Staff Attorney Job Opening – Housing and Employment Justice for Domestic Violence Survivors
Family Violence Appellate Project (FVAP) is honored to have won a 3-year grant from the State Bar Trust Fund to execute a new statewide program: Achieving Community Stability Through Housing and Employment Justice for Domestic Violence Survivors. FVAP is seeking one full-time Staff Attorney to lead this program and join our small but exceptional and dynamic staff in our Oakland, California office.
FVAP is the only organization in California dedicated to appealing cases on behalf of survivors of domestic violence. We are committed to social justice and are dedicated to shaping California law to prioritize the safety of survivors and their children by representing clients in the California Courts of Appeal, submitting amicus curiae briefs in cases of statewide importance, monitoring unpublished cases daily and requesting publication of important domestic violence cases, and engaging in legislative and systems change advocacy efforts.
We are also committed to supporting the statewide network of domestic violence and legal aid service providers by providing trainings, technical assistance, and written informational materials, and by facilitating information exchange among statewide stakeholders supporting survivors. Our new program aims to combat homelessness and economic instability experienced by survivors of abuse and their children by creating focused materials and engaging in policy advocacy and appellate litigation to enable domestic violence advocates to educate and support their clients to enforce their housing and employment rights. If you are interested in being part of this exciting social justice movement and resource for domestic violence survivors and advocates across California, this is the place for you! You can learn more at www.fvaplaw.org.
We value diverse experiences and backgrounds. FVAP’s clientele is extremely diverse, and we serve individuals and advocates throughout the state, including rural, suburban, and urban populations. The ideal candidate will bring skills and experiences enabling you to serve these diverse populations adeptly. Any candidate must be willing to pitch in wherever needed to support a small nonprofit. The immediate supervisor is the Director of Programs.
Skills & Abilities: A successful Staff Attorney has exceptionally strong critical thinking, legal, analytical, and writing skills and is able to perform professionally in a fast-paced environment. This will necessitate multi-tasking, prioritizing tasks, and changing focus when circumstances demand. You are able to communicate effectively with many different stakeholders, including FVAP’s team members, law student clerks, volunteer law firm attorneys, experienced domestic violence advocates and other community members who are not attorneys, and prospective clients from all different backgrounds. You are able and willing to supervise and manage people at all levels, including law student clerks and senior law firm partners who provide us pro bono assistance. You are detail-oriented and capable of developing a new dynamic program, including tracking and complying with multiple deadlines.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties include the following (other duties may be assigned):
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. Occasional driving or other methods of travel will be required. The Staff Attorney may be able to work remotely some days, subject to organizational needs.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
Preferred Qualifications and Experience:
Classification: This position is exempt, full-time, and at-will.
Compensation: Starting salary depends on experience and will be commensurate with comparable nonprofit salaries in Alameda County; the range is expected to be between $55,000-$65,000/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; 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 December 4, 2017. Candidates are encouraged to apply early in the process. The preferred start date is January 15, 2018. To apply, please email or mail a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three professional references to:
Erin Smith, Executive Director
Family Violence Appellate Project, 1814 Franklin St. Suite 805, 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 competent 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.
Thank you for your interest in FVAP!