Closing Date: 2nd May, 2024

Description:

A Non-Profit Organization seeks a civil rights attorney to promote and advance the human and legal rights of people with disabilities as a leader with our Housing team (1 position: Managing Attorney or Assistant Managing Attorney).

This position is part of A Non-Profit Organization's management team and directly supervises the legal work of staff attorneys, paralegals and advocates. Responsibilities include mentoring, supervising and supporting the professional development of supervised staff. This positions also supports reporting and compliance requirements for A Non-Profit Organization's programs, including preparation and submission of grant reports with other members of the leadership team.

Available Role(s) Include:
Housing Team: 
The managing attorney or assistant managing attorney will supervise and support our team of 2 advocates and 2-4 attorneys, representing clients with disabilities to prevent evictions, investigating fair housing violations, and monitoring compliance with settlement agreements. The managing attorney or assistant managing attorney will also develop strategies to achieve long-term organization goals using litigation, individual representation, advocacy, legislative initiatives, policy analysis, coalition building, and other strategies. Possibility of some remote work if desired. Travel throughout the State of Maryland may be required.

Responsibilities include:
Programmatic Management & Administration
  • Participate as part of the A Non-Profit Organization management team in the planning and execution of A Non-Profit Organization goals and objectives, including long-range planning, legislative and administrative education and technical assistance, public and media relations, budgetary planning, and staffing;
  • Collaborate with external coalitions, organizations, associations, etc., to advance A Non-Profit Organization's advocacy initiatives;
  • Supervise maintenance of program information necessary for grant reports, audits, applications, etc., and have first and primary responsibility for writing and submitting all required grant applications and program performance reports within the team; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director or her designee.

Supervision of Legal Work:
  • Provide supervision for attorneys, advocates and paralegals;
  • Provide substantive guidance, consultation, and technical assistance to staff as needed;
  • Monitor and review the team's work to ensure quality, and evaluate staff performance.

Individual Casework
Managing and Assistant Managing Attorneys also may engage in individual casework and other advocacy initiatives.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • J. D. Degree from an accredited law school; licensed to practice law in Maryland or admission to practice in Maryland after sitting for the next available Bar Exam;
  • Demonstrated commitment to A Non-Profit Organization's core mission of advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities to self-determination, dignity, community integration, equal opportunity, and freedom from discrimination;
  • A minimum of five years' legal experience in positions of increasing responsibility. At least one year of experience providing direct supervision of legal work preferred;
  • Experience working on advocacy and policy initiatives, and/or litigation;
  • Ability to communicate complex legal issues clearly and effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and collaborate with A Non-Profit Organization staff and colleagues in a team environment;
  • Ability to motivate and direct team staff; and
  • Ability to travel within the State of Maryland.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of and experience with: Maryland landlord-tenant law, Maryland Access to Counsel in Evictions, the Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act; federally subsidized housing programs;
  • Knowledge of public policy and legislative processes;
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations and case law regarding disability discrimination;
  • Experience in Maryland District and Circuit courts, and Federal courts;
  • Experience working with and/or sensitivity to persons with disabilities and from multi-ethnic communities;
  • A demonstrated interest or background in public interest work, particularly related to disability rights issues;
  • Life experience with a disability; and
  • Fluency in American Sign Language or Spanish.