Director, Montgomery County/Prince George’s County Office

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Bethesda, MD 20814
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Homeless Persons Representation Project
Street address: 
201 North Charles Street, Suite 1104
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
Maryland
ZIP: 
21201
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP), a non-profit legal services and advocacy organization, seeks to hire a full-time attorney to set-up and manage HPRP’s new satellite office based in Montgomery County, Maryland to serve persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Since 1990, HPRP has maintained a twice-monthly legal clinic at Shepherd’s Table in Silver Spring, Montgomery County. As part of its 2014 Strategic Planning process, HPRP was urged by community stakeholders to consider expanding its presence in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. After conducting a Legal and Advocacy Needs Study for the Counties in 2015 to investigate the unmet need for civil legal aid for HPRP’s client population and the feasibility of expanding services, HPRP’s Board and Staff committed to opening a small satellite office serving Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.

Responsibilities include:
• Recruiting, training, supervising, and retaining volunteer attorneys, paralegals and law students serving Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties;
• Updating and developing written materials for volunteers, including training manuals;
• Maintaining the infrastructure necessary to monitor the work of the volunteer attorneys and provide on-going support and supervision to volunteers as needed;
• Representing a limited number of clients on a case-by-case basis as needed;
• Maintaining HPRP’s existing off-site legal clinic at Shepherd’s Table, developing strong relationships with new providers to open additional locations for HPRP’s off-site legal clinics, and evaluating the effectiveness of the off-site locations;
• Conducting Know Your Rights and informational sessions at local shelters and other community-based programs and creating client and community education materials;
• Participating in local coalitions focused on ending homelessness, expanding affordable housing, and other efforts related to alleviating poverty;
• Identifying systemic legal and policy issues to pursue in consultation with HPRP’s Managing Attorney;
• Supervising administrative staff in the satellite office and additional staff attorneys in the future;
• Maintaining information about case activity and statistics, as well as volunteer information, in HPRP’s electronic database, and paper files;
• Working with HPRP’s Executive Director and the Director of Communications to expand the visibility of HPRP’s satellite office, including publicizing the program and developing relationships with the private bar and government lawyers, County agencies, and legislative and executive offices;
• Participating in fundraising efforts, including working with Executive Director on grant applications, attending meetings with current and potential funders, and assisting with grant reports.

Requirements: 

• Demonstrated commitment to social justice and working with people in poverty;
• Ability to think strategically about expansion and visibility of HPRP’s program;
• Previous experience in program development and supervision of both staff and volunteers;
• Minimum 5 years legal experience, at least 3 years of which were obtained while employed at a non-profit civil legal aid organization providing direct client representation;
• Admitted to practice law in Maryland or already registered take the February 2017 Maryland Attorney’s Exam (please note in cover letter);
• Ease with computerized databases and producing reports on HPRP’s cases;
• Excellent written and oral skills;
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
• Ability to communicate with clients in Spanish a plus (please note in cover letter).

To apply: 

E-MAIL resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and names and contact information of three references to [email protected] (and specify “Director – Montgomery County/Prince George’s County Office” in the subject line). We are looking for thoughtful, personalized cover letters that demonstrate the applicant’s qualifications, work style and interest in being part of a team working to eliminate homelessness in Maryland. We are looking for applicants who have a comprehensive understanding of structural racism, including how structural racism perpetuates barriers to housing and income for persons experiencing or at risk of homelessness, privilege (including the privileges the practitioner may bring to the legal services setting), and oppression more broadly. Resume reviews begin immediately and applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Notes: 
HPRP is an equal opportunity employer. All interested persons encouraged to apply regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, HIV status or religious affiliation. Individuals who have experienced homelessness are strongly encouraged to apply.
Salary range: 
DOE with excellent benefits
Submission deadline: 
Thursday, December 1, 2016