Volunteer Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary range starts at $47,000 and is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.



Application Deadline



520 8th Avenue
New York
New York
United States


The Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit organization that works to create a more effective and humane justice system by performing original research and helping launch reforms around the world. The Center creates operating projects that have been documented to improve public safety and reduce the use of jail and prison. Nationally and internationally, the Center performs original research on topics of justice reform and provides consulting services to criminal justice innovators.

Legal Hand, operated by the Center for Court Innovation, is a network of storefront centers that train community volunteers to provide free legal information, assistance, and referrals to people with civil legal problems. The program seeks to solve issues in areas like housing, public benefits, employment, family law, and immigration before they become emergencies that must be litigated in court. Currently, Legal Hand operates in Brooklyn and Queens.

The Legal Hand project is seeking a Volunteer Coordinator for the Brownsville location of Legal Hand.  Reporting to the Director of Legal Hand, the Volunteer Coordinator oversees the volunteer recruitment, site administration, and outreach to community partners to build a strong network for reaching clients and providing services. The Volunteer Coordinator must also be able to create a warm and welcoming environment for volunteers and visitors to the site. See below for a more detailed list of responsibilities and qualifications.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

·        Recruit volunteers to participate in the Legal Hand program every six months

·        Supervise volunteers as they provide guidance, offer information, and assist clients, including some evening and weekend hours

·        Manage and supervise Housing Resource program and staff

·        Conduct outreach on an ongoing basis for new volunteers and clients

·        Attend local community board meetings and events held by local elected officials

·        Screen cases that are referred to attorney for legal advice

·        Organize volunteer schedules and staffing

·        Coordinate with attorney on establishing community clinics and workshops, and establishing policy and procedures for legal referrals

·        Support and supervise ongoing volunteer training and appreciation events

·        Organize and staff community workshops and legal clinics

·        Maintain policy and procedure for data collection, recording and reporting

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2  years experience in a related area. Excellent written skills are a must. Candidate must be skilled communicator able to work in multi-disciplinary settings and maintain strong relationships with multiple agencies and organizations both onsite and in the community.

Position Type: Full-time, evening and weekend hours required.

Legal Hand is open Monday through Saturday to accommodate visitors. Exact hours are flexible and based on volunteer availability.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

How to apply: 


Send resume, cover letter, salary requirements and a writing sample with Volunteer Coordinator | Brownsville in the subject line to: jobs@legalhand.org

If you are unable to access email, you may submit materials by mail or fax to:


Center for Court Innovation

520 Eighth Avenue

New York, NY 10018


(212) 397-0985


The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer. The Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other category protected by law. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities as well as individuals with prior contact with the criminal justice system.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete an employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Visit our website at www.courtinnovation.org.

The Center for Court Innovation is a project of the Fund for the City of New York.