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Open Communities Trust Initiative

Staff Attorney

Open Communities Alliance (OCA) is a Connecticut-based civil rights non-profit working to confront the state’s deep levels of residential segregation, which deprives low income families of color of access to opportunity and deepens the sharp income and race divisions in our society. Our new Open Communities Trust initiative, supported by the CT Bar Foundation and carried out in tandem with a Connecticut Legal Services initiative focused on investments in under-resourced communities, seeks to promote the creation of attractive and sustainable mixed income housing opportunities in thriving communities, as part of the solution to this long-standing problem.

Position Overview

OCA seeks an individual committed to social justice capable of successfully launching this initiative and guiding it towards long-term sustainability. The Staff Attorney will be responsible for outreach to stakeholder communities, land identification, and advocacy to secure zoning. This is a full-time permanent position that includes a competitive benefits package. Remuneration commensurate with experience.

Responsibilities

The Staff Attorney will be responsible for:

  • Solidifying relationships and tasks with project partners.
  • Designing and conducting an outreach campaign.
  • Finalizing project development criteria and processes.
  • Identifying and ensuring due diligence review of potential development sites.
  • Working with local zoning commissions to obtain site zoning approval.
  • When necessary, litigating exclusionary zoning cases and potentially other fair housing cases, typically with pro bono counsel.

Who we are looking for:

  • Required experience – At least 5 years of state and federal court litigation experience, ideally with 2+ years in the housing, land use or civil rights fields and a background in negotiating challenging civil rights matters.
  • Competencies & attributes – Strategic thinker and creative problem solver; self-aware and curious; committed to diversity, equity and inclusion; ambitious and collaborative work ethic; detail oriented; ability to communicate with and build relationships across differences easily.
  • Excited about and committed to Open Communities’ mission and social change more generally.
  • Excellent legal research, writing, and oral argument skills.
  • Command of Westlaw and Microsoft Office, specifically Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 

Position to begin as soon as possible. Please submit a resume and cover letter to info@ctoca.org and include “OCT Staff Attorney” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis up through December 21, 2018.

 

 

 

Outreach Director/Project Manager

Open Communities Alliance (OCA) is a Connecticut-based civil rights non-profit working to confront the state’s deep levels of residential segregation. The Outreach Director/Project Manager will oversee two exciting new initiatives:

  • Empowering Choices for Educational Equity is a statewide outreach and education campaign designed to connect to resource-rich and under-invested communities around Connecticut to increase understanding of the link between segregation and educational outcomes.

  • Healthy Housing Vouchers is an initiative, supported by the CT Health Foundation, which seeks to empower health providers to offer housing options to low-income families with asthmatic children the ability to move to neighborhoods likely to yield better health results, if the family so chooses.

Position Overview

OCA seeks an individual committed to social justice capable of successfully leading the launch of these two new initiatives and guiding them towards long-term sustainability. The Outreach Director/Project Manager will be responsible for pre-launch program design and implementation, stakeholder outreach, community organizing, and sustainability planning. This is a full-time position. Remuneration commensurate with experience.

Responsibilities

The Outreach Director/Project Manager will be responsible for:

  • Solidifying relationships and tasks with project partners.
  • Communicating with a wide array of stakeholders, including through social media.
  • Overseeing program design and pre-implementation with project stakeholders.
  • Coordinating and conducting outreach to relevant state agencies, health and housing organizations, and potential funders.
  • Launching a web-based portal hosting information on the initiatives.

Who we are looking for:

  • Required experience – At least 4 years of experience in the workplace, ideally with 2+ years in the housing, health or education fields.
  • Ideal experience – Contributed to the launch or ongoing coordination of a project in the health, housing or education fields and/or experience with community organizing.
  • Competencies & attributes – Strategic thinker and creative problem solver; self-aware and curious; committed to diversity, equity and inclusion; ambitious and collaborative work ethic; organized project manager; ability to communicate with and build relationships across differences easily.
  • Excited about and committed to Open Communities’ mission and social change more generally.
  • Excellent writing, oral and social media communications skills.
  • Command of Microsoft Office, specifically Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 

Position to begin as soon as possible. Please submit a resume and cover letter to info@ctoca.org and include “Outreach Director/Project Manager” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis up through December 14, 2018.

 

 

 

If you are interested in volunteering, please explore our volunteer page.

Open Communities Alliance also hosts volunteer interns from undergraduate and graduate institutions and law schools.  If you are interested, please visit our internship page.

 

Open Communities Alliance does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy or any other basis protected from discrimination under applicable law.  Open Communities Alliance is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.

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  • 75 Charter Oak Avenue
  • Suite 1-210
  • Hartford, CT 06106
  • Phone: 860-610-6040