Opportunities at HRC

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, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, familial status, marital status, disability, ancestry, age, source of income, or other characteristics protected by law. HRC requires all employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19. HRC is an equal opportunity employer and will consider requests for reason accommodations based on disability or sincerely-held religious beliefs without undue hardship.

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 - Evictions 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.
 

Community Outreach Coordinator (Bilingual in Korean, Japanese or other)

The Housing Rights Center (“HRC”) is seeking an Education and Outreach Coordinator 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 HRC’s general fair housing and landlord-tenant outreach and education and on a HUD-funded outreach program on specific fair housing issues including the rights of individuals and families in shelters, discrimination against Asian communities, and more. It is a hybrid-remote position, with scheduled days in HRC’s main Koreatown 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 Outreach Coordinator will work closely with the Program Manager to:

  • Plan, promote, and conduct workshops, presentations, and trainings on fair housing laws for multiple audiences including tenants, landlords, non-profit agencies, and government staff.

  • Develop relationships with community-based agencies and become familiar with resources in the LA area.

  • Assist with translation and development of fair housing outreach and education materials.

  • Deliver and distribute outreach and education materials.

  • Create and post engaging content to social media pages and HRC’s website.

  • Maintain detailed program records and assist with the preparation of program reports.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Fluency in Korean, Vietnamese, or another Asian language strongly preferred.

Demonstrated interest in civil rights and social justice issues.

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).

Reliable transportation. In-person events will be avoided during the pandemic but occasional solo travel throughout L.A. and Ventura Counties may still be necessary.

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

Experience providing services for homeless individuals is a plus.

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. HRC provides mileage reimbursement at the IRS federal standard rate.

Pay: $40,000.00 - $45,000.00 per year

 

Benefits:

  • Dental insurance

  • Health insurance

  • Paid time off

  • Vision insurance

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