Directing Attorney - Housing Program | Law Foundation of Silicon Valley


The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley advances the rights of under-represented individuals and families in our diverse community through legal services, strategic advocacy, and educational outreach. With over 90 employees, the Law Foundation is the largest provider of free legal services in the greater Silicon Valley/South Bay Area. Located in downtown San Jose, the Law Foundation is a dynamic and interesting place to work. We pride ourselves on fostering a work environment that is motivating, collaborative, and fun, with plenty of opportunities for professional growth. We are committed to the elimination of racial disparities and a vision of race equity, and are actively working towards building a race-conscious legal practice.




The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley is seeking a full-time Directing Attorney for its Housing Program. Over the past year and as a part of our Strategic Plan, the Law Foundation consolidated its housing legal practice into a unified, mission-driven program. There is a renewed and strong focus on the prevention of displacement of low-income individuals and communities of color through both direct legal services and system change work, including impact litigation and policy advocacy. Our Housing team has built on our longstanding expertise and success to develop new approaches to training, supervision, and support of staff as well as creating innovative service delivery models. The Housing team will continue working on these efforts under the leadership of the new Directing Attorney, including incorporating community lawyering and other race equity tools in order to provide the best possible housing advocacy to our community. The Directing Attorney will play a critical role in further developing the Program’s mission, structure, prioritization, and service delivery models. We are seeking a strategic thinker who has experience leading and advocating with vision, passion, effectiveness. The Directing Attorney will be responsible for training, developing, motivating, and supervising staff and overseeing the daily work of the practice. In addition, the Directing Attorney will help to maintain and grow funding resources and manage the administrative aspects of the program.

The Directing Attorney will report to the Chief Program Officer and directly supervise the Housing Program management team, including the three Supervising Attorneys. The Directing Attorney will also work closely with the Law Foundation’s management team to support the goals and operations of the entire organization, including implementation of the Strategic Plan.


  • Lead and be responsible for the Law Foundation’s Housing Program, from both a strategic and execution perspective;

  • Supervise and work in close collaboration with three Supervising Attorneys;

  • Serve on and be a thought-partner in the Law Foundation’s management team;

  • Oversee all legal work, including litigation and policy advocacy;

  • Set priorities and implement goals, program development, project management and administration;

  • Engage in development functions, including donor relations, grant writing, and creating sustainable funding models;

  • Represent program in systemic reform efforts, including policy and legislative advocacy;

  • Collaborate with Law Foundation Board of Directors, stakeholders, community, and clients.



  • Deep commitment to and passion for the vision and mission of the Law Foundation;

  • Significant legal and management experience and skills (minimum of ten years preferred) in public

    interest law, including direct legal services, litigation, and policy advocacy;

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively develop and supervise a team of attorneys, advocates, and other


  • Experience working with low-income clients and other individuals from diverse communities;

  • Commitment to race, equity, and inclusion;

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with

    lawyers, other staff members, volunteers, and community partners;

  • Experience developing and maintaining internal processes for litigation management, grant/contract

    management, and outcome measurements;

  • Strong judgment and demonstrated ability to balance competing priorities while efficiently executing

    on multiple tasks;

  • Experience in financial management, fundraising, and program administration;

  • A team-building, collaborative, and positive approach to work, combined with the ability to create and

    maintain a healthy work culture with clear and fair expectations and a culture of feedback;

  • Bilingual ability (English/Spanish or English/Vietnamese) is strongly desired;

  • California Bar Membership;

  • Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint proficiency.



Highly competitive nonprofit salary; excellent benefits including generous paid time-off, fully paid employee health insurance and 401(k). More information regarding the Law Foundation is available on the organization's website:



Interested, qualified attorneys are encouraged to apply by submitting electronic copies of the following documents: (1) a resume, (2) three professional references, and (3) a cover letter that explains your interest and also addresses the following question: In order to best serve our clients and our community, the Law Foundation is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How has your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to social justice, race equity, and diversity among our staff?


Materials should be emailed in MSWord or PDF form to the search consultant who reached out to you. Search consultant contact information is included below. All inquiries and/or resumes sent directly to the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley will be redirected to Steven John & Associates, LLC for review, which may cause significant delay.


On behalf of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, we thank you for your interest in the Housing Program Directing Attorney opportunity.


Steve John

Founder & Principal

Steven John & Associates, LLC

(415) 505-6685


Jason Snyder

Managing Director

Steven John & Associates, LLC

(415) 505-6687


The Law Foundation is an Equal Opportunities Employer/Affirmative Action Employer. We encourage people of color, women, people with disabilities, older people and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to apply. It is the policy of the Law Foundation to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants, without regard to race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, medical condition or genetic information, veteran status, national origin, disability, marital, or other protected status. The Law Foundation will conform to the spirit, as well as the letter of all applicable laws and regulations.

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