Project Coordinator, Legal Clinic for the Homeless and Pro Bono Initiatives

The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) seeks an enthusiastic and organized individual, who is committed to equal access to justice, to join our team as a Project Coordinator for our Legal Clinic for the Homeless (LCH) and Pro Bono Initiatives. CBJC annually provides high-quality, free civil legal services benefiting nearly 24,000 New Yorkers who lack the resources to hire private counsel. CBJC also relies on partnerships with law firms, corporate legal departments, the courts, the City Bar, and other stakeholders. In 2021-22, over 1,600 pro bono attorneys donated services to support legal services clinics and client matter work drawn from CBJC’s dozen civil legal services projects.

CBJC’s Legal Clinic for the Homeless team, with the support of volunteer attorneys, provides advice, advocacy, and representation to residents of homeless shelters on issues related to public benefits and other legal challenges faced by those struggling with poverty. CBJC’s Pro Bono Initiatives program helps to oversee our pro bono partner and volunteer recruitment, training, and retention, and also develops new initiatives to respond to evolving legal services needs of New Yorkers struggling with poverty.

The Project Coordinator for these two projects works closely with and under the supervision of the LCH and Pro Bono Initiatives directors to handle the following areas of responsibility, among others:

  • Screen and interview LCH clients (including those who only speak Spanish), review client records, and provide case support and caring follow-up assistance
  • Carefully maintain and run statistical reports on client, program/activity, and volunteer databases
  • Schedule volunteers, and organize virtual and in-person training programs, events, and legal clinics
  • Assist in preparing grant applications and reports; designing and writing program content such as blogs, reports, resources, presentations and social media posts; and drafting and circulating a monthly pro bono partner newsletter
  • Regularly communicate with attorney volunteers from large firms and corporate legal departments
  • Provide general support, including with new programming and other CBJC projects, as needed

 

Candidates for this position must be available for in-person work at our Midtown Manhattan office on a hybrid schedule requiring roughly 2-3 days of scheduled in-office work per week, with the balance of time being work-from-home. (CBJC’s hybrid schedule will remain subject to review and revision.) The City Bar requires all employees, including this position, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter our building. Additional information about this policy is available via Human Resources.

EXPERIENCE, SKILLS, AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree or substantially equivalent work experience in a professional setting.
  • Minimum 6 months of work experience (relevant internships acceptable).
  • Fluency in Spanish, both oral and written.
  • Strong data-entry, organizational and project management skills; high attention to detail; excellent verbal and written communication skills; comfortable communicating both by telephone and in direct contact with the public.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365, and the ability to quickly learn and effectively use LegalServer and other technology.
  • Ability to connect with people from different backgrounds, and demonstrated enthusiasm for public interest legal work, serving communities that are under-resourced, and advancing racial equity and social and economic justice is required.
  • A team player with an ability to interact respectfully with clients, volunteer attorneys, government employees, and fellow staff members.

We are looking for candidates for this entry-level position who are willing to make a minimum commitment of two years to the Project Coordinator role and can start as soon as possible.

This is a Local 153, Office and Professional Employees International Union position, with a starting annualized salary of $44,720 based on a 35-hour workweek, and benefits and other employment terms and conditions determined by an existing collective bargaining agreement. The City Bar’s competitive benefits package includes generous paid time off (vacation, personal, sick time, holidays, day off for volunteer work, extra time off in the summer), choice of medical plans (some offered at almost no cost to employee), dental, vision, 401K, life insurance, commuter benefits, Employee Assistance Program, short-term/long-term disability insurance, employee discounts, and more!

Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. We are not able to sponsor visas for this position.

 

To apply: Please send a cover letter explaining your interest, a resume, and three professional business references. https://newyorkcitybarassociation.applytojob.com/apply/az21HpVXeZ/Project-Coordinator-Legal-Clinic-For-The-Homeless-And-Pro-Bono-Initiatives

 

The City Bar Justice Center is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, and we particularly encourage applications from candidates belonging to communities historically under-represented in the legal profession. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, disability, arrest or conviction record, pregnancy, credit history, salary history, caregiver status, marital status, partnership status, or status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, religion, sex, genetic information, military status, unemployment status or any other characteristic as protected by law. With regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act and other related laws, the organization will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for persons due to their religious beliefs, disability, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition or because the individual was a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking.