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Housing Attorney

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Bay Area Legal Aid
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Oakland, CA
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Published 9 days ago

BayLegal seeks an Attorney with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy to join our Alameda County office to preserve tenancies for low-income tenants. In this position you will have the opportunity to join a small collaborative local team based out of Oakland and BayLegal’s larger regional practice and social justice team. This position is based in our Oakland office, which is working primarily remotely through 2021. Some travel may be required for court and to all parts of the county as necessary to best serve our low-income clients. See our temporary COVID-19 Remote Work description below.

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

·      Learn and assist with the diverse legal needs of underserved and vulnerable communities in Alameda County and broader Bay Area to address 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.

·      Address access barriers and provide legal assistance to low-income tenants by providing call-backs to tenants seeking help through our Tenants Rights Line.

·      Represent tenants in administrative proceedings before the Alameda County housing authorities 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.

·      Collaborate with the local and national tenant advocacy community.

·      Provide virtual workshops and technical assistance to community partners and 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.

·      Engage in other tasks and projects that further the interest of furthering 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.

·      Membership in good standing in the California State Bar.

·      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 at a distance from which they can 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. Due to the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on personal lives, BayLegal is open to providing flexibility regarding work schedules and part-time or full-time employment to the extent feasible for the position.

 Compensation and 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 will be provided upon request.


BayLegal seeks an Attorney with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy to join our Alameda County office to preserve tenancies for low-income tenants. In this position you will have the opportunity to join a…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Application Deadline
    May 31, 2021
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

Compensation based on competitive public interest 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 will be provided upon request.

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.

Bilingual ability in Spanish or Cantonese preferred.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Oakland, CA
Associated Location
1735 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612

How to Apply

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 question below (no page limit), (2) resume, (3) at least 3 references, and (4) a writing sample. Please reference Housing Attorney Position – Alameda 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.


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…

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