Staff Attorney & Program Manager, Housing Rights Program


Posted: August 22, 2019


Housing Rights Program
Staff Attorney and Program Manager
Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
Based in San Francisco, CA

Exempt, Full-time 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 Staff Attorney and Program Manager for its Housing Rights Program. This integral position is responsible for directing the Housing Rights program; collaborating with community housing partners; and, providing direct services, litigation, policy advocacy, and community outreach. Experience and a commitment to addressing community housing rights issues are highly desired. The Housing Rights team adopts a multi-pronged approach to housing defense which includes providing 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. Through its housing 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. The staff works 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 leadership position and include the following:

  • Program Management
    • Overseeing all Housing Rights Program activities
    • Preparing, collaboratively developing, and monitoring program work plans, special projects, and budgets
    • Providing supervision, professional development, and mentorship to other housing program staff.
    • Working with other program managers and the executive team to implement and coordinate organizational management functions
    • Working with Development and other staff to secure and ensure Housing Rights Program funding resources, including collecting, compiling, and providing Housing Rights Program data and written reports
  • Direct Services
    • Providing full-scope representation to tenants in unlawful detainer proceedings and administrative hearings
    • Conducting or supervising intakes and providing legal advice and counsel to tenants in our housing clinics
  • Litigation
    • Engaging in motion practice and litigation for unlawful detainer cases as needed
    • Supporting impact litigation cases–including multi-tenant and building-wide housing cases–as they arise
  • Public Policy
    • Developing policy analysis for community partners around housing issues that impact low-income tenants
  • Community Outreach
    • Working to build relationships with grassroots community partners who support tenants and/or conduct anti-displacement work
    • Supporting Know Your Rights trainings and other community legal education to the tenant community

Desired Qualifications

  • J.D. degree and California bar membership
  • Five or more years’ relevant legal experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing the rights of low-income, people of color, immigrant, or worker communities
  • Litigation experience and substantive legal experience in housing law
  • Previous experience with direct services, litigation, public policy, community advocacy, and community-centered lawyering in housing law
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to work independently and in collaboration with other attorneys, community advocates, and community-based organizations
  • Experience supervising both attorney and non-attorney staff
  • Experience in organizing and/or working in coalition spaces to advance the rights of low- income, API, people of color, and/or immigrant communities
  • Excellent research, analytical, written, and oral communication skills
  • Highly motivated self-starter
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask
  • Fluency in a non-English language

Compensation and Benefits
This is a full-time, 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. Legal writing sample (no more than 10 pages)
  4. Three professional references

Please indicate “Staff Attorney and Program Manager, 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, height, weight, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.

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