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. Legal assistance is provided through counsel and advice, negotiated settlements, limited representation at Show Cause hearings, and/or referrals depending on tenants’ needs and financial eligibility.
Reports to: Senior Staff Attorney, Housing Justice Project
General Information: HJP Staff Attorneys participate in housing clinics located at the King County Superior Court and Maleng Regional Justice Center. Staff Attorneys supervise volunteer attorneys, represent clients at show cause hearings, appeals, and trials. Staff Attorneys participate in workshops and evening outreach events. This is a full-time position requiring some local travel within King County to the Kent and Seattle courthouses as well as to meetings and various outreach activities.
- Work with Senior Staff Attorney to develop and meet priorities and program goals;
- Work with volunteers on motions to revise;
- Work with, train and mentor volunteers to provide legal advice and limited representation to tenants;
- Oversee and maintain quality of client advocacy by volunteers;
- Arrange and participate in weekly case review;
- Assist HJP staff with case referral and management as needed; and
- Keep up with legislative and regulatory changes.
Administrative and Supervisory:
- Review and oversee data input in Legal Server data management system;
- Prepare reports, data, articles, and communications both for internal and community distribution;
- Assist and participate in the development of staff attorney and volunteer training materials and trainings;
- Help recruit, train, mentor and supervise volunteer legal assistants and attorneys;
- Work with KCBA’s Home Base program and Social Worker to refer cases for rent stabilization fund.
Outreach and Collaboration:
- Update community resources for client use and distribution;
- Develop new partnerships with community agencies;
- Develop educational outreach materials;
- Develop outreach information regarding homelessness prevention to community groups, agencies, housing partners, and related audiences;
- Other duties as may be assigned.
- Licensed to practice law and in good standing in Washington state;
- Experience with civil procedure, courtroom protocol, and rules of evidence;
- Experience in housing law including courtroom and trial experience;
- Familiarity with affordable housing programs;
- Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to track and consistently meet deadlines;
- Demonstrated ability to train, supervise, and mentor volunteer attorneys and maintain quality program control;
- Demonstrated commitment to understanding and addressing issues facing low-income and vulnerable people;
- Strong communication skills and ability to motivate and lead;
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people;
- Demonstrated ability to work with limited-English proficient clients and clients with physical or mental disabilities;
- Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines;
- Ability to analyze information quickly and work well in a fast-paced environment;
- Creative problem solving and mediation skills;
- Proficiency with technology including MS Word, case management systems, Excel, and Outlook.
Schedule, Travel, & Salary:
This is an exempt full-time position requiring occasional local travel within King County. Salary range is $54,000 - $ 57,000 yearly, 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 and sick leave and more.
To apply, submit a cover letter describing your interest and qualification for this position, a resume, and three references by 5:00 p.m. Monday March 18, 2019 by email to HR@kcba.org.
About the King County Bar Association:
Founded in 1886, KCBA is a membership legal organization with over 5,500 attorney members, 40 staff and an annual budget of over $4,000,000. KCBA 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. KCBA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, political ideology, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, or presence of a disability. KCBA encourages individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply. Learn more at www.KCBA.org.