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Project Director

Mental Health Project-Urban Justice Center

Project Director

The Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center

The Mental Health Project (MHP) of the Urban Justice Center (UJC) is seeking a dynamic individual with strong operational, organizational and managerial skills to serve as its next Project Director. MHP's mission is to advance and enforce the rights of low-income individuals with mental illness through direct legal advocacy, community education and impact litigation. MHP's focus areas include disability rights, public benefits, eviction prevention, and discharge planning advocacy. MHP has an initiative serving and protecting the civil rights of individuals with mental illness in the criminal justice system, and a project focusing on legal advocacy for veterans. MHP provides direct services to hundreds of New Yorkers each year, and its innovative class action lawsuits have advanced the rights of tens of thousands of individuals, both in New York and across the nation.

The Project Director will inherit a project with a stable budget during a period of controlled growth, and will become the leader of an experienced and highly dedicated team of seventeen, composed of attorneys, social workers, and legal advocates.

The ideal candidate will:

• have a demonstrated commitment to the advancement and protection of the rights of persons with mental illness;
• have significant experience with grant management and oversight;
• have expertise developing grant proposals and raising funds from public and private sources;
• have or be prepared to cultivate relationships with the mental health and legal services communities;
• have experience speaking to the media;
• be prepared to balance administrative, budgetary and supervisory responsibilities with the development and implementation of a short and long term visions for the project;

Requirements include:
• J.D., M.P.A., other relevant advanced degree, or at least ten years of comparable work experience;
• experience practicing law or with public interest advocacy; and
• minimum of five years' management experience, ideally within the nonprofit sector.

Application Procedure: Evaluation of prospective candidates will begin immediately. Applications, including a resume, cover letter, and writing sample, should be sent to the MHP Hiring Committee, with the subject line "Project Director." Electronic submission of materials is required. Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis. Due to high volume, we regret that we are unable to respond to inquiries and will contact only those candidates selected for further consideration.

The Urban Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status. This is supervisory position and duties include the management of staff who are represented for collective bargaining purposes by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW, Local 2230.



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