Financial Counselor, Financial Counseling Division
- Job posted by New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)
Details: $45,892 to $52,118, depending on experience
7 Hanover Square
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.
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.
NYLAG's Financial Counseling Division (FCD) was established in 2009 and has since expanded to serve a wide range of clients, including victims of domestic violence and low-income New York City, Long Island, and Westchester residents. FCD provides services at NYLAG's 59 community-based intake sites throughout New York City, Long Island and Westchester, including via our work with Robinhood Foundation and Single Stop USA, JP Morgan Chase Foundation, UJA Federation of NY, HRA/OFE, Muriel Siebert Foundation, and the Mayor's Office for Immigration Affairs.
The financial counselor will work on a number of FCD projects that aim to counsel, coach, educate, protect, and empower low to moderate income New Yorkers and their families across the City, Long Island, and Westchester. The financial counselor will provide one on one assistance to help clients access and improve formal banking relationships, establish and rebuild credit, and organize their finances including empowering clients to budget and manage their debt, savings, benefits, and taxes to efficiently meet financial goals for the short and long term.
Duties and Responsibilities:
One-on-one financial counseling with low to moderate income New Yorkers at a variety of community based organizations and partner sites. Focus on credit building including helping clients to establish or improve their credit scores, accessing safe and affordable banking products and services, and organizing client finances to help prepare for taxes and prioritize expenses and debts for short and long term financial planning. In addition to one on one client counseling, the financial counselor will be expected to offer targeted workshops on the broad topics we cover including money mgmt., credit, consumer debt, student debt, and banking.
NYLAG seeks a highly motivated financial counselor with one at least one (1) year of direct financial counseling experience or similar direct service experience. Previous work with clients with disability is preferred. Experience and maturity in working with a diverse range of partners, funders, and clients. Energy and desire to travel across the NYC metro area in the field working directly with clients most days per week. Demonstrated capacity to work independently and strong desire to develop their financial counseling skill set. Bachelor degree minimum requirement. Advanced degrees, CFP, CFA and AFC certified applicants encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to those applicants with bilingual (written and spoken) ability in Spanish.
NYLAG’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
NYLAG is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, veterans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and those with lived experiences in the communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply.
Minimum Education Required