Job and Internship Opportunities

Opportunities

 

Job Title: Managing Attorney (Kingston Office) 

Supervisor: Executive Director

Working Hours: 35 hours per week

Compensation: Competitive salary is commensurate with experience. WJCNY offers a generous comprehensive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, paid sick and vacation time, and retirement savings contributions.

Job Summary: The Managing Attorney reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for managing the organization’s litigation and transactional legal services docket. Litigation is most often pursued under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and companion state statutes. Transactional work encompasses immigration remedies available to workers who are victims of human trafficking, domestic or sexual violence and workplace violence.

Job Requirements:
• Engage in all duties related to the litigation of wage and hour, employment discrimination, civil trafficking, and agricultural and migrant worker claims and related to the securing of U and T visas, VAWA Self-Petitions and Continued Presence.
• Manage the organization’s litigation docket and immigration legal services
• Review and offer recommendations concerning the acceptance of new litigation
• Ensure the alignment of litigation priorities with community needs as well as the overall organizational mission
• Manage and monitor the work of senior staff attorneys, staff attorneys and legal assistants; providing day-to-day training and mentorship to legal team staff
• Assist in the development of and coordination of staff-wide trainings on relevant legal topics
• In collaboration with the Executive Director and Program Director, vet and approve all media requests implicating the organization’s litigation docket
• Attend weekly management team meetings
• Maintain contact and collaboration with relevant community organizations, government agencies and bar associations that may be of assistance in serving the litigation needs of the organization
• In collaboration with the Executive Director, vet grant applications which implicate the delivery of legal services; assist in drafting grant applications relevant to the delivery of legal services
• Other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director

Qualifications:
• J.D., and admission to practice in New York (or ability to gain admission within a reasonable time frame)
• At least 7-10 years of litigation experience, with some portion of that experience in the fields of farmworker law and labor and employment law (specifically; wage and hour (class and/or collective actions), Title VII); experience in immigration law (U/T visas, VAWA petitions) is also desired
• Experience managing a full docket of active litigation
• Demonstrated supervisory capabilities
• Experience with low-wage worker and immigrant communities, including life experience
• A demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights, immigrant rights, or other relevant social justice issues
• Excellent skills in legal research and analysis
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Written and verbal fluency in Spanish is highly desired, but not required

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Executive Director, Lew Papenfuse, by email at lpapenfuse@wjcny.org, or by fax to 585-325-3050. Please include “Managing Attorney” in the subject line of your email or on your fax cover page.

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.

 

 

Job Title: Worker Rights Advocate (Kingston Office)

Supervisor: Program Director

Working Hours: 35 hours per week (exempt position)

Compensation: WJCNY offers a generous comprehensive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, paid sick and vacation time, and retirement savings contributions. Competitive salary is commensurate with experience and based upon a union-negotiated compensation scale.

Job Requirements:

  • Conduct outreach to farmworkers and other communities of low-wage workers through a variety of direct outreach strategies and program initiatives
  • Conduct trainings for workers about their labor rights, pertaining primarily to issues of wage theft, discrimination, workplace health and safety, and pesticide exposure
  • Assist low-wage workers in filing complaints with state and federal administrative agencies to remedy legal violations
  • Support low-wage workers in self-advocacy and leadership development
  • Engage in policy and legislative advocacy in relation to program goals
  • Provide assistance to litigation staff in client communication, when necessary
  • Collaborate with government agencies and other non-profit agencies where appropriate to achieve program goals
  • Keep regular, detailed reports as required by management and funders
  • Assist in drafting program grant applications and reporting as needed
  • Maintain knowledge of current events and developments in the areas impacting targeted populations

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or combination of education and experience
  • Written and verbal fluency in Spanish and English (required)
  • Experience with low-wage worker and immigrant communities, including life experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills and organizational skills
  • A demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights, immigrant rights, or other relevant social justice issues
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office and web-based Google applications

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Program Director, Andrea Callan, by email at acallan@wjcny.org, or by fax to 845-331-6615.

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.

 

Legal Internship (unpaid)

Worker Justice Center’s Kingston and Rochester offices are currently recruiting legal interns for the Spring semester. It is our goal at Worker Justice Center to provide our legal interns with an academically enriching experience,
gaining real-world experience in the practice of law, with a focus on litigation. Interns will work directly with, and under the supervision of, the Worker Justice Center attorneys on a variety of legal matters. Assignments include but are not limited to:

• Researching a variety of legal issues related to employment law and low-wage worker advocacy;
• Drafting legal documents, including discovery demands and responses, initial pleadings and court correspondence; and
• Attending all court conferences, mediations and depositions (as available) for professional development.
While not required, preference will be given to law students who demonstrate a commitment to public service through their coursework or extracurricular activities. Bilingual preferred (Spanish).

Schedule: 10-15 hours per week (flexible); internships can be conducted remotely.

Eligibility: The WJCNY Legal Internship is open to second and third-year students only.

How to Apply: To apply to the Kingston Office, please send a cover letter, resumé (including contact information for 2-3 personal and/or professional references), original writing sample, and a school transcript (unofficial is acceptable) via email to Laura Revercomb at lrevercomb@wjcny.org. To apply to the Rochester Office, please send all of the materials listed above via email to John Marsella at jmarsella@wjcny.org. Only complete applications will be considered.Worker Justice Center legal internships are unpaid and do not guarantee a position with Worker Justice Center upon completion.