Deputy Director – Housing

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is a non-profit legal services organization, the community-based clinical program for U.C. Berkeley Law School, and one of the Bay Area’s largest and most effective systems disrupters.  With a dual service and teaching mission, EBCLC is a racial justice organization committed to building a culturally diverse workplace, centered on equity. With about 80 staff, 150 law students a year, and a nearly $9 million annual budget, EBCLC is the largest provider of free legal services in Alameda County, providing multimodal, collaborative, and holistic legal services to over 8,000 clients annually and engaging in legislative and policy advocacy at the state and local level.

EBCLC’s Housing Practice consists of a team that includes a Housing Practice Director, two Housing Practice Deputy Directors, 9 Staff Attorneys, 1 Social Worker, 3 Program Coordinators, and 1 Housing Project Manager. Together, our team represents low-income tenants in eviction lawsuits, advocates for tenants encountering a broad range of housing-related legal problems, and contributes to the creation of more just and humane housing policies for Alameda County tenants, while simultaneously supervising and training law students.

EBCLC is seeking a Housing Practice Deputy Director who will help lead this incredible team.  The Housing Practice’s two Deputy Directors work closely with the Housing Practice Director to supervise and support all housing team members, assist in grant management and fundraising efforts, ensure progress toward program goals and objections, while also maintaining a reduced caseload and supervising law students.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Support, supervise and evaluate members of the Housing Practice’s staff, including consideration of professional development goals
  • Ensure the training, supervision, and support of law student interns on substantive law and skills related to housing matters, including regular individual case reviews, group case rounds, and assisting in teaching the clinical companion course
  • Maintain a reduced caseload across all substantive areas of the program
  • Assist the Housing Practice’s Director in developing and maintaining close relationships with other providers of services to low-income people in Alameda County
  • Assist Housing Practice’s Director in providing administrative oversight of the program, including supporting Director with grant management
  • Ensure Housing Practice’s programs, some of which include tenants’ rights workshop, courthouse clinic, financial assistance programs, and intake, are all executed effectively to serve the community
  • Serve on EBCLC’s management team, which meets twice a month and provides input and support for the broader organization
  • Participate in ongoing professional development to improve staff and student supervision skills and client services
  • Serve as a contact with the community and media, including responding to press and service provider inquires, making presentations to the public, community, and other professional groups, and overseeing staff to whom these tasks have been delegated
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Housing Practice Director, and EBCLC’s Deputy Director

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Member in good standing of the California Bar
  • Experience in providing representation in unlawful detainer actions, subsidized housing administrative proceedings, rent board hearings and/or other civil litigation
  • Excellent supervision and teaching skills and commitment to clinical legal education; clinical training experience desirable
  • Demonstrated passion for and commitment to social justice and experience working in low-income communities of color
  • Excellent oral and written communication and advocacy skills
  • Ability to work under pressure in an empathetic and professional manner
  • 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
  • Strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, and demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to manage a team as well as a demanding case load; excellent time management, priority-setting and organizational skills
  • Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese language skills highly desirable

Workplace Expectations

Due to COVID-19, all EBCLC employees are primarily working remotely. The Housing Practice Deputy Director and all EBCLC employees will continue to work remotely as long as California’s Shelter in Place remains in effect. Please note, however, that the Housing Practice Deputy Director may need to attend in-person court proceedings when required by the court. The expectation is that the Housing Practice Deputy Director will work in our office in Berkeley, California when it is safe to do so. EBCLC will provide the necessary equipment to fulfill job responsibilities while working from home, including a laptop.


Starting salary for this exempt position is $65,000 – $95,000 based on the number of years of prior legal experience, as dictated by the EBCLC 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 Process:

Interested applicants should submit application materials by email to (include “Housing Deputy Director” in the subject line). EBCLC will review applications on a rolling basis. 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 services and legal education. Additionally, EBCLC is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace centered on equity and providing an inclusive, welcoming, and culturally responsive environment for all 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 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. Please also address 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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