Legal Assistant – Program Support and Data Systems

May 18, 2022

Job Opportunities

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a community-driven civil rights organization, seeks a Legal Assistant for Program Support and Data Systems.

About the Role

The Legal Assistant for Program Support and Data Systems will provide administrative support to NYLPI’s program staff and the overall organization; develop expertise with NYLPI’s case management and data collection systems; and coordinate training of staff in optimizing these systems. Core duties include but are not limited to: 

  • Organizing and assembling documents, files, and records; 
  • Corresponding with partner organizations, clients, experts, and courts; 
  • Producing and filing pleadings in federal and state courts;
  • Conducting factual and online/database research;
  • Reviewing and proofreading documents and data;
  • Assisting with other administrative tasks as assigned to further NYLPI’s community-driven mission pursuing justice for New Yorkers; 
  • Onboarding and training staff on case management and data collection systems;
  • Partnering with other staff members and supervisors to ensure that NYLPI’s systems collect robust information on Program staff’s activities and outcomes (1) in a centralized way that (2) captures the extent of the work we do for communities and individuals and (3) fits into daily workflow.

The Legal Assistant will report directly to the Director of Human Resources and Administration and will work on distinct projects under the supervision of a range of NYLPI Program staff.

This position requires some on-site, in-person work. Please note that NYLPI requires that all employees demonstrate proof of vaccination against COVID-19. 

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • Demonstrably organized and detail-oriented
  • Committed to offering administrative excellence to support NYLPI’s mission and work
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft 365 suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Experience creating and editing large PDF files
  • Highly interested in working with data systems, and facilitating colleagues’ work with those systems
  • Ability to learn new technology tools and platforms

Preferred

  • Zero to four years experience
  • Experience working with databases 
  • Familiarity with case management programs

Salary is $51,000 – $60,000, DOE. NYLPI offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including health insurance, short- and long-term disability and life insurance, an outstanding retirement savings plan, fifteen (15) days of vacation during the first year of employment, and a holiday swapping policy to allow for the observation of holidays of your choice. 

Please send applications to [email protected] with the subject line “Attention: Legal Assistant Position.” Interviews will begin as early as May 23, 2022, and applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 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

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. NYLPI is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities.

About NYLPI

For 45 years, NYLPI has been a leading civil rights advocate for New Yorkers fighting marginalization on the basis of race, immigration status, income, 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

A PDF of the Job Description can be viewed here.

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