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Housing Justice Attorney

Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks an attorney with experience in housing law and policy as our new Housing Justice Attorney. KEJC is a mid-sized poverty law advocacy nonprofit with a staff of 16 and a budget of $1.6 million. We believe every Kentuckian has the right to health care, housing, fair pay, food, education, and safety. KEJC’s staff of 16 works in Kentucky’s capital and in courtrooms and communities across Kentucky. Our program at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington provides immigration law services.

 

Working at KEJC is challenging and exciting because there is always a lot to do and many ways we could help directly impacted Kentuckians, engage with coalition partners, and work towards a Kentucky in which everyone has enough. KEJC works internally and externally in teams and coalitions and therefore seeks a Housing Justice Attorney who will help establish and maintain a healthy culture of collaboration.

 

About the Position

The Housing Justice Attorney will be responsible for leading KEJC’s response to the current eviction crisis and working across organizations, coalitions, and geographies to ensure that all Kentuckians facing eviction have access to rental assistance, legal assistance, and justice.

 

The Housing Justice Attorney will join a multi-function advocacy team that includes our Outreach Coordinator, multiple Housing Outreach workers, Senior Counsel, Communications Coordinator, Grant Manager, and Director to build a housing justice program. The attorney will supervise the housing outreach work at KEJC and will work with KEJC’s communications, development, and legal staff.

 

The immediate goal: deliver rental assistance and housing security to all Kentuckians. The long term goal: every Kentuckian experiences housing as a human right. 

 

Duties and Responsibilities

The primary work of the Housing Justice Attorney will be to:

  • Deliver direct services to Kentuckians facing eviction

  • Support attorneys, legal aid organizations, and other community service providers who are also delivering those services

  • Build systems (internal to KEJC and with our organizational partners) to allow Kentuckians to access legal assistance and rental assistance more easily and reliably

To achieve these broad goals, the Housing Justice Attorney will:

  • Develop detailed knowledge of policy options and best practices for preventing evictions and delivering rental assistance to Kentuckians

  • Monitor proposed changes in local, state, and federal law, regulations, and practices related to eviction and rental assistance programs

  • Develop state, regional, and national peer and expert networks for advice, counsel, and development and evaluation of proposals and initiatives

  • Prepare a variety of written materials including briefing papers on promising options, best practices, and current issues; and compelling public-facing communications on housing, evictions, and rental assistance

  • Participate in meetings, conferences calls, and activities of local, state, and national public interest partners, including Kentucky Housing Corporation, National Low Income Housing Coalition, ThriveKY, and coalitions of organizers and directly impacted Kentuckians with a focus on ensuring every Kentuckian who needs rental assistance gets it and every Kentuckian facing eviction experiences zero days of homelessness 

  • Help plan and conduct meetings of the statewide legal services Consumer and Housing Task Force

  • Help develop and implement a communications plan designed to provide useful and timely information through multiple media to support delivery of rental assistance

  • Assist Kentuckians in accessing rental assistance

  • Defend Kentuckians facing eviction in court that legal aid organizations cannot represent

  • Identify and pursue impact litigation opportunities on key issues and handle a small caseload of individual matters

  • Work with KEJC staff to identify additional funding opportunities to ensure the sustainability of KEJC’s housing justice work

Qualifications

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Active membership in the Kentucky bar

  • A minimum of two years’ experience as an attorney with preference for candidates with 5+ years of experience including housing litigation and experience working across organizations to deliver housing stability services to Kentuckians

  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, including demonstrated public policy communications

  • Comfort speaking in front of groups

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Comfort working in a multicultural setting, with sensitivity to language and cultural issues

  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving and skills

  • Facility with social media and web-based communications tools

  • Ability to be a self-starter in developing and carrying out activities, to take initiative and work independently, as well as in a team

  • Knowledge of low-income issues

  • Commitment to racial justice, diversity, equity and inclusion

Proficiency in a second language, especially Spanish, is a plus.

Location

KEJC has offices in Lexington and Louisville, but we seek to hire the most outstanding candidate for this position. We consider geographic diversity within Kentucky both a strength and a challenge. We will explore it with candidates invited to interview for the positions.

