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830 Bergen Avenue
STAFF ATTORNEY JOB DESCRIPTION
THE WATERFRONT PROJECT
The Waterfront Project stands up for Hudson County’s most vulnerable residents - the working poor, seniors, veterans, the homeless, and those living with disabilities. Our work resists the forces of gentrification that displace long term, low-income residents from their communities.
WFP clients face frivolous lawsuits, harassment, deplorable housing conditions, and illegal rent overcharges. WFP offers housing and financial counselling to empower our clients. WFP is the only HUD Certified Housing Counselling Agency located in Jersey City. When WFP clients’ housing or consumer debt problems require the intervention of a lawyer, our staff attorneys step in to provide free legal representation. WFP attorneys also provide free transactional legal assistance to seniors by drafting last will and testaments, powers of attorney, and living wills.
Please review www.thewaterfrontprojec.org to learn more.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Staff Attorney will be responsible for providing legal representation, assisting with community outreach and coalition work, and contributing to general office functions.
The Staff Attorney will provide direct legal representation to tenants in the area of landlord-tenant law, including civil proceedings in Housing Court, affirmative litigation, hearings and appeals before various municipal rent leveling boards and housing authorities.
• Conducting client intakes in person, by telephone, and at community organizations;
• Providing clients with advice, brief service, and direct representation;
• Assisting clients in completing relevant applications and forms;
• Inputting and maintaining records in our case management system.
Community Outreach & Coalition Work
The position offers a unique opportunity to practice law while building collaborative relationships with local community-based organizations. Staff Attorney will also contribute to discussions regarding program development to maximize opportunities to serve the community.
• Conducting community outreach, trainings, and education;
• Creating and updating community educational and training materials;
• Identifying, developing, and commencing impact litigation or policy initiatives;
• Working in coalition with advocacy groups on policy issues;
• Participate in related coalition advocacy groups, committees, and taskforces
• Providing testimony on proposed legislation or other legislative body topics.
• J.D. and admission to the New Jersey State Bar;
• Well-organized, capable of managing a diverse caseload, and demonstrated ability to balance multiple competing deadlines;
• Ability to balance individual casework with community outreach or advocacy initiatives;
• Appreciation for cultural inclusion and personal commitment to growth in cultural awareness;
• Commitment to professional development (skill-building, goal-setting, and accountability)
• Language proficiency relevant to our clients, especially Spanish, a plus.
Pay and Benefits
This is a full-time, exempt position (40 hours per week). Some work will take place during nights and weekends. Salary is commensurate with educational background, skills, and professional experience. Comprehensive benefit package includes generous vacation and sick leave, along with health, dental, retirement, and transit benefits.
Equal Opportunity Employer
WFP is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, pregnancy or veteran status.
Email cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org at your earliest convenience. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
Level of Language Proficiency
English and Spanish
Minimum Education Required