Community Advocate, Housing Rights Program


Posted: September 27, 2019

Community Advocate
Housing Rights Program

Full-time, Non-exempt position
*Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.*

The Opportunity
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (Advancing Justice-ALC) seeks a full-time Community Advocate for its Housing Rights Program. This position is a key member of our Housing Rights team, which adopts a multi-pronged approach to housing defense. The program provides holistic, community legal services to low-income residents in gateway communities for new immigrants, where tenants face displacement due to gentrification and other economic pressures. Though our clinics, Advancing Justice-ALC provides direct client representation to individuals and families who face eviction and other issues that threaten their housing. The program also outreaches to community groups to provide know-your-rights education and support local, grassroots efforts to implement just and equitable housing policy. Staff work closely with tenants and grassroots advocates to use impact litigation to effect systemic changes in buildings and neighborhoods.

The Organization 
Advancing Justice – ALC is the nation’s oldest legal organization focusing on advancing and defending the civil rights of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (APIs). Since 1972, Advancing Justice – ALC has preserved affordable housing in San Francisco’s Chinatown, litigated high-profile civil rights cases, advocated for the passage of landmark policy changes, and provided an array of services, including community education, advocacy, and direct client representation to further the rights of low-income immigrants and communities of color. Current program areas include Housing Rights, Immigrant Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, National Security & Civil Rights, Workers’ Rights, Voting Rights, and ASPIRE, the country’s first Asian and Pacific Islander
undocumented youth leadership program. A growing staff of 40 provides strong collegial support and opportunities to learn and collaborate with other program areas.

Advancing Justice – ALC is based in San Francisco, a hub of the Asian American rights movement, progressive politics, and social justice activism. Our location in Chinatown is the first mixed-use, affordable housing co-op in San Francisco, serving as a model for preserving affordable housing in the city and protecting tenants’ rights.

Day-to-day activities vary in this dynamic position and include the following:
Provide language support to attorneys at clinic on eviction defense cases and other litigation matters

  • Counsel and represent tenants facing a variety of housing issues including but not limited to rent increases, housing conditions, buyout offers, and fair housing. Representation is limited to non-legal matters.
  • Provide administrative support to the Housing Rights Program including but not limited to scheduling appointments, managing case files and electronic client data, and grant-reporting
  • Engage in public policy advocacy, grassroots organizing, and build organizational relationships with grassroots community partners who support tenants and/or do anti-displacement work
  • Conduct Know Your Rights seminars and other community legal education.
  • Report to Housing Rights Program Manager

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong, demonstrable commitment to social, racial, and economic justice
  • Preferred but not required: two years of experience working with low-income Asian American communities and/or other immigrant communities
  • Preferred but not required: spoken fluency in Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Tagalog, or other Asian languages will be a plus; any Chinese or Asian language reading/writing proficiency will be desirable
  • Excellent research, analytical, written, and oral communication skills with high attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks in a timely manner
  • B.A./B.S. or highly relevant work experience
  • Proficiency with Google Apps and Microsoft Office
  • Flexibility to work some weekends and evenings

Compensation and Benefits
This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Salary is based on our salary scale, which accounts for years of relevant experience and principles of internal equity. Advancing Justice-ALC offers a generous benefits package.

Application Process
Interested candidates should submit via email to (as PDF attachments), including the following:

  1. Cover letter explaining your interest in the position
  2. Resume
  3. Three professional references

Please indicate “Community Advocate, Housing Rights” in the subject line.

Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, HIV status, height, weight, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.

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