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Development and Grants Coordinator
Mental Health Project

The Mental Health Project (MHP) seeks a Development and Grants Coordinator, to manage grants from government agencies and private foundations. MHP is a team of attorneys, social workers and advocates dedicated to enforcing the rights of low-income New Yorkers with mental illness.

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Project Director and Director of Development and Grants Management to manage operations and budget;
  • Collect and report data for our grants and contracts;
  • Track project income and expenses;
  • Collaborate with case handlers to ensure data quality and systems integrity;
  • Assist with audit preparation;
  • Organize development initiatives such as annual fundraiser, holiday solicitation and social networking;
  • Build systems that will enable our team to function efficiently and effectively; and
  • Perform administrative and clerical duties as appropriate.

Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree (or substantial equivalent);
  • Efficient and meticulous attention to detail;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently, to meet deadlines and to be flexible;
  • Familiarity with basic principles of budgeting;
  • Facility with web- and software-based computer systems;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Access; and
  • Dedication to serving the needs of low-income New Yorkers.

Starting salary is $35,000. Compensation includes a generous benefits package. This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW, Local 2230.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Maya Leszczynski, mhp@urbanjustice.org with "Development and Grants Coordinator" in the subject line. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We regret that, due to high volume, we are unable to respond to inquiries and will contact only those candidates selected for further consideration.

The Urban Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status.

Intake Advocate
Veteran Advocacy Project

The Urban Justice Center seeks an intake advocate to be a part of the Veteran Advocacy Project (VAP). VAP provides free legal services to low-income veterans, with a focus on those living with PTSD, TBI, substance abuse problems, and mental illness.

Most of our nation's veterans make a successful transition back to civilian life, but it is not always easy. The VA's records indicate that 22 veterans commit suicide each day. An estimated 30% of our troops come home with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and countless servicemembers struggle with Traumatic Brain Injuries, depression, and substance abuse. When these veterans face legal challenges, such as eviction or an improper termination of benefits, it dramatically increases the risk that they will spiral further into illness, become homeless, or commit suicide. VAP intervenes before veterans reach the breaking point by ensuring their access to housing, health care, and income.

VAP is partnered with VA hospitals, mental health clinics, and local veterans' groups to reach servicemembers where they are. With a dedicated team of attorneys and advocates, VAP works tirelessly to tackle their legal challenges and connect them to appropriate social services. Through these services, our project helps veterans achieve the stability needed to regain their health and rebuild their lives.

The intake advocate will work collaboratively with other VAP team members to help veterans navigate complex city, state, and federal systems. The intake advocate will be primarily responsible for answering our hotline, conducting intensive intake interviews, and distributing cases to staff. The intake advocate will also be responsible for providing appropriate information and referrals to veterans whose issues are outside the scope of VAP’ s practice areas. Other work may include representing clients in administrative hearings, assisting with VAP events, and conducting outreach at shelters, college campuses, and VA hospitals. Candidates must be able to commit to at least one full year in the position. Military experience or prior work with veterans is a plus. No J.D. applicants please.

Responsibilities

  • Answer and manage hotline phone calls/legal service inquiries;
  • Conduct intensive intake and follow-up interviews;
  • Provide thorough referrals to connect clients with other services;
  • Advocate on behalf of clients at administrative hearings;
  • Research legal issues, with a focus on VA benefits, public benefits, and housing law;
  • Conduct outreach at service fairs, shelters, and VA hospitals across New York City;
  • Perform administrative tasks, including: enter client information into our database, copying and faxing, etc.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills;
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills;
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to maintain confidentiality and to work with people living with mental illness, substance abuse problems, and traumatic brain injury;
  • Ability to work independently with strong motivation, to manage a high client load, to meet deadlines, and to be flexible;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and veterans’ issues

Salary is commensurate with experience. This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW, Local 2230.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume with "Intake Advocate" in the subject line to veterans@urbanjustice.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Ideally, the person will be able to start May 5. We regret that, due to high volume, we are unable to respond to inquiries and will contact only those candidates selected for further consideration.

