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FVAP is seeking a Housing Attorney Fellow or Housing Legal Fellow to build the capacity and reach of its Housing and Employment Justice Project by deepening FVAP’s connections to underserved rural and frontier communities in California, focusing on communities that have little access or connection to legal assistance. The focus communities of the fellow will partially depend on the skills and connections of the hired fellow.
The Housing Attorney Fellow or Housing Legal Fellow is an 18-month, grant-funded position that will run from January 2020 to June 30, 2021. However, to accommodate applicants taking the February 2020 bar exam, the Housing Legal Fellow position could start immediately and run until June 30, 2021 with up to 8 weeks of unpaid leave for bar study. Extension of the position past June 2021 is contingent on whether FVAP is able to obtain alternate sources of funding. The fellow will spend approximately 20% of their time out of the office doing outreach and providing trainings to agencies serving domestic violence survivors throughout California. In addition to outreach, the fellow will adapt and create written legal tools that are culturally accessible and appropriate to the Project’s targeted communities. The fellow will also provide technical assistance to non-attorney advocates and attorneys who serve domestic violence survivors and their families. There may also be opportunities to participate in appeals and legislative advocacy.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Duties include the following (other duties may be assigned):
Required Qualifications and Experience:
Preferred Qualifications and Experiences:
Physical and Environmental Conditions: Performance of duties and tasks uses standard office equipment, including telephone equipment and computers. Work is performed inside with exposure to heating and air-conditioning. Driving or other methods of travel will be required. The fellow may be able to work remotely some days, subject to organizational needs.
Classification: This position is exempt, full-time, and at-will.
Compensation: Starting salary depends on experience and Bar admission, and will be commensurate with comparable nonprofit salaries in Alameda County. The starting range is expected be between $60,000-$68,640/year. FVAP offers a generous benefits package, including subsidized health, dental, vision, and life insurance; 401(k) retirement plan with 3% employer match after 1 year; FSA plan for commuting, parking, health, and dependent care expenses; Employee Assistance Plan; 3 weeks paid time off/year, with longevity increases; 12 paid holidays/year; and paid attorney bar dues and continuing legal education.
To Apply: The position will be open until filled. Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning November 15, 2019. Candidates are encouraged to apply early in the process. To apply, please email or mail a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three professional references to:
Taylor Campion, Housing & Employment Justice Attorney
Family Violence Appellate Project, 449 15th Street St. Suite 104, Oakland, CA 94612
Your cover letter should speak to: 1) why you are interested in working at FVAP; 2) how your background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our work and perform the required and any preferred qualifications, and; 3) how your background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to diversity and cultural responsiveness amongst our staff. Feel free to think broadly about your response to these questions, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.
To promote social justice and best serve our clients, FVAP is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a diverse staff and providing culturally responsive services. Individuals of all races, ethnicities, national origins, religions, ages, sexes, sexual orientations, and gender identities, as well as differently abled persons, survivors of domestic violence, candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities and historically oppressed groups, bilingual and bicultural candidates, and those who are the first in their family to complete college or graduate school, are encouraged to apply.
FVAP is located in Oakland, California. We are convenient to multiple bus lines and BART.
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