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Rent Assister - Temporary
Legal Services of Northern Virginia, Inc. Job Summary: LSNV is seeking to hire a full-time/temporary Rent Assister that will focus on access to justice in housing law by assisting tenants with their rental assistance applications. This position will be based in our Arlington office. The role combines elements of community outreach and advocacy, direct client interaction, and directing clients through the LSNV intake process. This position is funded by a grant of at least 6 months, with possibility of extension.
Essential Functions: • Interfaces with the public to screen applicants for legal aid eligibility • Plans and implements strategy to overcome barriers for underrepresented populations in applying for rental assistance • Interviews and assists tenants to apply for rental assistance and monitors status of case • Conducts community and institutional outreach, education, and training • Develops schedule of outreach dates, training dates and legal clinics • Engages with local community organizations • Coordinates interviews, processing client intakes and rental assistance applications, and scheduling follow up appointments • Creates and disseminates flyers and other legal information • Collects demographic and statistical data for grant-funding purposes • Provides administrative assistance to housing attorneys • Must be able to travel, 25% or more • Other duties as assigned
Qualifications: The ideal applicant will possess a demonstrated commitment to public interest work and a strong desire to assist. Further, the ideal candidate will have the following: • Excellent writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills • Knowledge of housing law or legal aid/non-profit experience, preferred • Prior experience in managing independent projects or assignments • Must have Bachelor's or Paralegal degree or comparable education (law school course work or law degree) and/or comparable work experience • Office technology skills - required
Housing Justice Staff Attorney
Legal Services of Northern Virginia, Inc. Job Summary: This a full-time community-lawyer position that will provide legal representation to the client community, by focusing on access to justice in housing law. The attorney will work closely with other LSNV Housing Attorneys, the Housing Chair, and the Deputy Director of Advocacy to plan and implement outreach and community legal education for tenants throughout Northern Virginia, who are facing eviction due to the impacts of COVID-19. This position is funded by a grant of at least two years and will be based in our Loudoun office.
Essential Functions: •Handles housing-related legal matters for clients whenever necessary •Assists in developing and participating in legal outreach and community legal education projects and programs oCollaborates with tenants, community groups, organizations, landlords and local government Substantive Functions: •Assists with Pro-Bono coordination within jurisdiction, to include recruitment, mentoring of attorneys, development of materials, and other projects like conciliation •Conducts courthouse outreach oCreates, revises, and mails outreach literature •Responsible for any LSC and/or LSCV grant reporting initiatives that may be required oPrepares reports of eviction cases •Coordinates and assists with the completing of rental assistance applications •Handles cases, completes legal research and writing, drafts court documents, represents clients in housing hearings and litigation
Qualifications: •Must be licensed with the Virginia State Bar, or be in the process of being waived in •Demonstrated commitment to social justice, racial justice, and/or public interest work, preferred •Proven experience in community engagement and advocacy •Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills •Availability for flexible work schedule, preferred •Strong litigation experience, preferred •Legal aid experience, strongly preferred •Fluent in Spanish, preferred Local travel required.
Housing Staff Attorney
Legal Services of Northern Virginia, Inc. Job Summary: LSNV is seeking to hire a full-time Staff Attorney who will represent individual clients who are facing eviction or other loss of housing options. The attorney will also engage in community outreach and broader advocacy that is designed to positively impact our client population. The position will be based in our Alexandria Office and will provide services throughout the Northern Virginia area.
