Cantonese Speaking Tenant Counselor

Job Type

Part Time


Minimum: $22,080
Maximum: $22,080
Details: This position is part time 20 hours/ week. $23.23 / hour



Start Date


Application Deadline



4308 Geary Boulevard
San Francisco
United States


Housing Rights Committee is a tenants rights organization that offers free counseling for San Francisco tenants in all types of housing, including rent-control, public housing and Section 8. We’ve been fighting for tenants rights since 1979. Housing Rights Committee counselors provide help to over 5,000 tenants a year. We opened our Richmond District location in January, 2016 to build leaders, organize, and support tenants on the west side.

Job Description Summary

Under the direct supervision of the Richmond District Program Director, and working closely with the Richmond District Russian Speaking Tenant Counselor, and Richmond District Community Organizers, the Cantonese Speaking Tenant Counselor is responsible for implementing Housing Rights Committee’s tenant counseling work in San Francisco’s Richmond District.

Essential Duties

The Tenant Counselor regularly exercises discretion and independent judgment in the following job duties to educate and defend tenants in order to help them be able to stay in their homes:

  1. Hold drop-in hours for tenants four mornings a week in the Richmond District.
  2. Protect tenants’ security deposits, and request necessary repairs
  3. Access emergency short term rental assistance funding
  4. Fight back against unfair evictions, retaliation, discrimination, harassment
  5. Connect tenants with local organizations and legal services
  6. Help track landlords, banks, realtors, lawyers who routinely violate tenants’ rights
  7. Do translations for written outreach materials
  8. Recruit and train volunteers who help with tenant counseling.
  9. Work closely with community engagement staff to engage tenants and residents and workers in efforts to ensure long term equity and social justice.


  1. High level of verbal fluency in Cantonese, and advanced fluency in English.
  2. Knowledge of issues impacting tenants in San Francisco, strategies and resources to identify and prioritize strategies and solutions for keeping them in their homes.
  3. Commitment to social and economic justice and bottom-up social change
  4. Ability to conduct public meetings, tenants rights workshops
  5. Ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently.
  6. Strong organizational and communications skills.
  7. Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends.
  8. Experience with City of San Francisco grant reporting preferred

HRCSF is an equal opportunity employer: people of color, women, immigrants, LGBTQI2S, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply! Diverse viewpoints are vital to our organization's mission and culture. 


Benefits include medical, dental, and vision including chiropractic and acupuncture. Caring and causal work environment that centers self-care and social justice with passionate coworkers! 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Submit both a resume and cover letter to Joy Lee at joy at hrcsf dot org by September 20, 2018, rolling basis after that. Please include “Application for West Side Cantonese Speaking Counselor: HRCSF” in subject line.