Supervising Attorney (Housing)
The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley is seeking a full-time Supervising Attorney for its Housing Department. The Law Foundation ins focused on the prevention of displacement of low-income individuals and communities of color through both direct legal services, including unlawful detainer defense, and system change work, including impact litigation and policy advocacy.
The Supervising Attorney will supervise a team 6-8 attorneys and advocates in the Housing Team. The Supervising Attorney will supervise a variety of work including intake, direct services, policy advocacy and impact litigation, with the goal of balancing direct service work and systemic advocacy. The Supervising Attorney will report to the Directing Attorney and will work closely and collaboratively with the three other Supervising Attorneys in the Housing team.
- Supervision of all housing work, including unlawful detainer defense;
- Hiring, training, mentoring, and professional development of staff;
- Collaborate with other Law Foundation team members to assist with program design, development, oversight, and administration of the Housing Department;
- Manage the Law Foundation’s systemic change efforts in the housing context, including policy advocacy and impact litigation;
- Direct representation of clients in unlawful detainer, affirmative, or impact litigation;
- Support program and organization-wide initiatives, including race equity;
- Oversee and participate in education and outreach to community about legal issues confronted by low-income tenants;
- Train and establish training protocols for attorneys;
- Advance a community lawyering strategy in the housing practice;
- Develop and maintain public relations with government agencies, decision-makers, and the community;
- Oversee and manage contracts;
- Assist with supervision of other units as needed;
- Provide support to pro bono attorneys and the pro bono housing program;
- Participate in fundraising activities including events and grant writing and reporting.
Compensation starts at $ 100k ; excellent benefits including generous paid time-off, fully paid employee health insurance and 401(k). More information regarding the Law Foundation is available on our website: www.lawfoundation.org.
REMOTE WORK POLICY
Due to COVID-19, the Law Foundation is primarily working remotely through the end of 2021. The team is currently exploring ways to support continuing flexibility for remote work and expects that most staff will have the opportunity to work remotely for some of their work week after 2021.
The Law Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer. We encourage people of color, womxn, people living with disabilities, older people, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to apply. It is the policy of the Law Foundation to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants, without regard to race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, medical condition or genetic information, veteran status, national origin, disability, marital or other protected status. The Law Foundation will conform to the spirit, as well as the letter of all applicable laws and regulations.
- Deep commitment to and passion for the vision and mission of the Law Foundation;
- Minimum of five years of experience in public interest law or advocacy services;
- Legal supervision experience;
- Litigation experience, specifically unlawful detainer defense experience;
- Experience in policy advocacy and
- Experience managing and assigning work to a team;
- Ability to effectively supervise legal work in a fast-paced and high-volume environment;
- Ability to effectively develop a team and collaborate with other entities, both internal and external to the Law Foundation;
- Ability to work with community-based organizations, government agencies, and decision-makers such as City Council;
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to create a culture of feedback and continual improvement;
- Experience in community lawyering and willingness to incorporate community lawyering into the housing practice;
- Commitment to Race Equity work and incorporating race equity principles into systemic change work;
- Demonstrated commitment and ability to work with underrepresented communities, including people living with mental health disabilities, HIV/AIDS, or other disabilities and clients of diverse ethnic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds;
- Strong organizational skills;
- Strong written and verbal communication skills;
- California Bar Membership or ability to practice law in California;
- Bilingual in English and Spanish or Vietnamese preferred.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled. Please submit the following via email to firstname.lastname@example.org: (1) a resume, (2) three professional references, and (3) a cover letter that explains your interest and also addresses the question below.
In order to best serve our clients and our community, the Law Foundation is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How has your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to social justice, race equity and diversity among our staff?