Careers

 

Legal Services of Central New York, Inc. is committed to diversity and inclusion in hiring, retaining, and promoting so we can be more creative, effective, and just, bringing more varied perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, talents, and interests to the practice of law and the administration of justice. We accept, respect, and value differences that include attributes such as age, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disabilities, language, socioeconomic status, marital and parental status, national origin, immigration status, and cultural background. We strongly encourage individuals with historically marginalized identities to apply. 

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Current Positions

STAFF ATTORNEY

Position: Legal Services of Central New York, Inc. will hire several staff attorneys who will be assigned to one of our offices in Utica, Binghamton, Syracuse, Oswego, Watertown, or Oneonta based on the needs of the local communities served.

Responsibilities: Staff attorneys engage in exciting and interesting comprehensive legal representation including advice, negotiation, litigation, and administrative advocacy. LSCNY staff attorneys represent clients in essentials-of-life matters like housing, public benefits, unemployment insurance, employment matters, consumer, education, and other civil matters. Attorneys collaborate in teams led by an experienced supervisor.

Housing cases, especially eviction defense, are a substantial portion of the attorney’s caseload. Our attorneys regularly appear in the City, Town, and Village Courts across our region in eviction cases. Attorneys are encouraged to work on advocacy and projects beyond individual casework. Attorneys are expected to conduct community outreach and work to build essential partnerships with local community organizations. During the COVID-19 pandemic hybrid work arrangements are available. Hybrid work after the COVID-19 pandemic will be available subject to the terms of a negotiated agreement.

Our Organization: Legal Services of Central New York (LSCNY) is committed to achieving justice for low-income people and those who have difficulty accessing the justice system. We are deeply committed to principles of anti-racism and race equity in all we do. For more than 55 years, we have sought to make a difference in clients’ lives and their communities by eliminating the barriers that cause poverty or reduce our clients’ access to economic mobility. We continually search for ways to help people improve their lives and communities.

Qualifications: Candidates admitted or eligible for admission to the bar of the State of New York are preferred. LSCNY will consider 2021 law school graduates who passed the New York bar.

Attributes of a successful candidate are:

  •              A commitment to providing high quality legal assistance to low-income and under-served populations.
  •             A commitment to race equity, anti-racism, and economic justice in the workplace and in providing legal services.
  •              Analytical, legal writing, and advocacy skills.
  •              Organizational and interpersonal skills.
  •               The ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  •              The ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  •            Bilingual or multi-lingual is a plus.

Opportunities for Professional Development: LSCNY is committed to creating opportunities for development and career advancement. We invest in skills, substantive law, and leadership training for our staff. We encourage attorneys to become active in the state and local bar associations and local community organizations.

Closing date:  Closing date for applications: when filled.

Salary/Benefits: Starting salary for a NYS admitted attorney is from $52,750 to $83,540 depending on experience. Starting salaries are determined by a collective bargaining agreement based on years of relevant experience. We have an excellent benefits package and a generous leave policy. LSCNY pays for bar memberships, attorney registration, and training opportunities, including Mandatory Continuing Legal Education courses.  

Application:  Your application must include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three professional references. LSCNY invites applicants to include in their cover letter a statement of how your unique background and experience might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.

Development and Communications Director

Legal Services of Central New York (LSCNY) is a nonprofit law firm committed to achieving justice for low-income people and those who have difficulty accessing the justice system. We assist people in civil, not criminal matters, such as housing stability, access to a livable income and economic stability, access to health care, protection from domestic violence, and access to education. For 56 years, we have sought to make a difference in clients’ lives and their communities by eliminating the barriers that cause poverty or reduce our clients’ access to economic mobility. We are committed to principles of anti-racism and race equity in all we do. We continually search for ways to help people improve their lives and their communities.

LSCNY seeks a development and communications professional with outstanding organization, writing, and communications skills. The Development and Communications Director will assist the Executive Director, the LSCNY Board of Directors, and other staff to expand LSCNY’s funding from foundations, law firms, individuals, and corporations. The Director will also be responsible for communications, including media strategies, printed material, and social media maintenance.

LSCNY has seven offices in the 13 counties we serve. Our annual revenue is about $7.5 million. The Director is an integral part of a 12-member management team. The position is located in LSCNY’s main office in Syracuse, New York. Partial work from home possible.

Key Responsibilities:

Provide leadership and assist the Executive Director, Board Development Committee, and staff in developing, coordinating, and implementing LSCNY’s fund development strategy.

Manage foundation research, grant writing, evaluation, and reporting process.

Oversee logistics and fundraising for an annual fundraising event, as well as smaller events.

Coordinate annual individual and law firm fundraising appeals.

Oversee and implement communications strategy.

Produce a quarterly newsletter, an annual report, and collateral materials.

Post content to LSCNY website and social media.

Serve as the primary media contact, maintain media lists, and coordinate press releases.

Oversee and create development and communications procedures and protocols.

Attributes of a successful candidate:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Minimum two to three years development and communications experience.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
  • Strong planning, strategic, and relationship building skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Layout/design experience desired.
  • General understanding of issues facing low-income people and communities.

Salary & Benefits:

Salary: $65,000 to $80,000, commensurate with experience.

Benefits: We have an excellent benefits package and a generous leave policy.

Closing date for applications: when filled.

Application:  Your application must include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three professional references. LSCNY invites applicants to include in their cover letter a statement of how your unique background and experience might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.

INTAKE LEGAL ASSISTANT

POSITION: Legal Assistant position for Legal Services of Central New York (LSCNY). The position could be located in our Syracuse, Utica, or Binghamton offices.

Background: LSCNY provides civil, not criminal, legal assistance to low-income residents of 13 counties in Central New York. The Legal Helpline is LSCNY’s point-of-entry for prospective clients.

Responsibilities: The Helpline Legal Assistant interviews and screens prospective clients who call for legal assistance. The Helpline Legal Assistant will handle a high volume of telephone calls each day. The Helpline Legal Assistant enters prospective client information in an electronic case management system. The Helpline Legal Assistant also completes intake for applicants who walk into the office.

Qualifications: Paralegal training or experience is desirable. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment and sensitivity to the needs of low-income persons and people in crisis. Applicants must have excellent communication skills.

Closing date:  When filled.

Salary/Benefits: Salary is established in a collective bargaining agreement; $36,250 to $57,378 DOE. LSCNY has an excellent benefits package and a generous leave policy. Partial work-from-home opportunities are available.

Application:  Your application must include a cover letter, resume, and three professional references.

 

Please direct all responses to:

Director of Human Resources
Legal Services of Central New York, Inc.
221 South Warren Street, Suite 300
Syracuse, New York 13202
Email:
hiring@lscny.org