Job and Internship Opportunities

Opportunities in the Kingston, NY Office of WJCNY

The Job Title:  Staff Attorney

Supervisor: Litigation Director

Working Hours: 35 hours per week

Compensation: WJCNY offers comprehensive benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience and is based upon the union-negotiated compensation scale.

Job Summary:

The Worker Justice Center of NY seeks a staff attorney to litigate an active docket of cases serving low-wage workers. Litigation is focused on claims concerning wage and hour, discrimination, agricultural and migrant worker protection and civil trafficking violations. WJCNY staff attorneys also provide immigration assistance in U & T visa and VAWA applications.

 

Job Description:

  • Engage in all duties related to the litigation of wage and hour, discrimination, civil trafficking, and agricultural and migrant worker claims and related to the securing of U and T visas and VAWA petition authorizations.
  • Review intakes and make determinations on available remedies in collaboration with the Litigation Director.
  • Draft demand letters and conduct negotiations with employers in an attempt to resolve claims outside of court.
  • Supervise paralegals and legal assistants.
  • Maintain contact and collaboration with relevant community organizations, government agencies and bar associations that may be of assistance in serving clients or reaching organizational goals.

 

Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of relevant civil litigation experience.
  • Admission to practice in New York.
  • Spanish fluency is preferred but not required.
  • Experience with immigrant and low-wage workers and an ability to demonstrate sensitivity to the cultural/ethnic diversity of the service population.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills and organizational skills.

 

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Executive Director, Lew Papenfuse by email at lpapenfuse@wjcny.org, or by fax to 585-325-7614 or by mail to 1187 Culver Rd., Rochester, NY 14609. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

 

WJCNY is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, disability, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. WJCNY is an affirmative action employer and encourages applicants from women, people of color, persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

 

 

The Job Title:  Domestic & Sexual Violence Advocate

Worker Justice Center of New York pursues justice for those denied human rights, with a focus on agricultural and other low-wage workers, through legal representation, community empowerment and advocacy for institutional change. The organization is currently seeking to hire a full-time Advocate to join its Domestic & Sexual Violence Program. The position will be located in WJCNY’s Kingston, New York office.

Supervisor: WJCNY Program Director

Working Hours: 35 hours per week

Compensation: WJCNY offers comprehensive benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience and is based upon the union-negotiated compensation scale.

Job Summary: The Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocate is a non-exempt, union position. The Advocate will focus on providing case management services to women who are survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence, with an emphasis on farmworker women, and to adult U.S. and foreign born survivors of human trafficking.  The primary role of the Advocate will involve providing intensive, comprehensive, and culturally competent services within a six-county region, including Greene, Dutchess, Columbia, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster. The Advocate will work to create strong community collaborations with survivor-specific service organizations in order to ensure a quality, community response to domestic and sexual violence and trafficking against migrant, seasonal, immigrant, and non-immigrant farmworker women, and trafficked persons.

Job Requirements:

  • Conduct intake interviews in clients’ primary language
  • Screen intakes for facts indicating human trafficking
  • Create a comprehensive service plan tailored to each individual client’s legal, social and health needs
  • Complete a safety plan in collaboration with clients, including options for protecting the confidentiality of the client, the client’s address and case information, update safety plan as needed
  • Giving consideration to clients’ primary language, provide clients with referrals for emergency, short and long-term legal, social and health services
  • Accompany clients when interacting with law enforcement and in family court
  • Provide education to clients about workplace sexual violence
  • Cultivate and organize group support for victims who come forward
  • Participate in the local Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Forces and service coalitions and act as a community liaison to those entities

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor-level college degree or combination of education and experience in the social work, refugee, and/or human services area
  • Experience with diverse cultures and providing direct human services to victims of violence or trauma
  • Spanish and English fluency
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to the cultural/ethnic diversity of the service population and to be sensitive to the needs of special populations
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural setting, communicate and build rapport with survivors from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds and lifestyles
  • Ability to work cooperatively with clients, colleagues, law enforcement, management, and public
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills and organizational skills
  • Flexible schedule to meet client safety needs
  • Ability to meet short timelines, under pressure
  • Basic computer skills for data entry, email, and word processing
  • Valid New York State driver license, reliable vehicle and legally-mandated automobile liability insurance

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Executive Director, Lew Papenfuse by email at lpapenfuse@wjcny.org, or by fax to 585-325-7614 or by mail to 1187 Culver Rd., Rochester, NY 14609. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

WJCNY is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, disability, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. WJCNY is an affirmative action employer and encourages applicants from women, people of color, persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

 

 

Internships

The Worker Justice Center of New York’s Kingston and Rochester offices are currently recruiting college, graduate, and law interns for spring and summer 2015 and beyond. Internship positions require a flexible weekly commitment, based on the needs of the organization and your availability. Interns will work directly with the Worker Justice Center staff on a variety of legal and non-legal matters. Assignments may include:

  • assisting with outreach to farmworkers and other low-wage workers
  • assisting with educational workshops, events, and fundraisers
  • conducting client intakes
  • assisting with investigations
  • translating documents and materials
  • assisting with communications
  • conducting general administrative tasks
  • assisting with worker advocacy efforts
  • conducting legal tasks including research and drafting (legal interns only)

While not required, preference will be given to students who demonstrate a commitment to public service through their coursework or extracurricular activities. Spanish speakers preferred. To apply please send a resume via email to Lew Papenfuse at lpapenfuse@wjcny.org, along with a brief statement of your interest. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

 

Seeking Volunteers

The Worker Justice Center of New York’s Kingston and Rochester offices are currently seeking volunteers to work directly with the WCJNY staff on a variety of legal and non-legal matters. Scheduling is flexible, depending on the needs of the organization and your availability. Assignments may include:

  • Assisting with outreach to farmworkers and other low-wage workers
  • Assisting with educational workshops, events, and fundraisers
  • Conducting client intakes
  • Assisting with investigations
  • Translating documents and materials
  • Assisting with communications
  • Conducting general administrative tasks

Volunteers should demonstrate a commitment to public service and social justice. Spanish speakers strongly preferred. To apply please send a resume via email to Lew Papenfuse at lpapenfuse@wjcny.org, along with a brief statement of your interest. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.