Opportunities at NHLP

Staff Attorney – Federally Assisted Housing Preservation

Job Posting

The National Housing Law Project (NHLP) seeks a Staff Attorney to help support the organization’s federally assisted housing preservation work at the national level and throughout the country.  Currently, NHLP is actively involved in policy advocacy, litigation, and technical assistance around a range of federal housing programs, civil rights and fair housing matters, and eviction prevention. Federally assisted housing preservation is a central part of NHLP’s expertise and advocacy and a key need among our 2,000 legal aid attorneys who are a part of the Housing Justice Network. This is a dynamic position that will allow the attorney to work with advocates throughout the country and with a tremendous team at NHLP.

SCOPE OF THE POSITION

The Staff Attorney will report to the Attorney leading the team’s federally assisted housing preservation portfolio and partner with them to build campaigns to support advocates and tenants to preserve their federally assisted housing, advance racial equity through tenant-centered advocacy, and improve housing conditions and tenant rights. The Staff Attorney will primarily focus on three federal housing programs: HUD’s Multifamily Housing Programs, the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program, and the Public Housing Program. The Staff Attorney’s responsibilities will include technical assistance, training, and policy advocacy as well as litigating (co-counseling and litigation support) preservation cases.

The position is responsible for providing substantive legal and technical support to housing attorneys, other housing advocates, resident organizations and nonprofit agencies in furtherance of federally assisted housing preservation. The attorney will be responsible for supporting the development of national working groups on federally assisted housing preservation, coordinating with the other members of the preservation team, and advancing policies to support preservation. With the support of NHLP’s senior litigation attorneys, the Staff Attorney will also have the opportunity to pursue impact litigation.

NHLP delivers most of its services by phone, video or email, although the staff attorney may occasionally travel for litigation, policy advocacy or to provide in-person trainings.  The attorney can be located anywhere in the United States with remote options available. The Supervisor is located in the Midwest.

ABOUT NHLP

The National Housing Law Project’s mission is to advance housing justice for poor people and communities.  We achieve this by strengthening and enforcing the rights of tenants, increasing housing opportunities for underserved communities, and preserving and expanding the nation’s supply of safe and affordable homes.  NHLP works at the crossroads of housing and community development advocacy, legal services for the poor, and civil rights.  We believe that access to safe, decent, and affordable housing is a fundamental human right that should be enjoyed by everyone. Our work is grounded in the realities that shape poor people’s housing choices.  Housing security is an essential component of racial and civil equality and a critical foundation for education, health, employment, social engagement, and opportunity. We provide communities and their advocates with the tools they need to advance those rights.  NHLP has offices in San Francisco and Washington DC.

The National Housing Law Project is committed to an environment of inclusion and equitable opportunity for members of the Housing Justice Network, our partner organizations, clients, staff, and board. We seek to hire individuals from diverse backgrounds, especially people with lived experiences impacted by housing insecurity and discrimination, or who have experienced the intersection of multiple systems of discrimination. We actively promote mutual respect, acceptance, appreciation and teamwork across all lines of difference.

PREFERRED SKILLS

This position will involve interaction with people from many different organizations and a range of stakeholders (advocates, organizers, government, policy makers). Strong interpersonal skills and organization will be key to success in the position. A background in federally-assisted housing (including HUD programs) is required and a minimum of 4 – 6 years of relevant experience, including experience working on federally assisted housing preservation, representing tenants during RAD conversions or public housing demolition, disposition, or conversion action, working with tenant councils, associations, or tenant organizers, is a plus. A law degree and license to practice law is required.  NHLP is committed to the housing rights of low-income tenants and homeowners. The applicant should share that commitment. The Staff Attorney may also be asked on occasion to support NHLP’s advocacy on behalf of survivors of gender-based violence and should feel comfortable working on this issue area.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

Salary will depend on the qualifications of the applicant but will be roughly tied to NHLP’s attorney salary scale. The salary scale is dependent on years of service.  First year attorneys start at $64,500, while attorneys at year 10 make $104,000. For attorneys or other advocates with more than 10 years of experience the salary will be negotiated.  NHLP provides fully paid health, dental, vision and other insurance for its employees.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Applications should include the name of the position in the subject line.  Please email the following to hr@nhlp.org :

  • Cover letter that details your interest in the position and how your skills relate to the job description
  • Resume
  • Three references

The position was posted on June 13, 2022.  This position will remain open until filled but an initial review of applications will occur starting on Monday, July 11, 2022.

CLASSIFICATION:             Exempt

REPORTS TO:                    Managing/Supervisory Attorney             

LOCATION:                        Flexible, remote options available