Social Worker for Housing Justice Project

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, trials and appeals; and/or referrals depending on tenants’ needs and financial eligibility. 


Specific Responsibilities:

Reports to: Managing Attorney, Housing Justice Project
General Information: HJP Social Worker will provide ongoing case management to veteran and senior clients of the HJP programs in Kent and Seattle legal clinics. The Social Worker’s duties will include: (a) assessing for and providing case management and social services; (b) assisting clients access benefits such as financial assistance, homecare services, long term care, and transitional services to avoid homelessness; (c) work on policy advocacy create better eviction and homelessness prevention policies, including research and advocacy before legislators and policymakers; (d) developing relationships with community groups and other services; (e) applying for reasonable accommodation plans on behalf of tenants with disabilities; and (f) working with attorneys to develop strategies to keep tenants housed. The position will primarily be focused on working with senior citizens and veterans. 

Advocacy:

  • Provide case management to veteran and senior clients;
  • Assist clients access benefits and other social services programs;
  • Participate in case review;
  • Keep up with legislative and regulatory changes; 
  • Outreach to buildings; veteran and senior hubs and community meetings;
  • Work on policies in support of greater tenant protections;  
  • Data analysis and research on housing and tenant issues; and
  • Work with staff and volunteer attorneys making referrals. 

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 volunteer training materials and trainings. 

Outreach and Collaboration:

  • Update community resources for client and volunteer 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.​

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work or equivalent experience; 
  • Experience in case management;
  • Experience in accessing benefit programs and other services;
  • Experience with requesting and obtaining reasonable accommodation for veteran and senior clients with disabilities;  
  • Experience in policy research and analysis; 
  • Experience advocating for policy changes; 
  • Familiarity with affordable housing programs and social programs for veterans and seniors;
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to track and consistently meet deadlines; 
  • 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 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 some local travel within King County to the Kent and Seattle courthouses as well as to meetings and various outreach activities. The position may require occasional meetings in the evenings. Salary range: $45,000 - $48,000 yearly DOE with excellent benefits. Position to start as soon as possible.

To apply, please submit a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for this position, a resume, and three references by 5:00pm Thursday September 20, 2018 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, 38 staff and an annual budget of $4,000,000. The 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. Learn more at www.kcba.org.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we highly encourage people of diverse backgrounds to apply for this position. Diversity is defined by the King County Bar Association to refer to the inclusion of individuals who self-identify with those groups historically discriminated against, and which continue to experience the effects of such, and/or who are under-represented in the legal profession including on the basis of disability, gender, race/ ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

To Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume via email by September 20, 2018 to:
King County Bar Association
ATTN: Human Resources
1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98101
Email: hr@kcba.org