Details: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience
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The Veteran Advocacy Project (VAP) at the Urban Justice Center seeks applicants for a benefits advocate. The position will manage outreach at our medical-legal partnerships (MLPs) with Vet Centers around New York City and represent veterans and their families in public benefits cases. Applicants with knowledge of VA benefits are strongly encouraged to apply.
We are looking for a candidate who is passionate about veterans and social justice.
VAP is partnered with VA hospitals, health clinics, and local veterans’ groups to reach veterans and their families where they are. With a dedicated team of attorneys and advocates, VAP works tirelessly to tackle veterans’ legal challenges and connect clients to appropriate programs. Through these services, our project helps veterans achieve the stability needed to regain their health and rebuild their lives.
The advocate will be responsible for intake at our MLPs, managing MLP relationships, and providing direct services: benefits assistance to veterans and their families in fair hearings and potentially at the VA.
Military experience or prior work with veterans is a plus. No JD applicants please.
- Represent clients in administrative hearings;
- Conduct intake at Vet Centers around New York City, conduct training on benefits for clients and partners’ staff;
- Provide telephone and/or written advice to clients;
- Research legal issues, with a focus on public benefits;
- Provide thorough referrals to connect clients with other services;
- Work with other staff on case strategies and integration of services to meet clients’ needs;
- Track client information in our database, prepare reports for grants/funding sources, attend meetings, perform administrative tasks related to the work.
- Minimum 2 years of experience working on public benefits, including attending Fair Hearings (or experience working on VA claims);
- Demonstrated commitment to social justice;
- Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills;
- Efficient and meticulous attention to detail;
- Effective communication skills, including the ability to work with people living with mental illness, substance use problems, and traumatic brain injury;
- Ability to work independently with strong motivation, to manage a high client load, to meet deadlines, and to be flexible.
The Urban Justice Center and Veteran Advocacy Project are an equal opportunity employers. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status.
extremely generous benefits package including 20 vacation days, no employee health-care contribution, 401K, and more.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com with “Benefits Advocate” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.