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If you want to work towards creating a more just society, Legal Services of Central New York invites you to join our efforts. Our dedicated team of 45 attorneys works hard to secure justice and create opportunity.

We seek to hire individuals from diverse backgrounds who are professional, collaborative, and creative thinkers with the commitment needed to work towards our challenging mission. We offer generous benefits, a flexible working environment, and opportunities to work on interesting and unique projects that help bring about important change.

In addition to occasional openings for key organizational leaders, staff attorneys, and support staff, we regularly offer fellowship, internship, and volunteer opportunities.

Legal Services of Central New York, Inc. is committed to hiring, retaining, and promoting diversity and culturally appropriate inclusion 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, and cultural background. We strongly encourage individuals with historically marginalized identities to apply.

Current Positions

Staff Attorney

Position: Legal Services of Central New York, Inc. will hire two experienced staff attorneys for our Syracuse office.

Responsibilities: Staff attorneys engage in comprehensive legal representation including advice, negotiation, litigation, and administrative advocacy. LSCNY staff attorneys represent clients in housing, public benefits, unemployment insurance,
employment, consumer, the rights of people who are not citizens, and other civil matters. Attorneys collaborate in teams led by an experienced supervisor. Housing matters, especially eviction defense, are a substantial portion of an attorney’s
caseload. Attorneys are encouraged to work on advocacy and projects beyond individual casework. Attorneys conduct community outreach and work to build partnerships with local community organizations.

Qualifications: At least three years of experience as a lawyer, preferably in a civil legal services or public interest organization. Candidates must be admitted or eligible for admission to the bar of the State of New York.

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 for applications: when filled.

Salary/Benefits: Starting salary for an attorney with three years of relevant experience is $52,450. 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. Please indicate if you are willing to work in Syracuse, Utica, or either office.

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.

Regional Managing Attorney

Position: Regional Managing Attorney position for Legal Services of Central New York, Inc. (LSCNY). The Managing Attorney will supervise staff attorneys and support staff in the Binghamton, Oneonta, and Cortland offices.

Responsibilities: LSCNY is organized into three regions, with the Binghamton region serving clients in Broome, Cortland, Chenango, Delaware, and Otsego Counties. The Regional Managing Attorney will have the following duties and responsibilities.

  • Conduct weekly regional case assignment and review meetings.
  • Train, supervise, and mentor lawyers and staff.
  • Develop and maintain a relationship with community-based organizations,the courts, and local governmental officials.
  • Create and maintain a professional work environment that results in effective client representation.
  • Work collaboratively with the LSCNY management team.
  • Ensure compliance with LSCNY policies and procedures and grant requirements.
  • Actively support LSCNY’s commitment to race equity.
  • Maintain a limited caseload in areas of significant practice in the region.

Qualifications: Candidates must be admitted or eligible for admission to the bar of the State of New York. Preferred candidates will have at least seven years legal experience with experience in civil legal services or public interest organizations.

Prior supervisory duties is a plus.

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.
  • Excellent analytical, legal writing, and advocacy skills.
  • Organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • 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 for applications: when filled.

Salary/Benefits: Starting salary range is $75,000 to $85,000, depending on 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.

Fiscal Director

Position: Legal Services of Central New York, Inc.(LSCNY) a not-for-profit law firm with an annual budget of $6+ million, seven offices in Central New York, and 53 employees, seeks to hire an experienced, energetic, detail-oriented individual for the position of Fiscal Director located in our main office in Syracuse, New York. The Fiscal Director is an exempt management position.

Responsibilities: A successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in non-profit financial management and  accounting and a desire to work in a fastpaced, collaborative environment that often requires multi-tasking and flexibility while maintaining a high level of attention to detail. The Fiscal Director reports to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors and supervises the Accounting Assistant. The Fiscal Director is an active member of the management team. Sage 100 Accounting software experience is a plus.

Accountability and responsibility:

  • Interacting with management, the Board of Directors, and the Audit & Finance Committee.
  • Financial management of government grants in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles; preparation and submission of timely financial reports to funders.
  • Preparing materials and interacting with the external auditing firm personnel to produce the annual audit, IRS Form 990, NYS CHAR500, and grant compliance audits.
  • Leading preparation of the annual budget; preparing budgets for grant applications and renewals.
  • Maintaining and enforcing good internal controls, policies, and procedures; updating and documenting the LSCNY Accounting Manual.
  • Participating in management planning, supporting, and advising the Executive Director, and maintaining strong banking and insurance relationships.
  • Supervising the Accounting Assistant and accounts payable and bank reconciliation functions performed by the Accounting Assistant
  • Preparing accounting and related entries to the general ledger.
  • Annually tracking and updating inventory purchases and disposal of equipment and furniture

Qualifications and Skills:

  • BA degree preferred in business administration, finance, or accounting and five years related experience.
  • Supervisory skills a plus.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal abilities. LSCNY places a high importance on responsiveness and the ability to nurture good relationships with funders, staff, and vendors.
  • Ability to set priorities.
  • Keen organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience using a computerized accounting system, Microsoft Office applications, and various funder application systems.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of LSCNY.

Closing date for applications: When filled.

Salary/Benefits: Salary DOE. Excellent benefits package and a generous leave policy. LSCNY pays for training opportunities and memberships to relevant associations.

Application: Submit 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