King County Bar Association is hiring a staff attorney for the Housing Justice Project

07/01/2020 7:44 AM | Anonymous

Closes July 6, 2020

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.   Apply here.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

Reports to: Senior Staff Attorney, Housing Justice Project
General Information: HJP Staff Attorneys participate in housing clinics located at the King County Superior Court and Maleng Regional Justice Center as well as the HJP Hotline created in response to the COVID crisis. Staff Attorneys supervise volunteer attorneys, represent clients at show cause hearings, appeals, and trials. Staff Attorneys participate in workshops and evening outreach events.  Staff attorneys also assist with policy work, lobbying, and legislative activities. This is a 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.

Advocacy:

  • Direct client representation, appeals, trials, and other civil litigation
  • Work with Senior Staff Attorney to develop and meet priorities and program goals
  • Work with, train and mentor volunteers to provide legal advice and limited representation to tenants
  • Pursue legislative and policy changes
  • Implement creative advocacy for tenant’s rights
  • Oversee and maintain quality of client advocacy by volunteers
  • Arrange and participate in weekly case review
  • Assist HJP staff with case referral and management as needed
  • Keep up with legislative and regulatory changes

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 staff attorney and volunteer training materials and trainings
  • Help recruit, train, mentor and supervise volunteer legal assistants and attorneys
  • Work with KCBA’s Home Base program and Social Worker to refer cases for rent stabilization fund

Outreach and Collaboration:

  • Update community resources for client 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:

  • 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 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 occasional local travel within King County.  Salary range is $58,000 - $61,000 yearly, 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. 

 


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