Advocate
Domestic Violence Project

The Domestic Violence Project (DVP) at the Urban Justice Center is seeking to hire an advocate to work with and on behalf of victims of domestic violence. DVP’s mission is to help victims of domestic violence and their children live free of violence and abuse. We consider domestic violence in any type of relationship, regardless of gender or sexual identity, to be a human rights violation. Our work focuses on providing legal and social work services to promote justice and vigorously defend and protect victims’ human rights. To accomplish this, our attorneys, social workers and advocates provide legal representation in NYC Family and Integrated Domestic Violence Courts, mental health services, advocacy, case management, and on-going domestic violence education and outreach activities throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

DVP seeks an advocate to work within a legal-psychosocial framework with survivors of domestic violence.

Responsibilities

  • Carry a caseload of advocacy matters
  • Complete face to face and telephonic intakes within proscribed timelines
  • Provide individual supportive counseling
  • Provide crisis intervention, safety planning and risk assessment analysis
  • Assist clients’ understanding full range of criminal, civil and available community based services and make meaningful referrals
  • Deliver all advocacy and case management services including but not limited to emergency shelter advocacy, criminal justice advocacy, civil legal advocacy, housing advocacy and entitlements assistance
  • Facilitate and co-facilitate groups
  • Maintain accurate and timely case files and documentation thereof of all contact and services
  • Collect and maintain data collection required for monthly, quarterly and yearly statistics
  • Participate in regular team meetings, professional development trainings, and workshops
  • Conduct education and outreach to the community and sister agencies with a minimum of three per month
  • Once trained, assists in training staff internally as well as within the community

Skills and Competencies

  • Knowledge and understanding of domestic violence and trauma
  • Proficiency working with individuals of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills
  • Aptitude for intense and thorough negotiation and advocacy
  • Ability to work evenings if necessary
  • Ability to respond sensitively to clients’ urgent needs
  • Exceptional interpersonal, speaking, and writing skills and the ability to apply these skills in diverse situations
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible and work as a team member
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Must be able to travel between boroughs
  • Interest and proclivity in working within a legal framework

Qualifications

  • College, MSW or significant experience in the field
  • Experience working with victims of domestic violence
  • Fluent in Spanish

Salary begins at $30,000 and is commensurate with experience. Generous vacation, medical and dental benefits are provided. The position is for one year with the potential for extension if funding allows. This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW, Local 2230.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and references via email to mbigelow@urbanjustice.org. Please write “ADVOCATE” in the subject heading. We regret that due to high volume, we are unable to respond to inquiries and will only contact those candidates selected for consideration. Please do not contact us via telephone or fax. People of color, LGBTQ individuals, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The Urban Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Social Worker
Mental Health Project

LCSW, Part-Time

The Mental Health Project (MHP) of the Urban Justice Center seeks a licensed clinical social worker to work with people who have been affected by Superstorm Sandy. The person hired for this position will do outreach in Sandy-affected communities, to locate people who may be in need of mental health services as well as serve Sandy-affected individuals and families referred to MHP by other Urban Justice Center projects or outside referral sources. The social worker will also collaborate with MHP staff to determine other legal and social service needs of Sandy-affected New York City residents. An attorney and non-attorney advocate will work closely with the person hired for this position.

This position is funded through a two-year grant from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

MHP’s mission is to advance and enforce the rights of low-income New Yorkers with mental illness through direct legal advocacy, community education, legislative advocacy, organizing and coalition building, and impact litigation. MHP’s focus areas include disability rights, public benefits, eviction prevention, discharge planning advocacy, and criminal justice system reform. MHP provides direct services to hundreds of New Yorkers each year, and its innovative class action lawsuits have advanced the rights of tens of thousands of individuals, both in New York and across the country.

The ideal candidate must have the requisite social work license and will also have:

  • strong interest in mental health advocacy and willingness and ability to represent MHP in the mental health community
  • strong advocacy skills and experience assisting people in navigating systems such as public benefits and city agencies
  • excellent written and oral communication skills
  • excellent organization and attention to detail
  • familiarity with grants management, especially with grant reporting requirements
  • experience in working with attorneys and social workers and an understanding of the importance of interdisciplinary work, and
  • a passionate commitment to fighting for low-income New Yorkers with mental health issues, along with a demonstrated commitment to social justice.

Ability to speak Spanish is a plus.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample, and contact information for three references to Mary Beth Anderson, Managing Director, Mental Health Project, Urban Justice Center, at mhp@urbanjustice.org with “Social Worker” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. We will contact only those applicants we wish to interview.

For more information about the Mental Health Project, please visit our page.

