The COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project (CEDP) was formed in April 2020 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 Colorado Stability Fund (Denver, CO)

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CEDP’s Head of Colorado Stability Fund (CSF) 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 eviction diversion program. The Head of CSF will manage a first-of-its-kind housing stability fund focused on rapidly distributing financial assistance for tenants at imminent risk of eviction.
 
The Fund will process millions of dollars in housing assistance across a variety of channels, including rental debt buyout negotiations with large landlords, development of a small landlord approach, and eviction diversion in partnership with legal services organizations. This position will manage a team of 4+ case managers who are responsible for developing community partnerships, case management, and payments. The salary range is between $70,000-$80,000 based on experience, and we offer competitive benefits detailed below.  
 
We are looking for someone with several years of top-tier management experience in an operational role.  Ideal candidates will be interested in designing, implementing, and scaling an innovative rental assistance program across a variety of channels, and will have experience in at least one of the following verticals: service operations, technology, product, and consulting. 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. Start-up and Spanish language experience is a plus. CEDP is undergoing a tremendous amount of growth, creating the opportunity to work on a wide variety of mission-critical efforts.

As Head of the Colorado Stability 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 a variety of channels
● Manage a large rental assistance team responsible for case management 
● Develop multi-channel marketing and outreach strategy to raise awareness among tenants and landlords of the availability of rental assistance and legal services.
● 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 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.
 
Benefits & Compensation:
● Salary range $70,000 to $80,000 per year, based on experience
● Benefits include health, vision, dental, 4 weeks paid vacation, short-term and long-term disability, and 401K

Colorado Stability Fund Manager (Denver, CO)

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The Colorado Stability Fund Manager (CSF) position is an opportunity for an individual with strong program and/or team management experience who has worked at the intersection of operational businesses and technology to scale the non-profit’s innovative eviction diversion program. The Manager will work with the CEDP team to manage a first-of-its-kind housing stability fund focused on rapidly distributing financial assistance for tenants at imminent risk of eviction.  

The Fund will process millions of dollars in housing assistance across a variety of channels, including rental debt buyout negotiations with large landlords, development of a small landlord approach, and eviction diversion in partnership with legal services organizations. This position will manage a portion of CEDP’s rental assistance program, including community partnerships, case management, and payments. The salary range is between $65,000-$75,000 based on experience, and we offer competitive benefits detailed below.  
 
We are looking for someone with several years of management experience in an operational role.  Ideal candidates will be interested in designing, implementing, and scaling an innovative rental assistance program across a variety of channels, and have experience in at least one of the following verticals: service delivery, technology, product, and consulting. 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. Start up experience and Spanish language experience is a plus. CEDP is undergoing a tremendous amount of growth, creating the opportunity to work on a wide variety of mission-critical efforts.

As Colorado Stability Fund Manager, you will:
● Be a cross-functional leader on the leadership team, responsible for designing, implementing, and scaling the organization’s rental assistance program across a variety of channels
● Manage a large rental assistance team responsible for case management 
● 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:
● 2-6 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
● Exceptional analytics ability in excel and data science skills are a plus
● 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 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.
 
Benefits & Compensation:
● Salary range $65,000 to $75,000 per year, based on experience
● Benefits include health, vision, dental, 4 weeks paid vacation, short-term and long-term disability, and 401K

Colorado Stability Fund Product Manager (Denver, CO)

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As a Product Manager for the Colorado Stability Fund, you will help ensure the achievement of CEDP’s goals to keep Coloradans Housed. In this role, you will focus on building services and capabilities that serve individuals at imminent risk of eviction and homelessness. The Product Manager will work with the CEDP team to manage a first-of-its-kind housing stability fund focused on rapidly distributing financial assistance for tenants at imminent risk of eviction.
 
This is an opportunity for an experienced product manager who is focused on the operational outcome. We are looking for a product manager who is scrappy, willing to use a variety of enablement tools to tie together the firm’s rental assistance and legal services operations with an eye towards speed in the short term and sustainability in the long term. In other words, we’re looking for someone who loves solving problems even when they go beyond the scope of engineering. In addition, we are looking for a cross-functional leader who can define business requirements and work with leaders within the organization—including both the Fund and Legal Services wings of our organization—to ensure rapid and seamless deployment of critical aid to those in need.
 
The Fund will process millions of dollars in housing assistance across a variety of channels, including rental debt buyout negotiations with large landlords, development of a small landlord approach, and eviction diversion in partnership with legal aid organizations. This position will manage a portion of CEDP’s rental assistance program, including community partnerships, case management, and payments. The salary range is between $75,000-$85,000 based on experience, and we offer competitive benefits as detailed below.  

