Career Opportunities

 

Thank you for your interest in employment with the Housing Rights Center (HRC). HRC is currently accepting applications for the following position(s):

To apply, please email Laurel Steven at lsteven@housingrightscenter.org.

Are you interested in pro bono or other volunteer opportunities with HRC? Visit our Volunteer page!

 
 

Director of Investigations

 

The Housing Rights Center (“HRC”) is seeking a Director of Investigations to supervise its investigations and cases of rental and sales housing discrimination complaints.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Supervise 7 Investigators; train staff as appropriate; develop trainings and maintain own small caseload.

  • Oversee discrimination complaint intake and investigation, which includes:  the coordination of tests and surveys, the collection of witness statements, the compilation of accurate and complete case files, the counseling of clients, case analysis, and the referral of cases. May require visits to the subject property location.

  • Coordinate resolution of discrimination complaints through conciliation and litigation support.

  • Work with Litigation Dept. to assist with cases for litigation and serve as a potential fact witness.

  • Conduct fair housing tester recruitment and training, and maintain an adequate tester pool.

  • Work as a member of the management team to oversee office productivity.

  • Stay aware of changes and developments in both State and Federal fair housing laws.

  • Attend meetings and conferences relevant to fair housing issues.

  • Maintain discrimination case log and prepare monthly statistical and narrative reports.

  • Maintain detailed and accurate time records and records regarding supervised staff and testers.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s degree; relevant experience and demonstrated success in fair housing investigation and enforcement a plus; J.D.s encouraged to apply. A demonstrated interest in fair housing, civil rights, and social justice issues; excellent time management and organizational skills and the ability to multi-task; Strong written and verbal communication skills and must be able to think analytically; Prior supervisory experience; Experience in tester training and discrimination investigations. Access to own transportation with a good driving record is also preferred.

SALARY & BENEFITS:

Salary starts at $67,000; + Depending on experience and education. HRC offers health, vision, and dental insurance in addition to paid sick days and a minimum of 12 paid holidays/days off. A 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution is available after one year of employment.

 

APPLICATIONS

Please email a resume and a cover letter outlining your interest in the position to:

Laurel Steven, Office Manager

Housing Rights Center

3255 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1150

Los Angeles, CA 90010

Email: lsteven@housingrightscenter.org

DEADLINE TO APPLY: July 22, 2022 or until filled.

 

Director of Litigation (Housing)

The Housing Rights Center (“HRC”) is dedicated to achieving discrimination-free housing. HRC is the nation’s oldest and largest private, non-profit fair housing advocacy organization. The Director will work in HRC’s main office in Los Angeles, where it has a full-time staff of forty and offers: (1) housing discrimination investigation, (2) enforcement and impact litigation, (3) outreach and education, (4) general landlord/tenant counseling and (5) fair housing advocacy. HRC’s litigation team represents victims of housing discrimination in state and federal lawsuits, and, in appropriate cases, represents HRC as an organizational plaintiff. HRC’s litigators have recovered millions of dollars in damages and attorney’s fees for discrimination victims, obtained district and appellate-level decisions on important fair housing questions, and achieved substantial injunctive relief through the entry of numerous consent decrees. Their work also focuses on achieving compliance pre-litigation where many cases are favorably settled. The Litigation Director will work under the supervision of HRC’s Executive Director.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Represent clients in all stages of housing discrimination litigation including case settlement;

  • Carry an independent case load while also supervising the case load of 2-4 staff attorneys and paralegals;

  • Develop and litigate cases at the trial and appellate level in federal and state court;

  • Regularly report to the Executive Director and to HRC’s Board of Directors Litigation Subcommittee regarding the status, development, and results of litigation;

  • Meet or exceed goals for attorney’s fee and damages recoveries;

  • Lead communications, including garnering and handling media coverage for litigation and publishing articles regarding fair housing;

  • Provide support to staff on housing discrimination issues;

  • Conduct training and fair housing presentations;

  • Conduct legal research and provide support on fair housing policy issues;

  • Initiate and effectively implement special projects involving fair housing advocacy.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Active California Bar membership with at least seven years of litigation experience including conducting/defending depositions, drafting pleadings, and educational materials; a demonstrated interest in civil rights and social justice issues is required and candidates from the for-profit sector are also welcome to apply; strong ability to work independently and with substantial responsibility; experience with diverse populations; strong writing and public speaking skills; and demonstrated experience in legal research, client interviewing, negotiations, case damages estimation, and the ability to work under pressure. Knowledge of fair housing law and fair housing case settlements is preferred. Federal Court litigation experience preferred.
 

