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Administrative Assistant

 

 

 

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT – ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Catholic Migration Services (“CMS”), a nonprofit provider of legal services and affiliated agency of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, is seeking a full-time Administrative Assistant.  CMS provides free legal services to low-income immigrants residing in Brooklyn and Queens in the areas of immigration, housing and employment law.  More information about our organization and our work is available at www.catholicmigration.org.

The Administrative Assistant will provide critical administrative support to ensure that our two office locations are well organized and operating smoothly.  This is for a full-time position based in our Brooklyn office (near Borough Hall), but the Administrative Assistant will be required to periodically work from our Queens office (currently in Sunnyside). As of September 6th, CMS staff will work three days in the office and two days remotely. The Administrative Assistant must be punctual, well organized, and have the capacity to prioritize and manage multiple tasks.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Day-to-day office management of facilities, equipment/supply acquisition and maintenance.
  • Maintain and manage relationships with vendors and other service providers.
  • Troubleshoot minor IT/computer/program/printer/phone/network issues.
  • Maintain organizational calendar and logistics for meetings and rooms.
  • Provide various assistance for other programs, as needed, including data entry, making appointments, and mailing.
  • Provide backup assistance to reception. Answer and manage phone calls, provide appropriate requested information to visitors or staff.
  • Provide administrative support for fundraising events and other special events.
  • Monitor incoming and outgoing mail; assist with processing incoming mail; receive and sign for mail/packages.
  • Assist in processing invoices, past due accounts, deposits, and managing acknowledgment letters.
  • Maintain filing system in all our offices as well as offsite.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 4 years relevant experience.
  • Computer proficiency; Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); Experience with internet research.
  • Ability and experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds and communities.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • College Graduate preferred (minimum of High School diploma); and
  • Spanish or Haitian Kreyol proficiency preferred.

Diversity and Non-Discrimination Policy:
CMS values workplace diversity and welcomes applicants and employees of all backgrounds. CMS strives to create a positive, supportive, and inclusive work environment for all staff.  CMS makes all employment decisions without regard to any applicant’s or employee’s protected characteristics, including their race, religion, color, national origin, immigration status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, arrest or conviction record, or marital status.

Salary and Benefits
CMS offers a very competitive salary and benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance coverage, transit benefits, Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and a 403(b) retirement plan including employer contribution.  We offer generous leave policies, including four weeks paid vacation, four paid personal days, fourteen paid holidays and the week off between Christmas and New Year’s Days, inclusive.

Union Representation
This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW, Local 2325.

Application Instructions:
This position is available immediately, and applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  To apply, email a cover letter and resume to Erin Fitzgerald, Operations Coordinator, at efitzgerald@catholicmigration.org.  Please include “Administrative Assistant Application” in the subject line.


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Staff Attorney – Housing Unit

 

 

 

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: STAFF ATTORNEY – HOUSING UNIT

About Catholic Migration Services:
Catholic Migration Services (“CMS”), an affiliated agency of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, provides high quality free legal services, community education, and advocacy for low-income immigrants residing in Brooklyn and Queens, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status. CMS assists individuals with their immigration, housing, and employment legal needs. CMS is committed to “welcoming the stranger in our midst” by serving and working alongside underserved immigrant communities to advance equality and social justice in an ever-changing landscape.

The Tenant Advocacy Program assists Queens residents on a wide-range of legal matters, provides know-your-rights education and organizes tenants to assert their rights and advocate for better housing laws. The attorney will provide legal representation for individual tenants and tenant groups in Queens, and will collaborate with CMS’ tenant organizers, as well as with attorneys and staff from the other CMS programs to ensure that clients receive holistic legal services.

The attorney will be based in our Sunnyside, Queens office. As of September 6th, CMS staff will work three days in the office and two days remotely until further notice.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Represent clients in housing-related litigation matters, including but not limited to individual and group cases, such as nonpayment proceedings, holdover proceedings and HP actions in Housing Court; administrative proceedings at DHCR and the New York City Commission on Human Rights; and Article 78 proceedings in Supreme Court;
• Do intake and provide legal advice to tenants we are unable to represent;
• Work with CMS’ organizers to plan our monthly community meetings, and to provide legal services in collaboration with our tenant organizing efforts;
• Assist in community outreach and education efforts related to housing legal services;
• Assist in planning and implementation of strategic projects related to housing legal services;
• Manage caseload and maintain client files in good working order. Maintain and update case list and client and case information in case management database; and
• Participate in staff meetings and case reviews.

