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Bi-lingual Staff Attorney
Goddard Riverside Community Center
PROGRAM: SRO Law Project
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Goddard Riverside Community Center's SRO Law Project was founded in 1981 and was established to preserve single room occupancy (SRO) housing. The Law Project staff consists of attorneys and tenant organizers who work together with individuals and groups of tenants who live on the west side of Manhattan, educate tenants about their rights, and work in coalition with other community groups on city-wide campaigns. The Law Project helps tenants solve a wide array of problems, including eviction, rent overcharge, harassment, illegal lockouts, lack of heat and hot water, and other poor building conditions.
CATEGORY: Full-time salaried
DAYS/HOURS: Mon-Fri 10:00am-6:00pm
SUPERVISOR: Program Director
Provide legal representation and advice to SRO and apartment tenants in non-payment, holdover and HP actions in housing, supreme and appellate courts;
Handle full case load from intake interview through negotiation/litigation to resolution;
Work with tenant organizers to represent individual tenants and tenant associations in various courts and administrative agencies and conduct know-your-rights trainings;
Participate in and lead housing clinics and workshops;
Participate in developing organizing and legal strategies in furtherance of the Project's efforts to protect SRO and other permanent affordable housing.
Admitted to the New York Bar;
Fluent in written and spoken English and Spanish;
Demonstrated commitment to social justice work;
Strong writing and research skills;
Familiarity with housing law;
Frequent travel back and forth between office and court
This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
How TO APPLY:
Please email cover letter, resume and writing sample to Marti Weithman, Project Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include "Attorney" in the subject line.
Goddard Riverside Community Center is one of New York City's leading human service organizations. We work to meet people's basic needs – food, shelter, education – and to bring them together for mutual aid, social action, and to celebrate our richness as a society.
Through 27 programs at 22 sites on the Upper West Side and in West Harlem, we engage people of all ages and backgrounds. Our program areas include: children, youth and families; homeless people; older adults; and advocacy and tenant assistance. We also develop and manage affordable housing, and organize a range of community arts and events. Within each program area is a continuum of services and activities that helps participants achieve personal goals, connect with a community, and become more effective advocates for what they believe.