MANHATTAN LEGAL SERVICES, a part of Legal Services NYC, is seeking a dynamic and committed attorney to serve as the Director of our Housing Unit. Manhattan Legal Services is part of Legal Services NYC (LSNYC), the largest provider of free civil legal services for low-income people in the country. The Manhattan office is dedicated to providing high-quality legal services in the areas of housing, family law, public benefits, employment, immigration, consumer, education, and disability rights. Working in partnership with community-based organizations in the communities we serve, we fight poverty and seek racial, social, and economic justice.
The Housing Unit preserves affordable housing, prevents eviction, and partners to empower Manhattan tenants through representation in eviction proceedings. The unit partners with community-based organizations and tenant organizers to support tenants’ associations and bring affirmative litigation to challenge abusive and discriminatory conduct that displaces low-income families and undercuts affordable housing.
The Director will work with staff and other supervisors to lead, coordinate and supervise over 50 staff members in both (1) our general housing unit with its primary focus on eviction defense and the implementation of the right to counsel in housing court which is paired with community education, affirmative litigation, and advocacy work, and (2) our Tenants’ Rights Coalition unit with its primary focus on community-led impact work to improve housing conditions, prevent harassment, preserve affordable housing and build tenant power to ameliorate the impacts of gentrification, housing discrimination and attempts to maximize profit from housing at the expense of tenants.
• Develop, communicate and implement a vision for our housing work to ensure our services are high quality, impactful, and community-focused;
• Supervise Housing Unit supervisors and other staff members as needed;
• Ensure quality supervision, consistent with our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging values, is provided to