SALARY & BENEFITS:

DOE; excellent competitive benefits provided. 

 

Pay: $115,000.00 - $150,000.00 per year

 

Benefits:

  • Dental insurance

  • Flexible schedule

  • Health insurance

  • Paid time off

  • Vision insurance

Managing Attorney

 

The Housing Rights Center (HRC) is seeking a Managing Attorney to oversee our Los Angeles County Eviction Defense Program. Housing Rights Center (HRC) is part of the Right to Counsel Coalition, which is comprised of dozens of legal services and community-based organizations. Through the Eviction Defense Program, legal service providers offer full-scope representation services in unlawful detainer (eviction) cases to low-income renters throughout Los Angeles County. We also provide limited scope legal assistance for renters, such as counsel and advice, letters to the landlord, and other assistance needed prior to an eviction filing. The Managing Attorney will supervise legal work and full-scope eviction cases for tenants facing eviction proceedings in Pasadena and West Covina Courthouses. The Managing Attorney will manage up to four Staff Attorneys and other support staff. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Supervise attorneys, support staff, and volunteers; coordinate intake, litigation, outreach and education, and administrative representation efforts of legal staff; evaluate performance of legal staff; 

  • Work with other legal service providers on the Los Angeles County Eviction Defense Program to provide services at the Pasadena and West Covina Courthouses; 

  • Carry a small and focused caseload of eviction defense cases as may be necessary;

  • Work on the larger Right to Counsel Coalition campaign;

  • Supervise the maintenance of proper case files and time records;

  • Cooperate with other HRC Managing Attorneys and the Deputy Director to meet the organization’s overall goals;

  • Conduct case review meetings with staff to ensure that legal services provided are consistent with HRC’s priorities, policies, and procedures, and that they maximize office resources to provide the highest quality client services;

  • Assist in the training, mentoring, and supervision of attorneys, support staff, volunteers, and legal interns. 

  • Be part of a team that works on fair housing (discrimination) complaints throughout Southern California; 

  • Maintain and submit monthly reports on outcomes of cases and demographics of clients and other necessary information;

  • Maintaining and developing relationships with community stakeholders.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Active membership in the California State Bar;

  • Minimum 2 years experience in the practice of law, including broad experience in lawyering skills, including client interviewing, legal research, writing, drafting, negotiation, law and motion and discovery techniques, and trial and appellate work;

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in housing and eviction defense law;

  • Demonstrated ability to handle extensive eviction defense cases;

  • Knowledge of basic principles of administration and supervision;

  • Previous experience in legal services programs preferred;

  • Previous experience in managing legal services programs preferred but not required;

  • Previous experience working with tenant organizing community-based organizations;

  • Ability to work with staff cooperatively and effectively at all levels of HRC.

 

SALARY & BENEFITS:

Competitive salary plus an excellent benefits package including health, vision, and dental insurance. A 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution of 4.5% is available after one year of employment.

APPLICATIONS:

Email a resume and cover letter/letter of interest as soon as possible to: Laurel Steven, Office Manager, Housing Rights Center, 3255 Wilshire Bd., Suite 1150, Los Angeles, CA 90010; lsteven@housingrightscenter.org.

