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 The Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) is a non-profit civil rights organization that serves New York City and the seven suburban New York counties of Dutchess, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester. Our mission is to: 1) eliminate housing discrimination; 2) promote policies and programs that foster open, accessible, and inclusive communities; and, 3) strengthen enforcement of fair housing laws. 


POSITION SUMMARY:  The Staff Attorney is responsible for assisting the Legal Director with the coordination of FHJC’s legal program and compliance work, particularly as it relates to disability discrimination. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, making legal referrals, providing legal assistance, preparing reasonable accommodation and modification requests for FHJC clients, managing the Adele Friedman Housing Accessibility Fund; conducting compliance monitoring activities; reviewing intake and investigative files; and assisting with the supervision legal interns. The Staff Attorney works closely with the Legal Director, Executive Director, Board of Directors and FHJC’s Legal Counsel on cases brought by the FHJC.  Qualified applicants should be licensed to practice law in New York although the position does not involve direct representation of clients. This is a full-time position that offers health insurance.

REPORTS TO: Legal Director and Executive Director

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assists with the recruitment of new cooperating attorneys and partnerships with area law firms to provide legal representation to FHJC clients
  • Participates in training for FHJC cooperating attorneys and in other public presentations

·        Assists Legal Director with Supervision of legal interns

  • Provides ongoing information about legal developments and legal resources available to cooperating attorneys and FHJC staff

·        Works closely with cooperating attorneys to provide legal resources and post-referral assistance and support

·        Works closely with administrative enforcement agencies to ensure that referred complaints are fully investigated in a timely manner

  • Works with FHJC Staff to develop and implement systemic investigations that may form the basis for legal challenges designed to secure compliance with fair housing laws and obtain community-based remedies, including the creation of more open, accessible, and inclusive communities.

·        Assists with the preparation of responses to interrogatories and subpoenas for documents and depositions involving FHJC staff

·        Participates in compliance monitoring activities related to settlements and orders in cases where the FHJC has been a plaintiff

·        Manages the Adele Friedman Housing Accessibility Fund to ensure that funds are being used appropriately in cases where reasonable modification requests have been made. 

  • Regularly meets with FHJC intake and investigative staff to discuss the status of housing discrimination complaints and investigations
  • Confers with FHJC Staff about making referrals to the appropriate administrative agencies and/or FHJC cooperating attorneys

·        Works closely with FHJC Intake Personnel to ensure that complaints are timely and fully jurisdictional and that they are supported by credible and admissible evidence

·        Complies with established procedures for handling, storage and control of evidence obtained from investigations, complainants and/or witnesses

·        Maintains accurate and complete information in electronic files regarding all job duties

·        Participates in regular staff meetings

·        Participates in fair housing training programs, conferences, and other FHJC activities when authorized to do so

·        Performs other duties as assigned by the Legal Director or Executive Director


QUALIFICATIONS:

·        J.D. required

·        Minimum one year of experience working on legal cases and/or policy issues related to fair housing

·        Excellent legal research and analytical skills

·        Excellent written and oral communication skills

·        Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with diverse groups of people and organizations

·        Knowledgeable about fair housing laws and policy issues

·        Computer literate, experienced user of Microsoft applications (e.g. WORD, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Visio, etc.)

·        Reliable, detail-oriented, exceptionally well-organized, and able to work independently

·        Commitment to vigorous enforcement of fair housing and fair lending laws

 The Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) is a non-profit civil rights organization that serves New York City and the seven suburban New York counties of Dutchess, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester. Our mission is to: 1…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    June 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    April 30, 2021
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Professional Level
    Executive

Benefits

This is a full-time position that offers health insurance. 

This is a full-time position that offers health insurance. 

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual in English/Spanish helpful, but not required.

Bilingual in English/Spanish helpful, but not required.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Queens, NY
Associated Location
Queens, NY

How to Apply

Interested applicants must respond by April 30, 2021 by submitting a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to the attention of Fred Freiberg, Executive Director, Fair Housing Justice Center, Inc. either by email to fhjc@fairhousingjustice.org or by mail to 30-30 Northern Blvd., Ste. 302, Long Island City, 11101. Equal Opportunity Employer. No calls, please. 

Interested applicants must respond by April 30, 2021 by submitting a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to the attention of Fred Freiberg, Executive Director, Fair Housing…

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