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Managing Attorney (Housing)

Description: 

JOB SUMMARY:

Texas Legal Services Center’s (TLSC) Housing Program assists eligible households that are unable to pay rent or utilities with eviction relief, the eviction process and rental assistance resources.  The Housing Managing Attorney is responsible for the supervision, leadership, training, evaluation, and mentorship of Housing Program staff as well as oversees the statewide Eviction Helpline.

This attorney in this position is expected to maintain the highest ethical and professional standards as a member of the State Bar; adhere to the American Bar Association Standards for the Provision of Civil Legal Aid; embrace and support TLSC’s overall mission; and comply with all grant requirements, regulations, standards, policies, and confidentiality requirements.

This is a grant-funded position. 

 

Requirements: 

Essential Functions 

  • Lead, mentor and motivate staff through strategic thinking and team building.
  • Recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate program staff.
  • Provide legal advice, assistance, referrals, and representation, where applicable, to eligible clients in a compassionate, culturally appropriate, and trauma-informed manner. 
  • Ensure program compliance with grant requirements, grant reporting, regulations, standards, policies, and confidentiality requirements, as well as comply with and support internal operations and personnel policies.
  • Cultivate working relationships and coordinate projects, both internally and with other organizations and agencies, to advance programmatic and organizational goals, keeping track of project deadlines and milestones to ensure projects are completed on time and to the highest of standards.
  • Lead and assist with statewide education and outreach efforts, including developing, presenting, or participating in trainings, as requested.
  • Participate in state and national task forces and meetings with program staff at other grantee organizations to receive input and to provide technical support to other non-profits
  • Travel to locations outside of Austin.

Other Functions 

  • Collaborate with other TLSC managers and senior staff.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Education/Licensure (Required)

  • J.D. Degree
  • Licensure by the Supreme Court of Texas.

Knowledge / Skills (Required) 

  • Current knowledge and expertise of the law and legal system, especially in areas that impact civil law with a preferred background in housing and related areas of the law.
  • Proven experience leading, mentoring, and motivating staff.
  • Strong time management and attention to detail skills.
  • Exceptional listening, writing and oral communications skills.
  • Experience with grant reporting and program compliance.
  • Proficiency with Adobe, social media, and Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Proficiency with or ability to learn LegalServer (TLSC’s case management system).
  • Ability to work with clients in a patient, trauma informed and non-judgmental manner. 
  • Ability to travel to out-of-town locations.

Knowledge/Skills (Preferred)

  • Bilingual in Spanish

Physical Requirements

  • Sedentary work that involves sitting most of the time.
  • Occasional bending, squatting, and kneeling.
  • Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, and a negligible amount of force as needed, at times to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.

 

*This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

 

Information

Submission Deadline: 
July 14, 2022
Organization Information: 
Texas Legal Services Center Austin, TX 78741
United States