Workers’ Rights Staff Attorney Positions

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



123 William Street
New York
New York
United States



The Community Development Project (CDP) at the Urban Justice Center seeks applicants for two staff attorney positions in our Workers’ Rights practice (“the practice”). The practice conducts legal services for community-based worker centers and organizations in all five boroughs of New York City, representing low-wage workers in domestic, retail, service, construction and manufacturing industries. The legal work of the practice supports the organizing campaigns of partner organizations and centers around federal and state court litigation of minimum wage and overtime violations, tip theft, labor trafficking, retaliation, discrimination, and sexual harassment claims. The practice conducts legal clinics at worker centers and community-based organizations and assists workers with complaints before New York and federal administrative agencies, including but not limited to the New York and U.S. Departments of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board. The successful candidate will be passionate about building collective worker power and advocating for low-wage workers, particularly immigrants and people of color connected to grassroots organizing campaigns and will have an understanding of working with organizers in CDP’s unique model.

What You Will Do:

  • Provide direct legal assistance to community groups and their members in the areas of labor and employment law, primarily wage and hour issues;
  • Represent low-wage workers in wage-and-hour actions in federal and state court, and before the New York State Department of Labor, in matters involving non-payment of wages, minimum wage and overtime violations, tip stealing, unlawful deductions, and employment discrimination;
  • Help train community groups and their members on workers’ rights;
  • Participate in internal governance functions of CDP.

Who You Are:

  • Admission to the New York Bar, and at least two years of relevant substantive legal experience required;
  • You enjoy and are experienced in working with a diverse team in a collaborative model that uplifts all voices on the team and prioritizes professional development. You are skilled in working together with various individuals and perspectives. You are able to work with individuals from various cultural and professional backgrounds;
  • You are a skilled communicator and have strong writing, analytical, and verbal communication skills.
  • You are a strategic thinker, problem solver, and can exercise good judgment;
  • Strong organizational skills required;
  • Federal court litigation experience is strongly preferred;
  • Legislative and/or regulatory advocacy experience is preferred; 
  • Experience working with low-wage, immigrant workers or other vulnerable communities is preferred;
  • Experience working with or in worker centers or other community-based organizations is preferred; and
  • Fluency in a foreign language is preferred.

Who We Are:

Background: The Community Development Project (CDP) provides legal, participatory research and policy support to strengthen the work of grassroots and community-based groups in New York City to dismantle racial, economic and social oppression. CDP employs a unique model of partnership with grassroots and community-based groups. Our partners take the lead in determining the priorities and goals for our work, and advance our understanding of justice. CDP’s current practice areas are capacity building, consumer justice, equitable neighborhoods, tenants' rights & housing justice, immigrants' rights, participatory research and policy, and workers’ rights. The Community Development Project is an equal opportunity employer. CDP encourages applications from people with diverse backgrounds, including women, people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, people from low-income backgrounds, and people with personal experience with the criminal justice system. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities we serve. 


Salary and compensation:

A salary competitive in the NYC legal services community and excellent benefits package is available, including generous vacation, personal, and sick time, along with strong medical and dental coverage. This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW, Local 2320.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in a foreign language is preferred.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Application instructions:

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter by email to, Attn: Tito Sinha. Please include “Workers’ Rights Staff Attorney” in the subject line. Applications should be submitted by August 27, 2018, and will be considered on a rolling basis until we fill the position.