Staten Island Legal Services (across the street from the ferry) is seeking a full-time Unit Deputy Director to join our housing law practice.
Staten Island Legal Services (SILS), part of Legal Services NYC (LSNYC), fights poverty and racial seeks, social, and economic justice for low-income New Yorkers. SILS provides high-quality, innovative representation to address the pressing legal needs of Staten Island’s diverse low-income populations. SILS focuses on the problems that have the greatest impact on our clients — preserving affordable and decent housing, representing survivors of domestic violence, obtaining immigration status and preventing deportations, advocating for the LGBTQ community, preventing foreclosures, and advocating for students with educational needs. In addition to being the largest provider of civil legal services in the country, LSNYC provides numerous opportunities for growth and professional development. Our Justice Learning Center provides opportunities to earn free CLEs and gain experience as a trainer. LSNYC prides itself on its Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) 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 DEIB 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 DEIB goals.
Housing Unit Description
The unit has 14 individuals, including the Director, Deputy Director, Staff Attorneys, and Paralegals. The ideal candidate is excited to work in a fast-paced environment with housing advocates focused on preserving affordable housing for low-income communities through the representation of tenants in both affirmative and defensive matters. The Housing Unit represents clients in Housing Court eviction proceedings, administrative hearings,