Opportunities at NHLP

Supervising Attorney Job Posting

NHLP is looking for a Supervising Attorney to help lead our work on housing justice issues. The position is roughly 50% staff supervision, evaluation and grant reporting and 50% policy advocacy and substantive legal work. The Supervising Attorney will initially supervise 3-4 Staff Attorneys and will work closely with the Deputy Director to provide overall support to the legal team. The position provides the right candidate with the opportunity to develop a national reputation, to assist advocates around the country and to fight for the rights of low income people.

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 employs three main strategies advance our mission – policy advocacy, litigation and capacity building for legal services attorneys and advocates across the country.


  • Working with the Deputy Director, create work plans and provide guidance to the legal team
  • Supervise and support NHLP staff attorneys
  • Engage in federal and state policy advocacy
  • Design and conduct trainings for attorneys and advocates
  • Assist in the expansion of the organization’s litigation practice
  • Provide technical assistance to legal services attorneys, affordable housing nonprofits, and others
  • Write and edit articles for publication and prepare resource and training manuals
  • Assist in the development of the Housing Justice Network (HJN) and the HJN Conference
  • Serve as a spokesperson to enhance the reputation of the organization and advance the mission
  • Assist the Executive Director and Deputy Director in grant reporting
  • Participate in the recruitment of attorneys, fellows and clerks


  • Law degree and minimum of seven years of significant legal experience
  • If not already licensed in California, willingness to take the California bar
  • Passion for the substantive work of the organization and commitment to its mission
  • Strong leadership abilities and the ability to work in a collaborative work environment
  • Highly-developed analytic skills and ability to manage fellow attorneys
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and oral and written communication skills
  • Refined judgment and decision-making skills
  • Capacity to effectively represent NHLP and its work in external communications and public settings
  • Willingness to travel occasionally, most often to Washington D.C.


$90,000 – 110,000 DOE. Compensation includes fully paid health, dental and vision insurance for the employee and 50% coverage for dependents. Four weeks paid vacation.



This position is based in the San Francisco office.


Please submit a cover letter, writing sample and resume to HR@nhlp.org


October 21, 2019. Position open until filled but preference will be given to applications received by November 11.

NHLP is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, LGBT people, persons with disabilities and other persons in underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

NHLP Seeks Summer Law Clerks for Summer 2020

The National Housing Law Project (NHLP) is currently accepting applications from law students for summer 2020 clerkships. NHLP is committed to training law students who are making a commitment to careers in the public interest.

NHLP truly values the contributions of its law clerks and aims to ensure that each law clerk has a meaningful and rewarding experience. Several NHLP summer law clerks have returned to our organization as post-graduate fellows.

Who We Are

NHLP is a legal advocacy center focused on increasing, preserving, and improving affordable housing; expanding and enforcing the rights of low-income tenants and homeowners; and increasing housing opportunities for persons protected by fair housing and civil rights laws. Our organization provides technical assistance and policy support on a range of housing issues to legal services attorneys and other advocates nationwide.

Founded in 1968, NHLP has been responsible for many critical changes to federal housing policy and programs that have increased housing opportunities and improved housing conditions for low-income individuals.

NHLP’s Summer Law Clerk Program

Working at NHLP provides a great opportunity for law students to become engaged in local, state and national housing rights issues that are central to broader social justice efforts. NHLP provides a unique perspective on housing issues in that we support direct legal services attorneys and other advocates who are facing broader, systemic housing issues.

Our attorneys provide supervision, training, and unique work opportunities in the multi-faceted area of housing law and policy. Generally, clerks are directly supervised by 1-2 staff attorneys, and often contribute to organization-wide projects as well. NHLP’s work is intersectional, meaning that clerks can gain experience in housing policy through the lens of one of our focus areas, including:

  • Preserving affordable housing;
  • Promoting housing rights for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and trafficking;
  • Advocating for the rights of persons exiting the criminal justice system;
  • Preventing foreclosure;
  • Advancing fair and equal access to housing free from discrimination;
  • Ensuring immigrant individuals and families can access and maintain affordable housing, and;
  • Providing housing opportunities for persons experiencing disabilities.

Our recent clerks have assisted with important work such as providing testimony before a state fair housing council regarding proposed regulations; drafting comments and advocacy letters to federal agencies; and writing legal memos on cutting-edge issues impacting federally assisted housing.

Clerks will have opportunities to develop a writing sample and strengthen their policy advocacy skills during the summer.

Additionally, NHLP holds several social events during the summer; invites clerks to attend coalition meetings and advocacy calls; provides training opportunities; and hosts a summer law clerk brownbag series where staff attorneys discuss a range of topics, such as substantive work areas and career planning.

NHLP is happy to work with students who will be receiving credit, work study, or a stipend from their schools for their clerkship.

Qualifications and How to Apply

Ideal candidates must possess the following:

  • Outstanding research and writing skills;
  • A strong commitment to working with low-income and underserved populations; and
  • An ability to work independently as well as a member of a team.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, self-edited writing sample, and 3 references to: Bridgett Simmons, Staff Attorney, BSimmons@nhlp.org.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and so we encourage early applications.


Commitment to Equal Opportunity

NHLP is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Candidates who would contribute to our diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodation is available for qualified individuals with disabilities, upon request.