Project Assistant, Brooklyn Family Justice Center
- Job posted by Sanctuary for Families
Sanctuary for Families is New York's leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking and related forms of gender violence. Every year, Sanctuary empowers thousands of adults and children to move from fear and abuse to safety and stability, transforming lives through a comprehensive range of services. We provide a range of wrap-around services to help survivors rebuild their lives in the aftermath of abuse, and work to end gender violence through three key strategies: direct services, outreach and training, and systems-change advocacy. Our services are available in 11 locations throughout New York City.
Sanctuary for Families seeks a Project Assistant to assist attorneys in its Family Law Project at the NYC Family Justice Center, Brooklyn, in representing domestic violence survivors in family offense, custody/visitation, child/spousal support and matrimonial proceedings. Other responsibilities include assisting with all aspects of project administration, performing administrative tasks, such as data compilation and organizing files, conducting community outreach and education in Brooklyn, and collaborating with other agencies to advocate for systemic change. The Project Assistant will work out of the NYC Family Justice Center, Brooklyn (BKFJC).
- Assists project attorneys in all aspects of litigation support, including drafting and editing legal documents, conducting client interviews, writing correspondence, gathering evidence, maintaining case tracking systems, and filing and serving papers;
- Performs direct client advocacy, including conducting client interviews, and assisting attorneys with case preparation;
- Conducts intake to assess cases and determine eligibility for legal assistance;
- Refers clients to appropriate legal and social services within and outside of Sanctuary for Families and the BKFJC;
- Writes grants and prepares scholarship applications on behalf of clients to support their economic stability;
- Provides administrative support for project attorneys, including maintaining client database and client files;
- Assists project attorneys in organizing trainings for staff, interns and volunteers;
- Coordinates, organizes and conducts outreach to underserved communities;
- Performs any other department or agency-related duties as directed by supervisor.
- Bachelor's degree;
- Fluency in Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, Haitian Creole or another language spoken in significant Brooklyn populations;
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written;
- Strong organizational and administrative skills;
- Ability to multitask, prioritize and work in a fast paced environment;
- Knowledgeable in legal systems & their impact on survivors of trauma, immigrants, and indigent persons;
- Understanding of and ability to work with people of diverse national, ethnic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Minimum Education Required