Posted by: Safety Net Project – Urban Justice Center
New York, NY, US
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.
Responsibilities of the supervising attorney include but are not limited to intake through the legal clinics, community trainings, legal representation of families in administrative hearings on public benefits, filing Article 78’s and affirmative litigation in state and federal court. The supervising attorney will be expected to attend various policy meetings at HRA, testify at relevant city council hearings, collaborate on cross-referrals within the project, and train and supervise a team of legal advocates that provide representation on public assistance and SNAP issues to hundreds of clients each year. Supervising attorney will be part of the management team of the Safety Net Project.
Expertise on the law and regulations governing NYC’s public benefits programs (specifically public assistance and SNAP), a working knowledge of NYC housing law, and strong research, writing, verbal, individual advocacy, and supervision skills are desired. Experience with affirmative litigation a plus. Applicants must be team players, be willing to research and investigate legal avenues for vigorous representation of clients at the administrative level and through affirmative litigation, be flexible, and have a commitment to bettering the lives of people living in poverty in New York City. Admission to the New York State Bar mandatory. Spanish language fluency (or aptitude) is very helpful.
Salary 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.