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Housing Justice Intake Coordinator

Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks an energetic bilingual Housing Intake Coordinator to join our Housing Justice team to: 

 

  • help low-income residents of Fayette County who are facing eviction get legal help and referrals to other community resources

  • provide intake support to our Housing Justice Project clients

  • help  develop community education materials designed to ensure that every tenant in Lexington knows how to access resources 

  • work with community partners across Lexington to stabilize housing for low-income and marginalized residents in Lexington

  • help erase the racial gap in communities accessing resources and benefits available to all residents of Fayette County

 

The Fayette County Housing Justice Intake Coordinator will join our versatile housing outreach and legal team in a collaborative effort with Legal Aid of the Bluegrass and our immigration law program at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic. The goal: to keep all Kentuckians safe and housed.

 

Duties and Responsibilities 

The Housing Justice Intake Coordinator will:

 

  • Develop detailed and current knowledge of programs available in Lexington for rental assistance and other benefits, including eligibility rules and where and how to apply for safety net resources

  • Conduct interviews with clients and potential clients in English and Spanish with use of telephonic interpretation for other languages

  • Prioritize building connections with community partners who serve the Spanish speaking population in Lexington and are directly involved with tenants unions, Community Action organizations, and other countywide agencies

  • Field incoming housing-related inquiries by phone, web, and email and provide appropriate information, intake, or referral to rental assistance application clinics and other resources provided by Legal Aid program staff

  • Speak with people who are being evicted or who are in danger of eviction to assess their needs and provide them with information about housing resources, refer to the Housing Justice attorneys and/or an Outreach Organizer for case management services while proceeding through Court

  • Address barriers that interfere with clients’ ability to effectively participate in saving their housing and conduct activities to connect clients to wrap-around community services

  • Provide hands-on application assistance for a limited number of cases; help identify what works and what doesn’t; and advocate for continuous improvement in application and approval processes 

  • Help create housing-oriented outreach materials in consultation with our Senior Counsel and Housing Justice Attorneys, including flyers, webinars, presentations, and blogs 

  • Work closely with our Housing Justice Attorneys and Senior Counsel to understand and improve the functionality of our online apps to connect people with rental protections, assistance, and legal help

  • Coordinate and collaborate with KEJC and legal aid program staff through Zoom calls and meetings, including implementation of a language access plan, referral pathways for direct representation, and continuous improvement of systems and support

  • Assist Kentucky Equal Justice Center’s Director, Housing Justice Attorneys, and Development Manager in reporting on project activities and outcomes 

  • Participate in professional development in communication, customer service, organizing, or other skills

  • Attend our statewide legal services Consumer & Housing Task Force meetings 

 

Qualifications 

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

 

  • Two or more years of  relevant education or experience in community outreach, organizing, or intake support

  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral

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

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to speak to people from all walks of life and cultures 

  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to use office and computer technology, including case management, spreadsheet and word processing software

  • Facility with social media and web-based communications tools 

  • Ability to work within a team but also to be a self-starter in developing and carrying out activities 

  • Knowledge of low-income issues and trauma-informed advocacy

  • Commitment to racial justice, diversity, equity and inclusion

  • Access to transportation either through use of public transportation, ride shares, or personal transportation.

Proficiency in Spanish is required. History of advocacy or community work in Lexington is strongly preferred.

Salary and benefits 

$20.35 to $33.50 an hour DOE.  Part-time, 20 hours a week.  Health and other fringe benefits not included.   

Grant Funded Position with Potential Renewal

This position is funded by a grant from Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) Housing Stability Services through September 2024, with a strong likelihood of extension and renewal. Over time, sustainability will depend on locating new sources of support.

 

Starting Date As soon as possible.

Application instructions

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and three references to:

 

Jess Bowman, Housing Justice Project Manager

jess@kyequaljustice.org 

 

Please put “Housing Intake Coordinator” in the subject line of your email.  References should include phone numbers and email addresses.  Optional: send along examples of recent work such as slides of presentations you are proud of, one-pagers explaining an issue, or a blog post.  

 

Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.  No phone calls please.

 

Application deadline:  Open until filled.

For more information 

Contact Jess Bowman, Housing Justice Project Manager, Kentucky Equal Justice Center, 201 West Short Street, Suite 310, Lexington, KY 40507. Email: jess@kyequaljustice.org

Diversity Statement 

KEJC welcomes your application. As an organization, we are committed to anti-racism and are working to build a racial justice framework into our programming and policy initiatives. We acknowledge our history as a predominately white organization and are committed to ending white supremacy. Doing so is essential to our objective of full equality for all people.

 

KEJC provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, childbirth (or related medical conditions, including, but not limited to lactation), physical disability, mental and/or intellectual disability, age, military status or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression), medical condition (including, but not limited to, cancer-related or HIV/AIDS-related), genetic information, or sexual orientation in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Women, people of color, transgender individuals and members of other underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply. KEJC also supports and encourages people who were formerly convicted to be active in their community. Background checks results that indicate a conviction do not necessarily disqualify you from employment. KEJC reserves the right to request further information to fully assess an applicant’s candidacy in relation to the job duties associated with the position.

