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 (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.

Fall/Spring Law Clerk 

 

HRC is currently accepting applications from law school students for Fall or Spring Semester Law Clerk positions. The estimated time commitment is 10-12 weekly hours for at least ten weeks and will be paid at $18 an hour for a maximum stipend of $2,000 per semester. The law clerk position will work for our LA County Eviction Prevention Program in coordination with several other legal service providers and community-based organizations (CBOs) through the StayHousedLA collaboration. The law clerk will work directly with clients to provide advice regarding tenant protections and other legal services to tenants, including drafting landlord response letters and preparing court documents. This position will be mostly remote, with occasional times requiring working from the office due to clients’ accessibility issues.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Conduct intake assessments and interview applicants to determine legal needs;

  • Talk to callers to assess their need for legal assistance in housing issues; 

  • Help staff CBOs and community partners’ housing clinics and workshops;

  • Provide limited legal services to tenants with housing issues;

  • Maintain an open caseload for limited legal services;

  • When needed, participate in HRC’s community education and outreach activities; 

  • Participate in activities to advance HRC’s organizational goals 

  • Law clerk  will be under attorney supervision when providing any legal services and responsibilities mentioned-above;

  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Understanding of and commitment to housing and social justice;

  • Knowledge of landlord-tenant law preferred, not required;

  • Experience in providing assistance to low-income or homeless individuals, including interviewing;

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently; and

  • Ability to work collaboratively with all staff, clients, and community organizations. 

  • Self-motivated, organized, and detail-oriented

APPLICATIONS:

Email a resume and cover letter or a letter of interest as soon as possible to Javier Beltran at jbeltran@housingrightscenter.org. Include “HRC Law Clerk” in the subject line.

Temporary Paralegal Case Manager (2) 

 

The Housing Rights Center (HRC) is seeking two Paralegal Case Managers to serve Los Angeles County residents by assisting tenants to access rental assistance through our Eviction Prevention Program. The Paralegal Case Manager will provide tenants help in applying for past due rent through our rental assistance programs along with communicating and convincing their landlords to participate in the program. Paralegal Case Managers will also prepare and complete required documents to submit rental assistance applications for approval. In addition, the Paralegal Case Manager will need to prepare responsive forms, assist in preparing landlord-tenant related documents, negotiate and mediate with landlords on housing issues (under the supervision of an attorney). The Paralegal Case Manager 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 information on various legal issues.

  • Determine whether tenants will be eligible for rental assistance.

  • Communicate with landlords to determine willingness to participate in the rental assistance program.

  • Possible negotiations and mediation with landlords and tenants.

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

  • Draft court pleadings and other landlord-tenant documents.

  • Work effectively and in conjunction with the Directing Attorney and the Eviction Prevention staff.  

  • Assist with special projects and other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: 

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

  • A demonstrated sincere interest in helping others.

  • Knowledge of landlord/tenant laws 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;

* This position is part of a special program created using designated funds. There is no assurance of ongoing funding or employment beyond June 31, 2024.

APPLICATIONS:

Please e-mail or mail a resume AND cover letter (no phone calls, please) describing your interest and qualifications to:

Laurel Steven, Office Manager E-mail: lsteven@housingrightscenter.org

Mail:   Housing Rights Center, 3255 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1150, Los Angeles, CA 90010

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

Law Fellow

 

HRC is hiring a law school graduate for Legal Fellowship to work for our Eviction Prevention Program in coordination with other local legal service providers and community-based organizations (CBOs). The HRC fellow will join a staff that provides eviction prevention legal services to tenants, help tenants apply for rental assistance funding, negotiate and mediate housing issues with landlord and tenants, provide counsel and advice to tenants (under the supervision of an attorney), prepare rental assistance documentation, correspondences to landlords, and any court documents when necessary. The fellow will work directly with clients to provide advice of their housing matters, information on applying for rental assistance, inform clients on tenant protections, and provide other legal services to tenants. 

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Conduct intake assessments and interview applicants to determine legal needs;

  • Talk to tenants to determine their eligibility for rental assistance or assess their legal needs for housing matters; 

  • Provide counsel and advice and limited legal services under attorney supervision;

  • Maintain an open caseload for rental assistance cases and limited legal services cases;

  • When needed, participate in HRC’s community education and outreach activities; 

  • Participate in activities to advance HRC’s organizational goals 

  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Law school graduate with Juris Doctor (JD) degree;

  • Demonstrated experience in housing law preferred but not required;

  • Experience working with low-income individuals; 

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice work and to serving low-income communities with compassion and respect;

  • Ability to work independently and virtually; and

  • Self-motivated, organized, and detail-oriented

*NOTE – This position is temporary and there is no assurance of ongoing funding or employment.

APPLICATIONS:
We are accepting resumes and cover letters/letters of interest on an ongoing basis.

Please email your resumes and cover letters to:

 

Javier Beltran, Deputy Director

Housing Rights Center

3255 Wilshire Bd., Suite 1150,

Los Angeles, CA 90010; 
jbeltran@housingrightscenter.org.

Housing Tester (Undercover housing shopper)

The Housing Rights Center ("HRC") is seeking Tester/ Tester Coordinators to help uncover differential treatment by inquiring about rental listings and then reporting their experiences. 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 illegal discrimination.  The Tester/Tester Coordinator will work both remotely from home and at HRC’s Los Angeles office and will occasionally conduct site visits. Fair housing testing is a strategy used to determine whether people looking for housing are being treated differently based on their membership in a protected class.  Testing allows one to measure and document differences in the quality, content, and quantity of information and services provided to seekers of housing.  Testing is one of the best ways to confirm whether a housing provider may be breaking fair housing law. There a few tester positions available ranging from full-time to part-time.* Testers from all demographic backgrounds are needed and, therefore, encouraged to apply.

Testers play the role of a person seeking housing in person, by phone or email. They must be objective observers, accurate reporters, and truthful witnesses, as they will report about their experience.

Who are we looking for:

  • Reliable individuals able to work full-time or part-time, good observational and recall skills and the ability to write clear, objective statements.

  • We use test results to file complaints against landlords who have violated the law. Conducted tests will potentially be used as evidence in these cases so to ensure the integrity of our test results, we need people who understand the commitment and will be thorough and timely in their assignments.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Work closely with staff to investigate for housing discrimination primarily in apartment rentals, including: 

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

    • Timely submitting written statements and testing data and compiling complete case files

    • Taking witness statements and surveying tenants 

    • Assist with tester recruitment and training. 

    • Conduct research on listings 

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Excellent observational and recall skills with a superior attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Excellent time management skills and strong written and verbal communication skills (in English). 

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

  • Access to reliable transportation with ability to travel throughout LA County and with proof of car insurance

  • Have reliable internet, phone access, and transportation to conduct testing and site visits.  

  • Pre-hire: Must successfully complete a 2-3 hour training session and complete and submit a practice test.

  • Due to federal funding requirements, testers must not have any felony convictions or convictions for any crimes involving fraud or perjury in the last 7 years. 

BENEFITS: Competitive salary and an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, and vision.  Reimbursed mileage. 

APPLICATIONS:

Please e-mail a resume and cover letter (no phone calls, please) describing your interest and qualifications to: Bradley Thomas, Project Manager; E-mail: bthomas@housingrightscenter.org
Or mail to:  Bradley Thomas, Housing Rights Center, 3255 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1150, Los Angeles, CA 90010 
Application deadline: September 30, 2022 
Start date: October 3, 2022 (flexible)