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CLP Housing Advocacy Coordinator

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Bread for the City
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Washington, DC
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Published 4 days ago

Mission:

The mission of Bread for the City is to help Washington, DC residents living with low income to develop the power to determine the future of their own communities. We provide food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services to reduce the burden of poverty. We seek justice through community organizing and public advocacy. We work to uproot racism, a major cause of poverty. We are committed to treating our clients with the dignity and respect that all people deserve. 

Bread for the City’s Legal Clinic works to ensure better access to justice for individuals in our nation’s capital. The Legal Clinic provides front-line civil legal services primarily in the areas of housing, family, immigration, and public benefits law. 

Position Description:

The Legal Clinic seeks a Housing Advocacy Coordinator to provide support to our Community Lawyering Project (CLP) based out of our Southeast Center. The CLP uses legal advocacy and organizing to help achieve solutions to community-identified issues in ways that develop local leadership and institutions that can continue to exert power to effect systemic change. The project is currently engaged in direct representation, advocacy, community education and community building on issues of affordable housing preservation and creation. It is also working to support DC’s Cancel Rent Coalition to alleviate the burden of pandemic-related rent debt facing thousands of DC residents. 

A successful candidate will want to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment that often requires multitasking while at the same time maintaining a high level of attention to detail. Currently, the Legal Clinic is operating on a remote basis, with staff occasionally coming into the office to complete work that cannot be carried out remotely, including meeting in-person with clients. All in-person work is conducted under COVID-19 protocols, including the requirement that all staff and volunteers physically present in Bread for the City’s buildings must be fully vaccinated.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Conduct initial applicant interviews and follow-ups;
  • Help clients apply for rent assistance through DC’s “Stay DC” program (program likely in place through much of 2022);
  • Meet with clients in the office and at their homes (when safe to do so and with appropriate PPE);
  • Conduct investigations;
  • Support all aspects of litigation and transactional work;
  • Perform basic clerical support;
  • Attend coalition meetings with other tenant rights advocates in DC, when appropriate, and as part of the CLP’s work;
  • Research and identify local and national policy issues relevant to community interests in order to identify timely opportunities to shape local policy;
  • Lead and provide support for identified tenant associations, set relevant agenda items, facilitate conversations, and ensure that association members drive the group’s focus; and
  • Train and convene community members to testify, write letters, speak with representatives and advocate on behalf of issues of importance to them.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to social, economic, and racial justice and/or willingness to learn and carry out Bread for the City’s commitments in these areas;
  • Desire to take initiative in managing projects;
  • Comfortable spending your day talking to people and trying to direct them to free legal resources to mitigate the realities of racialized poverty;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Critical and analytical thinking skills and basic math skills;
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize assignments;
  • Excellent organizational skills, with attention to detail;
  • High degree of flexibility and ability to work well under pressure;
  • Sense of humor, seriously;
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with other staff and volunteers in a professional manner;
  • Interest in interacting with a wide variety of people, including clients, housing providers, government agencies and community organizations;
  • Comfortable working in an open work environment, with no private offices for staff when in-person Legal Clinic operations resume (date to-be-determined);
  • Access to a car or comfortability getting to all parts of the city using public transportation when in-person client work fully resumes (date to-be-determined);
  • Familiarity with Google Organization & Productivity tools (Gmail, Google Docs, Calendar) and/or ability to learn new technology systems;
  • Knowledge of federal and DC housing policy and/or community lawyering/organizing a plus; and
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) skills preferred but not required.

Compensation: 

Bread for the City offers a salary of $47,000 ($48,000 with bilingual Spanish/English language skills) for this position. We also offer a generous benefits package, which can be reviewed at https://breadforthecity.org/work-with-us/.

Bread for the City is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, family responsibility, physical or mental disability, medical condition, status as a veteran, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification applies.  

Mission:

The mission of Bread for the City is to help Washington, DC residents living with low income to develop the power to determine the future of their own communities. We provide food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services to…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    September 16, 2021
  • Education
    High School Diploma Required

Salary

USD 47,000 - USD 48,000Bread for the City offers a salary of $47,000 ($48,000 with bilingual Spanish/English language skills) for this position.

Benefits

We also offer a generous benefits package, which can be reviewed at https://breadforthecity.org/work-with-us/.

We also offer a generous benefits package, which can be reviewed at https://breadforthecity.org/work-with-us/.

Level of Language Proficiency

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) skills preferred but not required.


  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) skills preferred but not required.


Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
1525 7th St., NW, Washington, DC 20001, United States

How to Apply

To Apply: 

You must complete an application through Bread for the City’s ADP portal. Click here to review available openings and click on "CLP Housing Advocacy Coordinator" position. Then select "apply" at the top right hand corner to register for a login and apply for the position. Please upload a resume and cover letter that speaks to your interest and qualifications through this online application process. Your application will not be considered complete unless it includes a cover letter. Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls.

To Apply: 

You must complete an application through Bread for the City’s ADP portal. Click here to review available openings and click on "CLP Housing Advocacy Coordinator" position…

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