LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF NORTHEASTERN NEW YORK
STAFF ATTORNEY SERVING SCHENECTADY COUNTY
Responsibilities: The attorney will be
responsible for implementing LASNNY's partnership with the Schenectady
Community Action Program (SCAP) to provide legal assistance to homeless
households and assist at risk and homeless families in the Capital Region
secure and maintain appropriate shelter and safe and affordable permanent
housing and necessary financial supports.
The attorney will implement a SAMHSA
(Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) funded grant to
provide legal assistance to the homeless in partnership with SCAP and other
community partner agencies. The attorney
will also provide legal assistance to eligible Schenectady County homeless
households enrolled in the SCAP Rapid Rehousing program in a wide variety of
civil legal matters to promote and enhance housing and income stability by
securing mainstream income benefits and addressing legal barriers to securing
and maintaining permanent housing. The
attorney will make referrals and link clients to other agencies providing
services such as child care, employment, behavioral and physical health
services. In the Capital Region the attorney will assist homeless households
secure and maintain shelter and temporary housing assistance until appropriate
and safe permanent housing is secured.
The attorney will also assist households at
risk of homelessness in the Capital Region by preventing evictions, securing
income and mainstream benefits, including housing related emergency and ongoing
public assistance, addressing legal barriers to securing and maintaining
permanent housing and making appropriate referrals to services. The attorney
also will assist with denials and terminations of public or subsidized housing
and address illegal lockouts, substandard housing conditions and tenants harmed
by mortgage and tax foreclosures and housing code enforcement shutdowns.
The attorney will work collaboratively with
SCAP staff and other LASNNY attorneys and Capital Region human service
providers. The attorney will also work closely with the Schenectady County
Coordinated Entry team, and will be expected to maintain records required by
SAMHSA and the Rapid Rehousing Program and to become familiar with and utilize
the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
Requirements: Admitted to New York State Bar. One to five years' experience. Applicants must demonstrate a strong
commitment to helping homeless and disadvantaged people overcome institutional
barriers to employment, safety, housing and income supports. Must be intelligent, hardworking, careful,
reliable, have good judgment, attention to detail and a demonstrated commitment
and sensitivity to the low-income community.
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.
Must be willing to travel throughout the 16 county service area, and
have a car and clean valid New York State driver's license. Strong computer, administrative, reporting
and data entry skills required. Ability
to speak Spanish is a plus.
$46,307-$57,561 DOE. We are a
unionized program and our fringe benefits are excellent.
deadline: December 19, 2018
Any applications that do not have a
cover letter, resume and writing sample will not be considered.
To apply, please go to www.lasnny.org OR
Complete the Application
linked here, or the mobile-friendly
application linked here
Complete the Demographic Survey linked here
are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, the elderly, LGBTQ
persons, Protected Veterans and people with disabilities are strongly
encouraged to apply.