Employment Opportunities

We provide free legal services to people with low-income and people with disabilities, since 1965. Our staff is dedicated to representing the poor and fight poverty through consistent high quality legal work.

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES, the largest free civil legal services provider in western New York, seeks an organized, energetic attorney/leader/manager with a passion for justice and strong team spirit to become its next Deputy Director. Ten+ years of professional experience preferred.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

While all applications are welcome, the ideal candidate will have many of these experiences and skills:

 

  • Passionate, demonstrated commitment to providing legal assistance to low-income individuals, families and communities
  • Collaborative communication and interpersonal skills
  • Belief in value of/Ability to foster a diverse workplace
  • Strong management and advocacy leadership skills, with an emphasis upon supporting both Union and Management
  • Highly organized visionary and strategic thinker who can prioritize and integrate short- and long-term goals
  • Background in labor law, finance, grant writing and/or compliance
  • Credible and discrete, with a high level of integrity and the ability to work with highly confidential and privileged information
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

 

BACKGROUND 

 

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES has offices in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Batavia, New York, a budget in excess of $7 million (about one-fifth of which comes from the Legal Services Corporation) and a staff of 34 attorneys, 27 paralegals and 12 administrative professionals.

 

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES is committed both to effective representation of individual clients and to build its advocacy capacity to have a systemic impact on the laws, policies and practices that affect low-income Western New Yorkers.  Each year NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES helps thousands of clients with housing, family, domestic violence, government benefits, health and disability problems.

 

THE POSITION 

 

The Deputy Director will serve as a key part of NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES’ senior management team and will assist NLS’ Executive Director in determining and implementing agency priorities.

 

The Deputy Director will be responsible for management of the program’s primary internal operations with NLS’ Executive Director, overseeing and supervising human resources/collective bargaining issues, grant compliance and program resource allocation.

 

The Deputy Director will work closely with NLS’ team of Supervising Attorneys.

 

The salary and benefits package is competitive and commensurate with experience.  Additional information about NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES is available at www.nls.org.

To apply, please send a resumé and cover letter to HR@nls.org with the subject line: DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Applications will be accepted and processed upon receipt until the position is filled, but interested applicants are strongly urged to apply by February 28, 2022.

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

We look forward to hearing from you!

(multiple positions available)

 

Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.

Job Title                               Staff Attorney – Housing Unit, Buffalo and Niagara Falls Offices

Classification                       Exempt, eligible for Collective Bargaining Unit membership

Reports to                           Unit Supervising Attorney

Supervises                           Paralegals, law clerks and volunteers

 

Summary of Responsibilities:

Maintains a caseload relating housing law and landlord/tenant law including evictions, unsafe housing conditions, public and subsidized housing related issues, and housing discrimination. Handles all aspects of legal representation including client contact, pleading preparation, research, file maintenance, working with support staff, and hearing and trial work. Implements grant and contract requirements through casework and fosters pro bono involvement with the private bar.

 

Essential Responsibilities / Functions:

  • Provide a spectrum of legal assistance from advice/counsel by phone to affirmative litigation in a wide range of issues;
  • Identify systemic problems that affect our clients’ rights:
  • Collaborate and coordinate with other NLS staff and community partners to assure effective referrals and holistic service delivery;
  • Conduct community outreach, education and training;
  • Ensure that all written work product is grammatically correct, carefully edited, well written, and appropriate for its audience;
  • Develop relationships and engage in collaborations with a range of public and private community partners, including governmental agencies, courts, and community based organizations, to ensure integrative services and address systemic barriers facing our client community;
  • Demonstrate cultural competency to work with clients challenged by poverty across the spectrum of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio‐economic status, age, immigrant status, religious identity, physical and mental disabilities, and limited English proficiency;
  • Develop a substantive knowledge of all areas of law that impact our clients;
  • Maintain a current knowledge of developments in law, civil procedure, and civil litigation law and strategies; and
  • Develop a substantive knowledge of the social and economic forces that create poverty and inequality in the United States.