Staff Attorney (2)

 

The Housing Rights Center (HRC) is seeking two (2) Staff Attorneys for our Los Angeles County Eviction Defense Program (LACEDP). HRC is part of the Right to Counsel Coalition, which is comprised of dozens of legal services and community-based organizations. Through the LACEDP, legal service providers from the Right to Counsel Coalition will offer countywide free full-scope representation services in unlawful detainer (eviction) cases to low-income renters. We also provide limited scope legal assistance for renters such as counsel and advice, letters to the landlord, and other assistance needed prior to eviction filing. The Staff Attorney will work to litigate full-scope legal representation to tenants facing eviction proceedings in Pasadena and West Covina Courthouses and provide limited scope services when needed.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Litigate eviction cases which includes initial consultation, discovery, brief and motion writing, responsive pleadings, negotiations, prepare cases for trial, and trial litigation;

  • Interview and counsel clients affected by housing problems;

  • Participate in clinics and other community outreach projects;

  • Be part of a team that works on fair housing (discrimination) complaints throughout Southern California; 

  • Work collaboratively with other eviction attorneys on a countywide eviction defense program;

  • Work on policy issues relating to eviction and/or housing; and

  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Active membership in the California State Bar;

  • Prefer any trial or administrative hearing experience;

  • Knowledge of landlord-tenant, housing law, rent control, and the eviction process preferred;

  • Demonstrated commitment to serving the needs of low-income persons;

  • Demonstrated ability to function professionally and effectively within a highly stressful environment;

  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team;

  • Ability to work effectively with staff, volunteers, students, attorneys, and community members;

  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills; 

  • Ability to travel to Pasadena or West Covina courthouses; and

  • If necessary, willingness to work evenings, weekend meetings or events, and work weeks in excess of 40 hours.

 

SALARY & BENEFITS:

Competitive salary plus an excellent benefits package including health, vision, and dental insurance. A 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution of 4.5% is available after one year of employment.

APPLICATIONS:

Email a resume and cover letter/letter of interest as soon as possible to: Laurel Steven, Office Manager, Housing Rights Center, 3255 Wilshire Bd., Suite 1150, Los Angeles, CA 90010; lsteven@housingrightscenter.org.

 

*NOTE – This position is currently funded using designated funds: there is no assurance of ongoing funding or employment beyond 2023.

 

Housing Counselor/Intake Screener (2)

 

The Housing Rights Center (HRC) is seeking two Housing Counselors/Intake Screeners. HRC’s mission is to actively support and promote fair housing through education and advocacy, to the end that all persons have the opportunity to secure the housing they desire and can afford, without discrimination based on their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, familial status, marital status, disability, ancestry, age, source of income, or other characteristics protected by law. HRC serves L.A. City, L.A. County, and Ventura County. HRC has a full-time staff of 40 and offers the following services: (1) Housing Discrimination Complaint Investigation, (2) Legal Services, (3) Outreach and Education, and (4) Landlord/Tenant Counseling. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Housing Counselor will work both remotely from home, and from HRC’s office in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles, California, during weekday hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. They may also be expected to work at our other Los Angeles locations on occasion.

 

The majority of our funding is made through government contracts which also go through a bidding and congressional funding process and are therefore not promised. You may also be asked to participate on another housing project based on program and community need.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Counsel tenants and landlords regarding their legal rights and responsibilities.

  • Screen incoming calls and walk-ins for possible evidence of discriminatory conduct.

  • Return calls and (rarely) staff workshops.

  • Work to resolve housing disputes and issues through dispute resolution (will be trained).

  • Participate in education, outreach, and fair housing training activities.

  • Assist with special projects and other duties as assigned.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A demonstrated sincere interest in helping others.

  • Knowledge of landlord/tenant and/or fair housing laws preferred but HRC will train.

  • Strong people and customer service type skills.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Computer literate.

  • Reliable and detail-oriented.

 

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

Competitive and DOE. HRC offers an excellent benefits package including health, vision, and dental insurance. A 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution is available after one year of employment. A generous paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave package is also provided.

APPLICATIONS:

Please email a resume and a cover letter outlining your interest in the position to:

Laurel Steven, Office Manager

Housing Rights Center

3255 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1150

Los Angeles, CA 90010

Email: lsteven@housingrightscenter.org

No phone calls, please. Posted on June 8, 2022.

DEADLINE: Accepting applicants on an ongoing basis but strongly encouraged to apply immediately.

