Job Short Description:
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, advocacy to preserve and expand access to public benefits programs and ensure government accountability. SNP’s staff includes five Legal Advocates, one Legal Advocates Supervisor, five Housing Attorneys, one Housing Coordinator, a Supervising Housing Attorney and a Director of Operations, all of whom work together to implement our multi-prong approach to significantly improve access to public benefits and housing for New Yorkers living in poverty.
Job Summary & Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will be an energetic, dynamic and creative individual who has a passionate commitment to the project’s work, at least five years of experience in poverty law practice (including state and federal court litigation) or other related areas of law, and experience in fundraising, management and successfully integrating a variety of tools to achieve significant systemic change. A law degree is required.
SNP is seeking a director to lead and manage the project’s work, including setting goals and determining methods. Responsibilities include the hiring, supervision and training of staff; securing full project budget from government and foundation sources and serving as lead counsel on affirmative impact litigation.
Salary is commensurate with experience. Generous vacation and full medical and dental benefits are provided.
How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter detailing qualifications, a resume, a brief writing sample and references via email to SNPHiring@urbanjustice.org. Please write “SNP Director Search” in the subject heading. We will contact those applicants who we wish to interview. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please do not contact us by phone. People of color, LGBT individuals, individuals who have personal experience with poverty, and individuals with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply.
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.