Investigator, Housing Unit

Housing · Washington, District of Columbia
Department Housing
Employment Type Full-Time

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks an energetic and client-centered individual for the position of Investigator to provide support to Legal Aid attorneys in housing cases.


Legal Aid was formed in 1932 to “provide legal aid and counsel to indigent persons in civil law matters and to encourage measures by which the law may better protect and serve their needs.” More colloquially, Legal Aid’s mission is to make justice real – in individual and systemic ways – for persons living in poverty in DC. We believe that meaningful pursuit of our anti-poverty mission requires an unwavering commitment to racial justice and equity.


Legal Aid is the largest civil legal services program in the District of Columbia. The bulk of our work is comprised of individual representation in housing, domestic violence/family, public benefits, immigration, and consumer law. From the experiences of our clients, we identify opportunities for law reform, public policy advocacy, and systemic reform litigation. We aspire both to reflect the rich racial diversity of the communities we serve and to value, respect, and empower our staff and clients to be effective agents of change.

Note: Legal Aid is currently operating remotely, but has a hybrid work plan scheduled to take effect in June 2022. Based on this plan, some in-person work will be required starting on August 1, 2022.




The Investigator will work with Legal Aid’s attorneys to conduct fact investigation in housing cases. The Investigator will primarily complete housing inspections to document housing code violations and provide testimony in court related to housing conditions. The Investigator may also work with housing attorneys to identify and interview potential witnesses in housing cases, researching records, and contacting various sources for the purpose of obtaining facts, signed statements, etc. We are particularly interested in candidates who have previous familiarity with housing codes or backgrounds in construction, contracting, plumbing, or related fields, or a desire to develop expertise in these areas.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Meeting with clients.
  • Conducting housing inspections.
  • Testifying regarding housing inspections.
  • Identifying and interviewing potential witnesses and sources.
  • Performing administrative tasks related to the job, including scheduling inspections and interviews, and drafting inspection reports.
  • Working collaboratively and effectively with Legal Aid attorneys, legal assistants, and other staff


A successful candidate will be committed to providing compassionate and empathic services, and will want to work in a collaborative environment.




Candidates must have the following qualifications:


  • Excellent interpersonal skills and desire to take initiative.
  • Excellent organizational skills, with attention to detail.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others.


The ideal candidate will also have the following qualifications:


  • Experience engaging with Legal Aid’s client community or individuals or families facing housing instability.
  • Familiarity with District of Columbia and willingness to travel throughout the city.
  • Experience with identification of housing code violations, and/or background experience in construction, plumbing, or other related fields, or willingness to engage in training to develop these areas of expertise (Legal Aid will cover the costs of appropriate training and training time will be paid at regular salary rate);
  • Ability to speak Spanish, Amharic, or other language strongly desirable but not required.


Salary and Benefits:


The Investigator will be paid in accordance with Legal Aid’s salary scale based on years of experience, starting between $44,768 for a candidate with less than one year of relevant experience up to $52,224 for a candidate with five years of relevant experience, followed by a salary step each year thereafter. Legal Aid also offers a competitive benefits package.


To Apply:


Legal Aid values an inclusive, diverse workplace and encourages applications from interested persons of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. We strongly encourage applications from people with personal experience with the criminal justice system and/or with lived experiences in the communities we serve. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position remains open until filled. Please submit your cover letter and resume here. No emails or phone calls, please.

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