Job Title: Staff Attorney, Senior Law Project
Volunteers of Legal Service (VOLS) seeks a full-time Staff Attorney to work in our Senior Law Project. The ideal candidate is a highly motivated attorney who is passionate about providing free legal services to older adults with limited resources in New York City with a focus on end of life and incapacity planning as well as on a wide range of other civil legal issues. This role will report to the Senior Law Project Supervising Attorney and is part of union ALAA UAW Local 2325.
For 40 years, VOLS has partnered with New York City’s leading law firms and companies as well as community-based organizations to help close the access to justice gap for low-income New Yorkers. VOLS provides free, civil legal services to New Yorkers with limited resources, including seniors, veterans, individuals entitled to public benefits, immigrant youth, children and their families, mothers in prison or jail, and small business owners. Last year, VOLS assisted clients on more than 4,000 legal matters, and our services benefited over 6,200 individual New Yorkers. VOLS’ staff of 21, including 14 attorneys and law graduates, works with volunteers from over 80 law firms/companies to exponentially increase our impact. We partner with 150 community groups to ensure that our services are accessible and address local needs.
VOLS Senior Law Project:
Founded in 1990, VOLS’s Senior Law Project coordinates pro bono legal services for New York City older adults aged 60 and over with limited resources by partnering with older adult centers, naturally occurring retirement communities, community-based organizations, and partner law firms and corporate legal departments. A core emphasis of the Project is training and supporting volunteer attorneys to assist seniors with the preparation and execution of life-planning documents, including wills, powers of attorney, health care proxies, and other advance directives. Our goal is to ensure that older adults are able to make their wishes clear, empower their chosen caregivers, and stay in the community for as long as possible. The Project also provides legal assistance to older adults on a wide range of other legal issues, including housing, consumer debt, and government benefits like Medicaid.
The position will be hybrid after the first six months. The position will be fully in person during the six-month probationary period. After, employees may work remotely up to eight days per month. Local travel to meetings, clinics, and other events are required.
All candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 including a Bivalent vaccine dose or latest 2023–2024 COVID vaccine formula, unless provided a reasonable accommodation pursuant to applicable federal, state and local statutes.
Compensation and benefits:
The annual salary range for this position is $66,300 - $75,990 which will be determined by our collective bargaining agreement and be commensurate with experience. VOLS offers an excellent benefits package, including health, life and disability insurance, a retirement plan to which VOLS contributes and the option to contribute to a 403(b) plan. We provide 25 days of paid vacation, 12 days of paid sick leave, and 3 personal days annually.
How to Apply:
To apply for the Senior Law Project Staff Attorney position, please email your cover letter, resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Senior Law Project Staff Attorney.” Request for writing sample and 3 references to follow. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone or email inquiries, please.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Commitment:
VOLS strives to build and maintain a diverse workplace that embraces staff with different backgrounds, identities, and experiences. We seek a diverse applicant pool and particularly welcome and encourage applicants from marginalized communities, including, but not limited to, those who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of color, women, queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, disabled, immigrants, uniformed service, people from low socio-economic backgrounds, and those directly impacted by the legal system.
VOLS is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, nationality, creed, age, disability, sexual orientation, biological sex, gender identity/expression, family status, military service or any other status protected under the law.