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Posted by: Crystal Boadu - 4/26/2019
Job Expires: 5/20/2019
Disability Advocacy Program Attorney Coordinator

DAP State-Wide Attorney Coordinator

                                                        

Albany or Yonkers, NY - Full time, Exempt position

 

Empire Justice Center, a highly respected, statewide legal services organization, is seeking an experienced attorney to join our team as one of two State-Wide Coordinators for the Disability Advocacy Program (DAP).This is an opportunity to join one of the most effective organizations serving low-income individuals and families in New York State.

 

Empire Justice Center attracts and employs dedicated, determined, and passionate advocates who, together, make a significant impact on the lives of low-income New Yorkers. We achieve our successes through direct legal representation and high-impact litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, and by providing training and technical assistance to other advocates who are working towards the same goals.

 

With offices in Rochester, Albany, Westchester County, and Long Island, our organization offers staff an exciting and dynamic working environment and a strong commitment to teamwork, diversity, and personal/professional development.

 

The Position

The Disability Advocacy Program is a network of attorneys and paralegals throughout New York State that represent low-income New Yorkers whose applications for federal disability benefits (SSI and SSD) have been denied, or whose federal disability benefits are being terminated. It is funded by the State of New York. Funding is administered by the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).  

The DAP State-Wide Coordinator Attorney will:

  • Provide legal education and substantive law training on Social Security law to the NYS DAP community through regional task force meetings and specialized trainings;
  • Act as an information clearinghouse, and keep NYS DAP advocates up-to-date on changes in Social Security laws, rules and regulations through the quarterly Disability Law News;
  • Respond to requests for information posted on the DAP Listserv and received from individual advocates;
  • Build, organize and keep current several web-based resources, including a comprehensive web site as well as specialized web resources for DAP staff;
  • Represent individual Social Security disability claimants in the federal courts and undertake impact litigation;
  • Undertake legislative and administrative advocacy aimed at improving access to justice and maintaining DAP funding;
  • Oversee the collection of all case closing data from DAP contractors and provide both the contractors and OTDA with timely quarterly and annual reports; and
  • Assist in the preparation of OTDA?s Biennial DAP Report to the Legislature

Skills

  • Substantive law knowledge in priority area of Social Security disability law;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong analytical abilities
  • Mentoring and training abilities
  • Effective decision making skills
 

Qualifications

  • Background in Social Security disability law, especially Supplemental Security Income;
  • 10+ years relevant disability law experience;
  • Experience planning and conducting substantive disability law trainings;
  • Demonstrated commitment to enforcing and expanding the rights of low income persons;
  • A desire to pursue systemic change through litigation and policy advocacy;
  • Clear commitment to principles of diversity and inclusion;
  • Be admitted to practice law in New York or eligible for admission to the New York Bar and the various U.S. District Courts at the time of hiring (must be admitted within one year of hire);
  • Ability and willingness to travel on a regular basis to provide training and/or to participate in policy advocacy.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience and based on the organization's salary scale. Empire Justice Center offers a generous benefits package, including health insurance, pension and life insurance, vacation, holiday, personal and sick time.  Empire Justice Center supports and encourages a work/life balance.

Empire Justice Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and values a diverse work force. People of color, women, persons with disabilities, persons who are elderly, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

Position available July 1, 2019. Applications accepted until position is filled.To apply, e-mail a cover letter, resume, writing sample (preferably USDC memo in Social Security case and original training materials), and three professional references to; employment@empirejustice.org Please include, DAP Attorney, First/Last Name to the subject line of the email. Please apply by May 20th, 2019. No phone calls or hard copies please. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

DAP Attorney

employment@empirejustice.org

 

 
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