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Project Director, Elderly Project

Volunteers of Legal Service


Description
Founded in 1990, VOLS' Elderly Project works closely with senior centers in Manhattan and participating law firms to coordinate pro bono legal services for low-income elderly people. A major emphasis of the Project is on enabling volunteer attorneys from law firms to assist seniors with life-planning, including wills, health care proxies, powers of attorney, and medical directives. The Project also advises and refers seniors on a wide range of other legal issues, including housing, consumer debt, Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security, and other government benefits.

The Elderly Project maintains close relationships with many community agencies serving low-income seniors by conducting twelve legal clinics at senior centers each month. The Project also handles referrals and questions from an additional 80 community-based agencies, and conducts home-visits for homebound clients.

Responsibilities:

• Recruit, train, and mentor for volunteer lawyers,
• Conduct trainings at law firms concerning life-planning,
• Conduct clinics and screen, assess, and prepare cases for placement with volunteer lawyers,
• Provide case consultation and training to staff of participating social service agencies,
• Supervise our Elderly Project Paralegal
• Ensure that the Elderly Project maintains organized, accurate, and complete data concerning volunteers, cases, clients, and participating social services agencies and law firms,
• Write grant proposals and reports to funders,
• Supervise editing and updating of A Guide to Burial Assistance and Funeral Planning, and
• Edit and update online media concerning the Elderly Project.

Qualifications:

• New York State bar admission
• Expertise in law of life-planning
• Five years' relevant legal experience
• Knowledge of legal issues affecting low-income elderly people, including housing and government benefits
• Familiarity with social services available to low-income elderly people
• Supervisory experience
• Commitment to serving low-income elderly people
• Excellent writing and public speaking skills
• Experience working with the private bar is a plus
• Spanish-language ability is a plus

How TO APPLY:
After reviewing www.volsprobono.org, please email a cover letter and resume to Bill Lienhard, Executive Director, at blienhard@volsprobono.org, with the subject line "Application for Director, Elderly Project" followed by your name. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. VOLS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, sex, religion, or any other prohibited category.

About Organization:
Volunteers of Legal Service (VOLS) seeks a Project Director for our Elderly Project. VOLS' mission is to leverage the good will, resources, and talents of some of New York City's leading law firms to provide pro bono legal services to the city's neediest residents. Each year, over 800 volunteer attorneys provide legal assistance to more than 3,000 low-income New Yorkers through VOLS' projects.


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