Job Announcement: Project Manager – Community Economic Justice Clinic

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Community Economic Justice Clinic (CEJ) of the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is seeking a full-time Project Manager to coordinate and lead activities in support of CEJ’s Disrupting Displacement Project (the “Project”). The goals of the Project are to protect low-income tenants’ rights, and to preserve and produce housing that is affordable for low-income communities of color. The Project Manager will leverage data and expertise from EBCLC’s Housing Practice to inform and strengthen CEJ’s anti-displacement strategies focused on public policy and tenant organizing. The Project Manager will work directly with community members, conduct research, present at community forums, coordinate media/communications and assessment, and keep the Project on course.

EBCLC is a non-profit legal services organization and the community-based clinical program for Berkeley Law School, committed to increasing justice through education and advocacy and building a culturally diverse workplace, centered on equity. With over 60 staff, 150 law students, and a $6 million annual budget, EBCLC is the largest provider of free legal advocacy in Alameda County, providing multimodal, collaborative, and holistic legal services to over 5,000 clients yearly and engaging in legislative and policy advocacy at the local and state level.

The Community Economic Justice Clinic advances people-oriented economic development and empowers low-income communities of color to build long-term solutions to poverty in the East Bay through a racial justice and anti-displacement lens. CEJ achieves this by promoting community and cooperative business development, providing non-profit support, and advancing the protection, preservation, and production of housing that is affordable for low-income communities of color through its Disrupting Displacement Project. The Project Manager reports to the Director of the CEJ Clinic.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide direction regarding project strategy and activities in the following areas:
    • Protection
      • Coordinate with community partners to identify community needs for know-your-rights resources on tenants’ rights and other immediate anti-displacement resources
      • Research, prepare, maintain, and update written information and know-your-rights materials for tenants, in coordination with CEJ and Housing staff
      • Conduct trainings and/or workshops to assist tenants in forming tenant associations
    • Production
      • Coordinate and implement community outreach and education on affordable housing options, alternatives land and housing opportunities, and community benefits
      • Research, prepare, maintain and update neighborhood support letters for development project proposals in Oakland and Berkeley
      • Identify opportunities to empower like-minded community coalitions in the land-use approvals process in Oakland and Berkeley
    • Preservation
      • Identify and support local policies, such as the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act and Small Sites Program, that empower tenants and nonprofit organizations to acquire properties with the goal of keeping them permanently affordable. This work may include research, participating in and coordinating with coalitions, and advocating at the local level.
      • Support local and state level policy advocacy to promote rent-controlled units
      • Coordinate with CEJ and Housing staff to streamline data on properties at-risk of mass evictions and redevelopment
  • Research and draft original articles, policy toolkits and op-eds about anti-displacement generally and other topics related to the project’s work, as prioritized and reviewed by Supervisor
  • Maintain EBCLC’s client database to ensure accurate accounting of services provided and other information as required for grant or project reporting
  • Assist in the recruitment and training of clinical students who will contribute to the project
  • Additional tasks as assigned by Supervisor

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Two (2) years’ experience in an administrative, customer service, social or legal services environment; formal education or equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for experience requirement
  • Community/tenant organizing and/or policy advocacy background highly desirable
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs, and database software. Ability to pick up new computer skills quickly.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, and comfort with public speaking
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse range of groups, including people of color, homeless people, immigrants, non-English speakers, people with mental disabilities, people experiencing domestic violence, law students, service providers, government employees, community partners, elected officials, and law school faculty
  • Self-starter; ability to work independently and with little supervision
  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to be detail-oriented, multi-task and set priorities
  • Ability to work under pressure in an empathetic, patient, and professional manner
  • Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese language skills highly desirable

Salary and Benefits:

Starting salary for this full-time exempt position is $48,000 – $68,000 based on number of years of prior relevant experience, as dictated by EBCLC’s salary scale.

Benefits include fully paid health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents, life and disability insurance, and generous paid leave (vacation, sick, and holidays); EBCLC also offers flexible spending accounts for qualified health, dependent care, and commute expenditures; and retirement options.

Professional development support includes membership in the relevant local, statewide and/or national associations, attendance at relevant conferences, as determined by EBCLC’s professional development policy and budget.

Application Procedures:

Interested applicants should submit application materials by email to (include “CEJ Project Manager” in the subject line) no later than Friday, May 11, 2018. Application materials should include a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and names/contact information for two professional references.

EBCLC is strongly committed to advancing justice through education and advocacy, and the need to transform legal service and legal education. Please take time to review EBCLC’s mission, vision, programs, and website, and ensure that your cover letter reflects how your background, experience, and expertise have prepared you to be successful in performing the responsibilities of the position. Additionally, EBCLC is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace centered on equity and providing an inclusive, welcoming, and culturally responsive environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients. To achieve this goal, EBCLC works actively to improve our office climate, systems and structures, communications and community engagement to create an inclusive and respectful workplace that acknowledges and values differences.

Please address in your cover letter how your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural responsiveness and diversity amongst our staff.

We strongly encourage individuals from traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. EBCLC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior contact with the criminal justice system, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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