LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF NORTHEASTERN NEW YORK
Housing Staff Attorney – Albany
Located in New York, must live in NYS
Full-time, Min 35hr/ week
Salary: $59,794 – $78,384, DOE, plus generous benefits
The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, a nonprofit civil legal services program, is seeking a Housing Staff Attorney. Legal Aid’s mission is to fight for fairness, dignity, and justice for those living in poverty and for a society that is inclusive and equitable for all. We transform lives, build community, and empower people by using the law to address individual and systemic wrongs and inequities. Our service area spans sixteen counties, in upstate New York, encompassing six regional offices. This position is based out of our Albany office. For more information about our work, staff, and clients, visit www.lasnny.org.
Staff Attorney: The staff attorney can serve in any of our six offices. The attorney will seek justice and fairness for households at risk of homelessness, and who are suffering from financial and other hardships, by providing free legal assistance in Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, and Schenectady counties.
- Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to helping low-income and disadvantaged people overcome institutional barriers to employment, safety, housing, and income support and the provision of assertive, compassionate victim sensitive trauma-informed services to victims of domestic violence.
- Must be able to communicate effectively with clients and staff, work independently and efficiently, and be able to problem solve and work collaboratively with community partner agency staff.
- Training or experience in community lawyering or community organizing or engagement, demonstrated strong listening and relationship-building skills, experience, creativity, and willingness to use varied legal and non-legal advocacy tools to advance community-identified initiatives preferred.
- Must be willing to travel throughout the relevant service area and have a car and a clean valid New York driver’s license.
- Strong computer, administrative, reporting, and data entry skills required.
- The ability to speak Spanish or Chinese is a plus.
Staff Attorney Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- The attorney will provide legal assistance to eligible households at risk of homelessness by preventing evictions, securing mainstream benefits, and making referrals to services that will enhance the household’s ability to maintain permanent housing.
- Attorneys are expected to work collaboratively with government and nonprofit agencies that provide supportive services, income, shelter, permanent supportive housing, homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing services, and financial assistance, to plan and provide assistance to the homeless and at-risk residents.
- The attorneys will provide legal assistance in maintaining or securing permanent housing and the income necessary to retain permanent housing. Legal assistance will include eviction defense, asserting protections for tenants and fully utilizing the law to preserve tenancies and keep people safe in housing.
- Attorneys will protect public and subsidized housing tenancies and subsidies, address utility shut-offs or denials of service, and secure emergency assistance, ongoing temporary assistance, and other income support necessary to achieve housing stability.
- Attorneys will provide a full range of legal services, including counsel and advice, referrals, representation in administrative hearings, affirmative and defensive litigation, systemic advocacy, community legal education, outreach and engagement, and community lawyering.
- The attorneys will be experts in the Emergency Rental Assistance Program or Right To Counsel Program and related data collection.
- Requirements and compliance therewith and will work collaboratively with other LASNNY housing attorneys and paralegals to ensure that efficient and effective legal assistance is provided which maximizes access to LASNNY services and addresses systemic issues that cause homelessness.
- The attorneys will also participate in the development and implementation of LASNNY’s race equity priority and their professional development plan.
This position operates in a professional law office environment and occasionally may require the carrying of items of up to 20 pounds. This role requires the use of standard office equipment and software and remote videoconferencing platforms. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
We are a unionized program with excellent benefits, offering generous time off, excellent health insurance coverage with premiums primarily paid by LASNNY, health and long-term disability insurance, retirement contributions, tuition reimbursement, qualifying moving expenses, and flexible hybrid-remote and alternative work schedules.
Application Deadline: Until Filled
To apply, please go to www.lasnny.org OR
Complete the Application linked here, or
Complete the Demographic Survey linked here
At LASNNY we value a diverse, inclusive workforce and we provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. We strongly encourage applications from women, BIPOC, LGBTQI+ persons, protected veterans, applicants and recipients of public assistance, older adults, and people with disabilities.
If you are unable to submit your application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at LASNNY and we will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities to the extent required by applicable law.