Consistent demonstration of proficient skills, including the following:

  • Communicate with clients (including groups of clients), co-workers, community partners, opposing counsel, judges and court staff effectively;
  • Analyze applicable legal issues, perform legal research skills, plan case strategy;
  • Gather facts, give appropriate advice and referral, draft all necessary documents, negotiate settlements if appropriate;
  • Try cases effectively in city, county, state and/or federal court and administrative hearings;
  • Address issues in a timely manner;
  • Organize and maintain appropriate documentation of activities;
  • Show commitment to bringing justice to WNY residents challenged by poverty;
  • Use computers as needed, including word processing and email;
  • Demonstrate good judgment, ability to handle stress, and initiative on a consistent basis,
  • Demonstrate a willingness to work as a team, and an overall positive attitude;
  • Engage in progressively more complex litigation and show creativity in advocacy;
  • Maintain contacts with community agencies and local client groups;
  • Speak to community groups and others and prepare materials for presentation;
  • Prioritize and implement NLS policies and procedures appropriately;
  • Follow instructions from a supervisor; and
  • Other appropriate functions when necessary.

 

Core Competencies

  • Strong personal work ethic and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines with minimal supervision;
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proof‐reading skills, with ability to be detail‐oriented;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic and multi‐sector team;
  • Curious and self‐directed with an ability to anticipate client and healthcare partner needs;
  • Cultural humility in working with clients across the spectrum of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio‐economic status, immigrant status, religious identity, physical and mental disabilities, and limited English proficiency; and
  • Familiarity with diverse communities is a plus.

 

 

Qualifications

  • J.D. and New York State Bar Membership (may be pending)
  • Previous experience working with low-income and/or underserved communities preferred
  • Second language fluency preferred
  • Legal services background, or knowledge of general civil legal work;

 

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES is a unionized organization with excellent benefits and pay beginning at $59,387 for entry level attorneys.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, writing sample and references to HR@nls.org with the subject line STAFF ATTORNEY HOUSING UNIT.

Applications will be accepted and processed upon receipt until the position is filled, but interested applicants are strongly urged to apply by February 28, 2022.

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Use your Law Degree to help people and change systems. NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES, the largest provider of civil legal services in western New York, is seeking a dynamic staff attorney for the Disability Law Unit in its Buffalo office. The staff attorney will help residents with disabilities obtain and/or maintain the health care and services that they need for the essentials of daily living and ensure that those in need are served by systems that are just, equitable and responsive.  The staff attorney will learn the law and advocate for individuals in need are served by systems that are just, equitable and responsive. The staff attorney will learn the law and advocate for individual in need of Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance, Social Security benefits and other programs and services. Advocacy  will include representation of individual clients and will include representation of identification and advocacy to obtain systemic chance through affirmative advocacy, impact litigation, and pro bono policy work.  Your  clients  will include  people  living  with  low  incomes,  disabilities,  and members  of  the LGBTQ+  community.  The  staff  attorney  will  be  responsible  for  case  load  management,  legal research  and  writing, representation at administrative  hearings  and  state  and  federal  courts.

 

Essential  Responsibilities/Functions:

  • Develop a substantive knowledge of the areas of law that impact the lives of persons with disabilities.
  • Provide  a spectrum of legal assistance from advice and counsel by telephone, representation at Administrative Fair Hearing and state and/or federal court
  • Identify systemic problems that affect the rights of persons with disabilities and address  these  challenges through affirmative  advocacy,  impact  litigation,  and  policy  work
  • Collaborate  and  coordinate  with  NLS  staff and  community  partners  to  assure  effective referrals  and  holistic  service  delivery
  • Conduct community  outreach,  education,  and  training
  • Develop relationships  and  engage  in  collaborations  with  a  range  of  public  and  private community  partners  including  governmental  agencies,  courts,  and  community-based organizations  to  ensure  integrative  services  and  to  address  systemic  barriers  facing  our client community
  • Demonstrate cultural  competency  to  work  with  low-income  clients  across  the  spectrum  of diversity,  including  race,  ethnicity,  gender identity,  sexual orientation,  socio-economic  status, age,  immigrant  status,  religious  identity,  physical and  mental disabilities,  and  those  with  limited English  proficiency.

 

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES is a unionized organization with excellent benefits and pay beginning at $59,387 for entry level attorneys.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, writing sample and references to HR@nls.org with the subject line STAFF ATTORNEY DISABILITY LAW UNIT.

