The Eviction Defense Collaborative (EDC) is seeking a .75 – 1.0 FTE Volunteer and Pro Bono Coordinator to support multiple homelessness prevention strategies. This position offers the unique opportunity to be at the heart of an organization with a mission of preventing homelessness, preserving affordable housing, and protecting the diversity of San Francisco.
The Eviction Defense Collaborative (EDC) provides legal assistance, advocacy and representation to low-income and indigent tenants in San Francisco who are being evicted. We assist by educating tenants about the legal process, advising them of their options, drafting responsive legal documents, providing referrals to assist them in fighting their evictions, negotiating legal settlements and representing them at trial. The EDC also administers one-time rental assistance grants and loans to help tenants who are behind in their rent to pay the rent and stay in their homes. The EDC further assists homeless individuals that have been living in shelters by providing Shelter Client Advocates after they are denied the services a shelter. The work at the EDC is made possible by a few dozen staff members and many volunteers from local schools and the community. The work environment at the EDC is both friendly and collaborative.collegial. We work as a team to assist the tenants and homeless families and individuals who seek our help.
Please see our website www.evictiondefense.org for more information.
The Volunteer and Pro Bono Coordinator will be responsible for ongoing volunteer recruitment, establishing and maintaining relationships with sources of volunteers, for individual volunteer development, for coordinating volunteer trainings, and for planning volunteer appreciation events. Specifically, the duties include:
• Actively recruiting volunteers, including community members, paralegal students, law students and attorneys to help staff the EDC clinic and assist with all agency efforts. This involves working with law firms, law schools and university volunteer centers, intern placement offices, career services, public interest law internship programs, social work programs, volunteer recruitment centers and websites, and others in advertising volunteer opportunities at EDC.
• Organizing outreach efforts at law schools, universities, community organizations, and other volunteer or pro bono events to recruit new volunteers.
• Working with attorneys, rental assistance coordinators and other EDC staff to train volunteers and provide them with feedback.
• Coordinating volunteer activities such as volunteer orientation, volunteer training sessions (approximately 6 times per year), volunteer appreciation gatherings, and other activities.
• Monitoring, evaluating, and coordinating changes to improve the volunteer program.
• Leading daily meetings with volunteers and biweekly volunteer committee meetings.
• Updating and distributing weekly volunteer and staff schedules.
• Other various administrative work essential to the operation of the EDC office or its teams.
• Prior experience recruiting, training, supervising, and assisting volunteers strongly desired.
• Demonstrated commitment to social justice and to assisting diverse, low-income and/or disadvantaged communities highly preferred.
• Legal experience or knowledge of landlord-tenant law a plus.
• Be well-organized, highly motivated, creative, and enthusiastic about EDC’s mission and services.
• Able to work independently and in a team-oriented environment.
• Preference will be given to candidates who have knowledge and experience with the EDC’s practices and culture.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills; computer literate.
• Able to multi-task and manage multiple competing deadlines simultaneously.
• Facility in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, or other second language also a plus.
$45,000 – $48,000 (DOE) – plus benefits. This is an exempt position.
Applications submitted by January 6, 2017 will be given priority.
We are strongly committed to diversity and encourage applications from people who can contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The Eviction Defense Collaborative believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate on any basis prohibited by applicable law.