The COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project (CEDP) was formed in April by The Community Firm, a Colorado non-profit, social enterprise law firm. Our mission is to Keep Coloradans Housed by helping to prevent mass evictions and homelessness during and after the pandemic. The pandemic triggered unprecedented eviction risk for U.S. renters. Nationwide, more than 20M people may be at risk of eviction by the end of the year with more than 300,000 at risk in Colorado alone.

Traditionally, eviction defense has focused on legal services. At CEDP, we are scaling a “managed care” approach to eviction prevention that centers the legal and financial needs of housing insecure families and uses a variety of tools to keep them housed. Our team of housing lawyers, economists, data analysts, policy-experts, organizers, and technologists provides four services: (1) legal representation and other services for tenants facing eviction; (2) data and research published in
conjunction with the Bell Policy Center & the Aspen Institute; (3) advocacy and public policy; and (4) a rental assistance innovation fund.

Our focus in 2021 is scaling paired rental assistance and legal services through the distribution of state and private rental assistance dollars. Through negotiation and/or set deal terms, we settle bills for back and future rent at lower than face value, and pay the landlord in a single payment. The Community Firm uses the difference between the settled amount and the traditional 100% price point to fund legal assistance and resource navigation for additional renter services. After proving the efficacy of this effort in two 2020 pilots, we are scaling the effort in 2021 targeting the distribution of several million dollars in rental assistance by Q2 2021.

Open Positions

Head of Community Investment Fund (Denver, CO)

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The CEDP’s Head of Community Investment position is an opportunity for an experienced operator who has worked at the intersection of operational businesses and technology to scale the non-profit’s innovative rental assistance program. The Head of Community Investment will manage service delivery across five channels, including building a digital platform for mom-and-pop operators, negotiating bulk buyouts with large operators, building partnerships with community organizations, and coordinating outreach with post-filing channels that include legal service organizations and courthouse mediation. The salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.

We are looking for someone with several years of top-tier experience in an operational role at the intersection of service delivery, technology, product, and consulting who is interested in designing, implementing, and scaling an innovative rental assistance program across a variety of channels.

The role provides the opportunity to be on the front lines of impactful pandemic response, build a technology product that has the potential to scale statewide, and develop a model rental assistance program for the state and the country. CEDP is undergoing a tremendous amount of growth, creating the opportunity to work on a wide variety of mission critical efforts.

As Head of CEDP’s Community Investment Fund, you will:
● Be a cross functional leader on the leadership team, responsible for designing, implementing, and scaling the organization’s rental assistance program across at least five channels.
● Develop multi-channel marketing and outreach strategy to raise awareness among tenants and landlords of the availability of rental assistance.
● Build scalable landlord-tenant application, settlement, and rental assistance distribution platform that can be used by CEDP and other actors throughout the state
● Design operations for court-based rental assistance delivery in concert with CEDP lawyers, other partners, and state mediators
● Develop, analyze, and test new initiatives to better support tenants in need of rental assistance and community organizations in the delivery of rental assistance
● Support fundraising and development efforts for rental assistance
● Write public materials highlighting the model and the results of our rental assistance programs
● Support and conduct external media relations and storytelling of CEDP’s mission, values, and outcomes to external outlets
● All leaders have spikes in their interests and skillsets, so you’ll have considerable ability to work on areas tailored to your expertise

We’re looking for you if your background and skillsets include:
● 3-10 years of experience in service delivery operations, product, management consulting
● A background working with diverse communities and a diverse set of stakeholders
● A bias towards building and a comfort with strengthening a minimum viable product
● Comfort with ambiguity in a fast-paced, all hands-on deck environment
● Passion for social impact
● A history of demonstrated excellence in your career
● Strong oral communications skills and the ability to influence leaders through logic, data, and presentation skills
● Outstanding analytical and problem-solving skills and a facility with numbers and data
● History as a self-starter in collaborative, fast paced environments
● Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to manage complex stakeholder environments

Why Us?
● We’re a social enterprise law firm with a sustainable business model focused on one of the most important issues in society–access to and preservation of affordable housing
● Our cofounders have collaborated for 5+ years and are committed to building a company where everyone loves to work
● Unlimited growth potential within the organization
● The opportunity to step into a new firm at its founding and play a substantial role in its growth

To Apply:
Interested candidates should forward their resume and cover letter to sam@cedproject.org.

Equal Opportunity:
The Community Firm is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Legal Administrative Assistant (Denver, CO)

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We are seeking to hire a Legal Administrative Assistant with exceptional administrative and research skills. Legal Administrative Assistants are expected to work comfortably under pressure with tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

To ensure success, Legal Administrative Assistants should be detail oriented, exercise sound judgment, and must have exceptional written and verbal communication skills. Top candidates will be familiar with key legal principles, have strong IT skills and excellent time management. Spanish-language skills are desired but not required.