Essential Functions (include but are not limited to): •Handles cases, completes legal research and writing, drafts court documents, represents clients in hearings and litigation in eviction matters, and other legal issues effecting housing instability •Handles legal matters for clients related to housing instability •Maintains full and diverse caseload •Conduct outreach and community legal education •Attend office and other program meetings and read professional materials and other communications which are related to the job •Maintain general knowledge of substantive area
Qualifications: The ideal applicant will possess a demonstrated commitment to public interest work and a strong desire to assist indigent applicants. Further, the ideal candidate will have the following: •Virginia State Bar membership (required) •Prior legal aid or other non-profit experience •Strong litigation, communication and organizational skills •Excellent organizational and communication skills •Bilingual ability (English plus either Spanish, Korean, or Arabic) (preferred)
Virginia Poverty Law Center About the position Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) is the statewide legal services support nonprofit for all of the local legal aid offices in Virginia. We use advocacy, education, and litigation to break down systemic barriers that keep low-income Virginians in the cycle of poverty. VPLC has grown in scope and staff in recent years. We are seeking a Deputy Director to assist and support our Executive Director and Management Team. Job Responsibilities The Deputy Director will coordinate the implementation of our strategic plan, fiscal operations, human resources, and operations management in consultation with the Executive Director and Management Team. Responsibilities of the Deputy Director include: • Working with the Executive Director and the Directors of the individual centers to make sure they take all necessary steps to implement the strategic plan. • Working closely with the Communications team to support, monitor, and meet its goals. • Working closely with the Director of Development to support, monitor, and meet its fundraising and Board development goals. • Coordinating grants management, including applications and reporting. • Reviewing, developing, and implementing personnel policies and procedures. • Supporting the Management Team in hiring and overseeing interns and volunteers. Preferred Qualifications: • Prior work with legal services programs. • Experience overseeing the implementation of strategic plans for mid-sized organizations. • Familiarity with local, state, and/or federal policy in areas related to poverty. • Communications experience. • Experience with fiscal management, including development and implementation of organizational budgets. Salary range is $80,000 to $100,000 depending on experience and qualifications. Benefits include: • Generous paid time off every year. • 95% employer paid health, dental, and vision insurance, for employees and their families • 403(b) retirement plan with 4% employer contribution (no required match)
Community-Based Immigration Attorney
Legal Aid Justice Center Legal Aid Justice Center seeks a Community-Based Immigration Attorney to provide immigration legal services to the immigrant community in Alexandria, Virginia. The attorney will provide individual legal consults and know-your-rights presentations to residents of the City of Alexandria; emergency legal response services (including bond hearings, Motions to Reopen, and Reasonable Fear Interviews) for Alexandria residents arrested by ICE or at heightened risk of ICE detention; and defend Alexandria residents in removal proceedings. The attorney will also work in partnership with community organizers to develop advocacy campaigns and impact litigation seeking to disentangle state and local law enforcement from federal immigration enforcement, challenging ICE detention and enforcement abuses, and promoting the civil rights of immigrant residents of Alexandria.
Applicants must have a strong commitment to immigrants’ rights and have a sufficient level of Spanish fluency to interview and counsel clients in Spanish without the assistance of an interpreter. The ideal candidate has prior experience with immigration law, whether professionally or through a law school clinic.
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Workers' Rights Attorney
Legal Aid Justice Center Legal Aid Justice Center seeks a Workers’ Rights Attorney to provide direct representation in litigation and other forms of advocacy for low-income workers, especially immigrant workers throughout the Commonwealth to fight exploitation and injustice, and to build worker power. The attorney will also work on LAJC’s impact campaigns as we advocate for improved administrative and legislative policies regarding worker rights reform.
Legal Aid Justice Center Legal Aid Justice Center’s Economic Justice Program seeks a Spanish-proficient Housing Attorney to support and further its efforts to join the community’s fight for fair and affordable housing in Northern Virginia. This person will be based out of our Falls Church office, which engages in advocacy on behalf of a largely immigrant clientele. A successful candidate will bring a creative and community-focused lens to reducing evictions and maintaining or increasing the stock of quality affordable housing through close liaisons with community members and groups and will be unafraid to engage in bold advocacy and impact litigation on behalf of the low-income community we serve. Over time, the position may evolve to include other areas of poverty law, such as consumer, public benefits, employment, etc. Learn more at the link!
Bilingual Immigration Attorney
Legal Aid Justice Center Legal Aid Justice Center seeks a Bilingual Immigration Attorney for our Richmond office, serving Richmond and the surrounding communities. The attorney will represent individual clients, with a focus on creative forms of removal defense. The attorney will partner with a community organizer to meet the needs of the immigrant community, and advocate for pro-immigrant policies at the local and state level, with a special focus on disentangling local and state government and law enforcement from federal immigration enforcement. The attorney will create and supervise a robust pro bono project, and advocate for stakeholders (including local governments) to support immigration legal services. The attorney will provide regular know-your-rights and immigration update clinics, in Spanish and English, to community members and service providers. Learn more at the link!
Housing and Consumer Law Staff Attorney
Legal Aid Works Want to save the world, one client at a time? This position is based in Tappahannock, Virginia, covering a large rural seven-county service region on the historic Northern Neck and Upper Middle Peninsula region of Virginia. You will represent clients in General District Court on housing and consumer debt issues, preventing illegal foreclosures and evictions. Salary is $55,400, with excellent benefits, including up to $5,000 per year toward loan repayment. Please email cover letter, resume, writing sample and the email addresses of two references. Open until filled, Equal Opportunity Employer.
