PARALEGAL (Temporary Full time)

Job Type

Full Time
Temporary

Published

10/29/2018

Address

105 Court Street
Brooklyn
New York
11201
United States

Description

*This position is located in Brooklyn*

BROOKYLN LEGAL SERVICES SEEKS TEMPORARY PARALEGAL ADVOCACY FOR

DISABILITY ADVOCACY PROJECT


Project Description


Brooklyn Legal Services seeks a Temporary Paralegal Advocate for its Disability Advocacy Project. It is anticipated that this position will be for a period of six months. The DAP Project assists low-income residents of Brooklyn who seek federal Social Security benefits based on mental and/or physical disabilities.  The Project assists clients with case development, representation at administrative hearings, appeals and issues that arise after an award of benefits. We also collaborate with other providers and community partners to develop and implement strategies to remove systemic barriers to disability benefits.

Brooklyn Legal Services, part of Legal Services NYC, provides high-quality, innovative representation to address the pressing legal needs of Brooklyn’s diverse low-income population. BLS focuses on the problems that have the greatest impact on our clients — preserving affordable and decent housing, maintaining income support, redressing abusive lending and consumer practices, promoting family stability and mitigating the effects of domestic violence, and advocating for the disabled.


Roles and Responsibilities


The paralegal advocate will be responsible for case assessment, advocacy, and community outreach in Brooklyn. The paralegal advocate will appear in administrative proceedings before the Social Security Administration. The paralegal advocate will also investigate and develop disability claims, evaluate the merits of claims, prepare clients to testify at hearings, advocate at hearings including direct examination of clients and cross examination of experts, and prepare written arguments.


Experience and Qualifications


Applicants must have a commitment to social justice and working with low-income communities; excellent research and writing skills, and strong verbal communications skills. Applicants should be able to communicate effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and be able to conduct outreach events in low-income neighborhoods. A successful candidate for this position will be able to quickly get up to speed on the practice area and start to do hearings. Therefore, prior experience working with people with disabilities and with advocacy hearings is strongly preferred. Proficiency in Spanish is highly preferred.


How to Apply


Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to bkhiring@sbls.org. Please write “Temp DAP Paralegal Advocate ” in the subject line of the email. 

Please, no telephone calls.


Salary and benefits are determined by the LS-NYC Collective Bargaining Agreement.


Legal Services NYC is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, people over 40, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are strongly encouraged to apply.


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Benefits

Excellent medical, pre-tax flexible benefits for medical, vision, dental and eligible child care reimbursement; and retirement plans and generous paid annual and sick leave days.

Level of Language Proficiency

Proficiency in Spanish is highly preferred.

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

Other

How To Apply

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to bkhiring@sbls.org. Please write “Temp DAP Paralegal Advocate ” in the subject line of the email.  Please, no telephone calls. 


Position: Temporary full-time. Please review description for position responsibilities, experience and qualifications.


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