City Bar Justice Center projects operate across a diverse range of legal issues. Each project is run by an experienced legal expert, coordinated by a dedicated staff member, and delivered through pro bono volunteer lawyers and community outreach. In addition, CBJC operates the largest free civil Legal Hotline in NYC, providing assistance to over 1,000 people per month.
Project Coordinator (Bilingual English/Spanish), Consumer Bankruptcy Project
The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) seeks an enthusiastic and organized individual who is committed to equal access to justice to join our team as a Project Coordinator principally for our Consumer Bankruptcy Project. CBJC annually provides high-quality, free civil legal services benefiting nearly 24,000 New Yorkers who lack the resources to hire private counsel. CBJC also relies on partnerships with the City Bar, law firms, corporate legal departments, the courts, and other stakeholders. In 2021-22, over 1,600 pro bono attorneys donated services to support clinics and client matter work drawn from CBJC’s dozen civil legal services projects.
The City Bar Justice Center’s Consumer Bankruptcy Project (CBP) advises individuals burdened with consumer, medical, and student loan debt on rights and remedies available to them under Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy and consumer laws, and offers financial literacy educational resources and tools to the larger community. CBP also trains and mentors pro bono attorneys to provide assistance to many CBP clients, and to assist with legal clinics, trainings, and know your rights presentations.
The Project Coordinator works closely with and under the supervision of CBP’s Director to handle the following areas of responsibility, among others:
- Provide case assessment support, and conduct eligibility screening and client interviews
- Carefully maintain client and volunteer databases and diligently track case statistics
- Provide administrative help by answering phones and setting up client appointments, while also providing caring follow-up to clients, who typically seek our assistance at very vulnerable moments in their lives
- Provide organizational and logistical support for both virtual and in-person training programs, legal clinics, and community outreach events, including making presentations at community organizations.
- Conduct research and draft initial applications under the supervision of CBP and pro bono attorneys
- Assist in the preparation of grant applications / reports and other fundraising activities
- Liaise with attorney volunteers from large firms and corporate legal departments
- Other City Bar Justice Center administrative work, including with other CBJC Projects, as needed
Candidates for this position must be available for in-person work at our Midtown Manhattan office on a hybrid schedule requiring 2-3 days of scheduled in-office work per week, with the balance of time being work-from-home. The City Bar requires all employees, including this position, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter our building. Additional information about this policy is available via Human Resources.
EXPERIENCE, SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS
- Bachelor’s degree or substantially equivalent work experience in a professional setting.
- Minimum 1 year of work experience (relevant internships acceptable).
- Strong data-entry, organizational and project management skills; high attention to detail; excellent verbal and written communication skills; comfortable communicating both by telephone and in direct contact with the public.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365, and the ability to quickly learn and effectively use LegalServer and other technology.
- Ability to connect with people from different backgrounds, and demonstrated enthusiasm for public interest legal work, serving communities that are under-resourced, and advancing racial equity and social and economic justice is required.
- A team player with an ability to interact respectfully with clients, volunteer attorneys, government employees, and fellow staff members.
- Spanish fluency required—written and spoken.
We are looking for candidates for this entry-level position who are willing to make a minimum commitment of two years to the Project Coordinator role. This position, supported in part by a renewable grant, is open immediately.
This is a Local 153, Office and Professional Employees International Union position, with a starting annualized salary of $44,720 based on a 35-hour workweek, and benefits and other employment terms and conditions determined by an existing collective bargaining agreement. The City Bar’s competitive benefits package includes generous paid time off (vacation, personal, sick time, holidays, day off for volunteer work, extra time off in the summer), choice of medical plans (some offered at almost no cost to employee), dental, vision, 401K, life insurance, commuter benefits, Employee Assistance Program, short-term/long-term disability insurance, employee discounts, and more!
Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. We are not able to sponsor visas for this position.
To apply: Please send a cover letter explaining your interest, a resume, and three professional business references to: https://newyorkcitybarassociation.applytojob.com/apply/Kauwhfmwtg/Project-Coordinator-Consumer-Bankruptcy-Project
The City Bar Justice Center is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, and we particularly encourage applications from candidates belonging to communities historically under-represented in the legal profession. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, disability, arrest or conviction record, pregnancy, credit history, salary history, caregiver status, marital status, partnership status, or status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, religion, sex, genetic information, military status, unemployment status or any other characteristic as protected by law. With regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act and other related laws, the organization will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for persons due to their religious beliefs, disability, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition or because the individual was a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking.
The City Bar Justice Center considers applications for academic year internships on an ad hoc basis, and accepts applications for our summer internship program between February 1 and March 15 each year. We typically seek law students, but often have capacity for one or two undergraduate interns depending on our program needs at any given time. All internships are unpaid (unless you apply for and secure independent funding – e.g., from your school). Please see current open opportunities listed below or if you are interested in applying for any future openings, please send a cover letter as well as your resume, transcript, and a brief writing sample to email@example.com.
Pro Bono Scholars
The City Bar Justice Center considers applications for New York’s Pro Bono Scholars program on a rolling basis. If you are interested in applying, please send a cover letter as well as your resume, transcript, and a brief writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org.