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Staff Attorney and Program Coordinator

Position: Staff Attorney and Program Coordinator

Department: LASSIF Legal Services

Reports to: Supervising Attorney

Basic Function of Position 

The staff attorney/program coordinator works within a team of two attorneys and one DOJ-accredited representative/paralegal and ASC’s Supervising Social Worker under the Legal and Supportive Services for Individuals and Families Program (“LASSIF”) Program.  This program provides a wide-range of civil legal services to individuals and families living with and/or affected by HIV/AIDS.  The main areas of practice include - immigration, housing, family, public benefits, and advanced directives. The attorney/program coordinator will be responsible for a caseload and supervisor of the staff attorney and paralegal.  The attorney will also work closely with ASC’s legal department, including attorneys, legal fellow, paralegals, volunteer attorneys, and law student interns.  

In addition to the legal responsibilities, the staff attorney/program coordinator is responsible for compliance with funders’ program requirements, including communications with the LASSIF Director, data entry management, and monthly data and narrative reporting.   

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Provide legal services within the AIDS Institute Legal and Supportive Services (LASSIF)  program, which provides representation to HIV-positive individuals and affected family members annually,  in the areas of immigration, landlord/tenant, family, public benefits, and advanced directives..
  • Directly supervise one staff attorney and one DOJ representative/paralegal.
  • Implement and maintain quality assurance measures to ensure client/case projections are met and that data is properly tracked in the AIRS data management system.
  • Prepare and submit monthly AIRS and narrative reports to funders.
  • Participate in quarterly LASSIF Provider conference calls; prepare for audits.
  • Liaise with the ASC Case Management Department; collaborate on monthly reports with ASC’s supervising social worker; ensure case management client projections are met.
  • Develop and conduct trainings for community based partner organizations and hospitals on issues affecting our primary client base. 
  • Participate in in- house and external trainings in the areas of immigration law, entitlements, housing and family matters, advanced directives, HIV confidentiality and discrimination. 
  • Participate in case conferences with  other attorneys in legal department.

Desired Qualifications 

  • J.D. from an accredited law school and admission to the New York State Bar
  • A minimum of 3 years experience in immigration, housing, family, and/or public benefits 
  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience working in the non-profit sector 
  • Strong writing, analytical, and communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and sensitivity to cultural issues of African, Caribbean, and other refugees and immigrants.
  • Fluency in Spanish or French strongly preferred 

 

African Services Committee (“ASC”) is a New York City-based community service organization founded in 1981 by a refugee from Ethiopia with the mission of addressing the needs of newcomers affected by war, persecution, poverty, and global health inequalities. Our services currently include civil and immigration legal services; case management; housing assistance; English classes; HIV and other medical testing; food pantry; community outreach, and HIV and immigration reform advocacy.  

The overall legal program at ASC serves approximately 1,000 individuals annually, providing immigration representation as well as legal assistance in the areas of housing, family, public benefits, and advance directives.  Many of our clients have fled persecution or unrest in their home countries and must overcome complex legal and social barriers to establish safe and secure new lives in the United States. 

Please send resume plus cover letter to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

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