As a Legal Administrative Assistant You Will:
● Conduct Client Intake Interviews
● Organize Client Files in an online database
● Track deadlines and manage calendars for attorneys
● Perform accurate legal research and analysis
● Interpret laws, rulings and regulations in legal documents
● Compile, proofread and revise drafts of legal documents and reports
● Create and organize information, and generate reference tools for easy use by the office
● Prepare and format legal and management reports
● Maintain and update databases and tracking systems
● Respond to all case-related queries
● Ensure efficient and effective administrative information and assistance
● Research and document changes in the law, and keep the team informed of important or relevant updates

Legal Administrative Assistant Requirements:
● Paralegal Certificate (essential)
● Bachelors Certificate in Law or related (desirable)
● One year of experience in a legal environment
● Analytical thinker with detailed research proficiencies
● Ability to grasp and interpret legal documents
● Systematic knowledge of databases and tracking systems
● Fantastic organizational skills and detail-oriented approach
● Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
● Ability to work independently and as part of a team
● Brilliant written and verbal communication skills
● Proficient in Microsoft Office, Lexis-Nexis, USAO and scheduling software

We’re looking for you if your background and skillsets include:

● A background working with diverse communities
● Strong self-motivation and time-management skills
● Comfort with ambiguity in a fast-paced, all-hands-on-deck environment
● Demonstrated passion for social impact and social justice
● Strong professional and client-related communication skills
● Willingness and desire to fight for tenants’ rights in a variety of settings
● Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively and proactively
● Comfort with and ability to navigate a remote work environment

Why Us?
● We’re a social enterprise with a sustainable business model focused on one of the most important issues in society–access to and preservation of affordable housing
● Our cofounders have collaborated for 5+ years and are committed to building a company where everyone loves to work
● Unlimited growth potential within the organization
● The opportunity to step into a new firm at its founding and play a substantial role in its growth

To Apply:
Interested candidates should forward their resume and cover letter to burt@cedproject.org.

Equal Opportunity:
The Community Firm is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Staff Attorney (Denver, CO / Boulder, CO)

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The Covid-19 Eviction Defense Project is seeking a full-time Staff Attorney, who will initially work remotely. As Staff Attorney, you will interview, advise and directly represent tenants facing eviction and housing insecurity. This will entail, among other responsibilities, negotiating with landlords on behalf of clients, defending tenants facing eviction proceedings in court, filing wrongful eviction or other lawsuits on behalf of clients, and helping develop strategies and choose cases for impact litigation. Other duties include assisting senior lawyers with litigation, undertaking discovery, guiding clients towards available public benefits and providing research for impact litigation as needed. The salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate to experience.

The successful candidate will be compassionate about the representation of low-income clients, willing to work in a fast-paced, private, non-profit law office, and dedicated to the mission of the Covid-19 Eviction Defense Project, which is to keep Coloradans housed. The successful candidate will also have litigation experience (1 to 3 years) and a willingness to function as a legal advocate and zealous defender of tenants’ rights. This full-time role will require legal organizational skills, a collaborative attitude towards clients and co-workers, and investigative skills to help vulnerable clients. While Spanish-language fluency is highly desirable, it is not required for the position. All candidates, however, must be licensed to practice law in Colorado.

The role provides young attorneys the opportunity to develop litigation skills while fighting on the frontlines of the pandemic-related housing crisis. Staff attorneys will shape CEDP’s evolving legal strategy and participate in the development of the organization. CEDP is undergoing a tremendous amount of growth, creating the opportunity to work on a wide variety of mission-critical efforts.

As Staff Attorney you will:
● Assist with client intake and advise tenants facing housing insecurity on both legal strategy and access to financial resources
● Negotiate with landlords on behalf of tenants to settle rental debt and implement repayment plans
● Represent clients in court who could not avoid eviction proceedings
● Guide or directly represent tenants in filing post-judgment motions, appeals, or affirmative lawsuits
● Assist and collaborate with senior attorneys on research, briefs, memos, and other issues
● Innovate and collaborate with team leaders on the organization’s goals, including impact litigation, and the best ways to support tenants facing housing insecurity
● Collaborate with other attorneys practicing landlord-tenant law, including legal aid organizations
● Keep our public-facing legal materials and information accurate and up-to-date
● Collaborate with team leaders on attorney recruitment and training
● Develop creative solutions, whether legal or non-legal, for issues tenants commonly face

We’re looking for you if your background and skillsets include:
● 1-3 years litigation experience
● A background working with diverse communities
● Strong self-motivation and time-management skills
● Comfort with ambiguity in a fast-paced, all-hands-on-deck environment
● Demonstrated passion for social impact and social justice
● A motivating desire to learn and develop legal skills both in and out of the courtroom
● Strong legal research, writing, and oral communication skills
● Willingness and desire to fight for tenants’ rights in a variety of settings, including negotiations, mediations, in the courtroom, and in various state agencies and organizations
● Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively and proactively

Why Us?
● We’re a social enterprise with a sustainable business model focused on one of the most important issues in society–access to and preservation of affordable housing
● Our cofounders have collaborated for 5+ years and are committed to building a company where everyone loves to work
● Unlimited growth potential within the organization
● The opportunity to step into a new firm at its founding and play a substantial role in its growth

To Apply:
Interested candidates should forward their resume and cover letter to burt@cedproject.org.