Benefits Advocate Position
Safety Net Project

The Urban Justice Center (UJC) is a nonprofit legal organization dedicated to advocacy on behalf of New York City’s most vulnerable residents. The mission of UJC’s Safety Net Project (SNP) is to advocate for economic justice for no and low income New Yorkers. We conduct direct legal services, litigation, research, and policy advocacy to preserve and expand access to safety net programs and ensure government accountability.

We seek an Advocate to represent individuals experiencing legal problems in accessing public benefits such as cash assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, and eviction prevention grants. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Interviewing individual clients to assess their public benefits problem
  • Helping clients understand the government public benefits system
  • Developing and implementing outreach efforts
  • Writing extensive referrals
  • Staffing our legal clinic at food pantries and soup kitchens
  • Representing clients at administrative hearings
  • Engaging in advocacy with Cash Assistance and Non-Cash Assistance Centers
  • Conducting all work necessary to ensure on-going receipt of public benefits for the advocate’s clients
  • Once trained, training advocates in the community and internally

Successful candidates must have strong organizational and administrative skills, the ability to quickly learn about New York City’s complex welfare system, an aptitude for tenacious negotiation and advocacy, a desire to work with New Yorkers living in poverty, and the ability to respond sensitively to the urgent needs of clients. A college degree is required and strong written, verbal, and organizational skills are essential. Recent college graduates, as well as those with experience will be considered. Fluency in Spanish is required.

Salary begins at $32,000 and is commensurate with experience. Generous vacation and medical and dental benefits are provided. The position is for one year with the potential for extension if funding allows. This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW, Local 2230.

Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to dmmiranda@urbanjustice.org with “Advocate Position” in the subject heading. JD Applicants will not be considered. We regret that due to high volume, we are unable to respond to inquiries and will contact only those candidates selected for consideration. Please do not contact us via telephone or fax. People of color, LGBT individuals, individuals who have personal experience with poverty, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The Urban Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Internships/Externships
Sex Workers Project

The Sex Workers Project provides client-centered legal and social services to individuals who engage in sex work, regardless of whether they do so by choice, circumstance, or coercion. One of the first programs in the nation to assist survivors of human trafficking, the Sex Workers Project has pioneered an approach to service grounded in human rights, harm reduction and in the real life experiences of our clients. Our professional service providers are multi-lingual, non-judgmental and bring more than ten years of experience. As the only US organization meeting the needs of both sex workers and trafficking victims, the Sex Workers Project serves a marginalized community that few others reach. We engage in policy and media advocacy, community education and human rights documentation, working to create a world that is safe for sex workers and where human trafficking does not exist.

About the Internships/Externships

The Sex Workers Project is looking for highly motivated problem‐solvers committed to advancing the rights of sex workers and survivors of trafficking.

Legal Interns will work closely with staff attorneys on a wide range of cases, which may include applications for special visas for trafficking survivors, assisting clients in criminal court, and researching novel legal topics facing sex workers. Summer Legal Interns are expected to work full time for 10 weeks. Applicants should have excellent writing, research, and interpersonal skills and an awareness of the systemic barriers facing our diverse client and constituent populations. Semester Legal Interns are expected to work a minimum of 12 hours per week for 10 weeks.

Research, Policy, and Administrative Interns are open to those in undergraduate or graduate studies, or not in school. These interns are expected to work a minimum of 12 hours per week for 10 weeks. Research interns assist with our human rights documentation projects, and policy interns work directly on our campaigns for reform at the local or federal level. Administrative interns help us maintain files and systems, work on fundraising, and generally support our work and clients.

The Sex Workers Project also hires Social Work Interns through Columbia and Hunter Social Work programs only – if interested, please contact your internship coordinator.

To Apply: Email a cover letter, resume, writing sample and two references (names and phone numbers/emails) to Sienna Baskin at sbaskin@urbanjustice.org. Apply early – internships are filled on a rolling basis. People of color, transgender people, people with disabilities, and people with experience in the sex industry are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applying for Interships

The UJC always welcomes internships. If you are interested, please review our website to determine which project you would like to apply for, and write to:

Urban Justice Center
Attn: Director, Project Name
123 William Street 16th Floor
New York, NY, 10038

We cannot respond to telephone calls, emails, or other inquiries concerning applications.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

The Urban Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status.


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