Case Manager/Community Organizer for Housing Justice Fellowship

Mid-Shore Pro Bono, Inc. (MSPB)

Location

Lower Shore (Wicomico, Worcester, & Somerset counties), MD

Category

Other Staff, Paralegal

Posted

July 28, 2022

Type

Full-Time

Description/Duties

Mid-Shore Pro Bono, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that connects people with limited resources to legal representation for civil matters. Our mission is to connect individuals and families in need of civil legal help with volunteer attorneys and community resources. Our vision is that all people are empowered to resolve civil legal issues. MSPB connects over 3,000 clients on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with legal representation every year. MSPB is based in Easton, Maryland and has satellite offices located in Chestertown and Salisbury.

Job Summary: MSPB seeks an energetic and outgoing Community Organizer for Housing Justice to connect people to legal assistance for housing-related legal matters, generate and cultivate partnerships, deepen connections to community resources, and promote Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s free and low-cost civil legal services. The ideal candidate will have a great sense of humor, a demonstrated commitment to public service and social causes, a desire to connect with people, ability to cultivate a diverse network of community connections, and strong oral and written communication skills. Salary: $42,500 annually for a two-year fellowship, generous benefits package including excellent vacation and sick leave, individual health care, vision, dental, and matching funds towards 403(b) retirement savings plan. MSPB supports a family friendly, collaborative work environment with options for hybrid and flexible work schedules. Opportunities for professional development and cross training. This position will be based out of our Salisbury office and will serve the Lower Shore counties (Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties).

Community Organizer for Housing Justice Fellowship:
MSPB seeks diverse and dynamic applicants for a two-year, full-time community organizer position at MSPB as an Equal Justice Works Fellow in the Housing Justice Program. The Fellowship begins in August 2022.
MSPB has been selected by Equal Justice Works as an implementing partner of Equal Justice Works’ Housing Justice Program. Equal Justice Works is the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law. The Equal Justice Works Housing Justice Program is a program comprised of Attorney Fellows and Organizer Fellows who, over the course of a two-year fellowship term, will be part of a targeted initiative to address the justice gap in the Maryland through responsive, context-specific innovations and interventions focused on housing justice. Specifically, Attorney Fellows and Organizer Fellows will serve at one of the participating community-based and/or legal services organizations, and work as a unified front to fight a variety of injustices related to housing instability and involuntary displacement in Maryland, particularly due to eviction.

The selected Fellow will be employed by MSPB to fulfill all fellowship duties at a local and/or state level. The Fellow will report to the Senior Paralegal and Legal Director for day-to-day supervision, mentoring and performance evaluation.

Skills/Qualifications

Qualifications

Candidates will possess the following qualifications:
• High School diploma or equivalent; some college education a plus
• Commitment to social justice
• Compassionate and service-oriented approach to working with the public
• Lived experience navigating community resources
• Ability to develop and maintain a variety of relationships on multiple levels

• Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
• Strong oral and negotiation skills, and the ability to work as a team member
• Prior experience in managing independent projects or assignments
• Experience with delivering training and presentations a plus
• Diverse economic, social and cultural experiences and a second language are preferred
• Knowledge of housing benefits law and/or experience with housing and benefits agencies.
• An ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary setting to facilitate a coordinated community response and provide holistic services to clients
• Background in social work, communications, and/or law a plus.
• Selected candidate must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated (including boosters) by first day of employment with MSPB.

Please note all Fellows are expected to fulfill the complete duration of the Fellowship and will be required to sign a Fellowship Agreement with Equal Justice Works.

Compensation

Salary and Other Benefits
The Equal Justice Works Housing Justice Program organizer will receive an annual salary of $42,500 and a generous benefits package including excellent vacation and sick leave, individual health care, vision, dental, and matching funds towards 403(b) retirement savings plan. MSPB supports a family friendly, collaborative work environment with options for hybrid and flexible work schedules. Opportunities for professional development and cross training.

How To Apply

Application Instructions:
Please submit the following application materials via email to Legal Director, Laura L. Chafey, Esq. at LChafey@midshoreprobono.org:
1. Resume
2. Letter of Interest
3. List of Professional References
Application Deadline: August 1, 2022 but candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.