Staff Attorney

Job Type

Full Time


Details: The salary depends on experience and includes generous benefits.




New York
New York
United States


Advocates for Children of New York, Inc. (AFC) is seeking an attorney with strong advocacy skills to fight for the rights of New York City students who are deprived of necessary educational services. This attorney will litigate the educational rights of low-income parents of New York City students (primarily students with disabilities) in administrative proceedings to obtain appropriate educational services. The attorney will perform all phases of representation: from assessing cases and researching and identifying appropriate placements and services, to drafting pleadings and motions, to participating in school meetings, and to litigating cases at administrative hearings. The attorney may also assist in systemic efforts in policy advocacy and litigation regarding education in New York City. The attorney will also conduct trainings and workshops on educational rights for parents, students and professionals.

AFC is a not-for-profit organization that works to ensure a high-quality education for New York students who face barriers to academic success, focusing on students from low-income backgrounds. AFC works on behalf of children and youth who are at greatest risk of academic failure due to poverty, race, ethnicity, disability, homelessness, immigration status/limited English proficiency, sexual orientation, gender identity, or involvement in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems. We use uniquely integrated strategies to advance systemic reform, empower families and communities, and advocate for the educational rights of individual students.


• Law degree, with admission to the NYS bar preferred;

• Demonstrated commitment to serving the public interest;

• Experience working with children or families;

• Experience in education advocacy, disability rights, or a related field;

• Excellent oral and written communication skills;

• Organizational skills, initiative, flexibility, and experience working with a diverse team;

• Proficiency in a language other than English, particularly Spanish, is preferred. 


The salary depends on experience and includes generous benefits.

AFC is an affirmative action employer that actively encourages applications from a broad spectrum of people, including people of color, with disabilities, and of diverse gender identities, sexual orientations and socioeconomic backgrounds.

For more information on AFC, see 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume with “Staff Attorney” in the subject line to Candidates should highlight any personal or professional experience that demonstrates their connection to the populations that AFC serves. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis starting in August of 2018. The position will start in September of 2018. Only candidates being considered for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls, please.