Housing Advocate (Paralegal) - San Francisco Regional Office

Posted by
Bay Area Legal Aid
San Francisco, CA
Published 9 days ago

We are seeking an Advocate/Paralegal with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacyAs part of San Francisco's Tenants' Right to Counsel Initiative, this position will focus on supporting and working with a team of attorneys who are providing full-scope legal services to tenants in unlawful detainer proceedings. 

The Housing Advocate (Paralegal) you have the opportunity to:

  • Learn and advocate for the diverse legal needs of underserved communities in San Francisco and the broader Bay Area to reduce homelessness, enhance stability and address social injustice;
  • Conduct initial client screening and intake and enter client data in case management systems in compliance with the San Francisco Tenant Right to Counsel program;
  • Assist with settlement conferences and administrative hearings;
  • Prepare legal forms, demand letters, and reasonable accommodation requests; assist in propounding and responding to discovery;
  • Maintain case files;
  • Cite check, proofread, format, and compile motions and briefs; perform basic legal research;
  • Assist with tracking deadlines, calendaring motions, scheduling court reporters, and interpreters;
  • Conduct unit inspections, obtain inspection records from government agencies, and document individual and pervasive habitability problems;
  • Prepare templates for discovery, motions, and trial binders;
  • Prepare outreach materials; and
  • Assist with data tracking and grant reporting.

Required Qualifications:

  • Humility in working with colleagues and vendors 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.
  • Paralegal Certificate or an equivalent level of legal training;
  • At least 2 years work experience as paralegal or legal assistant;
  • Experience working with legal case management software and legal research tools such as Lexis and Westlaw;
  • Strong research, writing and communication skills;
  • Ability to multitask and provide support to attorneys in busy, fast-paced practice;
  • Bilingual ability in Spanish or Cantonese preferred; and
  • Previous housing law experience preferred.

COVID-19 remote work: BayLegal is committed to the health and safety of our staff, clients, and community. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, most BayLegal employees remain primarily working remotely.  BayLegal has implemented detailed health and safety protocols to minimize risk of exposure and has an evolving plan for expanding local receptions hours to the public and increased in-person activities in our offices and community-based advocacy sites.  Employees are expected to reside in California and at a distance allowing them to commute to their physical BayLegal base location and service delivery locations as needed and in compliance with public health advisories.

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 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; BayLegal student debt reimbursement program; long term disability insurance; employee assistance program; stipends for bilingual employees whose language skills are used in the provision of work tasks; dependent childcare employer contribution program; employer paid CA Bar license and/or social work license fees; and 401k retirement plan with BayLegal contribution following first year.  BayLegal has a generous paid leave policy which includes: sick leave; parental leave; 14 holidays each year; 3 floating holidays each year (days chosen by employee); 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, at

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, individuals who have been impacted by the criminal justice system, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.  We are committed to equal employment opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to qualified candidates and employees pursuant to applicable law.  We value and encourage diversity and solicit applications from all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. If you require a reasonable accommodation as part of the application process, please contact BayLegal’s Human Resources Manager at: or (510) 250-5225. 

BayLegal will begin reviewing applications upon receipt and continue until the position is filled. Please submit (1) cover letter including response to question below (no page limit), (2) resume, (3) references, and (4) writing sample through BayLegal’s career application portal located:

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

BayLegal’s clients are low- 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 and juvenile justice systems, 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 in all cross-cultural situations, 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, have prepared you to serve our client base effectively 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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We are seeking an Advocate/Paralegal with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacyAs part of San Francisco's Tenants' Right to Counsel Initiative, this position will focus on supporting and working with a team of…

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  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Professional Level
    Entry level


San Francisco, CA 94102, US

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