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

 

  • Immigration application assistance:  a variety of immigration applications including citizenship, family petitions, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Will also take on U and T visa cases to assist victims of trafficking, domestic violence, and other crimes.

  • 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
Juris Doctor with bar membership in Kentucky. We will consider candidates qualified to be admitted by waiver or with potential to become licensed within six months of hire, including May 2024 law graduates.


Additional Qualifications
The ideal candidate also will demonstrate:

  • A high level of proficiency in English and Spanish (preferred), although experience with or ability to work with interpreters also considered.

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

  • 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 
Salary based on experience and our salary scale.  Illustrative examples:  $49,236 starting salary for law grad, $53,090 at two years, $62,608 at 10 years. Generous fringe benefits include health and retirement, dental, life, and disability coverage. Optional vision coverage at employee expense. 


KEJC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, but we provide health and retirement benefits through participation in state and county employee plans.  We offer three weeks of paid annual leave to start. Employees accumulate three weeks of paid sick leave each year. 


For those relocating from out of state, KEJC will cover up to $1,200 in moving expenses.  KEJC will cover bar application fees for those who need to become licensed in Kentucky.


Starting Date:  As soon as possible (licensed applicants) or after graduation (May 2024 grads).

 

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


Allison Hight, Program Director
ahight@kyequaljustice.org 


Please put “MSLC Immigration Attorney” in the subject line of your email.  Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.  No phone calls please.  References should include email address and phone number. 

Application Deadline:  Open until filled.


For more information  

Contact Allison Hight, Program 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 Legal Assistant

Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks a part-time bilingual Legal Assistant for its vibrant immigration law program at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington.  The Legal Assistant will help with client intake, file management, translations/interpreting, and general administrative tasks. 

 

Duties and responsibilities

The Legal Assistant will:

  • Conduct client intake via telephone interviews in English and Spanish, as well as other languages through use of telephonic interpretation service

  • Meet daily with program attorney to discuss client eligibility for Clinic’s services

  • Schedule appointments with clients; refer clients to other service providers

  • Translate various documents between English and Spanish

  • Provide interpretation between English and Spanish during client consultations

  • Create files for clients and input data into legal case management software

  • Perform various administrative tasks, e.g., answering calls, mailing closing letters, assisting with planning for fundraising events

Qualifications

The Legal Assistant should:

  • Be fluent in Spanish and English

  • Have strong communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Have excellent interpersonal skills

  • Be comfortable working in a multi-cultural setting, sensitive to language and cultural issues

  • Have excellent organizational and problem-solving skills

  • Have strong computer skills and excellent attention to detail

  • Have some knowledge of internet communications tools

  • Be a self-starter in developing and carrying out activities

  • Be able to take initiative and work independently, as well as in a team 

  • Have some knowledge of low-income issues and a commitment to social justice, particularly immigrants’ rights

 

Additional language skills, as well as prior experience with immigration law, the immigrant community, and/or case management software are also strongly preferred.

 

Salary and benefits

$19.00 to $31.30 an hour DOE.  Part-time, 16 to 20 hours a week, depending on funding.  Health and other fringe benefits not included.   

 

Application instructions

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to:

 

Allison Hight, Program Director

Maxwell Street Legal Clinic

ahight@kyequaljustice.org

 

Please put “MSLC Legal Assistant” in the subject line of your email.  Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.  No phone calls please.

 

Application deadline:  Open until filled.

For more information:  Contact Allison Hight at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, 315 Lexington Avenue, Lexington, KY, 40508.  Email:  ahight@kyequaljustice.org

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.:

Housing Justice Litigation Attorney position filled

Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks an attorney with litigation experience who wants to make life fairer for Kentuckians who rent their homes in Lexington-Fayette County. KEJC believes every Kentuckian has the right to health care, housing, fair pay, food, education, and safety. 

 

The Housing Justice Litigator will be responsible for handling most of the eviction cases accepted through the new Lexington-Fayette County Housing Stability Program, which was launched to increase access to counsel for all tenants facing eviction. Much of this work will address one of the largest gaps in access to justice in the Commonwealth: the lack of legal counsel for undocumented Kentuckians who cannot afford an attorney and are not eligible for traditional legal services programs.

 

The Housing Justice Litigator will work with our Housing Justice Team to identify and pursue both individual cases and class actions with the potential to establish precedent that will help level the dramatic power imbalance between landlords and their renters.

 

This attorney and Housing Justice Team will work across sectors—including legal aid programs, the private bar, and governmental units—and across geographies to ensure that all Kentuckians facing eviction have access to rental assistance, legal assistance, and justice. 

