SOCIETY OF NORTHEASTERN NEW YORK
HOUSING ADVOCATE/PARALEGAL - SARATOGA SPRINGS OFFICE
Position -- The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New
York (LASNNY) has an opening for a Housing Advocate/Paralegal in the Saratoga
office. The Housing Advocate/Paralegal will work with the housing attorneys in
the Saratoga office to prevent homelessness. Services provided include
interviewing clients and witnesses; interacting with municipal code and
building inspectors; assisting housing attorneys in preparing for trial;
advocating for tenant clients in applying for and receiving emergency and
ongoing public benefits, including representation at administrative conferences
and hearings; and referring clients to other community resources and
organizations as needed to maintain housing stability
Responsibilities -- Duties include conducting client
interviews and assessments, developing individualized case plans, advocating
for the client's access to services and government benefit programs, such as
public benefits and child care, conducting home visits and apartment
inspections, assisting the client in applying for, finding and retaining
suitable housing and spotting and resolving legal issues under the supervision
of an attorney. Duties also include
assisting attorneys in trial preparation.
Data entry into case management system and grant reporting system
required. Additional duties as assigned
by Supervisor. The Housing
Advocate/Paralegal will carry his/her own caseload as well as working on the
Saratoga housing attorneys' cases.
Qualifications -- Must be committed to ending homelessness,
advocating for low income families and individuals and serving the low income
community. Must be compassionate,
intelligent, hardworking, careful, reliable, resourceful, have good judgment,
attention to detail and demonstrate sensitivity to the challenges facing low
income and homeless families. Must be
able to engage and support the families served.
Must be able to pragmatically solve problems, spot legal issues, and
work well with adversaries, LAS staff and attorneys and others in the
community. Must have either a
BA preferably in the human services field (with a strong preference for
additional relevant experience) OR four years or more relevant
experience. Must be able to work well as
part of a team. Must have a clean and
valid NYS driver's license and vehicle.
Good computer and administrative skills.
Spanish speaking a plus.
Salary: $26,624 - $33,242 depending upon
experience. Excellent fringe
Wednesday October 11, 2017
To apply, please go to www.lasnny.org OR
1) Complete the Application linked here, or the mobile-friendly
application linked here
2) Complete the Demographic Survey linked here
No applications will be accepted without a writing
sample, cover letter and resume.
We are Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Minorities, women, the elderly, LGBT persons and people with
disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.