Housing Counselor/Intake Screener (Part-Time)

The Housing Rights Center (HRC) is seeking a bilingual, part-time Housing Counselor/Intake Screener to serve residents of the City of Alhambra and the San Gabriel Valley. This Housing Counselor will serve residents in the City of Alhambra and the San Gabriel Valley on Friday afternoons. On occasion, they may also be expected to distribute outreach literature at surrounding locations, visit the HRC main office in Koreatown, or work at other Los Angeles-area locations based on program and community needs.
 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Counsel tenants and landlords regarding their legal rights and responsibilities.

  • Screen incoming calls and walk-ins for possible evidence of discriminatory conduct.

  • Return calls and emails from residents.

  • Work to resolve housing disputes and issues through dispute resolution (will be trained).

  • Participate in education, outreach, and fair housing training activities (rarely).

  • Assist with special projects and other duties as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Fluency in Mandarin required (Cantonese will be considered.)

  • Knowledge of landlord/tenant and/or fair housing laws preferred, but HRC will train.

  • Strong people and customer service skills.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Computer literate.

  • Reliable and detail-oriented.

  • A demonstrated, sincere interest in helping others.

  • COVID-19 vaccination will be required. Accommodations may be made for medical exemptions.

SCHEDULE: This is an hourly, exempt position at 8 hours per week. Must work Friday afternoons.

 

COMPENSATION: $23/hour. HRC provides mileage reimbursement at .56/mile.

 

APPLICATIONS:

Please email a resume and a cover letter outlining your interest in the position to:

Elana Eden, Director of Media, Outreach & Education
Housing Rights Center
3255 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1150

Los Angeles, CA 90010

Email: eeden@housingrightscenter.org

No phone calls, please. Posted March 29, 2022.

Housing Case Analyst/Investigator

 

The Housing Rights Center ("HRC") is seeking a Housing Case Analyst/Investigator. HRC is the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit fair housing organization. Our mission is to actively support and promote fair housing through education and advocacy, to the end that all persons have the opportunity to secure and protect the housing they desire and can afford, without discrimination based on their race, color, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, familial status, marital status, disability, ancestry, age, source of income including Section 8, immigration status or other characteristics protected by law. HRC provides: (1) Housing Discrimination Complaint Investigation, (2) Legal Services, (3) Outreach and Education, and (4) Landlord/Tenant Counseling in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and county orders, the Case Analyst/Investigator will occasionally work remotely from home and at HRC’s Los Angeles office during the weekday hours of 8:30am to 5:00pm and site visits (seldom).

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Work closely with staff to investigate housing discrimination complaints. Coordinate the analysis and investigation of housing discrimination complaints which includes: 

  • Coordinating, analyzing, and conducting tests (comparing the treatment of tenant

  • Taking witness statements and surveying tenants 

  • Compiling accurate and complete case files, and 

  • Counseling clients throughout the complaint process. 

  • Coordinate the resolution of discrimination complaints, through conciliation and litigation support. 

  • Assist Director of Investigations with tester recruitment and training. 

  • Responsible for compliance with contractual requirements and goals. 

  • Conduct research 

  • Assist with special projects and other duties as assigned which may include archiving files 

  • Communicate and negotiate with landlords and housing providers 

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • A demonstrated and sincere commitment to civil rights, social justice, acceptance and inclusivity. 

  • Strong knowledge of landlord/tenant and fair housing laws is a plus. 

  • Investigation, legal research and complex analytical skills are a plus. 

  • Excellent time management skills and strong written and verbal communication skills. 

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel. 

  • Superior attention to detail and accuracy. 

  • Must be well organized, be able to meet multiple deadlines and be a strong team member. 

  • Spanish speaking skills are required.

  • Min. of Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent including lived experience and self-taught 

BENEFITS:

Competitive salary DOE. HRC offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and a 403(b) retirement plan with an employer contribution to the plan regardless of employee contribution.

APPLICATIONS:

Please email a resume and a cover letter outlining your interest in the position to:

Laurel Steven, Office Manager

Housing Rights Center

3255 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1150

Los Angeles, CA 90010

Email: lsteven@housingrightscenter.org

No phone calls, please. Posted on June 8, 2022.

DEADLINE: June 24, 2022