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HOUSING JUSTICE ORGANIZER/ADVOCATE

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The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (“the Committee”) seeks a Housing Justice Organizer/Advocate. 

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs works to create legal, economic, and social equity through litigation, client and public education, and public policy advocacy with a primary focus on racial justice. For the last 50 years, the Committee has been on the cutting edge of civil rights advocacy in the region bringing precedent-setting litigation to address discrimination. Our work focuses on injustices in housing, employment, the criminal legal system, education, public accommodations, and civil rights of immigrants. We partner with individuals and communities facing discrimination and with the legal community to achieve justice. The Committee’s staff is unionized and negotiating its first contract. This position is within the bargaining unit. For more information on the Washington Lawyers’ Committee, please go to www.washlaw.org.


POSITION Description


The Housing Justice Organizer will work as part of a team with an attorney to protect the right of District of Columbia tenants to organize to address housing issues and to pursue the racial and economic justice objectives of organized tenants. Among the Committee’s priorities for its housing practice is to fight displacement and gentrification and to promote investment in existing and historically disinvested communities. Organized tenants have power to impact the policy decisions that affect their lives. By protecting the right to organize and providing legal support to organizing objectives, the Committee seeks to contribute to a more just housing policy for the City. 

 

The Housing Justice Organizer/Advocate will:


·      Support the provision of legal services by attorney staff and pro bono attorneys to tenants who are organizing or to tenant organizations, including through extensive fact gathering.


·      Conduct outreach and support organizing of tenants. Priority will be given to buildings in rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods or where the organizing will prevent displacement.


·      Work in coalition with other tenant organizers, community-based organizations, and housing rights advocates on specific organizing initiatives.



·      Mobilize and support community groups to win policy change, including planning and attending events and actions such as campaign rallies, town hall events, listening sessions, and lobby days


·      Work with other Committee practice areas on racial justice and civil rights issues raised by tenants at the intersection of education, employment, disability rights, language access, re-imagining public safety or other areas of work.


SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS


The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications:

  • Passion for civil rights and racial equity advocacy;
  • Experience with community organizing, advocacy, or strategic campaigns: candidate should know how to identify issues, bring communities together, and achieve lasting change;
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule that will include evening and weekend events;
  • Lived experiences in communities historically under-resourced and marginalized due to race, class, gender, etc. welcome;

·      Understanding the power of social media and how to utilize several platforms is a plus;


·      Knowledge of the District of Columbia and its neighborhoods is a plus; and


·      Ability to speak Spanish is a plus.

 

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (“the Committee”) seeks a Housing Justice Organizer/Advocate. 

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs works to create legal, economic, and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    January 17, 2022
Salary
See below
Based upon Washington Lawyers’ Committee pay scale, attached. Credit on the pay scale is given for prior relevant experience. Generous leave and employer-funded benefits.

Benefits

Generous benefits package includes health insurance, dental insurance, voluntary vision insurance, employer-funded life, short-term, and long-term disability insurance. Annual leave accrues based on seniority, starting at 18 days per year; sick leave; parental leave; and other leave. Twelve holidays per year (plus inauguration day during inaugural years). Participation in medical and dependent care FSA. Retirement plans include a 403b and 401k, with an opportunity for profit sharing starting the second year of employment. Robust training and mentoring.

Generous benefits package includes health insurance, dental insurance, voluntary vision insurance, employer-funded life, short-term, and long-term disability insurance…

Level of Language Proficiency

·      Ability to speak Spanish is a plus.

·      Ability to speak Spanish is a plus.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
Associated Location
1700 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA

How to Apply

Please email a letter detailing your interest, a resume, and a brief writing sample to: wlcjobs@washlaw.org. Please place “[your name] – Housing Justice Organizer” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until filled.


The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity is an essential component of the Committee, and we encourage all qualified persons to apply. Applicants are accorded an equal opportunity for selection without regard to an actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, personal appearance, matriculation, or political affiliation. 

Please email a letter detailing your interest, a resume, and a brief writing sample to: wlcjobs@washlaw.org. Please place “[your name] – Housing Justice Organizer” in the subject line…

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