New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a community-driven civil rights organization, seeks a Senior Staff Attorney in its Disability Justice Program to promote the rights of New Yorkers with disabilities.

The Senior Staff Attorney will take on existing systemic and individual disability justice advocacy and will be responsible for developing new cases and campaigns. The attorney will engage in legal, policy, and administrative advocacy, as well as community organizing and outreach, coalition-building, and media work. The attorney will identify, manage and advance new opportunities, and may participate in policy advocacy at the national, state and city level. The Senior Staff Attorney will work both independently and in collaboration with other attorneys, community organizers, and communications and lobbying experts across all NYLPI programs. For example, the attorney will contribute to NYLPI’s cutting-edge advocacy and litigation campaign addressing health threats, deplorable conditions, and lack of access to healthcare for people with disabilities in immigration detention.

The work of the Disability Justice Program is founded on principles of equality of opportunity, self-determination, and independence for people with disabilities. In partnership with individuals and community organizations, we use a wide range of advocacy tools to assert the rights of New Yorkers with disabilities to equally access critical services, including education, housing and health care. We advocate for individuals with disabilities to live as independently as possible in the community with the support services they need, and we fight for the health care rights of people with disabilities in immigration detention. Our advocacy also encompasses communication access, including the rights of Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals and limited English proficient individuals with disabilities to participate equally in New York City programs and services.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  • Attorney in good standing
  • Licensed to practice law in the State of New York or eligible for admission to the New York bar at the time of hiring and admitted within one year of hire
  • Minimum seven years relevant litigation experience
  • Commitment to disability rights advocacy
  • Excellent writing, analytic, public speaking, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to be flexible and creative in approach
  • Excellent strategic judgment
  • Drive to originate and effectuate challenging campaigns

Preferred:

  • At least five years of experience with legal, policy and/or administrative advocacy
  • Experience working with coalitions of community members and community-based organizations
  • Fluency in a language in addition to English
  • Federal litigation experience

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 interviews may begin as early as March 1. Please send applications to jobs@nylpi.org with the subject line “Attention: DJ Senior Staff Attorney Position.” Applications must include:

  • detailed cover letter, including the applicant’s specific answer to the following required question: How have your personal 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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