private community partners, including governmental agencies, courts, and community-based organizations, to ensure integrative services and address systemic barriers facing BayLegal's client community;
  • Work with BayLegal's development, grants and contracts, and communications team to promote BayLegal's mission and resource development; and
  • Engage in other tasks and projects that further BayLegal's mission and operations as a non-profit.

Requirements/Qualifications/About the Successful Candidate:

  • Humility in working with colleagues and clients across the spectrum of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, immigrant status, religious identity, physical and mental disabilities, and/or limited English proficiency.
  • Will consider applicants sitting for the 2021 bar examination and attorneys licensed in other states who are eligible to practice in California under the California Bar’s Multijurisdictional Practice Program.
  • Bilingual ability in Spanish or Cantonese preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to ensuring economic stability for low-income individuals and communities.
  • Strong personal work ethic and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proof-reading skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team.
  • Curious and self-directed with an ability to anticipate what needs to be done.
  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects while maintaining a firm grasp of individual project details.

Temporary COVID-19 remote work:

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all BayLegal employees are primarily working remotely. While BayLegal has implemented detailed health and safety protocols to minimize risk of exposure and has an evolving plan for reopening our local offices, we anticipate remaining primarily remote throughout much of 2021. All employees are expected to be available to travel to BayLegal offices and services locations as needed and in compliance with public health advisories. Employees are expected to reside in California and must be able to commute to the physical BayLegal base location or service delivery location within the San Francisco Bay Area.

While BayLegal remains primarily remote, all employees are issued BayLegal computers and provided appropriate supplies. BayLegal has implemented and continues to explore additional technologies to make working remotely as efficient and connected as possible. All employees receive a flat-rate monthly amount to reimburse for work-related use of personal IT equipment, including internet, and home. BayLegal is open to providing flexibility regarding work schedules and part-time or full-time employment to the extent feasible for the position.

BayLegal seeks an attorney with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice to join our Housing Law practice group in San Francisco.   This position is based in our San Francisco office and involves traveling throughout the…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    August 31, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    August 31, 2021
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

Competitive Salary

Benefits

We offer a diverse, family friendly environment, and compensation based on competitive public interest salaries along with a generous benefits package. BayLegal's benefits package includes 100% employer-covered medical, dental, and life insurance for employees and up to 40-50% for dependents; long-term disability insurance; stipends for bilingual employees whose language skills are used in the provision of work tasks; student debt repayment program; dependent childcare employer contribution program, and 401k retirement plan following first year. Paid leave policy includes: sick leave; parental leave; 14 holidays each year and vacation (starting at 13 days and increasing with additional years of employment). This is a union position (Bay Area Legal Aid Workers “BALAW”), and the salary scale can be found on our website https://baylegal.org/get-involved/employment-opportunities/.

We offer a diverse, family friendly environment, and compensation based on competitive public interest salaries along with a generous benefits package. BayLegal's benefits…

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual ability in Spanish or Cantonese preferred (stipends for bilingual employees whose language skills are used in the provision of work tasks)

Bilingual ability in Spanish or Cantonese preferred (stipends for bilingual employees whose language skills are used in the provision of work tasks)

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near San Francisco, CA
Associated Location
1800 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

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Applications:

BayLegal thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) and QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, individuals who have been impacted by the criminal justice system and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please email the following to our Human Resources Department jobs@baylegal.org  (1) cover letter including response to the question below (no page limit), (2) resume, (3) at least 3 references, and (4) a writing sample. Please reference Housing Attorney – San Francisco in the subject of your email.

As part of your cover letter, please address the following:

BayLegal’s clients are low-income and very low-income members of our communities. They include LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) and QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) individuals, the working poor, seniors, people who are limited English proficient, veterans, persons with disabilities, survivors of abuse and exploitation, individuals impacted by the criminal justice system, and people who are experiencing or at risk of homeless, and persons from other underrepresented groups. To ensure our organization is best serving these populations, BayLegal strives to promote an evolving set of behaviors and attitudes amongst our staff, as well as policies that enable us to work effectively across cultures, with clients, with our coworkers, and with the community. We see this as a commitment to enhance the provision of our services to all clients; to raise the level of positive client outcomes; and to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.

How do you think your experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to serve our diverse client base effectively, work effectively with colleagues from different backgrounds than your own, and to contribute to our commitment to humility, inclusion, and diversity? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.

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