Equal Opportunity:
The Community Firm is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Paralegal (Denver, CO)

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The Covid-19 Eviction Defense Project is seeking a full-time Paralegal Assistant, who will initially work remotely. The ideal candidate will have exceptional administrative and research skills. Paralegals are expected to work comfortably under pressure with tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Top candidates will be detail oriented, familiar with key Colorado legal principles, have strong IT skills and excellent time management. Pay and benefits are competitive and based on experience.

Paralegal Responsibilities:
● Conducting client intake interviews
● Preparing affidavits, legal correspondence, and other documents for attorneys
● Organizing and maintaining documents in a paper or electronic filing system
● Meeting with clients, attorneys, and other professionals to talk about case details
● Filing pleadings with court clerks and opposing attorneys
● Helping prepare for trial by organizing exhibits and assisting with other tasks as needed
● Preparing briefs, discovery, contracts, pleadings, appeals, and other legal documents
● Investigating facts and laws of cases and searching public records and other resources to prepare cases and determine causes of action
● Directing and coordinating law office activity, including delivery of subpoenas
● Gathering and analyzing statutes, decisions, and legal articles, codes, documents and other data
● Calling on witnesses to testify at hearings

Paralegal Requirements:
● Certificate of completion from an ABA-approved paralegal certification program of education and training, or an associate degree in paralegal studies
● Associate degree
● Proficient with Microsoft Office, specifically Outlook, Word, and Excel
● Strong oral and written communication skills
● Excellent organizational skills
● Must be able to effectively multi-task, manage time sensitive documents and have exceptional organizational skills in a fast-paced environment
● Must be able to function effectively in a busy, team-oriented environment
● Office administration experience
● Familiarity with legal research tools

Why Us?
● We’re a social enterprise law firm with a sustainable business model focused on one of the most important issues in society–access to and preservation of affordable housing
● Our cofounders have collaborated for 5+ years and are committed to building a company where everyone loves to work
● Unlimited growth potential within the organization
● The opportunity to step into a new firm at its founding and play a substantial role in its growth

To Apply:
Interested candidates should forward their resume and cover letter to burt@cedproject.org.

Equal Opportunity:
The Community Firm is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Digital Organizing Manager (Denver, CO / Remote)

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CEDP’s Digital Organizing Manager is a high-impact, part-time role designed around building a coalition to advocate for better landlord-tenant law in Colorado. The Manager will design, manage, and implement a digital organizing strategy to advance better landlord-tenant law in Colorado. Focusing on Colorado’s 2021 legislative session, we anticipate that the role will combine content creation with targeted organizing in underrepresented communities and key areas throughout the state. The role will pay $30 per hour, and we anticipate a commitment of 10-15 hours per week.
 
We are looking for someone with experience leading digital campaigns and working across a diverse array of stakeholders in an organizing capacity. Experience in housing, advocacy or political campaigns is a plus.
 
The role provides the opportunity to be on the front lines of impactful pandemic response, build a lasting coalition of tenants and tenants advocates in Colorado, and fight for housing justice. CEDP is undergoing a tremendous amount of growth, creating the opportunity to work on a wide variety of mission critical efforts.

As Digital Organizing Manager, you will:
● Develop the digital advocacy campaign for CEDP and in conjunction with our coalition partners promoting improved landlord-tenant law in the state of Colorado
● Manage content creation and distribution for digital platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
● Collaborate with coalition partners to plan and execute high-profile digital days of action that promote better landlord tenant law
● Build network of digital organizing leaders in volunteers to expand the impact of our advocacy efforts. 
● Promote efforts to stabilize renters in Colorado and across the country
● All leaders have various interests and skill sets, so you’ll have considerable ability to work on areas tailored to your expertise
 
We’re looking for you if your background and skill sets include:
● Proven background coordinating successful online- and offline- campaigns for advocacy, labor or political organizations
● Experience with Facebook ads
● Quick to learn new technologies
● A background working with diverse communities and a diverse set of stakeholders as well as an understanding of challenges faced by low-income communities and communities of color
● A bias towards building and a comfort with strengthening a minimum viable product
● Comfort with ambiguity in a fast-paced, all hands-on deck environment
● Passion for social impact
● Strong oral communications skills and the ability to influence leaders through logic, data, and presentation skills
● Outstanding analytical and problem-solving skills and a facility with numbers and data
● History as a self-starter in collaborative, fast paced environments
● Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to manage complex stakeholder environments 
 
Why Us?
● We are on the front lines of advocating for better tenant protections in Colorado, our state is one of the worst in the country for tenants, if you join our team your work will have a significant impact in the lives of thousands of Coloradans
● We’re a social enterprise with a sustainable business model focused on one of the most important issues in society – access to and preservation of affordable housing
● Our cofounders have collaborated for 5+ years and are committed to building a company where everyone loves to work
● Unlimited growth potential within the organization
● The opportunity to step into a new firm at its founding and play a substantial role in its growth
 
To Apply:
Interested candidates should forward their resume and cover letter to sam@cedproject.org.  

Equal Opportunity:
The Community Firm is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.