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Position: Project Coordinator – Legal Assistance for the Self-Represented (LASR) and Legal Hotline
Position Reports to: Director and Deputy Director of LASR and the Legal Hotline of the City Bar Justice Center

Job Description:

The City Bar Justice Center (CJBC) is part of the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the New York City Bar, one of the nation’s largest bar associations. The City Bar Justice Center assists low income New Yorkers with civil legal problems who cannot afford an attorney. CBJC recruits, trains and mentors volunteer attorneys to provide advice and representation through a dozen projects assisting homeless families, disabled veterans, immigrants fleeing violence, microentrepreneurs, and consumers with debt facing bankruptcy or foreclosure. In addition, the City Bar Justice Center's telephone legal hotline provides referrals and brief advice to 1,000 people per month. The CBJC is conveniently located in an historic building at 42 West 44th Street in midtown Manhattan.

CBJC seeks a Project Coordinator for Legal Assistance for the Self-Represented (LASR), a unit of the Legal Hotline that provides limited unbundled legal services to pro se litigants who cannot afford an attorney. LASR seeks to give the self-represented the support they need to successfully protect their legal rights. The Project Coordinator will work with attorneys, volunteers and paralegals to provide LASR clients with limited advocacy and drafting assistance for issues such as uncontested divorces, child support issues, name change petitions, matrimonial and family law, landlord/tenant issues, debt collection, and employment law. The Project Coordinator will screen calls that come in through the Legal Hotline, interview potential clients who may need assistance, record their data, provide basic legal information under the direction of the Project’s case handlers, schedule appointments and help coordinate clinics. The Project Coordinator also will provide administrative support to the Director and Deputy Director, including but not limited to general administrative tasks such as running monthly statistical reports.

Knowledge and Education:

  • A college degree;
  • Outstanding verbal and writing skills;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Ability to analyze data and write reports;
  • Patience, understanding and affability on the telephone;
  • Flexibility of hours as some evening hours may be required; and
  • Ability to work as part of a team.

In addition, we require a two year commitment. Spanish language skills are a plus.

The City Bar Justice Center provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or marital status. We pay commensurate with public interest salaries and experience and provide a generous benefits package. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and two references (including daytime telephone numbers) by mail or e-mail to:

New York City Bar Association
Attn: Director of Human Resources
42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
Email: [humanresources@nycbar.org]


Position: City Bar Justice Center Part-time Hotline Attorney
Position Reports to: Director and Deputy of Legal Hotline

Job Description:

The City Bar Justice Center (CJBC) is part of the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the New York City Bar, one of the nation’s largest bar associations. The City Bar Justice Center assists low income New Yorkers with civil legal problems who cannot afford an attorney. CBJC recruits, trains and mentors volunteer attorneys to provide advice and representation through a dozen projects assisting homeless families, disabled veterans, immigrants fleeing violence, microentrepreneurs, and consumers with debt facing bankruptcy or foreclosure. In addition, the City Bar Justice Center's telephone legal hotline provides referrals and brief advice to 1,000 people per month. The CBJC is conveniently located in an historic building at 42 West 44th Street in midtown Manhattan.

CBJC seeks a half-time attorney for its Legal Hotline. The Hotline, created in 1997, offers legal information, advice and referrals to low-income New Yorkers who cannot afford a private attorney or do not have access to legal representation. It assists over 1,000 callers a month on a range of civil legal issues, including matrimonial and family law, housing law, bankruptcy and debt collection, and public benefits. The Hotline operates weekdays from 9am to 5pm.

The staff attorney will be part of a team of counselors who answer questions and provide legal assistance to Hotline callers. This includes providing callers with legal information, advice, and referrals, and conducting some follow-up brief services, such as reviewing legal papers, helping clients write simple letters, making advocacy calls on behalf of clients, and helping clients prepare for a court appearance or strategize the next step in a legal matter.

