Project Director, Staten Island Legal Services

Legal Services NYC

POSITION

Project Director, Staten Island Legal Services

LOCATION

Staten Island, NY

KEY RELATIONSHIPS

The Project Director will report to and work closely with Raun J. Rasmussen, Executive Director of Legal Services NYC.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:                                                                                                           

Legal Services NYC (LSNYC) fights poverty and seeks racial, social and economic justice for low- income New Yorkers. For 50 years they have challenged systemic injustice and helped clients meet basic needs for housing, income and economic security, family and immigration stability, education, and health care. LSNYC is the largest civil legal services provider in the country; their staff of more than 550 in neighborhood-based offices and outreach sites across all five boroughs helps more than 111,000 New Yorkers annually.

Staten Island Legal Services (SILS) is part of LSNYC and provides high-quality (free) civil legal services to low-income communities in Staten Island. Founded in 2004, SILS’s staff of over 30 helps more than 6,000 individuals each year and reaches thousands more through outreach and community legal education. SILS advocates practice in many areas, including tenants’ rights and foreclosure, civil rights, family law, immigration, and education. SILS also works with clients and community partners to identify and challenge the systemic inequalities faced by low-income communities in Staten Island and throughout New York City.

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY:

LSNYC seeks a highly accomplished and talented lawyer and manager to lead and oversee the day-to-day operations and activities of SILS. The Project Director will work in collaboration with citywide senior leadership, the staff, Board, and community partners to fight poverty and achieve racial, social and economic justice for low-income New Yorkers. The Project Director will also work closely with the SILS Advisory Board, which is comprised of Staten Island practitioners and other stakeholders who support SILS’s mission and fundraising needs.

Key Responsibilities Include:

Organizational Leadership and Management

  • Provide inspirational and motivational leadership to a community-based organization with a diverse and highly skilled staff.
  • Ensure the delivery of high-quality legal services to low-income individuals.
  • Oversee all supervision, organizational planning, project and program development in partnership with program leaders, staff and external stakeholders.
  • Ensure the organization’s fiscal health, including overseeing and expanding the annual budget of $4M.
  • Maintain a strong and effective working relationship with the staff (including the organization’s union, LSSA 2320), LSNYC leadership, SILS’s Advisory Board, and external stakeholders, such as legislators, government agencies, courts and funders.
  • Oversee the program’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, including recruitment, hiring, training and professional development.
  • Support a collaborative, open and fair organizational culture.

Program Advocacy and Leadership

  • Further our mission through advocacy on issues affecting low-income New Yorkers, including civil rights, LGBTQ concerns, affordable housing, fair lending, immigration, income security, freedom from violence, and gender and racial justice.
  • Serve as an active member of the LSNYC citywide senior leadership team, which includes the Project Directors of other borough offices, and participate in citywide planning and initiatives affecting SILS and other LSNYC programs.
  • Act as a visible and engaging spokesperson for SILS and LSNYC to extend our public presence and effectively represent SILS and LSNYC to public officials, community and media.
  • Develop and maintain active relationships with local, city, state and federal elected officials and other partners.

Resource Development and Communications

  • Create and implement a fundraising strategy, ensuring a diversified funding base including federal, state and local grants as well as foundations and individual donors.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with current and potential funders and donors through cultivation, solicitation, and engagement.
  • Advocate with federal, state and local officials, to maintain and build funding for legal services.
  • Ensure the program’s compliance with grants awarded through public and private sources.
  • Drive a comprehensive communications strategy for SILS.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

The Project Director will be a seasoned leader, lawyer, advocate and manager. The successful candidate will bring a passion for the LSNYC mission, expertise in public interest law, and a deep belief in the power of community-based advocacy and related social justice movements.

Key Professional and Personal Experiences Include:

  • Significant understanding of, and experience with, providing legal services to low-income people and vulnerable populations.
  • Exceptional management and interpersonal skills with senior level leadership at a complex organization of similar size and scope.
  • A decisive, results-oriented leader with a highly collaborative and inclusive approach to management.
  • Ability to build, nurture, and retain a strong team, including one with a unionized workforce, as well as empower staff through active and effective communication and opportunities for collaboration.
  • Ability to build excellent relationships with a diverse range of partners and supporters.
  • Experience and interest in fundraising and grant writing.
  • An influential and persuasive communicator with excellent oral advocacy and writing skills who can help to guide messaging, communicate about new initiatives and developments, and generally build awareness.
  • Passionate and committed to social justice issues and the mission, purpose and future of SILS and LSNYC.

EDUCATION: Law degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school and member in good standing of the New York State Bar are required.

TRAVEL: Regular travel within the five boroughs; occasional travel outside New York City, including to Albany.

COMPENSATION: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

LSNYC is an equal opportunity employer and an organization committed to race, gender and economic justice in our work and within our workplace. Staff are members of the LSSA/NOLSW UAW Local 2320. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates of color, women, people with disabilities, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

Please email cover letter and resume in confidence to:

SILS@sandlersearch.org