Linda Kennedy Fellowship in Advocacy, Fall 2018 - Spring 2019
Academic Year, Part-Time, Paid Position
Are you a law student interested in policy advocacy to achieve social change? If so, the Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP), based in Baltimore, MD, is accepting applications for the Linda Kennedy Fellowship in Advocacy.
Background: HPRP is a non-profit organization with a mission to end homelessness in Maryland by providing free legal services, including advice, counsel, education, representation and advocacy, for people who have low or no income and who are experiencing homeless or at risk of experiencing homelessness. The Linda Kennedy Fellowship in Advocacy, established in 2009, honors the late Linda Kennedy, Esq., a courageous and determined advocate for persons with disabilities and persons without housing, whose advocacy efforts included successfully urging the passage of legislation before the Maryland General Assembly that eliminated barriers to employment and housing for over 20,000 persons.
Fellowship: The Linda Kennedy Fellowship in Advocacy provides a second or third year law student with a fall and spring semester internship at HPRP to work on policy and systemic issues that promote an end to homelessness in Baltimore City and in Maryland. The selected Fellow is expected to work a minimum of twenty hours per week for ten weeks, or a comparable schedule. Past Fellows have drafted legislation, advocated for City and State legislation with elected officials, and testified before the Maryland General Assembly, among other activities. A $3,000 stipend is provided to the Fellow at the commencement of the Fellowship and, should the Fellow’s work meet appropriate standards, a second stipend of $3,000 will be provided at the start of the spring semester.
Reports to: Executive Director and Homeless Youth Initiative Director
* Legal and policy research;
* Prepare brochures, testimony, fact sheets, issue briefs, and policy or “white papers” on distinct issues;
* Attend community and coalition meetings, including coordinating some coalitions;
* Testify at public meetings and/or legislative hearings; and
* Work with HPRP Staff to provide HPRP clients with meaningful opportunities to engage policy makers.
Skills & Experience
* Education: second or third year law students;
* Facility with computer and internet technology. Highly proficient with Microsoft Office for Windows (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, etc.), as well as internet navigation;
* Fluency in Spanish is a plus.
* Sensitivity to the problems that people who have extremely low incomes and/or are homeless may face
* Excellent oral and written communication skills
* Excellent administrative and organizational skills ~ detail-oriented and able to produce accurate work
* Takes initiative and has ability to troubleshoot problems and challenges
* Work well under pressure, able to meet frequent deadlines, set priorities, multitask, and maintain confidentiality
* Team player with a strong sense of self-motivation, good judgment, and punctuality.
Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and the names and contact information of three references to email@example.com (please specify Linda Kennedy Fellowship in Advocacy in the subject line) by May 15, 2018. We are looking for thoughtful, personalized cover letters that demonstrate the applicant’s qualifications and work style and interest in being part of a team working to end homelessness. We are looking for applicants who have a comprehensive understanding of oppression, and structural racism, including how structural racism perpetuates barriers to housing and income. Resume reviews begin immediately and applications will be accepted until position is filled.
HPRP is an equal opportunity employer. All interested persons encouraged to apply regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, HIV status or religious affiliation.