Job Listing: Project Coordinators - Planning and Estates Law Project (PELP) and Homeowner Stability Project (HSP)

Position: Project Coordinators (Entry Level)

Job Description:

The City Bar Justice Center (CJBC) is seeking two project coordinators to start as soon as possible.  These positions provide a great introduction to public interest law practice. The CBJC is 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. CBJC recruits, trains and mentors volunteer attorneys to provide advice and representation.  The CBJC is conveniently located in an historic building at 42 West 44th Street in midtown Manhattan.

The Homeowner Stability Project (HSP) provides legal assistance to low- and moderate-income NYC residents threatened with home loss due to foreclosure, predatory practices, and other hardship. HSP’s goal is to keep people in their homes whenever possible through litigation, negotiation, counseling, and title correction, either directly or through volunteer lawyers. The LGBT Advocacy Project similarly focuses on housing and other issues faced by particularly vulnerable members of the LGBTQ community, such as seniors, youth and those living with a disability.  The coordinator for these two projects will conduct client intakes, liaise with volunteers and opposing parties, provide legal assistance under the supervision of the director, maintain project data, prepare grant reports, conduct outreach to clients and other organizations, and provide general administrative support.

The Planning and Estates Law Project (PELP) provides low income New Yorkers with free legal advice and assistance for probate and administration of estates.  The Project Coordinator screens calls, interviews and records data on potential clients who need assistance with an estate or personal life planning matter, provides basic information under the direction of the Director of the Legal Hotline and Special Programs and refers appropriate cases to the PELP volunteer attorney panel.  The Project Coordinator serves as the liaison with the pro bono attorney panel by presenting new cases to the panel, preparing legal documents under their supervision, and organizing frequent volunteer clinics.

           

Areas of responsibility:

  • Performing general administrative work such as answering phones, setting up client appointments and following up with existing clients;
  • Conducting client intake interviews and eligibility screenings;
  • Scheduling, organizing and attending training programs and community outreach events such as legal clinics and presentations;
  • Acting as liaison between the Project, volunteer attorneys and project clients;
  • Maintaining client and volunteer database and tracking the progress and outcomes of assigned cases;
  • Preparing data reports for funders;
  • Conducting research and developing materials such as blog posts on issues relevant to the Project and its work;
  • Additional responsibilities as needed.

 

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Minimum 6 months of work and/or internship experience;
  • Computer and technologically savvy;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish or another second language is preferred.
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently;
  • A demonstrated interest in social justice issues through coursework, volunteer or work history;
  • Careful attention to detail and good judgment;
  • Flexibility, including the ability to multi-task;
  • Ability to interact respectfully with low- and moderate-income clients, volunteer attorneys and government employees. 

 

To apply, send a cover letter, resume and salary expectations via email to humanresources@nycbar.org and include Project Coordinator – and which project(s) you are applying for in the subject line.

We are looking for candidates who are willing to make at least a two year commitment to this role. This is a great entry level opportunity. Recent college graduates are welcome to apply.  A generous benefits package is offered.

The City Bar Justice Center is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  It is the policy of the Organization 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 and sexual harassment), 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 with disabilities.