Legal Aid Works Want to save the world, one client at a time? Three grant-funded staff attorney positions based in Tappahannock, Fredericksburg and Culpeper, Virginia, covering a large rural five to seven-county service region of Virginia. You will represent clients in Circut Court and Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court on family law issues, obtaining contested DV divorces for survivors of DV. Salary is $55,400, with excellent benefits, including up to $5,000 per year toward loan repayment. Please email cover letter, resume, writing sample and the email addresses of two references. Open until filled, Equal Opportunity Employer.
Family Law and Immigration Staff Attorney
Legal Aid Works Want to save the world, one client at a time? This position is based in Fredericksburg, Virginia, covering a large rural five-county service region. You will represent clients in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on custody, support and domestic violence protective orders, and will supervise our bilingual immigration paralegal in U Visa and VAWA self petition matters. Salary is $55,400, with excellent benefits, including up to $5,000 per year toward loan repayment. Please email cover letter, resume, writing sample and the email addresses of two references. Open until filled, Equal Opportunity Employer.
Legal Aid Works Conduct outreach and assist renters in navigating the statewide rent relief portal. Bilingual strongly preferred. Temporary position through June 2022. $50,000 annualized salary and excellent benefits. Travel throughout a large, rural community is required.
Public Benefits Paralegal
Legal Aid Works Represent clients in Social Security disability hearings before the SSA. Outreach and intake responsibilities. Bilingual strongly preferred. Salary $36,000 and excellent benefits. Email cover letter, resume, writing sample and email addresses of two references. Open until filled, Equal Opportunity Employer
Petersburg Managing Attorney
Central VA Legal Aid Society The Managing Attorney will supervise and mentor the attorney staff’s advocacy and community education work while handling a caseload focused broadly on maintaining housing stability. A significant component of the Managing Attorney’s legal work will include defending tenants in eviction lawsuits, helping tenants assert their legal rights, and educating tenants and the public on housing law. A secondary focus will be on assisting individuals with maintaining financial stability to avoid eviction, which may include representation of individuals in unemployment, debt defense, consumer, and expungement matters.
Excellent written and oral advocacy skills and the ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment are required.
Central VA Legal Aid Society This position focuses on domestic violence work – specifically the representation of victims of physical and sexual violence in a protective order, custody, visitation, support, and related court matters in the greater Charlottesville/Albemarle region.
Richmond Accounting Assistant
Central VA Legal Aid Society Central Virginia Legal Aid Society (CVLAS) seeks an accounting assistant to support the Director of Finance in all aspects of the business, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, maintenance of accurate records for various programs, documentation for bank reconciliations, and monthly reporting.
David Bryson Fellow
National Housing Law Project The David B. Bryson Memorial Fellowship presents a unique opportunity to join a passionate and dedicated staff of housing advocates during a critical moment in our nation’s history. Already faced with a historic lack of affordable housing, the pandemic heightened the need for all levels of government to implement eviction prevention and housing stability measures. As a fellow at NHLP, you will help lead the national fight for the rights of tenants through education, collaboration, and collective action. You will also have an opportunity to help communities threatened with the reduction and elimination of federally-assisted housing, work that is at the core of NHLP’s mission.
Homeownership Assistance Fund Coalition Coordinator
National Housing Law Project Working with the Supervising Attorney, the Coordinator will help coordinate the work of the Coalition, draft comments on state programs and Treasury Department guidance, track HAF programs and provide technical assistance to state level advocates. The Coalition plans to track problems homeowners may have accessing and getting assistance from the program, with a particular focus on whether information about the program is reaching seniors, borrowers of color, and borrowers with limited English proficiency, limited broadband access or other barriers. Coordinating with state advocates, including housing counselors, legal services attorneys, and community organizations is a critical component of the position. The Staff Attorney will also conduct trainings, develop fact sheets, and assist with outreach to the media and to researchers interested in collecting and analyzing data about the program.
The position will be for a one-year term, with the possibility of transitioning to a staff attorney position focused on homeownership issues in low-income communities and communities of color, depending on future funding and the desire of the candidate.
Virginia State Bar Paralegal
Virginia State Bar Communications coordinator
Virginia State Bar Legal assistant