As the Product Manager for the Colorado Stability 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 a variety of channels
● Integrate systems between the Colorado Stability Fund and legal aid providers to enable rapid settlement and rental assistance distribution
Determine the long-term vision for the rental assistance product
● 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:
● 3-6 years of product experience in a high-growth, fast-paced, and flexible environment
● Experience using CRM systems, other business tools as well as enablement tools like Zapier
● Strong project management skills and experience working with diverse communities and a diverse set of stakeholders
● Experience in qualitative research methods (e.g., user testing)
● Outstanding analytical and problem-solving skills and a facility with numbers and data
● 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 and empathy for our clients
● Strong oral communications skills and the ability to influence leaders through logic, data, and presentation skills
● Exceptional analytics ability in excel and data science skills are a plus
● 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 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.
 
Benefits & Compensation:
● Salary range $75,000 to $85,000 per year, based on experience
● Benefits include health, vision, dental, 4 weeks paid vacation, short-term and long-term disability, and 401K

Controller (Denver, CO)

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The COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project seeks a Controller. The Controller oversees the accounting operations of the organization, including the production of periodic financial reports, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records, and a comprehensive set of controls and budgets.

The Opportunity:
The Controller role provides an enterprising, talented financial specialist with a unique opportunity to help shape and scale an effort that Keeps Coloradans Housed during one of the biggest economic crises of our lifetimes. This position is based in Denver, CO and will report to the COO. This is a full-time role with full benefits. The salary range is between $70,000-$80,000 based on experience, and we offer competitive benefits detailed below.  

Primary Accountabilities:
● Oversee accounting of all transactions for our 501(c)(3)
● Process or supervise processing of all accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll
● Manage compliance with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements and tax filings; advise organization leadership on related regulatory matters
● Design, implement, and optimize the organization’s financial management tools to mitigate risk and enhance reporting accuracy
● Produce accurate, detailed financial reports for Board of Directors and organization leadership
● Maintain an orderly accounting filing system and system of controls over accounting transaction
● Manage production of annual budget and forecasts
● Calculate and analyze budget variances, advising senior staff on cause, potential impact, and possible solutions
● Maintain the chart of accounts
● Ensure completion of periodic bank reconciliation
● Manage relationships with external institutions, including banks, insurance agencies, auditors, and financial consultants
 
Who We’re Looking For:
You have a proven track record of implementing and executing financial processes, with a focus on continuous process improvement. You are energized by a fast-paced start-up environment and have an innate willingness to take initiative. You are also a quick learner, a born problem solver, and possess the high level of trustworthiness and personal integrity required of this position.

You have a BA/BS in Accounting or related field of study (if you are a CPA, that’s a major plus, but it is not required)
● You have 6+ years relevant experience (preferably in nonprofit or start-up accounting)
● You are highly proficient in QuickBooks and are a demonstrable whiz at Excel
● You have some level of familiarity with federal and state tax regulations and reporting requirements
● You are thoroughly analytical and able to both understand and communicate complicated, technical financial concepts to organization leadership and stakeholders
● You are a strategic thinker able to troubleshoot and prioritize on the fly
● You are known to have a high standard of professionalism and personal integrity

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.
 
Benefits & Compensation:
● Salary range $70,000 to $80,000 per year, based on experience
● Benefits include health, vision, dental, 4 weeks paid vacation, short-term and long-term disability, and 401K

Experienced Housing Attorney (Denver, CO)

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Our practice is seeking an Experienced Housing Attorney to help manage eviction defense and other housing-related cases, to represent tenants in these proceedings, and to help train other housing attorneys. The attorney will be responsible for representing clients in court, maintaining accurate case files, working with our paralegals and staff to meet all court requirements for each case and serving as a reliable advocate for our growing list of clients. The successful candidate will have a client-focused attitude and experience as a practicing housing law attorney. The successful candidate will also have at least four years of litigation experience and proven success managing complex cases, along with a desire to work in a collaborative environment centered on social justice and equity. The successful candidate will also be willing to live in Colorado and to obtain admission to the Colorado bar.

Position Responsibilities:
● Communicate with clients in a timely, respectful, and empathetic manner
● Help determine appropriate cases and strategies to effect long-term change
● Prepare all documents required to file cases
● Work closely with staff to prepare a comprehensive brief on each case that goes to trial
● Maintain a regular schedule of hearings, court appearances and conferences based on case requirements
● Review case-related documents and determine the best course of action for each client in each case
● Have excellent knowledge of Colorado housing law
● Willingness to work independently on all aspects of your caseload as well as the ability to effectively partner with others, utilize a paralegal’s assistance, and collaborate with Tenant Intake Specialists

Position Requirements:
● JD required, admission to the Colorado bar will also be a requirement
● Demonstrated passion for social and racial justice
● 4+ years’ experience in housing law and litigation
● Strong desire to center client and community needs
● Excellent interpersonal communication skills
● Strong organizational abilities
● Knowledge of MS Office suite, CLIO, Google Suite desired

To Apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter to martha@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.

Benefits & Compensation:
● Salary range $75,000 to $85,000 per year, based on experience
● Benefits include health, dental, 4 weeks paid vacation, short-term and long-term disability, and 401K