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 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

Staff Attorney (Housing - Eviction Defense)

 

The Housing Rights Center (HRC) is seeking a Staff Attorney 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 organizations and tenant organizing community-based organizations. Through the EDP, 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.
 

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 an employer contribution of 4.5% is available after one year of employment.

 

Pay: $65,000.00 - $110,000.00 per year

 

Benefits:

  • Dental insurance

  • Health insurance

  • Paid time off

  • Retirement plan

  • Vision insurance

 

*NOTE – This position is currently funded using designated funds: there is no assurance of ongoing funding or employment beyond 2022.

 

Temporary Paralegal/Screener Positions (2)

 

The Housing Rights Center (HRC) is seeking two Paralegal/Screeners to serve Los Angeles County residents by providing legal information, referrals, preparing responsive forms, assist in preparing landlord-tenant related documents. 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 parts of Ventura County. HRC has a full-time staff of nearly 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 paralegal/screeners will occasionally work remotely from home and at HRC’s Los Angeles office. They may also be expected on occasion to work and travel at other Los Angeles locations. This is a full-time temporary position that may transition to permanent full-time*.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Interview clients and provide them with information on various legal issues.

  • Counsel tenants regarding their legal rights and responsibilities with the supervision of an attorney.

  • Draft pleadings such as unlawful detainer answers, court fee waivers applications, and other landlord-tenant documents such as letters.

  • Work in conjunction with the Staff Attorneys and Managing Attorneys

  • Work effectively as part of a team including other attorneys, support staff, and students.

  • If needed, participate in clinics and other community outreach projects.

  • Assist with special projects and other duties as assigned.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Prefer not require previous experience as a paralegal or relevant equivalent experience.

  • A demonstrated sincere interest in helping others.

  • Knowledge of landlord/tenant laws is preferred but HRC can provide training.

  • Experience in interviewing and providing assistance to low-income communities.

  • Strong people and customer service skills and experience.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Reliable and detail-oriented.

  • Computer literate.

  • Ability to be flexible in job duties.

  • Spanish language ability preferred, but not required.

 

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

Competitive and depending on experience. 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.
 

*This position is part of a special program created using designated funds. There is no assurance of ongoing funding or employment beyond June 31, 2023.

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 March 29, 2022.

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

Education and Outreach Initiative Program Manager

The Housing Rights Center (“HRC”) is seeking a Program Manager for an Education and Outreach Initiative to provide education and outreach on fair housing issues throughout Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. HRC’s Media, Outreach and Education Department consists of the Director and three Coordinators. This position will work on a 12-month, HUD-funded outreach program on specific fair housing issues including the rights of individuals in homeless shelters and discrimination against Asian communities. This position has the possibility of extension after this program.


This is a hybrid-remote position, with scheduled days in HRC’s main Koreatown Los Angeles office, as well as occasional local travel for literature distribution and other activities as deemed permissible under L.A. County’s COVID-19 work safety guidelines.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Program Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day management and successful implementation of a 12-month outreach contract funded by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. Successful implementation means achieving or exceeding all contractual requirements and goals in adherence with project timelines. This position is under the supervision of the Outreach Director, and will have the assistance of a bilingual Outreach Coordinator.

Required program activities include:

  • Planning, promoting, and conducting trainings on fair housing laws for multiple audiences including tenants, landlords, non-profit agencies, and government staff.

  • Drafting text, graphic designing, and publishing of media advertisements, quarterly newsletters, press releases, and other informational materials.

  • Maintaining detailed activity logs and preparing quarterly program reports as required by HUD.

  • Attending networking meetings (virtual or in-person) with groups that provide services to people

  • experiencing homelessness

  • Translation and development of fair housing outreach and education materials.

  • Creating and posting engaging content to social media pages and HRC’s website.

  • Other outreach activities as required

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Graphic design experience strongly preferred.

  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Comfort with public speaking.

  • Reliable and strong internet connection (able to conduct presentations via live video stream).

  • Reliable transportation and willingness to travel throughout L.A. and Ventura Counties when necessary.

  • Knowledge of landlord-tenant and/or fair housing laws is a plus.

  • Experience providing services for homeless individuals is a plus.

  • Cultural competency and familiarity with LGBT+ issues is a plus.

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

SCHEDULE:

This position requires a 40-hour work week with flexibility to accommodate occasional weekend and evening hours.

SALARY & BENEFITS:

HRC offers an excellent benefits package including health, vision, and dental insurance, which become available after one month of employment. After one year, HRC offers a 403(b) retirement plan with an employer contribution regardless of employee contribution. HRC provides mileage reimbursement at $.56/mile.

Pay: $52,000+ Depending on Experience

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 21, 2022.

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.