Knowledge and Education:

  • require three years experience, preferably in legal services,
  • admission to the New York Bar,
  • excellent oral communication skills
  • Fluency in Spanish is a must.

In addition, we are looking for a person who is flexible, has high standards for the quality of legal work, enjoys and has had experience working as part of a team, is collegial, and is willing to assist in the supervision and training of staff, paralegals and volunteer attorneys.

The City Bar Justice Center provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or marital status. We pay commensurate with public interest salaries and experience. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and two references (including daytime telephone numbers) by mail or e-mail to:

 

New York City Bar Association
Attn: Director of Human Resources
42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
Email: [humanresources@nycbar.org]


Position Title: P/T A/V Coordinator (20 hrs/week)
Department: Programs Department
Position Reports To: Director of Programs
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Department Function

The New York City Bar Association offers and hosts various types of programs and events, including those hosted by our Committees, those hosted by the City Bar Center for CLE for attorneys to update and continue their education in the law, as well as a variety of outside groups who may rent our facility. Many of our programs require A/V assistance, including appropriate microphone and podium set-up, screens for PowerPoint presentations and some events are taped and webcast.

Job Function
Assist the A/V coordinator with meeting the A/V needs for all events at the New York City Bar Association.

Major Activities

  • Assist with A/V needs for events and programs, including:
    • Room A/V set-up as required by event and program hosts;
    • Providing technical assistance during events and programs;
    • Communicating with Meeting Services Department, CLE Department and others to identify and plan for A/V needs; and
    • Coordinating with the outside A/V vendor and webcast partners for CLE programs.
  • Film/record some programs, as needed.
  • Work some early mornings and evenings in connection with events and programs.
  • Take on additional responsibilities/special projects as needed.

 
Knowledge and Education

  • High School graduate;
  • Proficient with A/V equipment including projectors, microphones, cameras, projections screens;
  • Reliable, customer service-oriented and ability to work well with others.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume with salary requirement to:

New York City Bar Association
Attn: Director of Human Resources
42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
Email: [humanresources@nycbar.org]


Position: Sales Account Specialist
Department: Membership & Marketing
Position Reports to: Director of Membership & Marketing
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

General Summary:
The Sales Account Specialist will identify, prospect, and develop relationships with large and mid-size law firms, corporations and government entities to present City Bar offerings, including CLE Passports, sponsorships for CLE and other programs and membership, achieving increased sales and penetration.  The Sales Account Specialist will contact and secure new business accounts/customers, as well as focusing on growing and developing existing client relationships.

Core Functions:

  • Promotes/sells/secures orders from existing and prospective customers through a consultative approach.
  • Demonstrates products and services to existing/potential customers and assists them in selecting those best suited to their needs.

Details of Function:

  • Establishes, develops and maintains strong business relationships with current customers and prospective customers to generate new business for CLE Passports, online offerings and membership.
  • Develops and recommends strategies for increasing Passport participation, attendance at CLE programs (live and online), sponsorships of CLE programs and other events, and City Bar membership.
  • Makes outbound calls and on-site visits for presentations to existing and prospective customers.
  • Researches sources for developing prospective customers and for information to determine their potential.
  • Develops clear and effective written proposals/quotations for current and prospective customers.
  • Expedites the resolution of customer problems and complaints.
  • Coordinates sales effort with marketing, CLE, and membership services groups, and any outside partners.
  • Analyzes the territory/market’s potential and determines the value of existing and prospective customers’ value to the organization.
  • Creates and manages a customer value plan for existing customers highlighting profile, share and value opportunities.
  • Identifies advantages and compares organization’s products/services to its competitors.
  • Supplies management with oral and written reports on sales, customer needs, problems, interests, competitive activities, and potential for new products and services.
  • Keeps abreast of technical services, market conditions, competitive activities, advertising and promotional trends through the reading of pertinent literature and consulting with marketing and technical service areas.
  • Participates in trade shows, events, programs, conferences, and fairs, as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Education

  • 4 Year Degree in business or related field.
  • 1-3 Years sales experience in a professional services environment.
  • Understanding of the legal industry.
  • Must have great drive and be self-motivated.
  • Superior oral and written skills.
  • A high level of emotional intelligence, collaborative style; solid judgment.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player.
  • High attention to detail and ability to adhere to deadlines.

