Director (Homeowner Defense Project)

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary is commensurate with experience.




36 Richmond Terrace (across street from ferry)
Suite 205
Staten Island
New York
United States


Staten Island Legal Services (“SILS”) is part of Legal Services NYC, the largest provider of free civil legal services in the country. SILS provides high-quality, innovative representation to Staten Island’s low-income residents with pressing legal needs related to access to education, civil rights and language access, family law and domestic violence, foreclosure prevention and homeowner rights, eviction prevention and tenants’ rights, immigration and immigrants’ rights, and LGBT advocacy.

Staten Island has changed dramatically over the past twenty years. Significantly, poverty in Staten Island has increased by 90%, and it has a rapidly growing immigrant population. Staten Island is the only borough with no public hospital or extensive subway system, and it has the highest rate of death from opioid overdoses in NYC. In response to Staten Island’s growing poverty and legal needs, SILS has expanded from having a staff of four when we opened in 2004 to now having a staff of over 30.

SILS launched its Homeowner Defense Project (“HDP”) in 2006 to stem the foreclosure crisis sparked by predatory and discriminatory mortgage lending. SILS is the only agency located in Staten Island that provides comprehensive free legal representation and advocacy to low- and middle-income homeowners victimized by predatory lending, abusive loan servicing practices, other bank misconduct, or in distress resulting from tax/water/homeowner association/condo liens. Through a combination of federal and state litigation, policy advocacy, negotiation, and community education, SILS’ HDP is one of the most effective programs in the state, achieving affordable, long-term homeownership for its clients, and actively fighting for fair lending and financial justice.

SILS seeks a Director for its Homeowner Defense Project, which consists of three attorneys and three paralegals. The ideal candidate will be an energetic, committed, and compassionate leader, who will promote high quality legal work in the areas of foreclosure prevention and bank misconduct, and will be charged with forging initiatives to move the HDP in new directions, including expanding our bankruptcy practice and such growing practice areas as consumer and elder law. The Director may also supervise our new community economic development practice, which currently consists of one attorney.

The Director’s responsibilities include supporting and supervising staff in the areas described above, developing and implementing systemic advocacy and policy goals, and regularly engaging with Staten Island’s judges, politicians, service providers, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders. The Director’s duties also include grant writing, grant reporting and administration, as well as ensuring compliance with organization policies and regulations. The Director will join the leadership at SILS and be expected to actively support and participate in organization-wide initiatives.


•          Admission to New York Bar;

•          Demonstrated commitment to social justice and working with low-income clients and communities of color;

•          Minimum of five years of advocacy and litigation experience in areas such as foreclosure prevention, consumer justice, fair housing, civil rights, economic justice, and/or bankruptcy;

•          Experience with supervising legal work and working with large and diverse teams;

•          Knowledge of and passion for foreclosure prevention and lien/mortgage issues;

•          Excellent writing, communication, litigation, advocacy, multi-tasking, and organizational skills;

•          Experience with community engagement and education and ability to effectively lead outreach efforts;

•          Ability to identify challenges and trends that could be addressed by strategic action or systemic advocacy; and

•          Ability to build trust with people of diverse backgrounds, treat people with respect, and accurately identity staff’s and clients’ needs.

Interested individuals should e-mail a cover letter, resume, and two recent writing samples with the subject line “Director of HDP” to:

Benefits are the same as those provided to unionized staff pursuant to the Legal Services-NYC Collective Bargaining Agreement, and salary will be set commensurate with experience. Staten Island Legal Services is an equal opportunity employer and an organization committed to race, gender and economic justice in our work and within our workplace. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates of color, women, people with disabilities, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, and people of all ages.

Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

Job #50‑2018


Benefits include excellent health and dental insurance, an employer contribution to a pre-tax 403(b) pension plan, and generous leave time.  

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Interested individuals should e-mail a cover letter, resume, and two recent writing samples with the subject line “Director of HDP” to:

Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

Please refer to posting for full requirements in addition to education

State date: Immediately