POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTJob Title:Housing Justice Project (HJP) Eviction Prevention StaffAttorneyJob Type:Full-time, $60,000/year (grant funded and non-negotiable)Salary & Benefits:Medical/dental insurance; vacation, sick leave, and paidholidaysApplication Deadline:Rolling DeadlineStart Date:As Soon as PossibleMission StatementTacomaprobono (TPB) is a nonprofit organization providing clients with legal representation, self-helpmaterials, and paralegal support to combat systemic inequality and racism by ensuring meaningfulaccess to justice for low-income individuals who have civil legal needs in Pierce County, Washington.Nature of Work and Position DutiesThe Housing Justice Project (HJP) is a specific program under TPB. Eviction and other housing-related issues are among the most-often identified civil legal needs in Pierce County. The need for eviction-related legal services will increase significantly upon expiration of the eviction moratoria protecting tenantsfrom eviction for non-payment of rent during the COVID-19 pandemic.The primary responsibility of the HJP Eviction Prevention Staff Attorney will be to represent low-incometenants in unlawful detainer cases. More specifically, the HJP Staff Attorney will be expected to work withTPB staff and volunteers to provide professional, client-centered representation to low-income individualsfacing eviction-related issues in Pierce County Superior Court. The HJP Staff Attorney will also be charged with developing and delivering educational and outreach programs to reach residents throughout PierceCounty and staffing legal clinics focused on other landlord-tenant issues in addition to eviction defense.Essential HJP Staff Attorney Functionsï Prepare and manage a high-volume caseload requiring frequent negotiations with opposing partiesand court appearances.ï Develop and maintain relationships with opposing counsel, the court, and the community.ï Participate in the training and support of HJP volunteer attorneys.ï Participate in specialized legal clinics, “know your rights” presentations, and other formal and informalopportunities for low-income tenants to access legal advice and representation; make referrals to other
TPB clinics and programs and other organizations to ensure low-income tenants have holistic accessto legal representation and client services for all civil legal needs.
ï Use, participate in, and cooperate with other programs operated by TPB to improve existing legalservices, including, but not limited to, the TPB VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) program and NALAP(Native American Legal Aid Program).
ï Participate in specific and general program volunteer recruitment and CLE trainings.
Experience and Qualifications
ï Licensed to practice law in Washington.
ï Knowledge of Washington housing law, or a commitment to learn this specialized field.
ï Litigation and direct client management experience preferred.
ï Demonstrated experience working directly with low-income clients, individuals from diverse ethnic,cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds, survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault, orindividuals from historically marginalized and oppressed communities.
ï Established commitment to providing legal assistance to low-income clients.
ï Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively with others.
ï Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Zoom, and LegalServer or similar case management software.
The physical demands described above are representative of those required by an employee tosuccessfully perform the essential functions. Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time; interact with computer screens and manipulate essential computer components (i.e., mouse and keyboard).Mobility around the office, and abilities to bend/stoop, push/pull, and perform unassisted lifting consistentwith the job duties are required.
For consideration, submit a letter of interest, resume, and 3 professional references to Carly Roberts, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tacomaprobono provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employmentwithout regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, national origin, age, genetics, disability, citizenship, immigration, or veteran status. Along with federal law requirements, the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to allterms of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leavesof absence, compensation, and training.