Housing Justice Project PROGRAM ASSISTANT
The King County Bar Association promotes and supports a diverse and collegial membership; works with the judiciary to achieve excellence, equity, and accessibility in the administration of justice; and benefits the community through public service and engagement in public policy.
The Housing Justice Project (HJP) is a homelessness prevention program providing accessible, volunteer-based legal services to low-income, residential tenants facing eviction in King County. Provided legal assistance may include counsel and advice, negotiated settlements, limited representation at Show Cause hearings, and/or referrals depending on tenants’ needs and financial eligibility.
Reports to: HJP Managing Attorney
The HJP Program Assistant will work with HJP staff attorneys, clinic coordinators, social worker, and volunteers to provide a variety of services to tenants facing eviction. Primary duties will include: (a) managing HJP’s hotline by screening tenant calls and assigning callers to legal assistants and attorneys for follow-up contact; (b) providing case management and social service resources to HJP clients; (c) processing client intakes and applications for HJP’s rental assistance program(s); and (d) collecting and entering court data into HJP’s eviction tracking system. This position is based in the King County Superior Courthouse in Seattle and Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.
- Screen and return calls/emails, assign callers to legal assistants and attorneys, identify callers with urgent issues and connect them with HJP clinics;
- Complete rental assistance applications with clients; coordinate with staff, clients, and landlords/opposing counsel on rental assistance cases;
- Assist clients with accessing community resources and supportive services;
- Provide case management services to HJP clients facing eviction; and
- Other duties as assigned
- Maintain spreadsheet tracking status of client calls and staff/volunteer follow-ups;
- Maintain spreadsheet tracking administration of rental assistance;
- Log daily unlawful detainer filings and update case outcomes for HJP’s Eviction Tracker;
- Provide assistance reviewing and tracking rental assistance client application paperwork and check processing;
- Enter data into LegalServer Database; and
- Other duties as assigned
Outreach and Collaboration:
- Mail outreach letters to tenants with filed cases;
- Assist HJP staff with ongoing and new data gathering and analysis projects;
- Assist HJP attorneys and social worker with case management;
- Update community resources for client use and distribution; and
- Other duties as assigned
Who You Are
A team player who has the following skills:
- A people person with strong communication skills and a positive attitude;
- Strong organization skills and the ability to meet strict timelines;
- Flexible and adept at multi-tasking;
- Proficient with MS Office;
- Experience working with volunteers, including training and mentoring;
- Experience working with low-income and vulnerable communities;
- Familiarity with affordable housing programs;
- Demonstrated attention to detail;
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people;
- Demonstrated ability to multi-task;
- Ability to analyze information quickly and work in a fast-paced environment;
- Creative problem solving and mediation skills;
- Experience with Tableau, Excel, web design, or other similar platforms;
- Proficiency with technology including MS Word, case management systems and Outlook.
And who has the following education and experience:
- High School diploma/GED/higher degree and 2 years of relevant experience
Founded in 1886, KCBA is a membership legal organization with over 5,500 attorney members, 45 staff and an annual budget of over $4,000,000. As an equal opportunity employer, KCBA is committed to upholding an equity and justice-based organizational environment for the public, the client communities it serves, its members, its Boards, its staff and its volunteers. This means the organization actively promotes mutual respect, acceptance, teamwork, and productivity among people who are diverse in work background; lived and professional experience; immigration status and citizenship; education; race and ethnicity; national origin; sexual orientation; age; indigenous group membership; religious preference; marital status; sensory, mental, and physical abilities; social class; gender identity; veteran status, as well as other differences relevant to equity and justice. The resulting diversity is both a source of organizational strength and a matter of fundamental human fairness. If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application process, contact Dua Abudiab at Duaa@kcba.org.
This is a non-exempt, full-time position that may require occasional local travel within King County. This position is based at the Seattle and Kent courthouses. Salary range $40,000 - $42,0000 DOE, with excellent benefits. Benefits include employer-paid healthcare, 401K plan with automatic employer contribution, subsidized transit pass, flexible spending account, professional development opportunities, paid vacation, sick leave and more.
Applications are due Friday, July 2nd, 2021 via email. Make HJP Program Assistant your subject line and send a cover letter, resume and references to HR@kcba.org