Jobs

City Bar Justice Center projects operate across a diverse range of legal issues. Each project is run by an experienced legal expert, coordinated by a dedicated staff member, and delivered through pro bono volunteer lawyers and community outreach. In addition, CBJC operates the largest free civil Legal Hotline in NYC, providing assistance to over 1,000 people per month.

Project Coordinator (Bilingual) | Immigrant Justice Project

The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) seeks an enthusiastic and organized individual who is committed to equal access to justice to join our team as a Project Coordinator principally for our Immigrant Justice Project. CBJC annually provides high-quality, free civil legal services benefiting roughly 25,000 New Yorkers who lack the resources to hire private counsel. CBJC also relies on partnerships with law firms, corporate legal departments, the courts, the City Bar, and other stakeholders. In 2020-21, roughly 2,000 pro bono attorneys donated services to support legal services clinics and client matter work drawn from CBJC’s dozen civil legal services projects.

The City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Justice Project (IJP) assists asylum seekers fleeing persecution in their home countries, survivors of violent crimes and trafficking here in the United States, and individuals seeking humanitarian protection and other forms of immigration relief. We match many CBJC immigration clients with pro bono attorneys and provide mentoring and guidance throughout the representation, as well as hold legal assistance clinics, know your rights presentations, and other trainings.The Project Coordinator works closely with and under the supervision of IJP’s Director and Deputy Director to handle the following areas of responsibility, among others:

  • Serving as the first point of contact for immigrants seeking legal assistance, providing case assessment support, and conducting eligibility screening and client interviews
  • Carefully maintaining client and volunteer databases and diligently tracking case statistics
  • Providing administrative help by answering phones and setting up client appointments, while also providing caring follow-up to clients, who typically seek our assistance at very vulnerable moments in their lives
  • Providing organizational and logistical support for both virtual and in-person training programs, legal clinics, and community outreach events
  • Conducting research and drafting initial applications under the supervision of IJP attorneys
  • Assisting in the preparation of grant applications / reports and other fundraising activities
  • Liaising with attorney volunteers from large firms and corporate legal departments
  • Other City Bar Justice Center administrative work, including with other CBJC Projects, as needed

Candidates for this position must be available for in-person work at our office on a hybrid schedule requiring roughly 2-3 days of scheduled in-office work per week, with the balance of time being work-from-home. (CBJC’s hybrid schedule will remain subject to review and revision.) The City Bar requires all employees, including this position, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter our building. Additional information about this policy is available via Human Resources.

EXPERIENCE, SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree or substantially equivalent work experience in a professional setting.
  • Minimum 6 months of work experience (relevant internships acceptable).
  • Strong data-entry, organizational and project management skills; high attention to detail; excellent verbal and written communication skills; comfortable communicating both by telephone and in direct contact with the public.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365, and the ability to quickly learn and effectively use LegalServer and other technology.
  • Ability to connect with people from different backgrounds, and demonstrated enthusiasm for public interest legal work, serving communities that are under-resourced, and advancing racial equity and social and economic justice is required.
  • A team player with an ability to interact respectfully with clients, volunteer attorneys, government employees, and fellow staff members.
  • Spanish fluency required—written and spoken.

We are looking for candidates for this entry-level position who are willing to make a minimum commitment of two years to the Project Coordinator role and can start on/about the first week of January 2022.

This is a Local 153, Office and Professional Employees International Union position, with a starting annualized salary of $42,500 based on a 35-hour workweek, and benefits and other employment terms and conditions determined by an existing collective bargaining agreement.

The City Bar’s competitive benefits package includes generous paid time off (vacation, personal, sick time, holidays, day off for volunteer work), choice of medical plans (some offered at no charge to employee), dental, vision, 401K, life insurance, commuter benefits, Employee Assistance Program, short-term/long-term disability insurance, employee discounts, and more!

For consideration, please include a cover letter explaining your interest, a resume, and three professional business references. Click here to apply.

Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. We are not able to sponsor visas for this position.

