Bronx Legal Services seeks an experienced housing attorney for the role of Deputy Director in the Tenant Rights Coalition. Bronx Legal Services is the largest provider of free civil legal services in the borough and is part of Legal Services NYC’s network of local programs throughout New York City. Bronx Legal Services’ mission is to advance society’s promise to the most vulnerable members that they are entitled to equal access to our legal system.
The Bronx Legal Services Tenant Rights Coalition (“TRC”) works on anti-displacement advocacy in the Bronx, focusing on supporting Bronx communities facing significant housing needs in light of rapid and potentially disruptive neighborhood changes and gentrification. TRC comprises 22 dedicated attorneys and paralegals who work to preserve affordable and decent housing and prevent displacement and harassment.
We are looking for candidates who are excited to work in a fast-paced environment, juggle and support litigation and advocacy on various issues, coordinate building-wide, and community-based litigation, and organize community education outreach and related initiatives. Responsibilities include directly supervising the work of TRC staff attorneys representing clients in both individual housing matters and multi-plaintiff affirmative cases, as well as supervising the work of paralegals providing litigation and administrative support. The TRC Deputy Director is expected to supervise regular appearances in civil, supreme, and federal court and administrative proceedings, review draft pleadings, motions, and court submissions, and support the filing of affirmative cases on behalf of tenants and tenant groups. The TRC Deputy Director will be expected to work closely with tenant organizers, tenant associations, and community partners to identify and address housing needs. They will be expected to oversee and conduct weekday, evening, and weekend outreach and off-site intake with our partners.
The TRC Deputy Director will work closely with the management team of TRC to shape the direction of the Tenant Rights Coalition work in the Bronx. In addition, the TRC Deputy Director will handle administrative and grant responsibilities and identify systemic housing-related trends that could be affected by strategic litigation.
Every supervisor is expected to actively engage in learning and become increasingly skilled in supervision that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Deputy Director’s duties will include actively working to advance LSNYC’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals.
We seek an attorney admitted or eligible to waive into the New York State Bar with:
· A demonstrated passion for social justice and commitment to working with low-income communities and communities of color;
· Demonstrated expertise in local, state, and federal housing law and policy, housing court practice, housing programs and subsidies, and public benefits;
· Experience litigating affirmative cases of individuals or on behalf of groups of tenants, including motion practice and conducting discovery;
· Excellent legal writing, litigation, and advocacy skills;
· Strong interpersonal, teaching/training, and organizational skills;
· Strong ties to the communities of the Bronx (preferred);
· Experience working with community-based organizations and enthusiasm for partnering with community-based advocates and organizations; and
· An ability to speak Spanish is preferred but not required.
Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include excellent health and dental insurance, an employer contribution to a pre-tax 403(b) pension plan, and generous leave time.
To apply for the position, send a cover letter, resume, names of three references, and two recent writing samples via e-mail to: Sandra Sanchez, email@example.com,
The e-mail should include “TRC Deputy Director Position” in the subject line. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted—no telephone calls.
Bronx Legal Services offers an excellent benefits package and a highly competitive public interest salary. We offer excellent benefits, including health, dental, and vision plans; contributions to a 403(b) plan; and generous leave time. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Bronx Legal Services is an equal opportunity employer: people of color; women; people with disabilities; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people; and people over the age of 40 are welcome and encouraged to apply. We are committed to race, gender, and economic justice in our work and within our workplace. Staff members who are not managers are members of the LSSA/NOLSW UAW Local 2320.
Additional information about the practice may be found on our website, www.legalservicsnyc.org.
Job#1_2022; Posted: 1.2022
Bronx Legal Services seeks an experienced housing attorney for the role of Deputy Director in the Tenant Rights Coalition. Bronx Legal Services is the largest provider of free civil legal services in the borough and is part of Legal…