 

Salary and Benefits

Salary based on experience and our salary scale.  Illustrative examples:  $48,504 at two years, $68,823 at 15 years. Generous fringe benefits include health and retirement, dental, life and disability coverage. KEJC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, but we provide health and retirement benefits through participation in state employee plans.

 

Grant Funded Position with Potential Renewal

This position is funded by a grant of federal funds through the Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) to provide KEJC and our legal services partners with additional capacity to provide housing stability services. We expect KHC funding to last until the middle of 2025. Over time, sustainability will depend on identifying and securing new sources of support.

 

Starting Date:  September 15, 2022, or as soon as possible.

Application Instructions

To apply, please email the following materials as .pdf attachments to KEJC’s Senior Counsel, Ben Carter (ben@kyequaljustice.org) with the subject line “Housing Justice Attorney Application:”

  • cover letter

  • writing sample

  • resume

  • three references (include both a phone number and an email address)

Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Application Deadline:  August 23, 2022.  Open until filled.

 

Diversity Statement

KEJC welcomes your application. Employees shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to age, ancestry, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender identity, limited English proficiency, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, and all other categories provided nondiscriminatory treatment by law, statute, or ordinance.

Administrative Support Professional

Kentucky Equal Justice Center (KEJC) seeks an experienced professional to aid us part-time with a range of essential back office financial and administrative tasks.  We are a mid-sized poverty law advocacy nonprofit with a staff of 16 and a budget of $1.27 million.  The position includes an opportunity to develop, implement, and refine systems and protocols that support staff time for advocacy.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

The ideal candidate will be able with a high degree of independence to manage:

 

Bookkeeping, payroll, and reporting tasks

  • Manage bill payment and prepare documentation for timely review, payment, and filing 

  • Create invoices for grantors and other funders, including preparation of bills based on staff time

  • Prepare deposits

  • Gather, organize, and file staff timesheets; keep track of leave hours

  • Prepare full-time and part-time payroll for review and submission

  • Ensure accurate and timely payment of payroll liabilities

  • Track central office inventory and order office supplies when needed

  • Maintain and update our inventory of depreciable equipment

  • Assist with payroll compliance, including preparation of 1099s and W-2s

  • Help compile materials for our annual audit

  • Implement, monitor and improve internal controls

  • Help produce budgets, budget reports and outcomes data for grant reports

  • Maintain files for insurance policies and contracts

  • Assist with procurement of new equipment and office systems

  • Reconcile bank statements under the authority of the board Treasurer

 

Office Administration and Systems

  • Help document, implement, and improve financial and administrative procedures, including implementation of “paperless office” approaches

  • Communicate with staff about administrative processes

  • Assist the director with scheduling of board and staff meetings

  • Help our Resource Organizer maintain and update donor and contact lists

  • Assist with special projects

  • When in the office, help answer the phone, relay messages, and transfer calls as needed

 

Qualifications, Skills and Competencies

The ideal candidate will bring to the job:

  • A degree in accounting, business, public administration or similar field

  • At least one year’s experience in nonprofit administration or bookkeeping

  • Experience with grants management, allocation, and reporting

  • Experience and facility with Microsoft Office, QuickBooks desktop and G-Suite

  • Experience with timekeeping software

  • Interest in and ability to develop administrative systems and protocols

  • A collaborative spirit, focused on freeing up advocates’ time for advocacy

  • Support for our mission, including racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion

 

Location

KEJC’s central office is in downtown Lexington. Work from home is permitted but some tasks will require presence at the office several hours a week.  Flexible hours.

Supervision

The Administrative Support Professional will meet with the director at least once a week to plan and review tasks and projects and coordinate implementation.

Part-Time Salary and Benefits

Hourly salary $18.75 to $33.70 an hour DOE, 12 to 20 hours a week.  Annual leave and sick leave accumulate hourly.  Other fringe benefits not included.  Note that we will consider proposals from firms and professionals who qualify as independent contractors. 

 

Starting Date

August 16, 2022, or as soon as possible. 

Application Deadline

August 8, 2022.  Open until filled.   We will interview promising candidates on a rolling basis.

How to Apply

Email a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to:

Richard J. Seckel, Director

Kentucky Equal Justice Center

richseckel@kyequaljustice.org

References should include email address and phone number.

