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Legislative Advocate (Housing)
Western Center on Law and Poverty
Western Center on Law and Poverty, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, leads the fight to secure housing, healthcare and a strong safety net for low-income people in California. Founded in 1967, Western Center brings about system-wide change through impact litigation, legislative advocacy, administrative advocacy with state and federal government, and support for the state’s local legal aid programs. With offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Oakland, Western Center represents the interests of California’s low-income population before the state Legislature, the courts, and government agencies. Our work reaches every county in the state. For more information, please visit our website:
Legislative Advocate (Housing)
Western Center is seeking an experienced legislative advocate to advocate on behalf of Western Center clients before the state legislature and administrative agencies regarding legislation, the state budget, regulations, and policies involving housing. The areas of responsibility include housing policies affecting low-income persons, including landlord-tenant, fair housing, redevelopment, land use, housing programs, tax policies, foreclosures and low-income homeowner issues, homelessness, health and safety and building codes and enforcement, mobile homes, and others.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Western Center provides generous benefits to its employees.
Example of Duties
The legislative advocate will be primarily responsible for:
• Engaging in legislative, budget, and administrative advocacy on behalf of low-income Californians.
• Analyzing pending legislation, budget proposals and administrative policies and regulations.
• Responding to requests for information from public officials, agencies, and the media.
• Disseminating information, including legislative reports, analyses of bill and statutes, and administrative materials in the areas of expertise noted above to Western Center and legal services staff.
• Participating in and managing substantive meetings in areas of expertise with local advocates and others, in cooperation with WCLP’s Los Angeles advocacy staff.
• Providing information to and engaging in research for local legal services attorneys in areas of expertise.
• Training legal services staff members.
• At least four years of experience in the legislature or advocating on public policy issues in similar fora.
• Knowledge of, and expertise in, California housing law and policy issues in the housing areas noted above.
• Commitment to the mission of Western Center.
Preferred further qualifications:
• Experience with a nonprofit legal services agency.
• Law degree and membership in California State Bar.
Salary is competitive, and commensurate with experience. Full benefit package.
To Apply
Applications accepted until the position is filled. Applications preferred by April 8. Please email a cover letter, résumé, two writing samples, and a list of references to:
Amelia Birtwhistle
Western Center on Law and Poverty
1107 9th Street, Suite 700
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 282-5113
Western Center is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity.
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