Applications will be accepted and processed upon receipt until the position is filled, but interested applicants are strongly urged to apply by February 28, 2022.

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Use your Law Degree to help your community.  Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS), the largest provider of civil legal services in western New York, is seeking a dynamic staff attorney for its Batavia office. The staff attorney will maintain a caseload relating to housing law, public benefits, family law, disability law, and consumer issues.

 

Essential Responsibilities / Functions: 

  • Handle all aspects of legal representation including client contact, pleading preparation, research, file maintenance, working with support staff, and hearing and trial work;
  • Fulfill all grant and contract requirements through casework, time-keeping, record-keeping, and fostering pro bono involvement with the private bar;
  • Develop a working knowledge of the areas of law that impact our clients;
  • Identify other legal needs of clients to ensure that NLS can provide holistic representation and referrals;
  • Collaborate and coordinate with other NLS staff and community partners to ensure effective referrals and holistic service delivery;
  • Identify systemic problems that affect our clients’ rights;
  • Conduct community outreach, education and training;
  • Demonstrate cultural competency to work with clients of every race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio‐economic status, age, immigrant status, religious identity, physical and mental disabilities, and limited English proficiency;
  • Maintain a current knowledge of developments in civil procedure and civil litigation law; and
  • Develop an understanding of the social and economic forces that create poverty and inequality in our community.

 

Qualifications 

  • J.D. and NYS Bar Admission (considered if bar exam passed and admission pending)
  • Previous experience working with low-income and/or underserved communities preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment and sensitivity to low-income and underserved communities
  • Second language fluency preferred

 

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES is a unionized organization with excellent benefits and pay beginning at $59,387 for entry level attorneys.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, writing sample and references to HR@nls.org with the subject line STAFF ATTORNEY GENERALIST BATAVIA.

Applications will be accepted and processed upon receipt until the position is filled, but interested applicants are strongly urged to apply by February 28, 2022.

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

We look forward to hearing from you!

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES seeks to hire a Staff Paralegal for Housing Cases in our Batavia Office. Paralegal will be responsible for supporting attorneys, counsel and advice, case management, intake, and community education.  Must be able to apply laws to facts of presenting cases.  May have the opportunity to work on cases relating to other matters, such as public benefits, family law, disability law, and consumer issues.

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, or Associate degree in Paralegal Studies, with 0-3 years of experience preferred;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills;
  • Sensitivity to the needs of financially disadvantaged and disabled persons;
  • Previous experience working with low-income and/or underserved communities preferred;
  • Second language fluency preferred; and
  • Legal Services background, or knowledge of general civil legal work preferred.

 

Training and mentoring will be provided as needed.

 

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES is a unionized organization with excellent benefits and pay of up to $68,553 depending on experience.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, writing sample and references to HR@nls.org with the subject line STAFF PARALEGAL BATAVIA.

Applications will be accepted and processed upon receipt until the position is filled, but interested applicants are strongly urged to apply by February 28, 2022.

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Use your office skills to help people and support a team that provides exceptional civil legal services to people in need.  NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES, the largest provider of civil legal services in western New York, is seeking two detail oriented and enthusiastic Legal Administrative Assistants for its Buffalo office. The Legal Administrative Assistants will support our team to ensure that those in need are served by systems that are just, equitable and responsive.

 

The ideal candidates would prefer working as part of a collaborative and innovative team.  Responsibilities include performing administrative tasks for the unit, proficiency with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Teams, Adobe, Excel and other technology. Assistants should be highly organized, with an ability to review, process, and organize large amounts of information.  The Assistants will also be responsible for editing, proofreading, maintaining the unit calendar, setting meetings, answering phones, providing input at unit meetings, and scheduling and participating in Trauma Informed Care Trainings for NLS staff.

 

A second language is preferred, but not required.

 

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES is a unionized organization with excellent benefits and pay of up to $49,637 depending on experience.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and references to HR@nls.org with the subject line LEGAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT.

Applications will be accepted and processed upon receipt until the position is filled, but interested applicants are strongly urged to apply by February 28, 2022.

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

We look forward to hearing from you!

