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The Sylvia Rivera Law Project is Hiring a Director of Legal Services!

Read more about our mission, the position, work, compensation, and qualifications below.


SRLP’S Mission

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. We seek to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. We believe that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, we must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence.


SRLP’s Direct Services Team

SRLP provides legal services with the understanding that real improvements in our community members’ lives will not come within a legal system that intentionally perpetuates wealth disparity, racism, hetero-normativity, and ableism. This system can only thrive when those people at the margins – poor people, people of color, immigrants, transgender people, gender non-conforming people, intersex people, queer people, and people with disabilities – are under surveillance, manipulated, imprisoned, and killed by people in power. Therefore, the legal remedies that are available in our current system can only have limited impact and more often than not, serve more to legitimize and perpetuate the legal system than to actually help people survive.

Legal services are a means to that end – building the capacity of our community to survive, resist marginalization, organize, build community, shift power and thrive.


Job Opening: Director of Legal Services 

SRLP is hiring a Director of Legal Services to support our Direct Services Team in providing zealous advocacy for our clients and communities. The Director of Legal Services will be one of two staff attorney positions on the collective. Both staff attorneys will practice movement lawyering as they ensure members’ survival needs are met while also using impact litigation to remove barriers and change policy and institutions. The position is full-time offering some remote work along with COVID safety informed practices.

Job Description

The Director of Legal Services will be responsible for providing general direct legal services, advocacy, and training and public education. The Director of Legal Services will report to all members of the Direct Services Team, Staff, and Collective. The Director of Legal Services will have to balance the various aspects of working as an attorney on a collective which includes client work, organizational work (such as budgeting), and collaborative projects within the collective (such as political education campaigns). A willingness to be flexible and deconstruct the inherent power dynamics of being an attorney is of most importance. Positions responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

Legal:

  • Provide full robust direct legal services to a caseload of 20 low-income TGNC clients per fiscal year for our Survival and Self Determination Project and Immigrant Justice Project which includes representation in a number of courts and administrative fora, primarily name change court, Social Security hearings, Fair Hearings, immigration court, Supreme Court, and the Commission on Human Rights.
  • Regularly meet clients in their homes or, when necessary, in hospitals, jails and prisons; 
  • Participate in external coalitions with agencies or advocacy to change policies impacting our low-income, people of color, immigrant and/or incarcerated TGNC community members;
  • Conduct client intake and provide appropriate referrals or advice when appropriate; 
  • Provide KYR trainings to community members and legal trainings, speaking engagements to service providers and institutions;
  • Maintain complete and organized case files and input into legal dept database in a timely manner; 
  • Adhere to all grant reporting requirements as directed by collective.  

Collective:

  • Attend weekly co-supervision meetings with staff;
  • Attend weekly case-list meetings with the Direct Services Team;
  • Participate in Anti-Oppression work;
  • Attend weekly all staff meetings;
  • Co-create and participate in DST and organizational budgeting and work plans;
  • Joining two of our collective teams; 
  • Attend monthly collective meetings and quarterly retreats. 

Project-related 

  • Co-direct robust internship and pro bono projects with Movement Building Team;
  • Co-supervise the Director of Litigation and the Director of Client Services to brainstorm and develop impact litigation strategies to remove barriers to TGNC liberation;
  • Work directly with our Director of Client Services to conduct intake clinics as well as return calls, emails, and other inquiries from community members.  

Collaborative Projects:

  • Drafting “Know Your Rights” materials and conduct trainings for community members and service providers; 
  • Provide legal observing at various SRLP events and actions.

Experience and Qualifications

Applicants must have:

  • Law degree and admission to the New York State Bar;
  • At least six years as an attorney or legal advocate working within immigration law, prisoner’s rights, civil litigation, and/or administrative law;
  • A demonstrated commitment to gender self-determination, transformative justice, abolition, movement litigation, racial, economic, and disability justice;
  • Extensive experience working with low-income TGNC communities of color;
  • Experience and commitment working with organizers and within movements;
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills; 
  • Ability to create public education materials centered in SRLP’s values and mission;
  • Strong verbal communications skills and experience in working in collaborative environments; 
  • Strong interest in implementing creative litigation strategies; 
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to manage complex cases and competing deadlines. Must be able to communicate boundaries effectively and clearly;
  • The ability to communicate effectively and compassionately with individuals from diverse backgrounds—including transgender and gender non-conforming people, people living with HIV/AIDS, people with mental illness, and people who have experienced significant trauma;
  • Strong supervision skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Fluency in Spanish;
  • Bar admission in the Southern and/or Eastern District of New York;
  • Experience in drafting and filing on a state or federal level;
  • Experience in criminal defense;
  • Experience with legal strategic planning;
  • Experience working in non-hierarchical settings;
  • Knowledge and practice in collective decision making processes. 


*Please note this is a full-time position with remote options and COVID safety office practices


How to Apply:

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and three references to Hiring Committee at hiring@srlp.org.

Applications without a cover letter, resume, and references will not be considered. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

***People of color, trans people, women, people with intersex conditions or DSDs, people who have lived in poverty, people with disabilities, immigrants, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer people are strongly encouraged to apply*** 

SRLP is an equal opportunity employer. Trans, gender non-conforming and intersex people and people of color, people with disabilities, formerly incarcerated people, and people from low-income backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.


No phone calls please. We will only contact applicants we intend to interview.

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project is Hiring a Director of Legal Services!

Read more about our mission, the position, work, compensation, and qualifications below.


SRLP’S Mission

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Experience Level
    Mid-level/Managerial
Salary
At least USD $100,000
/ year
Consistent with our values as a collective, all staff receive salaries based on the same hourly rate. An increased salary is possible based on need, such as for people supporting family members.

Benefits

These positions are both full-time, salaried positions with medical, dental and optical benefits as well as three weeks paid vacation and a monthly healthcare affirming reimbursement stipend. 

These positions are both full-time, salaried positions with medical, dental and optical benefits as well as three weeks paid vacation and a monthly healthcare affirming…

Location

On-site
147 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011, USA

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How to Apply:


To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and three references to Hiring Committee at hiring@srlp.org.


Applications without a cover letter, resume, and references will not be considered. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


***People of color, trans people, women, people with intersex conditions or DSDs, people who have lived in poverty, people with disabilities, immigrants, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer people are strongly encouraged to apply*** 


SRLP is an equal opportunity employer. Trans, gender non-conforming and intersex people and people of color, people with disabilities, formerly incarcerated people, and people from low-income backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.


No phone calls please. We will only contact applicants we intend to interview.

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