 

KEJC works in Kentucky’s capital and in courtrooms and communities across Kentucky. This position’s funding prohibits “general advocacy” on policy matters. The primary work of the Housing Justice Attorney will be to:

 

  • Deliver direct services to Kentuckians facing eviction, including representation of individuals that legal aid organizations cannot serve, assistance enrolling Kentuckians in rental assistance programs, and impact and/or class action litigation.

  • Identify pattern and practice violators of URLTA/general landlord-tenant protections to address with affirmative litigation, independently or in conjunction with other legal aid program.

  • Support other attorneys and community service providers who are also delivering those services, co-counseling cases with legal aid program staff and the Housing Justice attorneys.

  • Build systems at KEJC and with our organizational partners) to allow Kentuckians to access legal assistance and rental assistance more easily and reliably, including:​

    • Providing legal support to tenants unions and other organizers working in the housing ecosystem who may need legal support in public meetings, or with calls to action.

    • Working with other staff to build legal apps for use by attorneys or Kentuckians facing eviction

    • Organizing, maintaining, and publicizing an eviction litigation brief bank

 

The Housing Justice Litigation Attorney will join a multi-function advocacy team that includes our Housing Justice Attorney, Outreach Coordinator, Housing Outreach Organizers, and our Senior Counsel and Director to build the housing justice program at KEJC. The immediate goal: deliver rental assistance and housing stability and security to all Kentuckians. The long term goal: every Kentuckian experiences housing as a human right. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The Housing Justice Attorney will:

 

  • Build, develop, and continually improve the role of KEJC Housing Litigators in the Housing Stability Services Access to Counsel initiative for tenants facing eviction in Fayette District Court

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

  • Help the Housing Justice team monitor proposed changes in local, state, and federal law, regulations, and practices related to eviction and rental assistance programs

  • Help the Housing Justice team 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 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, Kentucky’s four LSC-funded legal aid programs, directly-impacted Kentuckians,, the National Low Income Housing Coalition, and ThriveKY, with a focus on ensuring every Kentuckian who needs rental assistance gets it and every Kentuckian facing eviction experiences zero days of homelessness

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

  • Defend Kentuckians facing eviction in court

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

 

Qualifications

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Active membership in the Kentucky Bar or admission soon after hiring.

  • Commitment to social justice and to equal access to the courts

  • A minimum of two years’ experience as an attorney; KEJC has a preference for candidates whose experience includes housing litigation and experience working across organizations to deliver housing stability services, but candidates who have other relevant skills and experience should apply

  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, including demonstrated ability to craft engaging, comprehensible public-facing communications

  • Comfort speaking in front of groups

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

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

  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving 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 and poverty law

  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

Proficiency in a second language, especially Spanish, is strongly preferred.

Location

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

 

Salary and Benefits

Salaries for attorneys are based on experience and our salary scale. Generous fringe benefits include health, retirement, dental, life, and disability coverage. KEJC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, but we provide health and retirement benefits through participation in state and county employee plans.

Grant Funded Position with Potential Renewal

This position is funded by a grant from Lexington-Fayette County Housing Stability Services through December 2024, with a strong likelihood of renewal for additional years. Over time, sustainability will depend on locating new sources of support.

 

Starting Date:  ASAP

Application Deadline: Apply now. Open until filled. We will interview promising candidates on a rolling basis.

Application Instructions

To apply, please use our app https://bit.ly/work-at-kejcto upload as a single .pdf document:

  • a cover letter

  • your resume

  • Writing sample (or excerpt not to exceed 5 pages)

  • three references with their phone numbers and email addresses

If your writing sample or other work materials are available online, you may provide them by linking to them in the cover letter or in a separate document in the single .pdf upload.

 

If you need an accommodation or assistance to submit your application and materials, please email stefanie@kyequaljustice.org. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

For more information

Contact Stefanie Ebbens Kingsley, Housing Justice Attorney, Kentucky Equal Justice Center, 201 West Short Street, Suite 310, Lexington, KY 40507. Email: stefanie@kyequaljustice.org.

Diversity Statement

KEJC welcomes your application. As an organization, we are deeply committed to anti-racism and are working to build a racial justice framework into our programming and policy initiatives. We acknowledge our history as a predominately white organization and are committed to ending white supremacy. Doing so is essential to our objective of full equality for all people.

KEJC provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, childbirth (or related medical conditions, including, but not limited to lactation), physical disability, mental and/or intellectual disability, age, military status or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression), medical condition (including, but not limited to, cancer-related or HIV/AIDS-related), genetic information, or sexual orientation in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Women, people of color, transgender individuals and members of other underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply. KEJC also supports and encourages people who were formerly convicted to be active in their community. Background checks results that indicate a conviction do not necessarily disqualify you from employment. KEJC reserves the right to request further information to fully assess an applicant’s candidacy in relation to the job duties associated with the position.

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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.

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