Housing Attorney

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Job location
1735 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Bay Area Legal Aid
Street address: 
1735 Telegraph Avenue
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

We are seeking a Housing Attorney to join our dynamic Housing Law practice group, which focuses on the preservation of fair and affordable housing, and represents clients who are at risk of displacement —one of the most critical issues facing low-income families in Alameda County. This position is based in our downtown Oakland office, which serves low-income individuals across Alameda County. The Housing Attorney will:

• Represent low-income tenants in eviction proceedings at various stages, including in Superior Court;
• Represent tenants in Housing Authority administrative proceedings;
• Conduct community outreach and trainings;
• Work in collaboration with the tenant advocacy community; and
• Address systemic issues in areas that uniquely affect our clients’ housing rights through use of impact litigation and policy work.


• At least two years relevant litigation experience (substantial motion practice, discovery, negotiations, and trials)
• Membership in good standing of the California State Bar
• Bilingual ability in Spanish or Cantonese strongly preferred
• Strong personal work ethic and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines with minimal supervision
• Excellent writing, editing, and proof-reading skills, with ability to be detail-oriented
• Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team
• Curious and self-directed with an ability to anticipate what needs to be done
• Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects while maintaining a firm grasp of individual project details
• Cultural competency in working with low‐income clients from diverse backgrounds, including clients with physical and mental disabilities, LEP clients, and LGBT clients;

To apply: 

Bay Area Legal Aid thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please send (1) cover letter with attachment described below, (2) resume, (3) references, and (4) writing sample to: Human Resources Department, e-mail to [email protected]. Be sure to refer to the posting “Housing Attorney—Alameda County” in the title of your email.

In a separate page from your cover letter, please address the following:

BayLegal’s clients are low- and very low-income members of our communities. They include the working poor, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. To ensure our organization is best serving these populations, BayLegal strives to promote an evolving set of behaviors and attitudes amongst our staff, as well as policies that enable us to work effectively in all cross-cultural situations, with clients, with our coworkers, and with the community. We see this as a commitment to enhance the provision of our services to all clients; to raise the level of positive client outcomes; and to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.

How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural humility and diversity amongst our staff? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale.
Submission deadline: 
Friday, March 30, 2018
Expiration date: 
Friday, March 30, 2018