Job Opening: Project Coordinator - Veterans Assistance Project

Association of the Bar City of New York New York, NY
The City Bar Justice Center (CJBC) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the New York City Bar, one of the nation's largest bar associations. The City Bar Justice Center assists low income New Yorkers with civil legal problems who cannot afford an attorney. CBJC recruits, trains and mentors volunteer attorneys to provide advice and representation through a dozen projects. In addition, the City Bar Justice Center's telephone hotline provides referrals and brief advice to 10,000 New Yorkers annually. The CBJC is conveniently located in a historic building at 42 West 44th Street in midtown Manhattan.

CBJC's Veterans Assistance Project (VAP) provides disabled, low-income veterans in New York City with pro bono legal assistance on issues related to their claims for service-connected disability compensation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VAP operates a toll-free intake line for veterans which gives out brief advice and information to veterans and screens cases to be invited to a monthly legal clinic. At the legal clinic, volunteer lawyers assess possible legal remedies and help veterans file claims and appeals with the VA. Assistance ranges from locating service documents and medical records to preparing and filing claims and directly representing veterans at hearings. Since its inception, VAP has provided legal assistance to thousands of veterans, recovered over $5 million in retroactive benefits in addition to ongoing disability benefits, and leveraged over $2 million in free legal services for veterans.

Some areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:

* Presenting to community organizations

* Organizing training programs and legal clinics

* Serving as liaison to law firm volunteers

* Maintaining the client and volunteer database

* Running statistics

* Assisting in grant applications

* Answering phone calls

* Provide follow-up assistance to clients

* Other administrative work

You must have:

* Demonstrated enthusiasm for public interest legal work

* Strong computer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and organizational skills

* Solid attention to detail

* Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

* The ability to interact with low income clients, volunteer attorneys and government employees

* A bachelor's degree

A minimum commitment of two years is expected. Start date will be mid-June.

Veterans are encouraged to apply.

The New York City Bar Association is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It is the policy of the NYC Bar to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, national origin, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We pay commensurate with public interest salaries and experience and provide a generous benefits package.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter including salary requirements and resume via e-mail to and include VAP Project Coordinator in the subject line.

Similar jobs you might like