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Shriver Center on Poverty Law – Director of Housing

Open immediately; closed when filled.

Position Overview:

The Shiver Center on Poverty Law is seeking a Director of Housing Justice to provide organizational leadership and management oversight of the its work to ensure that people living in poverty, communities of color, and members of other protected classes have access to safe, decent, and affordable housing, and that the systems and structures that create and sustain racial segregation and markedly different outcomes for communities based upon their racial makeup are dismantled. The Director of Housing Justice supervises a team of lawyers to advance equitable housing laws and policies for all in Illinois, nationally through the Shriver Center on Poverty Law’s national networks, and at the federal level through select projects. The Director of Housing Justice ensures that the advocacy of the team is community-driven and with direct community input. The Director of Housing Justice also participates in the formation and strategy of coordinated multi-state advocacy campaigns, which could include litigation, legislative, and administrative advocacy strategies, and helps to form and manage interactions and coordinated projects with other local, state and national networks. The Director of Housing Justice is also responsible for program and staff evaluations, including collecting data and information and implementing appropriate program adjustments.

Qualifications: • Licensed to practice law with a minimum 5 years legal experience. • Experience and expertise with public and assisted housing programs, fair housing, healthy housing, tenants’ rights and related advocacy. • Demonstrated commitment to and success advancing advocacy campaigns on the legal and policy issues affecting people living in poverty and communities of color, including experience litigating, lobbying, and working with community organizers and the media, and other aspects of issue campaigns. • Ability to motivate and experience managing diverse groups of people; ability to work well as a team member while also holding team members accountable. • Self-direction and self-motivation, creative in problem solving, and the ability to work collaboratively and independently. • Willingness and ability to travel as needed (est. 20%). • Complex litigation experience strongly preferred. • Fundraising experience preferred. • Multilingual skills are a plus, but not required.


Send a cover letter and résumé to Kate Walz at At the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, we know that a richly diverse mix of professionals makes organizations more effective. As such, we make demographic and experiential diversity a hallmark and priority of all our work.

Visit the link for more information:

Click to access Director-of-Housing-Justice-February-2020.pdf