The Waterfront Project - Part-Time Staff Attorney

25 Jan 2018 8:12 PM | Anonymous

Organization

Founded in 2013, The Waterfront Project, Inc. (WFP), is a legal center that provides free civil legal representation, brief advice, and advocacy to Hudson County residents who are asset-limited, incomeĀ­ constrained, homeless or disenfranchised.

Currently, WFP's primary focus is pursing creative legal strategies to allow low-income people to stay in their homes and communities, especially in neighborhoods experiencing rapid development and gentrification. WFP represents clients and supervises pro  bona  attorneys  representing  clients on matters related to their public benefits, housing, estate planning, and consumer debt.

WFP is also the home of Hudson County's Housing Counselling Program. The Housing Counselling Program provides HUD-approved counselling on tenancy rights, improving one's credit, and opportunities for low-and moderate-income home buyers.

For more information, please visit www.thewaterfrontproject.org. 

Position

The Waterfront Project, Inc. is seeking applications for the position of Staff Attorney to provide civil legal services, with a focus on landlord tenant, elder law, and public benefits advocacy. The position is partĀ­ time, approximately 15-20 hours per week.

Responsibilities

The Staff Attorney will be engaged in direct representation and to provide support to our network of pro bona attorneys who represent clients. The Attorney will also  be expected  to  engage  in activities including but not limited to:

  • Helping tenants respond to eviction lawsuits;
  • Taking affirmative actions to improve housing conditions;
  • Securing emergency assistance, ongoing temporary assistance and other forms of income support necessary to achieve housing stability;
  • Prepare simple wills, advance directives, and powers of attorney for low-income seniors and oversee pro bona attorneys in connection with this work;
  • Represent low-income consumers on matters such as identity theft and unlawful debt collection practices;
  • Represent clients whose public benefits (such as SNAP, SAIF, SSI, WFNJ-GA, WFNJ-TANF) have been reduced or discontinued at administrative hearings;
  • Lead workshops and presentations in the  community about tenant's rights,  public benefits and at senior centers in connection with The Waterfront Project's Wills for Seniors Program.
Qualifications
  • License and ability to practice law in New Jersey required;
  • 2+ years litigation experience, preferably in legal services or with an extensive pro bona practice;
  • Confidence in the courthouse;
  • Strong organizational, research, analytical, and oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social, economic, and racial justice;
  • Experience working on affordable housing, emergency shelter or other issue related to
  • Willingness to participate in grant reporting requirements;
  • Familiarity with Google Organization & Productivity Tools (Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar) and/or ability to learn new technologies;
  • Ability to work with volunteers in a professional and collaborative manner;
  • Ability to work in a small, nonprofit environment, both independently and as part of a team;
  • Ability to track legal developments in the area of housing law, elder law, consumer rights, and other substantive legal issues affecting program clients;
  • Ability to work with underrepresented communities, including but not limited to people living with physical or mental health disabilities and clients of diverse ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds;
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) skills preferred but not required;
  • Access to reliable transportation.

How to Apply 

Please email a resume and cover letter to director@thewaterfrontproject.org. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Given WFP has an immediate opening, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application at their earliest convenience. No calls or emails, please. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

WFP is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. Women, people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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