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES, INC. is seeking to hire a full-time Data Entry File Clerk.  The file clerk will be responsible for data entry, record keeping, filing, copying, answering telephone, reception duties, running errands and making deliveries, stocking office supplies, and other duties as assigned by office administration staff.  This position does require some heavy lifting. Qualifications: Associates Degree, knowledge of general office procedure, demonstrated reliability and dependability, type 40 words per minute, strong organizational skills.  Excellent benefits.

 

A second language is preferred, but not required.  Spanish speaking candidates are encouraged to apply.

 

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES is a unionized organization with excellent benefits and pay of up to $45,559 depending on experience and whether applicant is multilingual.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and references to HR@nls.org with the subject line DATA ENTRY/FILE CLERK/OFFICE ASSISTANT.

Applications will be accepted and processed upon receipt until the position is filled, but interested applicants are strongly urged to apply by February 28, 2022.

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Job Summary:  Reporting to the Executive Director, the Payroll Administrator/Executive Assistant will be responsible to update and maintain personnel information within the HRIS system and process bi-weekly payroll.  This position will also provide administrative support for the Executive Director and other management team members in the form or drafting correspondence, scheduling meetings and maintaining calendars and other duties as assigned.

Payroll and Benefit Processing:

  1. Perform all aspects of bi-weekly payroll processing using ADP Workforce Now technology
  2. Perform overall benefits administration
  3. Ensure regulatory compliance with Federal and State laws
  4. Process and track disability leaves of absence, workers compensation claims and other absences
  5. Manage communication with payroll and benefit carriers, brokers and employees
  6. Prepare reporting including W2s, 1095 and ACA compliance
  7. Prepare internal standardized reports and ad hoc reports as required

HR/Payroll Admin and Clerical:

  1. Set up and maintain employee personnel and benefit files in line with NLS policies and government regulations
  2. Collect and track required documentation from employees
  3. Assist employees with Payroll and/or HR inquiries including benefit related concerns

Employee Onboarding and Off-boarding:

  1. Coordinate new hire onboarding
  2. Process benefit election changes
  3. Process employee separations, including off-boarding discussion and preparation of COBRA notices

Executive Assistant Responsibilities:

  1. Performs a variety of administrative duties for the Executive Director and management team such as scheduling meetings, drafting correspondence, setting up and/or maintaining filing systems, answering inquiries over the phone or in person, and managing other secretarial and administrative details.

Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Working knowledge of HRIS and Payroll Systems, ADP Workforce Now experience preferred
  • Knowledge Microsoft programs including Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Ability to handle confidential work with tact and discretion
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent typing and filing skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with NLS staff and outside organizations
  • Ability to work independently
  • An interest in serving clients of the legal services program.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and references to HR@nls.org with the subject line Payroll Administrator/Executive Assistant.

Applications will be accepted and processed upon receipt until the position is filled.

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS), the largest provider of civil legal services in Western New York, is seeking a full-time legal assistant for its Buffalo office.  Responsibilities include typing, filing, copying, assisting attorneys and paralegals, answering the telephone and assisting reception, and coordinating unit-wide projects.  The successful candidate will have excellent writing, editing, and proof‐reading skills, as well as strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic and multi‐sector team.  Qualifications include knowledge of Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, and Outlook, strong typing and filing skills, strong organizational skills in addition to an interest in serving clients of the legal services program.  Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.  Salary up to $43,500+ based on experience.  Generous benefits include 13 paid Holidays, paid vacation, personal and sick leave, health and dental insurance.

How To Apply:  NLS is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and welcomes all to apply.  Employer recruits without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, ancestry, sex, gender (including identity or expression), sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or protected veteran status and any such candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  To apply, please send cover letter, resume and at least 3 references to HR@nls.org by Monday, November 15th.  No phone calls please.

BATAVIA OFFICE

45 Main Street
Batavia, NY 14020
(Tel) 585.343.5450
(Fax) 585.343.5503
Serving Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming Counties

BUFFALO OFFICE

237 Main Street, Ste. 400
Buffalo, NY 14203
(Tel) 716.847.0650
(Fax) 716.847.0227
(TDD) 716.847.1322
Serving Erie County

NIAGARA FALLS OFFICE

225 Old Falls Street 3rd Floor
Niagara Falls, NY 14302
(Tel) 716.284.8831
(Fax) 716.284.8040
Serving Niagara County

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