Job Description: The Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is seeking a new Senior Attorney to provide legal representation and advocacy for individuals, children and families experiencing homeless through both litigation and policy work.
Organized in 1980, CCH is the only non-profit in Illinois solely dedicated to advocating for and with people who experience homelessness. Staffed by community organizers, public policy specialists, and legal aid attorneys, our advocacy is done in partnership with the people who benefit by our work: Homeless students, unaccompanied youth, parents, ex-offenders, and low-wage workers work with CCH staff and community volunteers. Together, we advocate to develop affordable housing, preserve a shelter safety net, and protect access to public schools and school services, health care, fair wage jobs, and basic human rights and services. CCH creates opportunities where people who have coped with homelessness are shown that their voice matters.
- Provide direct legal representation to homeless children and families in education-related disputes, street-based individuals in civil rights claims, and homeless or at-risk persons in other civil legal matters through litigation or administrative processes. This can also include impact or class litigation.
- Outreach to homeless individuals living on the street and in shelter.
- Develop and implement policy strategies to address systemic civil rights issues impacting homeless persons, including access to housing, education and alternative court models.
- Participate in local and state-level coalitions and campaigns to promote policies and laws that impact the civil and human rights of homeless individuals and families.
- Assist Law Project Director and Associate Director with supervision of staff, litigation and other projects as needed.
- Develop and conduct trainings for attorneys and other professionals on the legal rights of homeless persons.
- Assist in monitoring and implementing various consent decrees.
- Collaborate with other staff of the Law Project and CCH.
- J.D. degree and licensed to practice law in Illinois
- 5-10 years of experience in public interest law, including litigation and administrative hearing experience
- A working knowledge of public assistance programs
- A demonstrated ability to work with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds in a culturally sensitive manner
- Experience working in high-poverty communities
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
- Strong legal research, writing and litigation skills
- Strong commitment to social justice
- Supervisory experience preferred
$55,000 to $65,000, depending on experience, highly competitive benefits package
Please send resume, cover letter, writing sample and references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Senior Attorney” in the subject line.
The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex or age. People of color and people who have experienced homelessness or poverty are strongly encouraged to apply.
Special Projects Coordinator
The Special Projects Coordinator will coordinate all phases of the CCH Small Shelter Fund, including coordinating contacts with shelter staff, coordinating reports, and maintaining on line and paper files. Additionally, the individual will occasionally back up Administrative Staff on phone answering and greeting the public and basic maintenance of CCH’s two vans. The individual will also do other projects as assigned by the Director of Organizing.
- Coordinate all phases of CCH’s Small Shelter Fund, including contacts with shelter staff, coordinating reports and maintaining online and paper files.
- Assist Administrative Staff occasionally with phone duties and greeting the public.
- Responsibility for managing basic maintenance of CCH’s two vans. Must have a driver’s license.
- Other special projects as assigned by the Director of Organizing.
- Ability to act in a professional manner including arriving on time, proper dress and comfort in dealing with the public and staff from related agencies.
- Competence in computers and comfort with Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel and Outlook.
- Ability to communicate effectively in writing and on the phone.
$29,000 to $29,500 per year, based on experience, with highly competitive benefits package.
Please send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to: email@example.com.
Applications will be accepted through Friday, August 25
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex or age. People of color and people who have experienced homelessness and/or poverty are strongly encouraged to apply.
If interested in an unpaid internship at CCH, please contact the appropriate person:
- For policy internship inquiries, email Jonathan Holmes
- For law internship inquiries, email Patricia Nix-Hodes
- For community organizing internship inquiries, email Jim Field
- For development internship inquiries, email Michael Nameche
CCH places more than 20 interns a year with its public policy, community organizing, legal and development/media staff.
Most interns are college and graduate students earning academic credit. Most internships run through the academic year or during the summer.