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Workplace Justice Paralegal

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Make the Road New York
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New York, NY
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Published 25 days ago

Make the Road New York (MRNY) builds the power of immigrant and working-class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services. Make the Road New York operates community centers in Bushwick, Brooklyn; Jackson Heights, Queens; Port Richmond, Staten Island; Brentwood, Long Island and White Plains, Westchester County. With a membership of over 24,000, MRNY tackles the critical issues facing our communities, including workplace justice, tenants’ rights, immigrant and civil rights, public education, health care access, policing, and TGNCIQ justice. (TGNCIQ = transgender, gender non-conforming, intersex and queer)

MRNY is a multi-service organization. Our member-led organizing committees -- which work on the issues named above -- implement strategies to combat shared problems, and develop leadership and the capacity for civic participation. We also provide an array of high-quality bilingual services: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Spanish-language literacy, computer literacy, citizenship preparation, and in-school and after-school youth programs. Our health program offers facilitated enrollment into health insurance programs and SNAP benefits, a community health worker home visit program, nutrition education and emergency food pantries, health care navigation, and more. We have a robust legal program that offers direct representation across a spectrum of practice areas, including employment law, immigration law, housing and benefits, and TGNCIQ civil rights; we also take on impact litigation as a strategy for achieving broad change. 

Legal and Support Services at Make the Road New York:

The Department of Legal and Support Services at MRNY works to strengthen the organization’s organizing work by (1) helping to envision and implement leverage strategies (including strategic litigation) that support our organizing campaigns; (2) providing technical legal support for policy work; and (3) providing legal and support services to meet the immediate needs of the community members who MRNY serves. The Department currently employs approximately 45 attorneys and advocates. Our legal team is integrated into all aspects of the organization’s work. 

Current Opening:

MRNY seeks a highly motivated, organized, and dedicated workplace justice paralegal to join our Workplace Justice Legal Team for a 1-year funded position supporting the implementation of the newly won Excluded Workers Fund (EWF) in NY State. The workplace justice paralegal will be a key staff member contributing to the Workplace Justice Team’s vision, delivering application support and legal services to primarily Spanish-speaking clients. Currently, our offices are open on a limited-basis and we are operating mostly remotely until December 31, 2021. This position will be mostly remote as well, but may require in-person attendance at clinics as needed at any one of our office or other community locations, and will eventually require regular travel to either our Bushwick, Brooklyn or Jackson Heights, Queens office once we resume regular in-person office hours in 2022. 

Our Workplace Justice Team handles a wide range of employment-related legal matters facing our members and provides strategic support on statewide worker organizing. Casework will include assisting clients to apply for the Excluded Workers Fund (EWF), assisting with EWF application appeals and related advocacy issues, as well as general support on issues of wage theft, employment discrimination, accessing workers' compensation benefits, health & safety issues on the job, and expanding workers’ rights protections.

Job responsibilities of the paralegal will include, among other things:

  • Reaching out to prospective clients and scheduling prospective client meetings; 
  • Conduct preliminary intake with clients and gather information to assess eligibility for the EWF program or other forms of legal relief;
  • Collect and review/analyze documents electronically or by other means;
  • Assist clients to fill out online applications and respond to requests for additional information, including assisting to obtain information and documents when necessary, and following up with clients via phone/text, email and regular mail
  • Perform initial analysis of facts, and manage subsequent correspondence with clients and other parties including administrative agencies to track case progress;
  • Handle an employment law caseload that involves a range of advocacy, and may include direct negotiation with employers, drafting demand letters, and assisting workers file administrative complaints;
  • Data entry in internal and external data management systems according to team’s workflow system, including Salesforce and Capricorn;
  • Maintain case data and files and cooperate with data entry and reporting requirements; 
  • Conduct Know Your Rights workshops both internally and externally at partner organizations and community events;
  • Create know your rights materials for clients, coalition partners, and community members;
  • Provide translation and interpretation for clients, members, and in organizational and coalition support;
  • Participate in workplace justice team, legal department and organization wide meetings.

 Minimum Requirements:

  • Eligibility to work in the U.S.
  • Spanish language fluency
  • Interpersonal and organizational skills of the highest caliber
  • Experience and fluency using technology and software programs, including but not limited to computers, scanners, cell phones and related applications such as WhatsApp, Google Voice, Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Google Suite, Salesforce, etc.
  • Excellent writing skills and careful attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Flexible schedule and availability for occasional weekend work
  • Experience working with or as a member of communities that make up major portions of MRNY’s membership and client base: documented and undocumented immigrants, low-income workers, survivors of domestic violence, TGNCIQ people, those who have interacted with the criminal legal system, and youth

Preferred, but not Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • At least 1 year of experience as a paralegal, legal advocate, or case manager with at least 1 year of relevant experience with employment law topics, preferably wage and hour law.
  • Interest in work supporting community organizing, campaigns, and policy and advocacy initiatives:

The position is full-time (40 hours / week) and offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience. Generous package of vacation, personal and sick days. Excellent health and dental coverage and family leave policies.

To Apply:

Please apply with a cover letter, resume, and writing sample in Make the Road New York's Career Center.

Applications accepted until position is filled.  

MRNY is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse staff. Women, TGNCIQ people, people with disabilities, and BIPOC strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, genetic information, disability or marital status. 

Make the Road New York (MRNY) builds the power of immigrant and working-class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services. Make the Road New York…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near New York, NY
Associated Location
New York, NY, USA

How to Apply

Please apply with a cover letter, resume, and writing sample in Make the Road New York's career center.

Applications accepted until position is filled.  

Please apply with a cover letter, resume, and writing sample in Make the Road New York's career center.

Applications accepted until position is filled.  

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