Description:

Organizational Information:
In 1990, Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) was founded in the belief that people experiencing homelessness have unique and complex legal problems that often are not adequately addressed by traditional providers of legal services to low-income individuals. To ensure that all Philadelphians at risk of or experiencing homelessness have equal access to justice, HAP meets the legal and advocacy needs of clients where they eat, sleep, and access services. With a legal staff of 16 individuals and a corps of 350 volunteer lawyers, paralegals, and law students, HAP's model of direct outreach and community partnership provides clients with the means to secure safe and stable housing.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
All of us at HAP take ownership of the fact that, in various ways, HAP needs to immediately, sufficiently, and meaningfully embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). This is in terms of our direct representation of those experiencing homelessness, as well as in terms of office staffing, policies, behaviors, and culture. Together, these issues have (1) limited the scope of policies that we have chosen to prioritize and advance and (2) inhibited our capacity to provide culturally competent legal services to all of those experiencing homelessness.

Full Statement: https://www.haplegal.org/about/dei/

Job Functions, Essential Duties, and Responsibilities:
  • Represent homeless clients in civil legal matters, with an emphasis on establishing eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and VA benefits and eliminating housing access barriers relating to identification documents.
  • Administer general legal clinics at area emergency housing sites and where meals are available.
  • Supervise, assist, and support volunteers handling civil legal matters for homeless clients.
  • Serve as a resource on issues of poverty law for HAP volunteers and service providers.
  • Implement substantive and ethical training programs, including CLE classes for volunteer advocates.
  • Supervise case tracking and maintenance of the legal database.
  • Organize and conduct educational presentations for emergency and supportive housing staff and residents.
  • Create education materials about timely legal issues impacting HAP's client community.
  • Assist with training and supervising summer clerks and clinical students.
  • Provide advice to call-in and walk-in clients.

Advocacy and Committee Work:
  • Analyze and respond to federal, state, and local policy initiatives and legislation affecting homelessness.
  • Identify and strategize with the management team on addressing systemic issues that impact persons experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.
  • Participate in various committee meetings of the Philadelphia Bar Association and other community coalitions to address issues impacting HAP clients.
  • Work with staff and Board of Directors to determine how and when to respond to such issues.
  • Participate in litigation that serves HAP's mission and goals, as approved by the Board.
  • Assist in the work of the Standards & Monitoring Committee and Advocacy Committee of the

HAP Board.
Support the Overall Operation and Management of HAP:
  • Collaborate with staff and Board to develop and implement strategic plans.
  • Speak at law schools, bar functions, other community events about HAP's work and volunteer opportunities.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Juris Doctor Degree from an ABA-accredited University and licensed to practice law in PA.
  • Experience engaging with or working on behalf of low-income individuals and disenfranchised communities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice
  • Capacity to identify and develop creative solutions to engage and meet the legal needs of hard-to-reach client communities.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and database case management
  • High level of analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to independently maintain own caseload and provide assistance to volunteers.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and work with minimal supervision.
  • Understanding of and sensitivity to issues of low-income and homeless communities.

Preferred Requirement:
  • Experience working on behalf of vulnerable populations.
  • Spanish speaking a plus.

Immediate Supervisor: Managing Attorney

Reports to: Executive Director

How to Apply:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. In order to receive full consideration, candidates are urged to submit their materials by November 30, 2022. Please include a letter expressing in detail your interest in the position; your qualifications and what you hope to contribute to the organization's future; a current resume; and the names and contact information for three professional references.

Materials should be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word or pdf format to Tanya L. Rambert, Executive Director, HAP, 1429 Walnut St., 15th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Salary is commensurate with experience based on a competitive public interest salary scale.

Available benefits include medical, dental, vision, term life, short and long-term disability, 403(b) retirement plan, and generous paid time off and holidays.

No Recruiters Please.

Equal Opportunity Employer:
Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, disability, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, citizenship, genetic information, or veteran status. HAP also values and seeks diversity and inclusion in all aspects of its work. Persons from diverse backgrounds and orientations are encouraged to apply.