Housing Justice Project Staff Attorney

STAFF ATTORNEY FOR HOUSING JUSTICE PROJECT

MISSION
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.

POSITION MISSION
HJP Staff Attorneys participate in housing clinics located at the King County Superior Court and Maleng Regional Justice Center as well as the HJP Hotline created in response to the COVID crisis. Staff Attorneys supervise volunteer attorneys, represent clients at show cause hearings, appeals, and trials. Staff Attorneys participate in workshops and evening outreach events.  Staff attorneys also assist with policy work, lobbying, and legislative activities. 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. When not in the courthouse, the position will be based in Seattle. 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES 

Advocacy:  

  • Direct client representation, appeals, trials, and other civil litigation; 
  • Work with Senior Staff Attorney to develop and meet priorities and program goals; 
  • Work with, train and mentor volunteers to provide legal advice and limited representation to tenants;
  • Pursue legislative and policy changes; 
  • Implement creative advocacy for tenant’s rights; 
  • 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.

WHO YOU ARE

  • A team player who has the following skills:
  • 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 understanding of the impact of race, bias, discrimination, and differential treatment of communities disproportionately composed of Black, Indigenous, and people of color, individuals who identify as LGBTQ or other sexual minorities, individuals with disabilities, immigrants, limited English speaking persons, and others who have been historically marginalized in rental housing markets and in the law and justice system
  • 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

And who has the following education and experience:

  • 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;

ABOUT KCBA

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.  Please note, one of KCBA’s programs supports attorneys working with parents and guardians of at risk children.  As a result, certain convictions would make an applicant ineligible. The King County Bar Association requires all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  To meet this requirement, all employees must provide proof of vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application process, have questions regarding eligibility, or have vaccination questions contact Len Roden at lenr@kcba.org.

POSITION DETAILS
This is an exempt full-time position requiring occasional local travel within King County.  Salary range is $70,000 yearly 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. This position is eligible for the public service loan forgiveness program.

TO APPLY
Applications are due November 5, 2021, via email. Make “HJP Staff Attorney” your subject line and send a letter of interest, resume and three references to: HR@kcba.org. Recent graduates pending bar admission are encouraged to apply. Those without housing experience are also encouraged to apply – other experience will be considered.


 

 

To Apply

Applications are due November 5, 2021, via email. Make “HJP Staff Attorney” your subject line and send a letter of interest, resume and three references to: HR@kcba.org.

Recent graduates pending bar admission are encouraged to apply. Those without housing experience are also encouraged to apply – other experience will be considered.