Pro Bono Clearinghouse Program Associate

September 12, 2022

News, Pro Bono Clearinghouse

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a community-driven civil rights organization, seeks a  Pro Bono Clearinghouse Program Associate.

NYLPI’s Pro Bono Clearinghouse connects innovative and impactful nonprofit organizations with free  legal services by drawing on volunteer lawyers from over 100 of New York’s most prestigious law firms  and corporate law departments. The Pro Bono Clearinghouse is further committed to helping nonprofits  thrive by providing resources that help organizations overcome legal obstacles, build capacity and  develop stronger and more effective programs. Through educational workshops, trainings for nonprofit  leaders, individual counseling and a series of publications, the Clearinghouse is at the forefront of helping  nonprofits maximize their performance and their impact on our community.

 

About the Role 

The Program Associate will have the unique opportunity to work directly with startup nonprofits,  nonprofit capacity builders, and some of New York City’s most prominent law firms. This is a dynamic  position combining program management, relationship building, and client service responsibilities with  administrative duties. The position will report to the Director and Assistant Director of Pro Bono  Programs. Responsibilities include the following:

Program Management

  • Strategize, direct, and implement partnership projects with a focus on immigration work • Conceptualize, plan, and market educational programs for nonprofit leaders with capacity  building and law firm partners
  • Produce informational guides for nonprofits
  • Develop new projects
  • Assist with all aspects of the summer externship program
  • Supervise Clearinghouse interns in tracking cases and maintaining the database
  • Manage social media planning and execution

Relationship Building

  • Represent the organization at community functions and other sector events, including as NYLPI’s  representative on diversity, equity and inclusion working group of capacity building organizations  in the sector
  • Serve as a media ambassador for press outlets
  • Maintain existing relationships and establish new ones with capacity builders and law firms • Cultivate relationships with partner nonprofits, including attending monthly meetings, convenings  and conferences with nonprofit coalitions
  • Liaise with NYLPI’s communications consultants to manage media relations
  • Proactively identify recognition opportunities for partner law firms and pro bono attorneys

Client Services

  • Screen and assess the legal needs of startup nonprofits for referral to member firms • Generate new clients by sharing our services widely and identifying prospective nonprofits • Organize and attend case placement meetings
  • Supervise interns in tracking the status of placed cases and maintaining the database • Conduct outreach to community groups to advertise the Clearinghouse’s services

Administrative Management

  • Collect and enter information from client cases and workshops into database
  • Utilize WordPress to make updates to Pro Bono Clearinghouse section of NYLPI’s website • General administrative duties

 

QUALIFICATIONS 

Required 

  • Some full-time work experience, with a preference for significant time in nonprofit, social justice or  legal settings
  • Commitment to equity and civil rights
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an engaging presence, along with diplomacy and tact • Strong written skills in various mediums (including editorial and social media) and oral  communications skills
  • Strong organizational skills, detail oriented and ability to balance short and long-term projects

Preferred 

  • Equivalent of two years full-time work experience
  • Experience building and maintaining relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders • Experience working effectively with people from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds  and ability to drive strong relationships
  • Experience working in a high-performing and agile organization with a team-oriented culture • Knowledge of databases, Microsoft Office/Word, design programs (such as Canva) • Experience with social media platforms

NYLPI offers a competitive salary based on years of relevant experience. A person in this role with one to four years of experience would earn $56,500 to $62,000. NYLPI also provides 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 holiday swapping policy to allow for the observation of holidays of your choice. This position requires  some on-site, in-person work. Please note that NYLPI requires that all employees demonstrate proof of  vaccination against COVID-19 and a current booster dose.

Please send applications by October 14, 2022 to j[email protected] with the words “Attention:  Clearinghouse Program Associate Position.” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and  must include: 

(1) Detailed cover letter addressed to Marnie Berk, Director of Pro Bono Programs, 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. (2) Resume

(3) Writing sample

We strongly encourage candidates fluent in multiple languages and candidates from groups that  have historically experienced oppression to apply. We are committed to advancing racial 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.

 

About NYLPI 

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.

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