Legal Services NYC-Bronx seeks two supervising attorneys to help lead a new and exciting expansion of our anti-displacement advocacy, focused on supporting New York City communities facing rapid gentrification. We are looking for candidates who are excited to work in a fast-paced environment and to use creative strategies in the pursuit of justice. Supervising attorneys will oversee a committed team of attorneys and staff representing low-income and elderly Bronx residents and will be expected to work closely with tenant organizers, tenant associations and community partners to identify and address housing needs. They will be expected to oversee and conduct weekday, evening, and weekend outreach and off-site intake with our partners.
The Housing Rights Project aims to protect tenants’ rights, prevent harassment, preserve affordable housing, and avoid displacement related to the rezoning of a swath of Jerome Avenue spanning the neighborhoods of Morris Heights, Highbridge, University Heights, and Kingsbridge. In short, the work focuses on protecting diverse communities facing significant housing needs in light of rapid and potentially disruptive neighborhood changes.
The supervising attorneys will support the work of attorneys and staff, and the day-to-day functioning of the housing unit. The supervisors must be able to juggle a fast-paced practice and support litigation and advocacy on a range of issues, coordinate building-wide and community-based litigation, and organize community education outreach and related initiatives. Candidates are expected to supervise regular appearances in civil, supreme, and federal court and administrative proceedings, review draft pleadings, motions, and court submissions, and support the filing of affirmative cases on behalf of tenants and tenant groups.
Additionally, the ideal candidate displays a demonstrated passion for social justice and commitment to working with low-income communities and communities of color; excellent analytical and writing skills; experience with housing issues and advocacy; and enthusiasm for partnering with community-based advocates and organizations. An ability to speak a second language (primarily Spanish) is preferred.
Legal Services NYC-Bronx is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, gay, lesbian, and transgender people are all welcome and encouraged to apply.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
Job #09-2015 [ADP-2]
How to apply
send a cover letter, resume, names of three references, and two recent writing samples via e-mail to: Sylvia Figueroa firstname.lastname@example.org
Include “Supervising Attorney, Housing Rights Project” in the subject line. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.