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Legal Advocate

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House


Description
Our Legal Advocacy & Organizing Department provides free, comprehensive civil legal services to thousands of low-income individuals and families on the East Side of Manhattan -- - reaching those in our community who lack the means to secure their civil legal rights. Our five attorneys and two legal advocates assist over 3000 low-income individuals and families with diverse civil legal issues such as housing, health care, government benefits, employment law and advance directives. We operate through a multidisciplinary holistic approach to legal representation, such that our clients receive assistance not only with their civil legal needs, but also have access to our social workers, psychiatrists, case managers, ESOL classes and more within our organization. This synergy of legal advocacy and social services creates a powerful tool to achieve social and legal justice for those in need.

Responsibilities:
The Legal Advocate will conduct client intake and interviews; assist clients with completing benefit applications; advocate on behalf of clients with regard to housing and government benefit matters; educate individuals, families and other community partners about tenants’ rights, government benefits and available social services; conduct outreach at relevant community based agencies; and assist our attorneys with client-related matters and litigation. This is a non-lawyer position.

Qualifications:
A successful candidate will demonstrate: previous housing, government benefits or relevant non-profit experience; strong attention to detail and organization; proficient computer skills; excellent written and oral communication skills; the ability to respond sensitively to the needs of our clients; and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team to complete complex projects in a fast-paced environment. Spanish proficiency is a plus. BA or BS degree is required. Excellent benefits package.

How TO APPLY:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Interested applicants should email a resume, cover letter, writing sample and list of references to legaladvocate@lenoxhill.org. No phone calls please.

About Organization:
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House’s Legal Advocacy & Organizing Department seeks a Legal Advocate to help our clients with their housing and government benefits needs. Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, widely recognized as one of New York’s premier human services providers, is a 118-year-old settlement house that provides an extensive array of effective and integrated services--social, educational, legal, health, housing, mental health, nutritional and fitness--which significantly improve the lives of 20,000 people in need each year, ages 3 to 103, on the East Side of Manhattan. Our clients include older adults, homeless and formerly homeless adults, children and families, recent immigrants, disabled persons, adult learners and thousands more. For information on Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, please visit our website at www.lenoxhill.org or our page on Facebook.


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