Staff Attorney 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 Staff attorney will primarily work with veteran and senior clients, providing legal advice and limited representation at HJP Kent and HJP Seattle legal clinics as well as assisting volunteer attorneys in their representation of clients and assist with various program and volunteer development duties associated with the project. The HJP Staff attorney will also work on policy advocacy and implementing creative ways to create better policies for tenants.

Advocacy:

  • Provide legal advice and limited representation primarily to veteran and senior tenants;
  • Conduct legal research and write briefs, pleadings, and other legal documents as necessary;
  • Oversee and maintain quality of client advocacy by volunteers;
  • Participate in case review;
  • Assist HJP staff with case referral and management as needed;
  • Keep up with legislative and regulatory changes; 
  • Outreach to buildings and community meetings;
  • Work on policies in support of greater tenant protections;  
  • Data analysis and research on housing and tenant issues; and
  • Provide on-site and on-going support to volunteer attorneys working with veteran and senior tenants.

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 volunteer  and client use and distribution;
  • Develop new partnerships with community agencies, with a focus on community agencies serving veteran and senior tenants;
  • 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:

  • Licensed to practice law 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;
  • Experience working with veteran and/or senior populations; 
  • 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 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: $54,000 - $56,000 yearly DOE with excellent benefits. Position to start October 15, 2018.

To apply, please submit a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for this position, a resume, and three references by 5:00pm Monday September 24, 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 24, 2018 to:
King County Bar Association
ATTN: Human Resources
1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98101
Email: hr@kcba.org