Brooklyn Legal Services (BLS) seeks a temporary intake paralegal to join the Tenant Rights Coalition (TRC) in our Brownsville office at 1709 Saint Mark’s Avenue. This is a six-month position starting mid-to-late July 2022 through January 2023.
BLS is part of Legal Services NYC (LSNYC), which has offices in all five boroughs. BLS provides high-quality, innovative representation to address the pressing legal needs of Brooklyn’s diverse low-income population. We focus on the issues with the greatest impact on our clients — preserving affordable and safe housing, maintaining income support, redressing abusive lending and consumer practices, promoting family stability, and mitigating the effects of domestic violence and the impact of the immigration system, and advocating for the disabled.
The TRC works alongside community partners and tenant leaders to ensure their right to affordable and safe housing, which includes in- and out-of-court advocacy, representation in eviction proceedings, affirmative cases to challenge abusive and discriminatory behaviors aimed to displace low-income families and eliminate affordable housing, and public education through clinics and workshops. We are looking for a candidate who is excited to work in a fast-paced environment, enjoys a collaborative approach, and is comfortable being the first person a tenant interacts with when seeking our services.
LSNYC prides itself on its Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) efforts. As a social justice organization, we are committed to fighting for a workplace that is as diverse, equitable, and inclusive as possible for everyone. Our DEIB committee and numerous affinity groups work to foster collegial relationships among staff and allow staff to explore and advocate for racial justice and anti-oppression growth within our organization and through our legal work. All employees are expected to learn about, seek to understand, and work to realize our DEIB goals.
Experience and Qualifications
The intake paralegal's responsibilities include gathering sensitive client information, coordinating follow-up services, providing legal guidance with the assistance of attorneys, and assisting case handlers on client-related matters. Occasional evening and weekend intake may be required.
• A demonstrated passion for social justice and a commitment to working with low-income communities and communities of color to advance equity;
• Excellent interviewing, writing, and communication skills;
• Experience working with low-income people;
• Excellent organizational skills;
• Fluency or strong proficiency in a second language is strongly preferred;
• Skill with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, internet research, and a willingness to learn and adapt to new technologies and systems.
Please note, to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees and clients, LSNYC requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a medical or religious exemption is approved.
How to Apply
Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Brooklyn-SupervisorsTRC@lsnyc.org. Please write “TRC Temp Intake Paralegal” in the subject line of the email. Salary and benefits are determined by the LSNYC Collective Bargaining Agreement. Legal Services NYC is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, people over 40, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are strongly encouraged to apply.
Job#65_2022; Posted 7.2022
Brooklyn Legal Services (BLS) seeks a temporary intake paralegal to join the Tenant Rights Coalition (TRC) in our Brownsville office at 1709 Saint Mark’s Avenue. This is a six-month position starting mid-to-late July 2022 through January…