Health Justice & Immigration Staff Attorney/Project Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Details: NYLPI offers a competitive salary



Application Deadline



151 West 30th Street
11th Floor
New York
United States


New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a community-driven civil rights organization, seeks a Staff Attorney/Project Manager in its Health Justice Program to promote access to healthcare for immigrant New Yorkers and develop advocacy strategies to address health disparities and discrimination. 

The Health Justice program brings a racial justice and immigrant rights focus to health care advocacy in New York City and State. In partnership with individuals and community-based organizations, we use a wide range of advocacy tools – including community organizing, coalition-building, individual representation, impact litigation, and legislative advocacy – to advance four broad goals: (1) challenge health disparities; (2) eliminate racial and ethnic discrimination and systemic and institutional barriers that limit access to healthcare; (3) promote immigrant and language access to healthcare; and (4) address the social determinants of health so that all New Yorkers can live healthier lives.

About the role:

The Staff Attorney/Project Manager will take on existing advocacy and have the opportunity to lead and collaborate on new campaigns. They will engage in legal, policy, and administrative advocacy, as well as community organizing and outreach, coalition-building, and media work. The Staff Attorney/Program Manager will spend a portion of their time leading NYLPI’s “UndocuCare” campaign. Responsibilities include direct immigration representation for a limited number of people with serious health conditions; analyzing health and immigration intakes completed by advocates and interns; performing outreach and education and coordinating screening clinics where valuable; strategizing campaign goals and structure and process; and developing systemic solutions informed by individual client work. The Attorney/Project Manager will participate in high-impact policy advocacy to promote access to healthcare for undocumented New Yorkers, and will have a central role on the Coverage 4 All Steering Committee. The Staff Attorney/Project Manager will also have the opportunity to develop their own initiatives to address community needs and to step in where issues arise in other health justice campaigns as desired, such as improving access to healthcare in immigration detention and reforming the City’s response to people experiencing mental health crises. The Staff Attorney/Project Manager will work both independently and in collaboration with other attorneys, community organizers, and communications and lobbying experts.

About UndocuCare:

The UndocuCare campaign developed out of a great unmet need in New York City. Over the past five years, NYLPI’s team has become deeply knowledgeable about the intersection of immigration and health and has developed a practice taking on complex cases in a holistic manner. The team includes the Attorney/Project Manager, Bilingual Immigrant Health Advocate, and legal and social work interns, and it receives support from NYLPI’s other attorneys, advocates, and community organizers. Although leading the “UndocuCare” work will be an initial important aspect of the position, it will not be the sole advocacy engagement. 



  • Attorney in good standing and licensed to practice law in New York or eligible for admission to the New York bar at the time of hiring (must be admitted within one year of hire)
  • At least three years of experience representing clients in affirmative immigration applications and petitions such as asylum, I-130 and I-485 petitions, U- and T- Nonimmigrant status, and deferred action
  • Commitment to health care advocacy
  • Excellent writing, analytic and public speaking skills and ability to be flexible in approach and strategy
  • Excellent leadership skills, strategic judgment, entrepreneurial spirit, and the drive to originate and effectuate challenging campaigns


  • At least five years of experience with legal, policy and/or administrative advocacy
  • Exposure to health care systems and/or Medicaid a plus
  • Experience working with coalitions of community members and community-based organizations highly valued
  • Experience with defensive immigration practice a plus
  • Proficiency in Spanish strongly preferred

NYLPI offers a competitive salary and comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including health insurance, short- and long-term disability and life insurance, an outstanding retirement savings plan, and fifteen (15) days of vacation during the first year of employment.  


For more than 40 years, NYLPI has been a leading civil rights advocate for New Yorkers marginalized by race, immigration status, poverty, neighborhood pollution, and disabilities. NYLPI pioneered the practice of community lawyering in the five boroughs of New York City. These communities shape our priorities, and their struggles for justice demand innovative solutions. Our interdisciplinary teams of advocates use every tool available – community organizing, impact litigation and individual representation, policy advocacy, media, pro bono partnerships, and public education – to solve seemingly intractable problems, develop leaders, and build collective power to achieve justice. We strive to create equal access to health care, achieve equality of opportunity and self-determination for people with disabilities, ensure immigrant opportunity, strengthen local nonprofits, and secure environmental justice for low-income communities of color. To learn more about NYLPI, visit


NYLPI offers a competitive salary and comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including health insurance, short- and long-term disability and life insurance, an outstanding retirement savings plan, and fifteen (15) days of vacation during the first year of employment.  

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual - Spanish

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with assessment of the pool beginning by October 31, 2018. Submit applications to with the words “Attention: Health Justice & Immigration Staff Attorney/Project Manager Position.” Applications must include:

(1)   detailed cover letter, including the applicant’s specific answer to the following required question: How have your personal background and experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural competency and diversity?

(2)   resume

(3)   writing sample

(4)   three references (including daytime telephone numbers)

We strongly encourage candidates fluent in multiple languages and candidates from historically oppressed groups to apply. We are committed to advancing social justice and civil rights in our advocacy, and we value the dynamism and perspective that staff diversity brings to the work and culture of the office. We strive to promote behaviors, attitudes and policies that enable us to work inclusively and effectively in cross-cultural situations with clients, co-workers, and community partners. We actively recruit and seek to grow and maintain a staff that is diverse along many axes, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, and national origin; disability; socioeconomic background; and sexual orientation and gender identity.