Description:

Brooklyn Legal Services seeks a Deputy Director for its Tenant Rights Coalition in our Brownsville, Brooklyn office.

About Us
Brooklyn Legal Services, part of Legal Services NYC (LSNYC), provides high-quality, innovative representation to address the pressing legal needs of Brooklyn's diverse lowincome population. BLS focuses on the problems that have the greatest impact on our clients, e.g., preserving affordable and decent housing, maintaining income support, redressing abusive lending and consumer practices, promoting family stability and mitigating the effects of domestic violence, and advocating for the disabled.

LSNYC prides itself on its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts. As a social justice organization, we are committed to fighting for a workplace that is as diverse, equitable, and inclusive as possible for everyone. Our DEI committee and numerous affinity groups work to foster collegial relationships among staff and allow staff to explore and advocate for racial justice and anti-oppression growth within our organization and through our legal work. All employees are expected to learn about, seek to understand and work to realize our DEI goals.

The Tenant Rights Coalition (TRC) is dedicated to tenant anti-displacement work in neighborhoods rezoned in recent years. The TRC, which is based in Brownsville, has approximately 25 staff comprised of supervisors, attorneys, paralegals, and support staff. Our dedicated staff of housing advocates works with individuals and tenant groups to prevent evictions and support collective tenant action, often in partnership with communitybased organizers and tenant associations. The work of the TRC focuses on Brownsville, East New York, Flatbush, East Flatbush, and surrounding neighborhoods.

Roles & Responsibilities:
The Deputy Director will work to support the unit's existing advocacy efforts as well as be responsible for broadening the unit's work. The TRC Deputy Director will work together with the TRC Director and three other Deputies to, among other responsibilities:
  • Collaborate with staff to shape the direction of the unit to fulfill its mission;
  • Manage daily operations of the team;
  • Work in coordination with BLS' Director of Litigation to identify and pursue impact litigation;
  • Work collaboratively with and support LSNYC's citywide housing practice;
  • Supervise attorneys and paralegals in a range of litigation, including affirmative group litigation, individual client eviction defense in Housing Court, administrative proceedings, and affirmative litigation in State and Federal Court;
  • Identify systemic housing-related trends that could be affected by strategic litigation;
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with community partners, elected officials, and agency officials;
  • Some required evening and weekend work for tenant and community meetings; and,
  • Perform administrative and grant responsibilities.
  • Every supervisor is expected to actively engage in learning and become increasingly skilled in supervision that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Deputy Director’s duties will include actively working to advance LSNYC’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals.

Experience & Qualifications:
We seek an attorney admitted to the New York State Bar with:
  • A demonstrated passion for social justice and a commitment to working with lowincome communities and communities of color to advance equity;
  • Minimum of 5 years housing litigation experience;
  • Excellent legal writing, litigation, and advocacy skills;
  • Strong interpersonal, teaching/training, and organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated expertise in local, state, and federal housing law and policy, housing court practice, housing programs and subsidies, and public benefits;
  • Background in organizing or strong ties to Brooklyn's low-income communities (preferred);
  • Prior supervisory experience, experience working with grassroots organizations, experience supporting community-based organizing, and experience with policy, legislative, and media advocacy are strongly preferred.
  • Proficiency in Spanish or another language commonly spoken in the communities we serve is also preferred.