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NYCHA Supervising Attorney, Tenants’ Rights Unit

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About NYLAG 

Founded in 1990, the New York Legal Assistance Group provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. The organization serves immigrants, seniors, the homebound, families facing foreclosure, renters facing eviction, low-income consumers, those in need of government assistance, children in need of special education, domestic violence victims, persons with disabilities, patients with chronic illness or disease, low-wage workers, low-income members of the LGBTQ community, Holocaust survivors, and others in need. The organization’s annual operating budget is over $30 million. Serving more than 87,000 New Yorkers annually, New York Legal Assistance Group maintains a paid staff of approximately 290, supported by 2,200 pro bono attorneys and other volunteers and interns. For more information, applicants are encouraged to visit www.nylag.org. 

 

Mission  

The New York Legal Assistance Group uses the power of the law to help New Yorkers in need combat social and economic injustice. We address emerging and urgent legal needs with comprehensive, free civil legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community education.  

 

Values that guide us 

  • We reduce the effects of poverty by providing high quality, effective civil legal services.   
  • We partner with our clients to help them transform their lives and strengthen their communities. 
  • We address our clients’ multiple legal needs by collaborating across our practice areas.  
  • We are at the forefront of identifying and understanding New Yorkers’ most pressing legal needs, rapidly adapting to meet these needs with innovative programs and partnerships.  
  • We assess need broadly, recognizing that need is not a function of income alone. 
  • We collaborate with community organizations and engage pro bono attorneys and volunteers to serve a greater number of people with unmet civil legal needs.  
  • We achieve systemic change through class actions, impact litigation and by advocating for just laws and policies. 
  • We work to create a welcoming and inclusive work environment that reflects the communities we serve. 
  • We teach and train the next generation of legal service professionals. 

 

Job Description:  

As NYC’s Universal Access initiative continues to expand the right to counsel to all New Yorkers facing eviction in communities burdened by systemic socioeconomic barriers, NYLAG’s Tenants’ Rights Unit (“TRU”) has an exciting Supervising Attorney position available to supervise TRU’s work representing clients in NYCHA administrative proceedings. We are looking for an experienced attorney with strong leadership and management skills who is passionate about asserting tenants’ public housing rights, fighting hard to defend NYCHA tenants in termination of tenancy proceedings, and asserting claims on behalf of NYCHA tenants in administrative and judicial fora. 

  

This position offers the right candidate the opportunity to develop a program for what Right to Counsel looks like at NYCHA’s hearing office and how other NYCHA matters, such as Article 78s, Remaining Family Member claims, Rent Grievances, and Section 8 termination proceedings fit into a holistic NYCHA representation model. In this role, you will supervise TRU attorneys and paralegals who are handling NYCHA administrative cases and coordinate with TRU’s management team to ensure coordinated representation in companion Housing Court cases.  

 

You will be joining a collaborative and collegial management team consisting of 10 Supervising Attorneys, an Associate Director, and Director, which works closely to shape the direction of the unit, strengthen and support its litigation and advocacy, develop trainings, coach and mentor staff, and identify systemic housing issues to raise the level of practice. The ideal candidate will have some supervisory and/or leadership experience as an attorney (or in another role) and extensive experience representing NYC tenants in NYCHA termination of tenancy proceedings, non-payments, holdovers, and HP Actions.  

 

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Provide strategic leadership and direction, train, supervise, and mentor attorneys, paralegals and interns 
  • Review and revise attorneys’ written legal work to enhance its efficacy and equip staff to improve their legal writing 
  • Prepare staff attorneys and paralegals to excel at administrative and court appearances and appear with them as necessary 
  • Oversee NYCHA intake and supervise TRU’s hotline with other supervisors 
  • Manage internal and community partner NYCHA-related referrals 
  • Ensure compliance with grant reporting and data entry requirements in case management system and files 
  • Model and maintain a professional and collegial work environment that fosters excellent legal outcomes, effective teamwork, and clear communication 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with community-based organizations, advocates, government agencies, elected officials, and the courts 
  • Participate in working groups and other meetings regarding the implementation of Right to Counsel 
  • Collaborate and provide trainings and know-your-rights workshops to staff and community members. 

Qualifications: 

  • At least four years of experience as an admitted attorney 
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and social justice 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage a team 
  • Admitted to New York Bar 
  • At least two years of experience representing tenants in NYC Housing Court and NYCHA administrative proceedings 
  • Have strong interpersonal, communication, time management and organizational skills. Ability to multi-task, work independently in a fast-paced environment and to be flexible. 
  • Supervisory experience as an attorney a plus 
  • ·        luency in Spanish, French, Russian, Haitian Creole, Bengali, or another foreign language prevalent in NYC a plus 

 

NYLAG’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion 

NYLAG is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, veterans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and those with lived experiences in the communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply. 

 

Employment type 

Full-time 

Part-time 

Temporary 

 

Professional Level:  

Entry Level 

Professional 

Managerial 

 

Salary: Candidates with four years of legal experience are eligible for the position of Associate Supervising Attorney, which currently has an annual salary of $79,541.99. Candidates with five or more years of legal experience are eligible for the position of Supervising Attorney, which currently starts at a salary of $84,418.42 with increases for each additional year of experience.  

 

Benefits: Excellent benefits. 

 

How to Apply: Please attach your cover letter and resume as a single PDF and name the file “Your Last Name, Your First Name NYLAG TRU NYCHA Supervising Attorney Application”  

 

About NYLAG 

Founded in 1990, the New York Legal Assistance Group provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. The organization serves immigrants, seniors, the homebound, families facing foreclosure, renters facing…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Professional Level
    Managerial

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near New York, NY
Associated Location
1001 Pearl Street, Floor 19, New York, NY 10038

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