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 a 1,000 people per month.

Full-time and Part-Time Positions

Communications and Development Coordinator

The City Bar Justice Center (CJBC) is the largest division of the City Bar Fund, the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the New York City Bar which is one of the nation’s largest bar associations. The City Bar Justice Center assists low income New Yorkers who cannot afford an attorney with their civil legal problems. CBJC recruits, trains and mentors volunteer attorneys to provide advice and representation through a dozen projects assisting homeless families, disabled veterans, immigrants fleeing violence, microentrepreneurs and consumers with debt facing bankruptcy. In addition, CBJC’s telephone legal hotline provides referrals and brief advice to 1,000 people per month. CBJC is conveniently located in an historic building at 42 West 44th Street in midtown Manhattan.

CBJC seeks a Communications and Development Coordinator. This position focuses on visual and written communications, shaping how we present CBJC to supporters. The emphasis will be on content marketing strategy but also on development and maintenance of private resources in support of the mission of the City Bar Justice Center.

Tasks include:

  • Writing and producing a brief digital CBJC supporter newsletter four times a year.
  • Project managing communications materials, including brochures, reports and other publications, and videos.
  • Regularly updating all content on the City Bar Justice Center website www.citybarjusticecenter.org.
  • Coordinating the Annual Epstein Awards, held in the Fall, and other volunteer recognition events, and serving as the liason to the Annual Spring Gala consultants.
  • Calendaring, researching and reporting on private grant applications and reports in partnership with the Managing Attorney.
  • Recording all incoming funds and issuing thank you letters.
  • Producing and sending out two private appeals in partnership with the Executive Director: the annual law firm and corporate appeal and the individual end of year appeal.
  • Other administrative support tasks as assigned.

Skills required:

  • Excellent writing for web and print publications.
  • Graphic design and photography skills.
  • Very strong technology skills including Excel, HTML, and WordPress.
  • Well organized and able to multi-task.
  • Ability to update our website and liaison with consultants on design and content.
  • At least one year of prior experience in an office setting.
  • Strong project management skills.

The City Bar Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer with competitive public interest salary and benefits. The position is available immediately. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, short writing sample and three references (including daytime telephone numbers) by email to:

Director of Human Resources
New York City Bar
42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
humanresources@nycbar.org

 

Pro Bono Manager

The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) seeks a dynamic attorney to join as Pro Bono Manager. The CBJC matches over 1,100 pro bono volunteers annually and assists more than 20,000 New Yorkers with legal advice, brief services, community training and extended representation. The Pro Bono Manger will coordinate with law firm attorneys and pro bono managers, in-house counsel, and CBJC staff, to efficiently match low income clients seeking pro bono legal assistance. The Pro Bono Manager understands access to justice issues for low-income New Yorkers and effectively organizes volunteers to fill the justice gap.

The position is part of the small administrative team at the City Bar Justice Center reporting to the Executive Director. The Pro Bono Manager will work with the CBJC’s Project Directors to strategically recruit, engage and track law firms and in-house legal departments’ pro bono activity as well as individual City Bar members, law interns, pro bono scholars, summer interns, interpreters and other volunteers who support the CBJC’s programs. The CBJC has a staff of about 30 with each project directed by an attorney with deep expertise in their field. The Pro Bono Manager will market CBJC’s volunteer opportunities to maximize engagement by law firms, in-house counsel and members. The Pro Bono Manager also oversees volunteer recognition activities including the annual Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service.

This position will meet regularly with the CBJC Project Directors and occasionally with City Bar Committee Chairs and others seeking to create limited scope volunteer opportunities for low income and disadvantaged client populations and will supervise the legal work of volunteers at days of service and other limited scope service clinics. The Pro Bono Manager will also lead the CBJC’s involvement in disaster relief legal services when the CBJC is involved. The Pro Bono Manager will contribute articles on pro bono developments quarterly to social media channels and will co-manage the NYC Pro Bono website on ProBonoNet.

EXPERIENCE

Candidate must be a member of the New York State Bar in good standing with at least five years of experience. Previous experience in a New York large law firm setting or an in-house corporate practice is preferred. Commitment to pro bono and serving low-income and disadvantaged communities is required.

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

Excellent oral and written communications skills, transparent and team player with ability to keep a group updated on a range of activities, excellent project management and training skills, courteous and organized, experience marketing through media and social media. Flexible hours with some evening work required. Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel). Ability to use data visualization to enhance reporting. Use of LegalServer database for managing contacts is required. Spanish language skills a plus. Salary and benefits are competitive for New York public interest law offices.

To apply: Please send a cover letter explaining your interest, a resume, a short writing sample and three references to Human Resources by December 1, 2017.

Internships

Summer 2018 Internship Program

City Bar Justice Center seeks to increase access to justice by leveraging the resources of the New York City legal community. CBJC draws upon its relationship with the New York City Bar in order to provide legal assistance to low-income New York City residents in need and mobilizes lawyers, law firms, corporate legal departments and other institutions to provide pro bono legal services; educate the public on legal issues; foster strategic relationships; and impact public policy.

There are currently a limited number of law and college student internship positions available to work with various Projects at CBJC. Interns will work closely with Project Directors and Coordinators in advancing program initiatives, and will gain hands-on experience in project management and the facilitation of direct legal services. A list of projects is available on our website; please indicate in your cover letter which projects you are most interested in interning with.

Each internship will run for approximately ten weeks and all intern positions are unpaid. Spanish and Chinese language skills are a plus. Students who are interested in applying should submit a resume, letter of interest and a short writing sample to Erika Lawrenson, Administrative Manager at the City Bar Justice Center, at elawrenson@nycbar.org by March 2, 2018.