New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a community-driven civil rights organization, seeks a Community Organizer in its Health Justice program.

The Community Organizer will be an integral part of the Health Justice team, working alongside attorneys and advocates to develop and implement campaigns and cases. The Health Justice program brings a racial justice and immigrant rights focus to health care advocacy in New York City and State. In partnership with individuals and community-based organizations, we use a wide range of advocacy tools to advance four broad goals: (1) challenge health disparities; (2) eliminate racial and ethnic discrimination and systemic and institutional barriers that limit universal access to health care; (3) promote immigrant and language access to health care; and (4) address the social determinants of health so that all New Yorkers can live a healthy life.

The Organizer will lead NYLPI’s medical-legal-community partnership addressing the deplorable conditions in immigration detention. The Organizer will run NYLPI’s Medical Provider Network, connecting volunteer medical providers to people in detention to perform reviews and consultations for individuals seeking better medical care while detained, requesting release, and pursuing underlying immigration cases. The Organizer will have a supportive role in community-based advocacy strategies to improve healthcare in immigration detention and ultimately end detention. The Organizer will also work on campaigns to expand health coverage for immigrant New Yorkers, and to promote community engagement, leadership development, and strategy to remove police from encounters with people experiencing mental health crises. The Organizer will also have the opportunity to develop new campaigns.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  • Demonstrated commitment to health justice, racial justice, and/or immigrant rights.
  • Strong writing, organizational, analytic, and public speaking skills
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently and to juggle multiple tasks under time constraints
  • Excellent strategic judgment and the drive to originate and effectuate challenging campaigns
  • Experience working with community-based organizations and individual clients
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills and ability to work and communicate with a diverse audience: staff, organizational partners, and community members

Preferred:

  • At least two years of relevant organizing experience
  • Fluency in a language other than English, preferably Spanish
  • Experience with legislative/policy advocacy and lobbying
  • Experience working with medical providers

About NYLPI

For more than 40 years, NYLPI has been a leading civil rights advocate for New Yorkers marginalized by race, immigration status, poverty, disabilities, and neighborhood pollution. NYLPI pioneered the practice of community lawyering in the five boroughs of New York City. These communities shape our priorities, and their struggles for justice demand innovative solutions.  Our interdisciplinary teams of advocates use every tool available – community organizing, impact litigation and individual representation, policy advocacy, media, pro bono partnerships, and public education – to solve seemingly intractable problems, develop leaders, and build collective power to achieve justice. We strive to achieve equality of opportunity and self-determination for people with disabilities, create equal access to health care, ensure immigrant opportunity, strengthen local nonprofits, and secure environmental justice for low-income communities and communities of color. To learn more about NYLPI, visit www.nylpi.org.

NYLPI offers a competitive salary and comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including health insurance, short- and long-term disability and life insurance, an outstanding retirement savings plan, and fifteen (15) days of vacation during the first year of employment.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and the deadline for applications is April 12.

Please send applications to jobs@nylpi.org with the subject line “Attention: HJ Community Organizer” Applications must include:

  • detailed cover letter, including the applicant’s specific answer to the following required question: How have your background or experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural competency and diversity? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences. Please also reference in your cover letter where you saw this posting.
  • resume
  • writing sample

We strongly encourage candidates from historically oppressed groups to apply.  We are committed to advancing social justice and civil rights in our advocacy, and we value the dynamism and perspective that staff diversity brings to the work and culture of the office. We strive to promote behaviors, attitudes and policies that enable us to work inclusively and effectively in cross-cultural situations with clients, co-workers, and community partners. We actively recruit and seek to grow and maintain a staff that is diverse along many axes, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, and national origin; disability; socioeconomic background; and sexual orientation and gender identity.

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