For more information 

Contact Richard Seckel, Director, Kentucky Equal Justice Center, 201 West Short Street, Suite 310, Lexington, KY, 40507.  Email:  richseckel@kyequaljustice.org.  Phone:  859-233-3057. 

Diversity Statement

KEJC encourages your application. Employees shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to age, ancestry, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender identity, limited English proficiency, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status and all other categories provided nondiscriminatory treatment by law.

Immigration Attorney or DOJ Accredited Rep

Kentucky Equal Justice Center (KEJC) seeks an attorney or DOJ-accredited representative with immigration law experience to join its vibrant immigration law program at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic (MSLC) in Lexington. The Immigration Staff Attorney or DOJ-Accredited Rep will engage in:

  • Immigration application assistance:  a variety of immigration applications including citizenship, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and U visas

  • Outreach and education:  provision of clear, reliable information to practitioners, the public and immigrant community about immigration and immigration law

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will:

  • Provide legal counsel and representation for clients in a variety of immigration matters

  • Prepare cases for submission to the federal agency issuing immigration benefits

  • Occasionally represent juveniles before family and probate court for matters ancillary to immigration legal work (when licensed to practice law in Kentucky)

  • Conduct public education and outreach on immigration law and forms of relief available

  • Collaborate with local community organizations and partners

  • Competently manage cases, including use of our immigration law case management system

  • Maintain accurate, complete, and confidential case files

  • Keep up-to-date records needed for reporting

  • Participate in grant compliance, reporting, and fundraising

Education and Experience

Preferred qualification:

  • Juris Doctor with bar membership in the in Kentucky

 

Additional options include:

 

  • Juris Doctor with potential to become licensed in Kentucky within 6 months of hire

  • Other relevant degree and experience, eligible to become accredited with Department of Justice within 6 months of hire

 

Additional Qualifications

The ideal candidate also will demonstrate:

 

  • A high level of proficiency in English and Spanish (required)

  • Knowledge of, and experience in, working with people who are foreign-born representing different cultures and economic backgrounds

  • Strong public speaking skills in Spanish

  • Ability to manage a client caseload for immigration legal benefits

  • Ability to work well independently and in a small team of immigration attorneys, legal assistants, students, and volunteers

 

Location

Maxwell Street Legal Clinic is located in Lexington, KY, near the University of Kentucky campus.

Salary and Benefits 

Attorney salary $43,200 or higher DOE.  Non-attorney salary $36,000 or higher DOE.  Generous fringe benefits include health and retirement, dental, life and disability coverage.  KEJC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, but we provide health and retirement benefits through participation in state employee plans.

 

Starting Date  

February 1, 2022, or as soon as possible afterward.

 

Application Instructions

Please email a cover letter, resume, short writing sample and a list of three references to:   

 

Allison Hight, Interim Program Director

ahight@kyequaljustice.org

 

References should include email address and phone number. 

 

Application Deadline 

Open until filled.

For more information 

Contact Allison Hight, Interim Director, Maxwell Street Legal Clinic.  Email:  ahight@kyequaljustice.org.  Phone:  859-233-3840. 

 

Diversity Statement

KEJC welcomes your application. Employees shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to age, ancestry, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender identity, limited English proficiency, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status and all other categories provided nondiscriminatory treatment by law, statute, or ordinance.

Immigration Attorney Program Director  deadline extended!

 

Kentucky Equal Justice Center (KEJC) seeks an attorney with immigration law experience to direct its vibrant immigration law program at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic (MSLC) in Lexington.  The Program Director Attorney will engage in:

Legal representation:  a variety of immigration proceedings including family-based petitions, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, citizenship and U and T visa applications

Program administration:  oversight of case intake and our online case management system; staff training and supervision; program-related fundraising and grant reporting

Outreach and education:  provision of clear, reliable information to practitioners, the public and immigrant community about immigration and immigration law

The position may also involve occasional policy advocacy around immigration-related matters, primarily at the state level.  The position is full time.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Program Director Attorney will:

  • Supervise initial intake interviews of clients  

  • Review intake information and determine whether to accept representation

  • Represent clients before federal agencies and occasionally in state court

  • Conduct limited litigation and appellate work

  • Engage in occasional policy advocacy before administrative and legislative bodies