Salary range is commensurate with experience. Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume with salary requirement to:

New York City Bar Association
Attn: Director of Human Resources
42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
Email: [humanresources@nycbar.org]


Title: Fellow – International Human Rights and Access to Justice Program
Location: New York, NY
Duration: Full time for 6 months, renewable for another 6 months, based on performance.
Start date: September 2015
Salary: Competitive based on experience
Deadline for application: August 7, 2015

The Vance Center advances global justice by engaging lawyers across borders to support civil society and an ethically active legal profession. The Vance Center is a unique collaboration of international lawyers catalyzing public interest innovation. A non-profit program of the New York City Bar Association, we bring together leading law firms and other partners worldwide to pioneer international justice initiatives and provide pro bono legal representation to social justice NGOs.

The Human Rights and Access to Justice Program protects individuals from discrimination, violence, injustice, and corruption and supports international human rights bodies committed to such protection. The program partners with local organizations and engages in projects related to advocacy and capacity building at the local, regional and international levels in furtherance of these goals. Through the Human Rights Program, the Vance Center assists NGOs worldwide on a variety of human rights issues such as violence against women, LGBT rights, prison conditions, rights of afro-descendants, and refugees. We also have a growing number of projects on international justice, atrocity prevention, and transitional justice including ongoing research on the role of the International Criminal Court in preventing mass atrocities and the responsibility to protect. The Human Rights Program also works in Colombia where we are assisting victims’ organizations, human rights NGOs, and the United Nations in support of the peace process.

The Program undertakes research and analysis into complex international and comparative law issues to assist clients with advocacy, training, legislative reform, and international and regional human rights litigation. Our clients include U.S. based NGOs such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, the United Nations, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights as well as local NGOs abroad, in Latin American and in Africa.

The Vance Center recruits private law firms from the Vance Center Committee to work alongside our program staff on the projects. However, Program staff also engage in substantive legal work, including legal research and analysis, advocacy, and litigation.

Job Description
The Human Rights Fellow will be an integral part of the Human Rights Program and is expected to work on all aspects of the Program. Under the supervision of the Human Rights Program Director, the Fellow will be expected to:

  • Conduct research and analysis on international human rights law and in some cases, domestic laws.
  • Research and write background papers on countries where the Program is looking to engage.
  • Research and contact new clients, particularly human rights NGOs in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
  • Engage with clients and law firms.
  • Assist in coordinating and managing projects.
  • Draft materials for publication on the Program’s activities, cases, or current events.
  • Plan and organize events, in the United States and abroad.
  • Undertake some administrative duties.

Qualifications

  • J.D. or LLM graduate. Specialization in International Human Rights Law or Public International Law is a plus.
  • 1-2 year experience in International Human Rights or Public International Law.
  • Excellent research, writing, and communication skills.
  • Fluency in English. Fluency in Spanish or Portuguese is highly desirable.
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills and great attention to detail.
  • Ability to work quickly and well under pressure, to juggle multiple tasks, and to meet tight deadlines.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

Application instructions:
The deadline for applications is August 7. Please email resume, a short writing sample on an international human rights issue, and a list of three references to vancevolunteers@nycbar.org. In the subject line please write "Human Rights Program Fellow".


Position: Legal Referral Counselor Part Time
Department: Legal Referral Department
Report to: Director, Legal Referral Department

Major Responsibilities

  • Respond to high volume of calls from the general public and direct callers to attorneys and other legal sources.
  • Provide basic legal information to the public
  • Other duties when needed.

