Director, Montgomery County/Prince George’s County Office
The Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) seeks to hire a full-time attorney to manage and oversee growth of HPRP’s new satellite office based in Rockville, Montgomery County, Maryland to serve persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, Maryland.
HPRP provides free legal services and advocacy to persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Maryland. HPRP’s staff and volunteers pursue this mission by offering legal services through outreach in shelters, soup kitchens, government offices, community centers and the street. HPRP provides legal representation in over 1,000 civil legal matters each year primarily through regular off-site intake locations in Baltimore City and Cecil, Montgomery and St. Mary’s Counties. Over 400 volunteer lawyers, paralegals and law students assist with intake and provide representation to HPRP clients at many of these locations. Direct representation informs broader-based systemic advocacy and impact litigation to address the root causes of homelessness.
Since 1990, HPRP has maintained a twice-monthly legal clinic at Shepherd’s Table in Silver Spring, Montgomery County. As part of its 2014 Strategic Planning process, HPRP was urged by community stakeholders to consider expanding its presence in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. After conducting a Legal and Advocacy Needs Study for the Counties in 2015 to investigate the unmet need for civil legal aid for HPRP’s client population and the feasibility of expanding services, HPRP’s Board and Staff committed to opening a small satellite office serving Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. The Office opened in April 2017 and HPRP launched a second community-based legal clinic in June 2017 at the Rockville-based Home Builders Care Assessment Center (HBCAC).
- Recruiting, training, supervising, and retaining volunteer attorneys, paralegals and law students serving Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties;
- Updating and developing written materials for volunteers, including training manuals;
- Maintaining the infrastructure necessary to monitor the work of the volunteer attorneys and provide on-going support and supervision to volunteers as needed;
- Representing a limited number of clients on a case-by-case basis as needed;
- Conducting Know Your Rights and informational sessions at local shelters and other community-based programs and creating client and community education materials;
- Maintaining HPRP’s existing off-site legal clinics at Shepherd’s Table and HBCAC, developing strong relationships with new providers to open additional locations for HPRP’s off-site legal clinics, and evaluating the effectiveness of the off-site locations;
- Participating in local coalitions focused on ending homelessness, expanding affordable housing, and other efforts related to alleviating poverty;
- Identifying systemic legal and policy issues to pursue in consultation with HPRP’s Managing Attorney;
- Supervising administrative staff in the satellite office and additional staff attorneys in the future;
- Maintaining information about case activity and statistics, as well as volunteer information, in HPRP’s electronic database, and paper files;
- Working with HPRP’s Executive Director and the Director of Communications to expand the visibility of HPRP’s satellite office, including publicizing the program and developing relationships with the private bar and government lawyers, County agencies, and legislative and executive offices;
- Participating in fundraising efforts, including working with Executive Director on grant applications, attending meetings with current and potential funders, and assisting with grant reports.
- Demonstrated commitment to social justice and working with people in poverty;
- Ability to think strategically about expansion and visibility of HPRP’s program;
- Previous experience in program development and supervision of both staff and volunteers;
- Minimum 7 years legal experience, at least 3 years of which were obtained while employed at a non-profit civil legal aid organization providing direct client representation;
- Admitted to practice law in Maryland or already registered take the February 2018 Maryland Attorney’s Exam (please note in cover letter);
- Ease with computerized databases and producing reports on HPRP’s cases;
- Excellent written and oral skills;
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
- Ability to communicate with clients in Spanish a plus (please note in cover letter).
$70,000 - $83,000 depending on experience. Full health coverage (medical, prescription, dental) for employee plus contribution toward family coverage; long-term disability; life; ability to contribute to HPRP’s 403(b) plan (employer supplemental salary contribution determined annually); Vacation (20 days), sick leave (10 days), personal days (3 days), holidays. Some evening and weekend hours required; HPRP provides for a flexible work schedule.
E-MAIL resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and names and contact information of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org (and specify “Director – Montgomery County/Prince George’s County Office” in the subject line). We are looking for thoughtful, personalized cover letters that demonstrate the applicant’s qualifications, work style and interest in being part of a team working to eliminate homelessness in Maryland. We are looking for applicants who have a comprehensive understanding of 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.