Description:

The Jamestown/Olean offices of A Non-Profit Law Firm® seek to fill an opening for a Supervising Attorney in the area of housing law, specifically: landlord-tenant, homelessness prevention, and government benefits related to housing stability. This position has the option of being based in Jamestown or Olean since this role will supervise the attorneys in both of those offices. We encourage applicants with a wide range of substantive legal experience to apply. We expect those who fill this position will grow and adapt their practice to the needs of the community and the organization, and place an emphasis on supervision skills and the ability to practice in multiple forums. The candidate must have the caring, patience, and emotional maturity to help low-income people overcome crisis situations.

The Supervising Attorney provides leadership and supervision in supplying comprehensive legal services to eligible clients and the ideal candidate should have a strong understanding of how civil legal issues affecting low-income communities intersect with social and economic justice. Supervisors play a critical role in realizing LawNY®'s vision of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Every supervisor is expected to actively engage in learning and becoming increasingly skilled in supervision that supports this vision.

Qualifications These are the basic requirements for the position.
  • Admitted to practice and in good standing in New York State
  • Three (3) years experience providing legal services as a licensed attorney.
  • Demonstrated commitment of service to low-income people.
  • Commitment to engaging in learning and developing supervision skills that support diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Responsibilities These are the most significant responsibilities and primary functions of the position.
  • Provide respectful culturally competent legal services to low-income clients and client groups including advice, negotiation, litigation and administrative advocacy.
  • Manage multiple tasks and deadlines while supervising caseload of supervisees and coordinate the periodic review of the cases.
  • Identify leadership development and mentoring opportunities for supervisees and train less-experienced attorneys, paralegals and/or other staff in their pursuit of career advancement.
  • Create and maintain a safe and healthy work environment for supervisees.
  • Build relationships and collaborate with human services providers, non-profit organizations, community groups, and impacted community members as well as the courts, administrative tribunals, and the private bar to address legal problems within our community.
  • Take responsibility for proper grant management requirements, program reporting, timekeeping, file maintenance, case closing, and compliance review.
  • Maintain a high level of professional competence through attendance of training sessions, seminars and conferences and individual efforts to keep abreast of current developments in the area of poverty law and the application of an equity lens to client service.

Additional Traits and Skills These are the traits, attributes, attitudes, and skills that speak to the candidate's ability to succeed in the position. While no one candidate will possess all of the qualities listed, the ideal candidate will have many of these qualities. Research shows that women and people from under-represented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the desired competencies. We encourage you to apply even if you do not believe you meet all the desired competencies.
  • Experience incorporating an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens into legal practice with an understanding of the concepts of structural and institutional racism and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities.
  • Experience with eviction defense and other legal issues affecting housing
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including a commitment to providing trauma-informed services.
  • Experience with the courts and agencies in our service area, and/or lived experience with our client communities
  • True fluency in a language other than English that is spoken by our clients.