Job Short Description:
The Safety Net Project (SNP) at the Urban Justice Center seeks applicants for the position of Housing Justice Paralegal. The Housing Justice Paralegal will support the attorneys in SNP's Litigation Unit.
Job Summary & Qualifications:
The Paralegal will work with individual tenants, tenant associations, tenant organizers, community-based organizations, and partner legal services agencies. Paralegal will work in a supporting role on a broad range of individual and group tenant housing assistance including helping to obtain repairs and essential services, representing clients at administrative hearings, and conducting outreach and training for affected client communities and service providers. The Paralegal may be required to work in more than one community or borough depending on changing client needs and priorities and may be asked to conduct regular intake at community-based organizations, in Housing Court, or at other sites.
The ideal candidate must have either a Paralegal certificate from an accredited school, a Bachelor's degree in relevant field or satisfactory completion of a comprehensive in-house training course appropriate to the practice area. The candidate will also have excellent written, oral advocacy, and computer skills, the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team and manage a large workload, the ability to coordinate and collaborate successfully with other groups and organizations, experience in and/or commitment to advocacy on behalf of low-income people and immigrants, and excellent organization skills. Familiarity with real estate issues and experience assisting people in crisis are desirable but not required. Proficiency in Spanish required.
In this role, the Paralegal will provide support to the attorneys and Housing Coordinator in the project by assisting with translation, data entry, file copying, service of documents, and other advocacy. The Paralegal may also advice and direct assistance to clients, organize tenants, interview and assess client requests for services, conduct factual and legal research, draft affidavits on behalf of clients, represent clients at administrative hearings, provide brief service on behalf of clients, advocate on behalf of clients with government agencies, assist attorneys with litigation to obtain repairs and prevent evictions, assist with other litigation tasks, work with community-based organizations to preserve affordable housing, assist with telephone hotlines, handle a high volume of individual cases and respond to the needs of community based organizations, develop community education materials and conduct trainings for clients and other advocates, participate in client outreach efforts, conduct off-site intake as needed, including during evening hours, conduct policy advocacy on behalf of clients, and perform other duties as assigned.
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:
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 Justice Paralegal 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 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.