  • Conduct outreach to client communities

  • Provide education to service providers, the legal community, and the community at large

  • Provide technical assistance on immigration law matters to attorneys and advocates

  • Participate in program-related grant writing, reporting and fundraising efforts

  • Train, supervise and manage MSLC staff, law school interns and volunteers

  • Oversee day-to-day operations of MSLC, including intake and case management systems, with supervision and direction from KEJC Executive Director and Senior Staff attorney

 

Education and Experience
Juris Doctor with at least one year of immigration law experience preferred, plus active bar membership (preferably in Kentucky).  Additional Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of issues affecting low-income immigrants

  • Excellent research and analytical skills

  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively verbally and in writing

  • Experience with case management, program, and grants management

  • Experience designing and delivering trainings for diverse audiences

  • Experience supervising non-attorneys and volunteers

  • Experience working with diverse constituencies

  • Self-motivation and ability to take initiative

  • Strong commitment to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Proficiency in written and spoken Spanish and English

  • Active membership in a state bar and willingness to seek admission to the Kentucky bar if not a member

 

Location

Maxwell Street Legal Clinic is located in Lexington, Kentucky, near the University of Kentucky.

Salary and Benefits 

$43,326 to $49,866, depending on experience.  Generous fringe benefits include health and retirement, dental, life and disability coverage.  KEJC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, but we provide health and retirement benefits through participation in state employee plans.

 

Application Deadline  

November 30, 2021.  Note that we will interview promising candidates on a rolling basis.

Application Instructions

Please email a cover letter, resume, short writing sample and a list of three references to:   

 

Richard Seckel, Director

Kentucky Equal Justice Center

richseckel@kyequaljustice.org

 

References should include an email address and phone number. 

Starting Date  

November 15, 2021, or as soon as possible. 

For more information 

Contact Richard Seckel, Director, Kentucky Equal Justice Center, 201 West Short Street, Suite 310, Lexington, KY, 40507.  Email:  richseckel@kyequaljustice.org.  Phone:  859-233-3057. 

Diversity Statement

KEJC encourages your application. Employees shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to age, ancestry, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender identity, limited English proficiency, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status and all other categories provided nondiscriminatory treatment by law, statute, or ordinance.

Communications Coordinator  postion filled 

 

Kentucky Equal Justice Center (KEJC) seeks a versatile, full-time communications specialist to enhance the impact of our advocacy, outreach and fundraising.  KEJC embraces abundance and believes every Kentuckian has the right to health care, housing, fair pay, food, education, and safety.  KEJC’s Communications Coordinator will work alongside staff and a diverse array of allied advocacy organizations and directly-impacted people to generate, gather and distribute information and tell stories that:

 

  • Communicate the benefits and outcomes of health reform in Kentucky and demonstrate the value of a robust public assistance safety net;

  • Inform debate and engage a growing social media audience in issues affecting low-income Kentuckians and working families;

  • Advocate for a justice system that treats people fairly and adopts processes that give all Kentuckians a fair chance at justice;

  • Build power with directly impacted people; and

  • Support our fundraising and development

 

Duties and responsibilities

The Communications Coordinator will work with our director, staff and partner organizations to:

 

  • Establish and implement a communications calendar identifying audiences, topics, stories and distribution channels including social media, earned media, email newsletters, podcasts, and videos

  • Develop down-to-earth, non-partisan stories and messages that share concrete and accurate information about the implementation and impact of health reform in Kentucky

  • Help develop messaging themes and campaigns around advocacy topics from housing to hunger to immigration

  • Find low-income Kentuckians and other stakeholders willing to tell their story; obtain consent; meet deadlines for posting; and manage the resulting story bank

  • Create, schedule and post content  for KEJC’s social media channels, website, and email lists consistent with the communications plan 

  • Collaborate with KEJC staff to identify processes for using content they are already creating 

  • Create Action Network campaigns to connect Kentuckians with their elected officials; develop strategies to engage Action Network audiences in additional activity 

  • Work with KEJC staff to ensure data flows and processes that allow KEJC to build relationships with Kentuckians who use our legal apps and Action Network campaigns 

