Job Short Description:
The Safety Net Project (SNP) at the Urban Justice Center seeks applicants for the position Director of Legal Services. The Director of Legal Services will help train and supervise staff attorneys who currently work in an exclusive landlord-tenant practice. However, SNP also has advocates working on public benefits work who would benefit from this manager.
Job Summary & Qualifications:
Applicants must be admitted to the New York State Bar. Applicants should have at least 4-7 years of experience in housing court. The successful candidate will have strong writing and analytical skills, relevant background and experience, and a demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations. Applicants who are bi-lingual or multi-lingual are encouraged to apply. Applicants interested in four fifths time are also encouraged to apply.
The Director of Legal Services will help supervise a team of attorneys and advocates who are responsible for providing direct legal assistance to tenants in the area of anti-eviction, landlord-tenant law, including a limited amount of affirmative litigation (e.g., HP actions and rent strikes). The duties will include (but are not limited to): training staff attorneys on basics of landlord-tenant practice, appearing with new attorneys in court, staffing Bronx housing court, overseeing the staffing of housing clinics in SNP’s catchment areas, and providing advice and referrals as well as create systems and structures in SNP to better serve SNP clients. In addition, the Director of Legal Services will help advance legislative priorities faced by SNP clients. This job may require some evening meetings. This is a management position.
Salary is commensurate with education and experience. The Urban Justice Center offers a flexible work environment and a highly competitive benefits package that includes vacation, personal, and sick time, medical and dental coverage, vision and gym reimbursements, and a 401(k) plan.
How to Apply:
The Safety Net Project is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people with diverse backgrounds, including women, people of color, immigrants, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter by e-mail to SNPHiring@urbanjustice.org. The subject line of the email must include: “Director of Legal Services.” 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 11 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.