Housing Justice Project Staewide Advocacy Coordinator
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: Managing Attorney, Housing Justice Project
General Information: As part of recent state legislation, low-income tenants are guaranteed counsel in eviction proceedings in Washington State. Many new attorneys will be practicing in this area of law for the first time. The role of the Statewide Advocacy Coordinator is to support and train attorneys defending tenants throughout the state. The position has both advocacy and training components: 1) creating a curriculum and training materials for new attorneys; and 2) supporting attorneys throughout the state with legal issues, trials, and appeals. The Coordinator is expected to develop motion templates, provide guidance to attorneys on cases, and create a community of advocates working on right to counsel. The Coordinator will also develop trainings on housing issues, the impact that loss of housing has on BIPOC communities, and other resources.
- Support tenant attorneys throughout the state on client representation, appeals, trials, and other civil litigation;
- Develop training materials, handbooks, and motion templates;
- Connect with programs and judicial districts throughout the state to coordinate training and support;
- Work with Managing Attorney to develop and meet priorities and program goals;
- Work with, train and mentor attorneys to provide legal advice and representation to tenants;
- Support local groups in creating partnerships between legal services, social services, the judiciary, and rental assistance resources;
- Create a network of advocates defending tenants against eviction using Teams, Slack, and/or other platforms;
- Some direct representation or co-counseling where needed, including for appeals;
- Keep up with legislative and regulatory changes.
Administrative and Supervisory:
- Prepare reports, data, articles, and communications both for internal and community distribution;
- Assist and participate in the development of staff attorney and training materials and trainings;
Outreach and Collaboration:
- Update community resources for client use and distribution;
- Develop educational outreach materials;
- 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 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
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 email@example.com.
Schedule, Travel, Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, full-time position requiring occasional local travel throughout Washington State. Salary starts at $75,000.00, 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.
Priority will be given to those who apply by 5:00 p.m. August 30, 2021. Please submit a cover letter describing your interest and qualification for this position, a resume, and three references by email to HR@kcba.org.