Location: Anywhere in the U.S.; preference for CA or the Washington D.C. area

Public Advocates Inc., a bold and highly regarded civil rights law firm and policy advocacy group, seeks an experienced and collaborative colleague to lead the Alliance for Housing Justice (AHJ) partnership as Project Manager. AHJ is a collaboration of Public Advocates, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, PolicyLink, Poverty and Race Research Action Council and the Right To The City Alliance. The initiative, launched in March 2017, was formed to address the nation’s affordable housing and displacement crises, advance the rights of tenants, respond to harmful public policy actions, and shift the narrative from housing as a commodity to a human right. We believe that to build our power to enact the change we need, we must be a part of building the real movement, acting together to change the story and change policy.

A true movement for housing justice has been growing in recent years, and COVID has intensified the urgency and the power of this movement. Over AHJ’s 5-year history we have provided organizing, legal, policy and research support that the movement needs, building with national, state, and regional grassroots groups to increase capacity and collective impact, and strengthening connections between different parts of the national movement for housing justice. A critical component of that work is hosting and staffing the Housing Justice Grassroots Table, a collaborative and strategic space for grassroots housing justice organizers from national organizing networks, state and regional housing justice tables and allies.


Together we crafted a shared Housing Justice Platform, and advocated nationally for tenants’ rights, fair housing, and equitable zoning.  We have reached millions with a message about the need for grassroots led housing and racial justice through our social media channels and original educational materials. We are at a pivotal moment to achieve lasting change for tenants around the country by building on crisis-fueled wins, and growing movement momentum. AHJ can play a key role in helping us win the change we need.


The Project Manager will join Public Advocates’ Metropolitan Equity Team to provide leadership of the overall vision and direction of AHJ.  They will promote the goals of AHJ which include: 1) connecting local organizing groups and networks to national legal and policy advocates, and strengthening the ability of grassroots organizations to influence housing policies and programs; (2) amplifying and supporting coordinated local actions and community-led campaigns to advance health and housing justice;  (3) aligning strategies, tactics, and messaging among local and national organizations; and (4) watch-dogging HUD, Congress, and the Administration  to inform and protect vulnerable  communities and families from harmful policy and support those that advance justice.




Successful candidates may have more experience in some areas than others.

●     Project Leadership & Management: Oversee and ensure effective management of the project; ensure clarity of roles and expectations for all project partners; keep Public Advocates leadership and project partners apprised of significant developments and decision points; lead the bi-weekly “all hands” meeting; coordinate with participants in other standing AHJ committees on agenda development and facilitation, and moving committee projects; and facilitate collective decision-making about strategies, positions, and activities

●     Relationship-Building: Build and deepen relationships with project partners and priority organizations at the national, state, and local levels; identify and support grassroots groups to strengthen and align with the national advocacy community; nurture and support the Housing Justice Grassroots Table

●     Communications & Messaging: With the AHJ Communications Manager and communications staff at partner organizations, develop project communications strategies and activities with the goals of raising public awareness of grassroots housing justice organizing and campaigns, housing justice and community development issues and growing the base of AHJ followers and subscribers

●     Federal Policy Advocacy: Work with partners to monitor the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), Congress and other Administration proposals and efforts; conduct high quality analyses of proposed Congressional and agency actions; work with legal team to identify legal and policy advocacy opportunities

●     Resource Development: With the Director of Strategic Campaigns and the AHJ Fundraising Committee, identify and pursue project funder prospects; facilitate joint fundraising efforts with project partners; support drafting of funding proposals and reports


●        Minimum of 3 years of demonstrated success working in community organizing, legal or public policy

●        A demonstrated commitment to advancing racial justice and economic and social equity and experience bringing an intentional race equity and justice orientation to the work

●     Experience managing and leading complex projects involving multiple stakeholders

●        Ability to hold and move groups through the types of tensions that naturally arise in coalition work

●     Strong relationship- and coalition-building skills; experience identifying and cultivating strategic allies

●     Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively about policy issues orally and in writing

●     Ability to work independently and collaboratively both internally and with allies and project partners

●     Willingness to travel to the Bay Area, D.C. and/or other U.S. cities on average 2x per quarter, depending on COVID-19 levels.

●     Preference for one or more of the following:

○        Existing relationships with grassroots organizations

○        Familiarity with federal laws and regulations relating to civil rights and fair/affordable housing, as well as the housing and community development field

○        Experience working for or closely with federal, state or local agency or legislative bodies responsible for housing, community development or planning

○        Experience in securing program grants and other fund development work

○        Familiarity with how the federal government works and solid understanding of policy and politics at the federal, state and local levels

○        Experience writing effectively and impactfully for various audiences (e.g., fact sheets, statements, writing for blogs, social media)

Qualities expected of all Public Advocates staff include integrity, high professional standards, commitment to progressive social change and working successfully with diverse colleagues, clients, and community partners. This includes active participation in promoting healthy workplace culture through our organizational diversity initiative. We value cooperation, candor, flexibility, resilience, optimism, curiosity, and sense of humor.

Compensation & Work Setting

Competitive salary range starts at $80,000 and is commensurate with experience. Benefits include full health and dental insurance for employee and eligible family members; life and long-term disability insurance; generous vacation and paid holiday schedule; 403(b) retirement plan; and paid sabbatical after 7 years.


While we are accepting applications from anywhere in the U.S. for this position, there are offices in San Francisco and Sacramento, and most of our staff members are based out of one of these offices. Public Advocates recently adopted a hybrid work model in both offices.

Application Instructions

Applications are welcome immediately.  To be considered, applications must include: 1) a cover letter that a) explains your specific interest in this role and your vision for what you would like to achieve through the Alliance for Housing Justice over the next year, b) addresses how your identity and background have prepared you to be an effective advocate for social justice and c) describes a project you have managed that will help us understand your qualifications; and 2) a resume. You are also invited to include any work samples that illustrate your experience with project management. Submit your application (and/or questions) by email to hjpm@publicadvocates.org.


Public Advocates is committed to fostering a diverse staff and seek to fill this position with someone who shares our values, including our organizational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage all interested individuals to apply — especially Black, Indigenous and People of Color; individuals who identify as women, non-binary, and/or transgender; individuals who identify as gay, lesbian, or queer; people from low-income backgrounds; people with disabilities; or anyone belonging to any other federal or state protected category. Read our Diversity Vision Statement here.



To apply for this job email your details to hjpm@publicadvocates.org