Posted March 31, 20232:00 pm
Legal Aid seeks a dynamic, creative leader to serve as Managing Attorney of the Housing Group. The Housing Group provides representation to tenants to access and retain affordable, safe housing and collaborates with other organizations to create a community of safe, affordable housing. This includes managing implementation of Cleveland’s ground-breaking Right to Counsel legislation. The Housing Group includes 23+ attorneys and 8+ paralegals, with an annual budget of $4+ million. Legal Aid and its Housing Group have a strong history of providing high quality, creative legal services, working in collaboration with a variety of partners, and being a leader in changing the systems that are barriers to opportunities for people with low income.
The Managing Attorney will have strong legal, organizational, systems-development, management, and partnership-building skills. The Managing Attorney will model Legal Aid’s values: Pursue racial justice and equity; treat everyone with respect, inclusion, and dignity; do high-quality work; prioritize our clients and communities; and work in solidarity.
Significant areas of responsibility include:
Representation & Advocacy: The Managing Attorney builds a team to ensure clients receive high quality and effective representation and advice. This includes mentoring colleagues, co-counselling, creating pathways for colleagues’ professional advancement, setting expectations, and securing support and training required for colleagues to engage in high quality work. The Managing Attorney develops, implements, and supervises significant litigation and advocacy efforts to address systemic legal issues.
Leadership: The Managing Attorney is the leader of the Housing Group and a leader within Legal Aid. This includes setting goals for the Housing Group and participating in goal setting and implementation of organizational goals, including Legal Aid’s Strategic Plan. They are an active member of Legal Aid’s Management Team.
Community Work: The Managing Attorney will lead the group’s engagement in the community, including mentoring colleagues in their community work. This includes community education and outreach, partnership building, educating legislators and others about housing solutions, and permissible legislative and administrative advocacy.
About Legal Aid: Legal Aid is a non-profit law firm whose mission is to secure justice, equity, and access to opportunity for and with people who have low incomes through passionate legal representation and advocacy for systemic change. Founded in 1905, Legal Aid is the fifth oldest legal aid organization in the country. Legal Aid’s 135+ total staff members (70+ attorneys), and 3,000 volunteer lawyers use the power of the law to improve safety and health, shelter, and economic stability for low-income clients. Legal Aid serves a diverse northeast Ohio population in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, and Lorain Counties.
In addition to providing legal assistance to individual clients, Legal Aid engages in broad-based advocacy to impact client groups and communities. Legal Aid works in partnership with other service providers to address community issues and engage in community legal education and collaborate with local, state, and national colleagues on issues impacting low-income communities.
The Successful Candidates will:
- Exhibit a strong commitment to Legal Aid’s mission, vision, and values.
- Hold a JD and be licensed to practice law in Ohio or eligible to waive in.
- Have excellent management and leadership skills.
- Have a strong vision for how Legal Aid can address the housing needs of people with low income.
- Have experience in providing legal services for people with low income.
- Have deep knowledge of state and federal law related to Legal Aid’s clients.
- Exhibit outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.
- Have excellent research, writing, and advocacy skills.
- Exhibit excellent team- and partnership-building skills.
- Have excellent technology skills, including MS Office, databases, and document assembly.
- Embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Spanish language skills preferred.
Compensation & Benefits: The salary range for Managing Attorney is $107,000 to $161,000 DOE, with the top third of the pay range reserved for those with deep skill sets, long tenure, and consistent exceptional performance. In addition, Legal Aid offers an exceptional benefits package including healthcare, life and disability insurance, retirement savings plan with up to 13% employer contribution, and much more. Visit www.lasclev.org/careers/overview for more information.
To Apply: Send a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to: email@example.com with “Managing Attorney” in the email subject line. Applications will be accepted through April 23, 2023.
Legal Aid is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate because of age, race, gender, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.