BILINGUAL HOUSING ADVOCATE

Job Type

Full Time

Published

07/30/2018

Address

331 E. 70th Street
New York
NY
10021
United States

Description

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, widely recognized as one of New York’s premier human services providers, is a 124-year-old settlement house that provides an extensive array of effective and integrated services—social, educational, legal, health, housing, mental health, nutritional and fitness—which significantly improve the lives of 15,000 people in need each year, ages 3 to 103, on the East Side of Manhattan. Our constituents include older adults, homeless and formerly homeless adults, children and families, recent immigrants, people with disabilities, adult learners and thousands more. Our programs--staffed by social workers, educators, public interest lawyers, advocates and many, many others--include, in addition to the Legal Advocacy Department, an Early Childhood Center, RealArts After School Program and Summer Camp, Women’s Mental Health Shelter, permanent supportive housing residence, two Senior Centers, arts-based day program for adults living with dementia, Geriatric Care Management program for frail seniors, Food Services, Health and Wellness, Fitness & Aquatics, Adult Education and more. For more information on Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, please visit our website at www.lenoxhill.org.

Our Legal Advocacy Department provides free, comprehensive civil legal services to thousands of low-income individuals and families on the East Side of Manhattan, reaching those in our community who lack the means to secure their civil legal rights. Our twenty-three staff members assist over 5000 low-income individuals and families with diverse civil legal issues such as housing, health care, government benefits, and advance directives. We operate through a multidisciplinary holistic approach to legal representation, such that our clients receive assistance not only with their civil legal needs, but also have access to our social workers, psychiatrists, case managers, ESOL classes and more within our organization. This synergy of legal advocacy and social services creates a powerful tool to achieve social and legal justice for those in need. 

The Bilingual Housing Advocate will be an integral part of our civil legal services program and will: 

  • Conduct intake and interviews with potential clients in a variety of settings, including Housing Court, clinics, and tenants’ residences;
  • Obtain information necessary to determine program eligibility and collect documents vital to our provision of free legal assistance;
  • Prepare written correspondence to clients, community members, pro bono partners and other stakeholders;
  • Coordinate representation of tenants in multi-family buildings;
  • Interface with tenant organizations and community leaders;
  • Work collaboratively with attorneys as needed to provide legal services to clients in housing matters;
  • Advocate on behalf of clients with government agencies, landlords and others with regard to housing matters;
  • Engage in  community outreach about our program and services available;
  • Provide referrals and linkages to clients; and
  • Complete data entry and data management related to client matters, outreach and grant-related information.

Qualifications:

A successful candidate will demonstrate: strong attention to detail and organization; a high level of computer proficiency (with the ability to learn new technologies and databases); the ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines; excellent communication skills; the ability to respond sensitively to the needs of our clients; and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team to complete complex projects in a fast-paced environment. BA or BS degree is required. Spanish proficiency is required. Flexible hours required. Excellent benefits package is available. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Interested applicants should email a resume, cover letter, writing sample and list of at least three references to legalhiring@lenoxhill.org. No phone calls please.


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