The City Bar Justice Center is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, and we particularly encourage applications from candidates belonging to communities historically under-represented in the legal profession. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender, sexual orientation, disability, arrest or conviction record, pregnancy, credit history, salary history, caregiver status, marital status, partnership status, or status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, religion, sex, genetic information, military status, unemployment status or any other characteristic as protected by law. With regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act and other related laws, the organization will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for persons due to their religious beliefs, disability, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition or because the individual was a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking.

Internships

The City Bar Justice Center considers applications for academic year internships on an ad hoc basis, and accepts applications for our summer internship program between February 1 and March 15 each year. We typically seek law students, but often have capacity for one or two undergraduate interns depending on our program needs at any given time. All internships are unpaid (unless you apply for and secure independent funding – e.g., from your school). Please see current open opportunities listed below or if you are interested in applying for any future openings, please send a cover letter as well as your resume, transcript, and a brief writing sample to cbjc@nycbar.org.

2022 Spring Communications Intern (Part-Time) | City Bar Justice Center

The City Bar Justice Center seeks a talented Communications Intern who is eager to learn and energized by the intricacies of media, tech, and communications in the public and non-profit sector. The Communications Intern will report to and serve in a supporting role for the Communications & Development Manager working on creative campaigns, administrative assignments, and other communication projects as needed.

Key areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:

  • Participate in planning and implementing internal and external communications
  • Develop creative and engaging content for social media platforms, e-newsletters, and email mass communications, and website
  • Conduct industry research, assess best practices and recommend strategies
  • Help manage social media platforms by scheduling posts and monitoring activity on organization accounts
  • Develop media kits and templates staff can use to promote programming and/or campaigns
  • Assist with planning and preparation for organization-wide events (including our Annual Gala) and campaigns including curating marketing materials and related content

Experience, skills & requirements:

  • Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, journalism, media/communications, marketing, or equivalent professional experience
  • Strong written, verbal, and visual skills
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience using Excel, PowerPoint, and other Microsoft Office 365 applications

Preferred qualifications

  • Knowledge of and experience using social media platforms
  • Graphic design skills
  • Tech savvy or interest in learning about communication/content development platforms

The part-time internship will run from late January 2022 to end of May 2022. The role requires a commitment of approximately 15 hours/week.  

Benefits: This is an unpaid position. We accept applicants who obtain funding and/or college credit for internships through their schools. This is currently expected to be a hybrid position – going to our Midtown office on some days and working remotely on others. The internship will be an immersive experience with opportunities to receive holistic mentorship to help broaden your professional experience and develop an advanced skillset and work portfolio.

To apply: Please send a cover letter explaining your interest, a resume, a writing or other portfolio sample, and one professional reference via email to Cheryl Lopez, Communications & Development Manager, at cheryllopez@nycbar.org with Communications Intern Application in the subject line.

About the City Bar Justice Center

CBJC provides high-quality, free civil legal services benefiting nearly 25,000 New Yorkers each year who lack the resources to hire private counsel. With a staff of about 30, CBJC also relies on expansive partnerships with law firms, corporate legal departments, the courts, the New York City Bar Association, community organizations, and other stakeholders. In 2020-21, roughly 2,000 pro bono attorneys donated services to support legal services clinics and client matter work drawn from CBJC’s dozen civil legal services projects.

The City Bar Justice Center has implemented a hybrid work environment consistent with public health guidelines. The City Bar requires all employees and interns, including this position, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter our building. Additional information about this policy is available via Human Resources.

The City Bar Justice Center is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, and we particularly encourage applications from candidates belonging to communities historically under-represented in the legal profession. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender (including gender identity and sexual harassment), sexual orientation, disability, arrest or conviction record, pregnancy, credit history, salary history, caregiver status, marital status, partnership status, or status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, religion, sex, genetic information, military status, unemployment status or any other characteristic as protected by law. With regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act and other related laws, the organization will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.

Pro Bono Scholars

The City Bar Justice Center considers applications for New York’s Pro Bono Scholars program on a rolling basis. If you are interested in applying, please send a cover letter as well as your resume, transcript, and a brief writing sample to cbjc@nycbar.org.