Program Director - Law Project

Job Type

Full Time




West 109th Street
New York
New York

United States


Intro/Program Description: Goddard Riverside Community Center is committed to building community and enhancing the lives of vulnerable New Yorkers by meeting essential human needs. With 26 programs across 21 sites, Goddard Riverside is an advocate for the interests of our community members, as well as a provider of a continuum of vital services, including food and shelter programs, assistance for homeless and mentally ill men and women, and comprehensive educational, cultural and recreational programs for adults and children.

Goddard Riverside’s Law Project provides free legal services and organizing support to low-income individuals, families, and groups of tenants living in Single Room Occupancy and apartment buildings to preserve affordable housing and better living conditions. The Law Project staff consists of attorneys and tenant organizers who work together with individuals and groups of tenants who live on the west side of Manhattan, educate tenants about their rights, and work in coalition with other community groups on citywide campaigns. The Law Project assists tenants with solving a wide array of problems, including eviction, rent overcharge, harassment, illegal lockouts, lack of heat and hot water, and other poor building conditions.

Purpose of Position: The Program Director will manage and lead a community-based program providing legal services and organizing support to low-income tenants around housing-related needs.

Role, Responsibilities, and Essential Duties

  • Manage legal services program with $1.4M budget and staff of 12, including attorneys, organizers and administrative staff;
  • Maximize delivery of high quality legal services and organizing support to low-income individuals and families;
  • Work closely with supervising attorney and supervising organizer in the supervision of attorneys and organizers, respectively;
  • Oversee the representation of low-income individuals and groups in housing cases, including eviction-related and affirmative litigation, appellate practice, and administrative hearings.
  • Participate in developing organizing and legal strategies and priorities in furtherance of the Law Project’s mission and efforts to protect and preserve permanent affordable housing;
  • Participate in meetings, research and discussions, including internal agency meetings, community and citywide campaigns;
  • Oversee and report on government and private funding contracts and other grants; manage organizational budget;
  • Assist with agency wide policy issues and help coordinate work with Goddard Riverside lobbyist;
  • Recruit, hire and retain high quality and diverse staff;
  • Work collaboratively through coalitions with other community-based organizations and legal services providers;
  • Review all bills, invoices and petty cash receipts for program expenses.
  • Coordinate internship program, including Columbia University Law School student-led project & participating law school students in fall and spring semester internships

Qualifications/Educational Requirements

  • Admitted to the New York State Bar;
  • Demonstrated expertise and supervision in NYC landlord-tenant law;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Willingness to be flexible and think creatively in the provision of services to low-income clients;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice work;

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Fluency in Spanish language and knowledge about Single Room Occupancy housing a plus.
  • Experience in fundraising and grant writing;
  • Excellent writing, public speaking and advocacy skills;
  • Excellent organization and time management skills;

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should be:

  • Experience with Microsoft Office programs, especially Outlook, Word and Excel

Physical Requirements

  • Heavy computer and phone use
  • Occasional travel to other program locations, government agencies, courts, tenant buildings and community centers

Work Environment

  • Office


Excellent benefits!

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in Spanish a plus!

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required