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Housing Staff Attorney
Job Short Description:
The Safety Net Project (SNP) at the Urban Justice Center operates legal clinics at food pantries, soup kitchens, community health centers, and City Council offices throughout New York City to help ensure that New York City’s most underserved communities have access to safe and secure housing and fundamental resources like food and cash assistance. SNP combines direct legal services, policy advocacy, and community organizing to reduce poverty and homelessness. SNP seeks applicants for the position of Housing Staff Attorney. The Housing Staff Attorney will provide direct legal representation to tenants in the area of landlord-tenant law, including civil proceedings in NYC Housing Court, affirmative litigation and New York City Housing Authority Administrative (NYCHA) hearings and appeals.
Job Summary & Qualifications:
Qualifications • Admitted to the New York State Bar • At least 1 year of litigation experience in landlord-tenant law preferred • Excellent research, analytical, written, and oral communication skills • Familiarity with New York City Housing Authority administrative hearings preferred • Experience working with diverse populations • Sound strategic judgment and the drive to originate and effectuate new campaigns • A demonstrated passion for social justice and commitment to working with low-income communities and communities of color to advance equality • Spanish fluency preferred The Safety Net Project is an equal opportunity employer. SNP encourages applications from people with diverse backgrounds, including women, people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, people from low-income backgrounds, and people with personal experience with the criminal justice system. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities we serve.
• Provide advice, counsel, and direct representation to clients in civil proceedings primarily in NYC housing courts on non-payment, holdover, HP Proceedings, and NYCHA administrative proceedings. • Conduct legal intake and evaluate clients’ legal needs at SNP’s various legal clinics, including its Right to Counsel/Universal Access days at Bronx Housing Court. • Provide training and technical assistance to community partners on topics related to landlord-tenant law.
A competitive salary and excellent benefits package is available, with generous vacation, personal, and sick time, along with industry-leading medical and dental coverage. SNP’s staff attorneys are on a fixed salary scale, and the salary for this position will be determined based on years of relevant experience in accordance with the scale.
How to Apply:
Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter by e-mail to SNPhiring@urbanjustice.org. The subject line of the email must include: “Housing Staff Attorney Position.” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
The Urban Justice Center serves New York City's most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. Our 12 Projects assist clients on numerous levels, from one-on-one legal advice in soup kitchens, to filing class action lawsuits to bring about systemic change, to pushing social justice legislation forward.