Knowledge and Education

  • Bilingual Spanish and admission in New York required.
  • Experience in clinical environment or private law offices with knowledge of civil law (e.g., negligence, landlord/tenant or matrimonial) as well as general legal procedures helpful
  • Excellent phone manner and communication skills.  
  • Basic PC skills.

If interested and qualified, please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to:

Human Resources Department
The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
42 West 44th Street
New York, NY  10036
Fax (212) 382-6769
e-mail: humanresources@nycbar.org


 

Position Title: VP Development and External Relations
Department: City Bar Fund
Position Report to: Executive Director, New York City Bar Association
FLSA Status: Exempt

In this position, the Vice President of Development and External Relations supports the board's fundraising activities and is a key fundraiser responsible for expanding and diversifying the base of support of the City Bar Fund, the charitable arm of the New York City Bar Association. The position requires the ability to sharpen and implement the organization's strategic development plan.

Job Function

Reporting to the Executive Director of the New York City Bar Association, the VP Development and External Relations, serves as a key leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting the City Bar Fund. In partnership with the ED (who oversees the 501(c)(3) City Bar Fund, the nonprofit organization related to the Association), this position is responsible for fundraising and development activities in collaboration with the directors of each program line. The successful candidate will help forge new relationships to build the City Bar Fund's visibility, impact, and financial resources. The VP Development also will implement and sharpen a comprehensive plan for developing key external alliances by cultivating individual and institutional philanthropic support.

The VP Development will have primary responsibility for establishing and implementing the infrastructure needed to grow a $5M budget through the solicitation of major gifts, foundation and government grants, planned giving, special events, and corporate support.

S/he will expand and diversify City Bar Fund's donor base/pipeline and work closely with other team members to secure funding for new initiatives. In addition, the VP will work closely with the City Bar Fund board of directors (and its development committee) and support board members as they take on a more active fundraising role.

It is expected that the amount raised by City Bar Fund will increase in future years as the VP Development systematically and effectively strengthens the organization's overall fundraising capacity.

Responsibilities

  • Support and partner with the New York City Bar Association ED, the City Bar Fund program leaders, and board members on all major fundraising initiatives
  • Collaborate with senior staff counterparts to develop and implement the City Bar Fund's financial strategy
  • Actively work with the ED, Board, Development Committee and senior staff to develop and implement a comprehensive development strategy to include corporate, foundation, government grants, etc.
  • Coordinate the fundraising activities of the City Bar Fund and its constituent units and assist the constituent units in their fundraising efforts.
  • Implement the fund development plans in accordance with ethical fundraising principles
  • Have primary responsibility for development and execution of all proposals; write and archive all proposals with a long-term relationship-management approach
  • Identify and develop corporate, community and individual prospects for the City Bar Fund's fundraising priorities and those of its program areas
  • Oversee the administration of a donor mailing list and database which respects the privacy and confidentiality of donor information
  • Oversee research funding sources and trends, with foresight, to help position City Bar Fund stay ahead of major funding changes or trends
  • Monitor all donor information; provide and present statistical analysis to board and senior leaders
  • Foster an understanding of philanthropy within the City Bar Fund and its board
  • Promote the organization to its donors and maximize public awareness of the fundraising activities of the City Bar Fund
  • Develop and implement a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with donors, especially City Bar members at all career levels
  • Monitor and report regularly on the progress of the development program
  • Identify, develop, and mentor the development team

Education and Qualifications

  • At least five years of professional experience in a nonprofit organization and demonstrated success in a development function (managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources) is preferred
  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's preferred
  • Tangible experience of having expanded and cultivated existing relationships over time
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives
  • Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside the City Bar
  • Management experience preferred
  • High energy and passion for the City Bar Fund's mission of mobilizing New York's legal community for good is essential
  • Ability to construct, articulate, and implement an annual strategic development plan
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A professional and resourceful style; the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time

 

Salary range is commensurate with experience. Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume with salary requirement to:

New York City Bar Association
Attn: Director of Human Resources
42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
Email: [humanresources@nycbar.org]

 


 

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