  • Participate in national social media campaigns consistent with KEJC advocacy 

  • Ensure reliability, consistency, clarity and relevance in the use of data, including use of info-graphics to illustrate concepts and trends

  • Coordinate media outreach including press releases, press events and editorial board contacts

  • Monitor print, broadcast and social media for project-relevant articles and postings to share

  • Track relevant metrics to see whether messages reach intended audiences

  • Keep up to date on state and federal programs and proposals that affect low-income Kentuckians

  • Assist in reporting to funders and our board

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

 

  • Outstanding communications skills, both written and oral, including ability to craft messages for diverse public audiences

  • Organizational skills sufficient to manage a project with multiple contributors, tasks and deadlines

  • Comfort and experience reaching out to both affected Kentuckians and professionals in multiple and diverse community settings

  • Experience and skill in creating, scheduling and maximizing distribution of content for web-based and social media, including websites, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and broadcast email

  • Knowledge of print and broadcast media outlets in Kentucky, especially through internships or past employment

  • Skills in gathering, managing and posting audio and video content on social media  

  • Successful experience with a communications, marketing or other short-term informational campaign

  • Ability to work with a high level of independence while part of a team 

  • Knowledge of low-income issues and a commitment to social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion

  • A valid drivers’ license and reliable transportation

 

The ideal candidate will have completed undergraduate studies in journalism, communications, marketing, graphic design or similar field of study and participated in at least one prior relevant project or campaign.  Spanish proficiency and substantive knowledge of low-income policy issues are a plus, especially health, hunger, housing, consumer and public benefits. Much of our messaging is relevant to Spanish-speaking audiences.

    

Location

KEJC has offices in Lexington and Louisville, but we seek to hire the most outstanding candidate for this position regardless of where they are located. Remote work currently permitted.

Salary and benefits 

Salary of $34,800 to $39,904 depending on experience.  Generous fringe benefits include health and retirement, dental, life and disability coverage. KEJC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, but we provide health and retirement benefits through participation in state employee plans. 

 

Note that we will consider proposals from candidates who operate as and meet the criteria for independent contractors, as well as candidates available for part-time work up to 20 hours a week.  $16 to $19 an hour DOE for part-time employment (benefits not included).

Grant Funded Position 

The Communications Coordinator position is made possible by a diverse set of grants.  We anticipate the position will remain full-time for several years, but continuation is contingent on successful renewal of grants and our annual budget process.

Starting Date  

November 1, 2021, or as soon as possible. 

Application Instructions 

To apply, please email a cover letter, writing sample, resume and a list of three references to: 

Richard Seckel, Director 

Kentucky Equal Justice Center 

richseckel@kyequaljustice.org 

Please put “Communications Coordinator” in the subject line of your email.  For each reference, include a phone number and email address. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. 

 

Application Deadline

October 22, 2021

 

For more information

Contact Richard Seckel, Director, Kentucky Equal Justice Center, 201 West Short Street, Suite 310, Lexington, KY  40507.  Email:  richseckel@kyequaljustice.org.  Phone:  859-233-3057.


Diversity Statement
KEJC encourages your application. Employees shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to age, ancestry, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender identity, limited English proficiency, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status and all other categories provided nondiscriminatory treatment by law, statute, or ordinance.

About Us

Kentucky Equal Justice Center was formed in 1976 to work with all of Kentucky’s civil legal services programs on statewide issues and projects. Today we are a flexible and responsive public interest advocacy organization with a wide variety of community partners. We convene periodic statewide task forces in four areas of poverty law—Consumer and Housing, Family, Welfare and Health and Workers’ Rights—and provide immigration law services through Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington. Our work includes policy advocacy in all these areas.

Maxwell Street Legal Clinic became a program of Kentucky Equal Justice Center in January, 2008. Launched in 1999 by community volunteers, the Clinic offers free or low cost advice and assistance with immigration law to low-income people and their families. The program helps people fleeing persecution in their home countries; immigrant victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and other crimes; youth who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or Special Immigrant Juvenile Status; Lawful Permanent Residents and U.S. citizens seeking reunification with family members; and Lawful Permanent Residents seeking citizenship.