Founded in 1990, New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) is a leading civil legal services organization combating economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. Our services include comprehensive, free civil legal services, financial empowerment, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community partnerships. NYLAG exists because wealth should not determine who has access to justice. We aim to disrupt systemic racism by serving individuals and families whose legal and financial crises are often rooted in racial inequality. NYLAG goes to where the need is, providing services in more than 150 community sites (e.g. courts, hospitals, libraries) and on our Mobile Legal Help Center. During COVID-19, most of our services are virtual to keep our community safe. NYLAG's staff of 320 impacted the lives of nearly 90,000 people last year.
New York Legal Assistance Group uses the power of the law to help New Yorkers experiencing poverty or in crisis combat economic, racial, and social injustice. We address emerging and urgent needs with comprehensive, free civil legal services, financial empowerment, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community partnerships. We aim to disrupt systemic racism by serving clients, whose legal and financial crises are often rooted in racial inequality.
Values that guide us
- We reduce the effects of poverty by providing high quality, effective civil legal services.
- We strive to serve individuals and communities through a race equity lens to counteract systemic racism.
- We work to create a welcoming and inclusive work environment that reflects the communities we serve.
- We achieve systemic change through class actions, impact litigation and by advocating for just laws and policies.
- 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 teach and train the next generation of legal service professionals.
NYLAG seeks a Director of Training to develop and lead the long-term training strategy that addresses how to most effectively promote the knowledge and skills necessary to provide high quality legal services to our clients. Reporting to the Managing Attorney, the Director will oversee the creation, organization, and implementation of substantive trainings for staff with an emphasis on client-centered, trauma-informed lawyering, litigation/advocacy skills, and the impact on systemic violence and racism on the communities with whom we work. The Director will also work closely with NYLAG’s leadership to provide ongoing substantive and skills training to attorneys across the organization, as well as ensure that all other professional staff members are provided appropriate training in their areas of practice. A main focus of their work will be assessing and expanding an existing organization-wide training program for new hires, to encompass trainings for advocates who are a part of New York City’s Right to Counsel in Housing Court program to ensure all under resourced New Yorkers facing eviction have an attorney to represent them in Housing Court.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Training and Professional Development
- Assess and develop recommendations on the training and professional development needs of NYLAG legal and non-legal staff prioritizing an equity, diversity and inclusion lens in all programming.
- Design and implement training and professional development curriculum across NYLAG utilizing both in-person and online platforms for delivery.
- Identify emerging training needs and develop new training modules, including ligation skills.
- Collaborate with Directors and support practice areas in developing and delivering specialized substantive trainings.
- Research and create training materials, practice guides, and toolkits for staff and volunteers to support continued professional development.
- Analyze data to identify opportunities for improving the efficacy and efficiency of training initiatives.
- Identify and coordinate internal and external trainers to facilitate in-house trainings.
- Research vendors to assist with the development and implementation of programs, as needed, to deepen the impact of professional development and substantive trainings.
- Work collaboratively with NYLAG’s Development unit in pursuing funding, donations, and other resources to accomplish training goals.
- Keep current with best practices and new technologies/innovations in training and design.
- All other duties as assigned to meet the needs of the workforce.
- JD with a minimum of five years practicing in any jurisdiction is required.
- Experience working in non-profit legal services or academia preferred.
- Prior experience representing tenants in NYC Housing Court or another jurisdiction, strongly preferred.
- Prior experience in another civil legal area of law in which NYLAG practices, such as immigration, family law, consumer law, or public benefits law, preferred
- Litigation and trial advocacy skills required.
- Ability to write clearly and effectively is essential.
- Strong track record in challenging and influencing stakeholders to approach all work with an equity lens.
- Experience in effectively collaborating with people with various backgrounds, identities, and professional roles.
- Demonstrated project management and implementation skills.
- Prior experience building a curriculum, ideally on substantive legal issues and skills.
- Ability to work independently on multiple projects simultaneously.
- High levels of motivation and flexibility.
- Supervisory experience, preferred.
- Strong understanding of adult learning principles.