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Housing Rights Program Manager

December 6, 2022 Job Listing

Housing Rights Program Manager,
Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
Hybrid Work Schedule, Based in San Francisco, CA
Exempt, Full-time Position

Applications are due by January 10, 2023

The Opportunity

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (ALC) seeks an experienced attorney and advocate to lead its Housing Rights (HR) Program. The Program Manager will lead a team of attorneys and community advocates and must be able to utilize, integrate and manage legal, policy, and community empowerment strategies to address community housing issues. Guided by the principle that housing is a human right, ALC adopts an approach to housing advocacy that integrates legal services to low-income residents in API communities, with policy advocacy in partnership with tenants and grassroots organizations to advance just and equitable housing policies. The ideal candidate is attuned to and has expertise in housing rights issues and is committed to building leadership and power with and for impacted communities. Experience working directly with and knowledge of issues impacting low-income API immigrant tenants are strongly desired.

ALC is undergoing a strategic planning process, and the successful candidate will play a leading role in shaping the continued success and growth of the program and the organization. The HR Program Manager should bring a leadership style that is grounded in principles of equity and inclusion and can partner with ALC’s leadership and staff to build connectivity and cohesion across the organization. They will report directly to the Deputy Director.

The Organization

ALC is the nation’s first legal organization focusing on advancing and defending the civil rights of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities. Since 1972, 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, and Voting Rights.

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.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and oversee the strategic direction and the short and long-term goals of the HR Program
  • Lead the program team and integrate legal, community empowerment, and policy advocacy strategies to address critical housing rights issues impacting API communities and other communities of color
  • Work with Housing Rights program attorneys to provide direct legal services to low-income API immigrant tenants and oversee their legal casework and client management
  • Establish and/or deepen relationships with grassroots partners, coalitions, advocacy organizations, and other housing rights stakeholders and build ALC’s capacity to collaborate with these partners
  • Oversee the program’s community outreach efforts, including providing Know Your Rights education and materials to community members and grassroots partners
  • Oversee the identification, development, and implementation of impact litigation and policy solutions to mitigate/address housing issues impacting low-income API immigrant tenants
  • Collaborate with Communications staff to develop stories with ALC clients and their communities and execute narrative-shifting strategies
  • Collaborate and coordinate with relevant programs on work that intersects with housing rights
  • Develop and monitor a budget that aligns with the program's goal and organization's mission
  • Assist in development activities such as writing and editing grant proposals and grant reports, and attending or preparing others for funder meetings and fundraising events

Qualifications

  • Substantive experience with housing rights issues and a minimum of five (5) years of related legal services, policy advocacy, and/or litigation experience, ideally with familiarity in working in a non-profit organization
  • J.D. degree and California bar membership
  • Litigation experience and substantive legal experience in housing law required, including eviction defense, preferably in San Francisco
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to work independently and in collaboration with other attorneys, community advocates, and community-based organizations
  • Experience in organizing or working in coalition spaces to advance the rights of low-income, API, people of color, and/or immigrant communities preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to building power for and with grassroots communities
  • A trusted colleague who works effectively within a nonprofit management team towards organizational goals and objectives
  • Willingness to take risks and innovate
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience supervising staff and managing a team
  • Ability to do long-term visioning and planning, and ability to grow a team while maintaining a culture
  • Non-English language skills (Cantonese, Mandarin, or other Asian languages) a plus but not required
  • Excellent verbal, analytical, writing, facilitation, and interpersonal skills

Compensation and Benefits

This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position. The annual compensation depends on years of relevant experience; the range, starting from four years of experience, is $95,000 - $127,762. ALC offers an additional $1,000 annual compensation for proficiency in a language other than English and an additional $1,000 annual compensation for graduate degree(s) other than/in addition to Juris Doctorate degrees.

ALC’s comprehensive benefits package includes the following: generous vacation and paid holidays; medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage (ALC pays 100% of premiums for employees and 75% for qualified dependents); a flexible spending account (FSA); and 401K retirement plan with employer non-elective contribution and match.

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit the following:

  1. Cover letter explaining your interest in the position
  2. Resume
  3. Legal writing sample (no more than 10 pages0
  4. Three professional references

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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.