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STAFF ATTORNEY FOR HEALTH ADVOCACY IN OUR PUBLIC BENEFITS UNIT

Híbrido, El trabajo se debe realizar en o cerca de New York, NY

Descripción

Tipo de contrato:A Tiempo Completo
Educación:Judicatura
Nivel de Experiencia:Nivel intermedio
Salario:USD $74.881 - $135.637 / año

Descripción

We are seeking an experienced staff attorney to join our Public Benefits Unit. The primary role of the staff attorney will be to work with older adults and veterans from across NYC on health law issues, including health care retention and home care advocacy.


Our Organization

Bronx Legal Services, the largest provider of free civil legal services in the borough, is

part of Legal Services NYC’s network of local programs throughout New York City. Our mission is to advance society’s promise to its most vulnerable members: that they are entitled to equal access to our legal system. For over 50 years, we have provided civil legal services that help our clients meet their essential needs and have challenged the systemic injustices that keep them poor. 


Bronx Legal Services 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.


The Public Benefits Unit

Our Public Benefits Unit (PBU) fights to retain, obtain, or increase critical public benefits, including cash public assistance, SNAP, WIC, HASA, and rent subsidies (such as FHEPS and CityFHEPS). We also specialize in health law issues, helping people obtain or retain public health insurance and services such as Medicare, Medicaid, and long-term care. Our talented team of advocates includes more than 30 people.


Our PBU’s mission is to provide high-quality legal assistance to as many people as possible while challenging and interrupting the institutionalized racism, ableism, and other pernicious factors that demonize public benefits and the people who need them. Our goal is to build a team that celebrates and supports each other, recognizing that the strongest teams must be diverse. We believe successful advocacy requires creating an environment where everyone can bring their whole selves to their work.


The Opportunity

We are seeking an experienced attorney to join our PBU to work primarily in health law. 


Through direct representation, outreach, community education, and strategic pro bono partnerships, the project attorney will ensure that older adults and veterans maximize their benefits and entitlements, decrease out-of-pocket expenses, and have reliable, informed access to health care that meets their individual needs and promotes aging-in-place.


Among other responsibilities, the project attorney will:

• represent older adults and veterans on a variety of public benefits issues, such as SNAP, cash assistance, home care/personal care, and public health insurance programs like Medicaid;

• work towards creating policy reform and bring affirmative litigation to challenge systems, laws, and rules that deny people equitable access to benefits;

• mentor and train pro bono partners;

• act as a resource to other health and benefits advocates at LSNYC;

• coordinate in-house referrals to other LSNYC teams; and,

• conduct and create community education and provider trainings for external stakeholders as well as LSNYC staff.


Our ideal candidate will:

• identify systemic issues and barriers our clients face and lead efforts to raze those obstacles in the pursuit of equal access to justice;

• enjoy working with older adults and veterans;

• have experience with, and understanding of, working with people with physical and mental impairments;

• employ a client-centered approach to advocacy that raises our clients’ voices; and,

• champion diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Occasional evening and weekend outreach will be necessary. The staff attorney will be expected to conduct regular off-site intake, education, and outreach. The staff attorney will need to conduct frequent client home visits.


When conducting off-site intake and outreach, the attorney will be expected to enter and upload relevant data and documents into our case management system and complete conflict checks, whenever possible.


Experience & Qualifications

Qualifications include:

• Admission to the New York State Bar required;

• At least one year of health law experience required, preferably home care. However, candidates with equivalent, significant experience in health care settings may be considered;

• Prior experience representing litigants at administrative hearings and in City, State, or Federal Courts required;

• Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) and utilization of DEIB lens in the project and work; 

• Prior experience in other public benefits, such as cash assistance, SNAP, or SSD/I, strongly preferred;

• Experience with, and understanding of, working with people with physical and mental impairments and/or diminished capacity; 

• A demonstrated passion for social justice and a commitment to working with low- income communities and communities of color to advance equity;

• An ability to adapt quickly and correct course;

• Superlative communication and interpersonal skills, with an aptitude for building relationships with people across disciplines, job titles, and agencies;

• Grace, kindness, and empathy, particularly when under pressure, for our clients, team, and agency partners;

• Belief in our ability to create systemic change and commitment to working towards that goal;

• Fluency or proficiency in Spanish or another language commonly spoken by NYC residents is strongly preferred;

• Ability to speak with people of diverse backgrounds and build trust, be able to treat people with respect, and identify clients’ needs quickly and accurately;

• Understand the dynamics of intimate partner/domestic violence and trafficking, as well as the effects abuse, crime, and trauma have on individuals and communities;

• Aptitude for working with survivors of crime, noncitizens, veterans, older adults, people in crisis, and people with disabilities;

• Excellent organizational skills and strong facility with numbers; and,

• Experience working with low-income people.


How to Apply

To apply for the position, send a cover letter, résumé, two recent writing samples, and names of three references. For your references, please include their titles, your relationship to the reference (e.g., former supervisor, colleague), phone numbers, and email addresses. Please send these completed materials via e-mail to:


Bronx-BenefitsHiring@lsnyc.org


The e-mail should include “Bronx Health Attorney Position” in the subject line.

Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls. We will only interview applicants who submit completed materials through this email address. We will not review résumés or other applications sent via any other method, such as Indeed or LinkedIn.


Bronx Legal Services is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ+) people, and people over age 40 are all welcomed and encouraged to apply.


All employees are strongly encouraged to continue to receive and maintain up-to-date COVID vaccinations unless they are unable to for medical or religious reasons.


Job#62_2024; Posted: 06.2024


Salary Range (Based on years of experience):

• 1-10 years: $74,881 - $98,355

• 11-20 years: $100,605 - $118,773

• 21+ years: $124,254 - $135,637


We are seeking an experienced staff attorney to join our Public Benefits Unit. The primary role of the staff attorney will be to work with older adults and veterans from across NYC on health law issues, including health care retention and…

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