OCA seeks a Legal Director to spearhead its enforcement and systemic reform efforts. The Legal Director must be deeply committed to social justice and work as part of a team to apply the principles of the Fair Housing Act to counteract the systems that continue to perpetuate segregation and its impact in Connecticut, including laws and policies affecting zoning, housing vouchers, and subsidized housing. The Legal Director will be responsible for executing existing organizational strategies to advance systemic changes in these areas, as well as collaborating to generate new approaches. The Legal Director will also conduct legal and policy research on relevant programs, work with pro bono legal and other organizational partners to pursue litigation, where appropriate, undertake advocacy campaigns, and participate in fair housing trainings as part of OCA’s outreach efforts. Read the full description.
OCA seeks a Zoning Staff Attorney with a diverse range of legal and advocacy skills, including the ability to successfully litigate in state and federal court or aptitude to do so, advocate for administrative changes at the state and municipal levels in support of affordable housing proposals and equitable zoning policies, conduct community trainings on planning, zoning, and civil rights topics, and develop and advance statewide planning and zoning reforms. The successful candidate will be an attorney with demonstrated skills in creatively using legal knowledge in a broad range of forums and settings to protect the rights of lower-income people and people of color. Read the full description.
OCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability or any other status protected by law.
Research has shown that traditionally marginalized communities (people of color, people with disabilities, etc.) often don’t apply for jobs if they don’t meet every single qualification. If you think you can do this job but don’t meet every qualification, we encourage you to still apply.
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