Health Justice Program Advocate

April 5, 2022

Health Justice

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a community-driven civil rights organization, seeks an Advocate in the Health Justice program to be an integral part of the Health Justice team, working alongside attorneys, community organizers, and other advocates.  The Advocate will work directly with clients, most of whom are undocumented and uninsured, and carry out case management duties on behalf of people confined to immigration detention facilities. The Advocate will also provide support for attorneys and perform program or case-related administrative work to support Health Justice’s programs.

 

About the Health Justice Program

The Health Justice (HJ) program brings a racial justice and immigrant rights focus to advocacy in New York City and State. 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) combat the human rights crisis in immigration detention; (2) promote immigrant access to healthcare; (3) eliminate racial and ethnic discrimination and systemic and institutional barriers that limit New Yorkers access to healthcare; and (4) address the social determinants of health so that all New Yorkers can live a healthy life. Current campaigns focus on advancing the rights of people confined to immigration detention, including the right to access necessary care, and advocating for their release; providing immigration representation and health advocacy for undocumented and uninsured immigrants with serious health conditions; providing immigration representation and health advocacy for undocumented immigrants who identify as transgender, gender-nonconforming, or intersex; improving access to medical care for people with disabilities; and addressing social determinants of health, including outreach and education on health-related matters.

 

About the Role

Reporting to the HJ Program Director, the Advocate will work with the HJ program to determine the strategic direction of the program consistent with NYLPI’s mission and overall strategic planning. The Advocate will work both independently and in collaboration with attorneys, community organizers, other advocates, and communications and lobbying experts.

 

The Advocate will work with program staff as follows:

  • Engage in advocacy on cases and campaigns, including contributing to educational and outreach efforts; assisting with intake and client support, including handling client calls and providing information, referrals and direct client support; and assisting in maintaining the program’s referral guides and resource materials.
  • Provide case support, including communicating with clients and witnesses; managing documents; assisting with scheduling; helping maintain litigation files; assisting with document production for cases; and other administrative functions.
  • Provide additional campaign and case support to the HJ team, including drafting surveys and portions of reports, interviewing community members, conducting research, and entering and analyzing data.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

Required

  • Demonstrated commitment to health justice, racial justice, and/or immigrant rights.
  • Experience working with individual clients or providing legal and administrative support.
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently and to juggle multiple tasks under time constraints.
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills, including the ability to work and communicate with diverse audiences — for example, staff, organizational partners and community members.

 

Preferred

  • Experience in social work/direct services.
  • Paralegal or administrative experience.
  • Experience working with community-based organizations and healthcare providers.
  • Experience in and/or basic knowledge of immigration law or systems.
  • Experience working with the LGBTQIA+ community.
  • Fluency in Spanish strongly preferred.

 

About NYLPI

For 45 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.

 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with interviews starting as early as April 11, 2022. Please send applications to [email protected] with the words “Attention: HJ Advocate Position.” Applications must include:

 

  • 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.
  • Resume
  • Writing sample
  • 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.

 

A PDF of the Job Description can be viewed here.

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