New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a community-driven civil rights organization, seeks a Director for its Health Justice program.
NYLPI’s Health Justice work brings a racial equity and immigrant justice focus in pursuing healthcare for all New Yorkers. In partnership with individuals and community-based organizations, we use a wide range of advocacy tools – including community organizing, coalition-building, individual representation, impact litigation, and legislative advocacy – to advance four broad goals: (1) challenge health disparities; (2) eliminate racial and ethnic discrimination and systemic and institutional barriers that limit access to healthcare; (3) promote immigrant and language access to healthcare; and (4) address the social determinants of health so that all New Yorkers can live a healthier lives.
Our multi-disciplinary team of lawyers, organizers, advocates and social workers fights alongside affected communities to remedy longstanding civil and human rights abuses. As the human rights catastrophe in immigration detention explodes, our innovative medical-legal-community partnership increases access to healthcare in immigration detention, and our cases have set precedent in the Second Circuit. We navigate systems and provide immigration representation to connect undocumented and uninsured immigrants with serious health conditions to State-funded Medicaid, and we advocate for healthcare coverage for all New Yorkers. Our creative team also works at the intersections of environmental, disability and health justice: for example, we address dangerous housing conditions through high-impact reports and seek alternatives to police intervention for people experiencing mental health crises.
Throughout, we engage our community partners in our work and seek to amplify the voices of people most directly affected, and to follow their lead. We believe health justice affects all parts of New Yorkers’ lives.
About the Role
This position is a remarkable opportunity for an experienced, creative leader to build on NYLPI’s strengths and successes, and increase our impact by developing and managing ambitious cases and campaigns. The Health Justice Director will provide strategic leadership, identifying systemic health-related issues and policies that affect clients and communities and pursuing powerful solutions by creatively combining organizing, policy advocacy, and high-impact litigation to achieve community goals. The director will maintain a bold and collaborative advocacy culture with
program staff and will work to enhance relationships with client communities, advocacy and community groups, the courts, pro bono partners, government agencies, elected and other public officials, the media, and the nonprofit legal community.
Reporting to the Legal Director, the Health Justice Director is responsible for the day-to-day management, professional development, and evaluation of the legal, advocacy, and administrative staff in the Health Justice program (current FTE’s: 2.5 staff attorneys, 1 community organizer).
The Health Justice Director will collaborate with NYLPI’s Disability Justice and Environmental Justice programs and with community and coalition partners. With NYLPI’s Development team, the Health Justice Director will pursue grants and report to funders on our work.
The Health Justice Director frequently speaks publicly about NYLPI’s work, presenting testimony, interviewing with the media, and taking other opportunities to educate and pursue Health Justice as a thought leader.
• At least 7 years of relevant litigation experience, including federal and complex civil litigation
• Commitment to health care advocacy and work toward racial justice
• Management, supervisory, and/or leadership experience in a nonprofit legal program, or equivalent experience demonstrating strong skills in those areas (such as leading litigation teams).
• Excellent writing, analytic, and public speaking skills and ability to be flexible in approach and strategy
• Excellent leadership skills, strategic judgment, entrepreneurial spirit, and the drive to originate and effectuate challenging campaigns
• Attorney in good standing and licensed to practice law in New York or eligible for admission to the New York bar at the time of hiring (must be admitted within one year of hire)
• At least five years of experience with legal, policy and/or administrative advocacy
• Exposure to health care systems and/or Medicaid
• Experience working with coalitions of community members and community-based organizations
• Experience representing clients in affirmative and/or defensive immigration applications and petitions such as asylum, family petitions, adjustment of status applications, U- and T-Nonimmigrant status, and deferred action
• Experience working with people who have been held in immigration detention
• Proficiency in Spanish
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.
Please send applications by September 30 to firstname.lastname@example.org with the words “Attention: Health Justice Director Position.” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and must include:
1. Detailed cover letter explaining your interest, passion, and experience, with a 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, equity, and inclusion? 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.
3. Writing sample addressing a civil rights issue
4. Three references (including daytime telephone numbers)
We strongly encourage candidates fluent in multiple languages and 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, equity, and inclusion bring to the work and culture of our organization. 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.
For more than 40 years, NYLPI has been a leading civil rights advocate for New Yorkers marginalized by race, immigration status, poverty, neighborhood pollution, and disabilities. 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 create equal access to health care, achieve equality of opportunity and self-determination for people with disabilities, ensure immigrant opportunity, strengthen local nonprofits, and secure environmental justice for low-income communities of color. To learn more about NYLPI, visit www.nylpi.org.