Supervising Attorney, Employment Law Project

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: Salary is commensurate with experience.

Published

11/05/2018

Address

7 Hanover Square
18th Floor
New York
NY
10004
United States

Description

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:

The Employment Law Project (ELP) is seeking a highly motived, dynamic Supervising Attorney to join our team of experienced advocates representing low wage workers. The project provides much needed legal representation to workers who cannot afford private attorneys in cases involving employment discrimination, the Family and Medical Leave Act, paid sick leave, paid family leave, wage theft and/or unemployment insurance.  The Supervising Attorney will lead a team of advocates while maintaining their own caseload. The Supervising Attorney will be responsible for all aspects of the team’s performance, including supervision, performance, and grant compliance. The Supervising Attorney will foster and encourage teamwork, develop skills and knowledge of staff and collaborate with other NYLAG units/projects.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

·        Supervise and support ELP staff ensuring the quality of all legal work.

·        Oversee the project’s grants, including data gathering, deliverables, reporting, and audits.

·        Perform annual reviews of staff performance.

·        Monitor and maintain a high standard of representation and client service.

·        Maintain an individual caseload in proceedings before agencies, state and federal court.

·        Represent ELP at stakeholder meetings, legislative hearings, and policy and lobbying visits, as needed.

·        Assist with writing grant proposals and reports.

·        Foster and encourage teamwork and communication.

·        Reinforce and maintain staff accountability.

·        Develop and maintain relationships with community-based organizations, advocates, government agencies, elected officials, and the courts.

·        Conduct community education, training, and outreach and promote the work of the project.


Qualifications:

·        J.D. degree and admission to New York State Bar is required; admission to E.D.N.Y and S.D.N.Y preferred.

·        A minimum of 5 years of experience in employment law is required.

·        Experience in litigating federal court proceedings and arbitrations is preferred.

·        Demonstrated interest in social justice and worker’s rights.

·        Experience and desire to supervise and mentor project staff.

·        Ability to work in and value a collaborative team model.

·        Proficiency in Spanish strongly preferred.

·        Experience working with diverse populations.

·        Excellent written, oral and analytical skills.

 

Employment type:

Full-time

Professional Level:

Professional

Managerial



            

Benefits

Excellent benefits.

Professional Level

Managerial

Minimum Education Required

J.D.


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