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Staff Attorney - Housing

Position Summary:
FVAP is seeking an Outreach Attorney to deepen FVAP’s connections to underserved rural and frontier communities in California, focusing on communities that have little access or connection to legal assistance. The ideal candidate will bring skills, connections and experiences enabling the candidate to serve these under resourced populations adeptly. Any candidate must be willing to pitch in wherever needed to support a small nonprofit. The immediate supervisor is the Senior Managing Attorney of the Housing and Employment Justice Program.

The attorney will spend a majority of their time providing outreach, technical assistance and trainings to agencies, advocates and case workers serving survivors throughout California. Once it is deemed safe to do so, 20% of the attorney’s time will be spent traveling throughout California to provide the outreach and trainings in person. In addition to outreach, the attorney will adapt and create written legal tools that are culturally accessible and appropriate to the targeted communities. There may also be opportunities to participate in appeals and legislative advocacy. More than half of the attorney’s time will be devoted to housing issues.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties include the following (other duties may be assigned):
  • Provide extensive outreach and fostering connections in underserved rural and frontier communities;
  • Provide trainings to community organizations, including domestic violence, victim service and legal services agencies throughout California, on the rights of domestic violence survivors in housing, restraining orders and family law matters;
  • Research and draft written informational materials to provide to statewide stakeholders, including adapting those materials to the unique needs of different geographic, cultural and linguistic communities;
  • Provide technical assistance to non-attorney advocates, attorneys and other service providers working with survivors, and survivors who are pro se litigants, on legal and procedural issues related to housing, restraining order and family law cases;
  • Identify areas where policy advocacy is needed to support or expand the housing rights of survivors;
  • Represent FVAP in the community to service providers, community partners, pro bono law firms, and others;
  • Advance FVAP’s Theory of Change and commitment to cultural responsiveness; and
  • Assist with administrative and fundraising tasks as needed, including grant reports; checking and responding to office mail, email, fax, and voice mail; assisting with preparation of materials for board meetings; keeping client databases current; attending fundraising events; and other office tasks.

Required Qualifications and Experience:
  • J.D. from an accredited university and licensed, active member of California Bar;
  • Experiences that will enable you to provide superb outreach, technical assistance, and training to a diverse client population and diverse communities of service providers;
  • Working knowledge of housing law and/or domestic violence law;
  • Ability to analyze and apply California and federal housing and domestic violence law;
  • Ability to produce polished written work product, including training and technical assistance materials, with little direction or intervention;
  • Excellent communication, writing, editing, and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Ability to adapt to and work in the fast-paced environment of a small nonprofit;
  • Willingness to pitch in and help out as needed;
  • A commitment to working on behalf of survivors of domestic violence and their children.

Preferred Qualifications and Experiences:
  • An understanding of the dynamics of, and the legal, social, and personal issues raised by, domestic violence and other forms of intimate partner, family, and gender-based abuse;
  • Experience developing polished written materials that understandably convey complex legal issues to a lay audience;
  • Experience presenting trainings or speaking in front of a crowd;
  • Experience working with clients in crisis and low-income clients;
  • Experience working in community with culturally specific organizations;
  • Non-English fluency, particularly Spanish, is highly desirable;
  • Diversity of personal and professional experience; and
  • Litigation or appellate experience.

Physical and Environmental Conditions: Performance of duties and tasks uses standard office equipment, including telephone equipment and computers. Work is performed inside with exposure to heating and air-conditioning. Driving or other travel will be required, as once it is safe to do so, approximately 20% of the attorney’s time will be spent traveling throughout rural and frontier California. Currently, through June 30, 2021, all work is being performed from home unless you want to work in the Oakland, CA office following COVID-19 guidelines. Starting in July, the position can be located either in the Oakland, CA office or, if the attorney lives in a rural or frontier community we are trying to reach, from the attorney’s home.

Classification: This position is exempt, full-time, and at-will.

Compensation: Starting salary depends on relevant experience and will be commensurate with comparable nonprofit salaries in Alameda County. The starting range is expected be between $66,000-$80,038/year (the range for 0-4 years of prior relevant experience). FVAP offers a generous benefits package, including subsidized health, dental, vision, life, and AD&D insurance; 401(k) retirement plan with 3% employer match after 1 year; FSA plan for commuting, parking, health, and dependent care expenses; Employee Assistance Plan and travel assistance; 3 weeks paid time off/year, with longevity increases; 13 paid holidays/year; 40 hours paid sick leave, plus additional accrued sick leave; and paid attorney bar dues and continuing legal education.

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