Qualifications:
• Admission to the New York State Bar;
• At least 2 years of previous experience practicing in housing law preferred;
• Strong commitment to social and economic justice, and community empowerment;
• Experience as a community organizer, or working with community organizers, is preferred;
• Ability to regularly travel to Queens Housing Court and community events;
• Excellent written, oral and analytical skills;
• Competency in one or more foreign languages commonly spoken in Queens is preferred;
• Excellent organizational skills;
• Basic computer skills;
• Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently; and
• Ability and experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds and communities.

Diversity and Non-Discrimination Policy:
Catholic Migration Services values workplace diversity and welcomes applicants and employees of all backgrounds. CMS strives to create a positive, supportive, and inclusive work environment for all staff. CMS makes all employment decisions without regard to any applicant’s or employee’s protected characteristics, including their race, religion, color, national origin, immigration status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, arrest conviction record, or marital status.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary is on a union scale based on years of experience. The salary range for an attorney with two to six years of experience is $72,864.72 to $82,212. CMS offers a very competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance coverage, transit benefits, Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and a 403(b) retirement plan including employer contribution. We offer generous leave policies, including four weeks paid vacation, four paid personal days, fourteen paid holidays and the week off between Christmas and New Year’s Days, inclusive.

Union Representation:
This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW, Local 2325.

Application Instructions:
Applications will be accepted immediately and will be considered on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and a list of three professional references to Jonathan Cohen, Managing Attorney, at jcohen@catholicmigration.org.


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Paralegal – Employment Unit

 

 

 

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: PARALEGAL – EMPLOYMENT UNIT 

About Catholic Migration Services:
Catholic Migration Services (“CMS”), an affiliated agency of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, provides high quality free legal services, community education, and advocacy for low-income immigrants residing in Brooklyn and Queens, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status. CMS assists individuals with their immigration, housing, and employment legal needs. CMS is committed to “welcoming the stranger in our midst” by serving and working alongside underserved immigrant communities to advance equality and social justice in an ever-changing landscape.

Our Employment Unit seeks a full-time, highly motivated, and passionate paralegal to join our team. This is for a full-time position in our Sunnyside, Queens office. As of September 6th, CMS staff will work three days in office and two days remotely until further notice. The paralegal will support the work of our Employment Unit, which provides low-wage workers with advice and representation on a wide range of employment matters, including wage theft, discrimination, unemployment insurance, paid leave and workplace injuries.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Conducting meetings with clients and potential clients to gather information and assist CMS attorneys in assessing potential legal claims;
• Copying, scanning, and otherwise assisting attorneys in the preparation of court filings, administrative agency filings, and maintaining case files;
• Interpreting CMS attorney-client communications and translating documents from English to Spanish, and Spanish to English;
• Data entry in CMS’ client database to keep CMS client records updated;
• Filing legal papers with courts and administrative agencies;
• Serving legal papers on employers and witnesses;
• Assisting at outreach and educational events; and
• Providing additional support as needed.

Qualifications:
• Prior or related experience, or a Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree, preferred;
• Demonstrated commitment to public interest work;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills;
• Fluency in Spanish required;
• Excellent organizational and time-management skills;
• Basic computer skills;
• Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently; and
• Ability to work as part of a team.

Diversity and Non-Discrimination Policy:
Catholic Migration Services values workplace diversity and welcomes applicants and employees of all backgrounds. CMS strives to create a positive, supportive, and inclusive work environment for all staff. CMS makes all employment decisions without regard to any applicant’s or employee’s protected characteristics, including their race, religion, color, national origin, immigration status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, arrest conviction record, or marital status.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary is on a union scale based on years of experience. The salary range for a paralegal with one to six years of experience is $48,960.00 to $55,080,00. CMS offers a very competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance coverage, transit benefits, Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and a 403(b) retirement plan including employer contribution. We offer generous leave policies, including four weeks paid vacation, four paid personal days, fourteen paid holidays and the week off between Christmas and New Year’s Days, inclusive.
Union Representation: This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW, Local 2325.

Application Instructions:
Applications will be accepted immediately and will be considered on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references to Alice Davis, Supervising Attorney, at adavis@catholicmigration.org. Please include “Paralegal, Employment Unit” in the subject line.


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Staff Attorney – Employment Unit

 

 

 

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: STAFF ATTORNEY – EMPLOYMENT UNIT

About Catholic Migration Services:
Catholic Migration Services (“CMS”), an affiliated agency of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, provides high quality free legal services, community education, and advocacy for low-income immigrants residing in Brooklyn and Queens, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status. CMS assists individuals with their immigration, housing, and employment legal needs. CMS is committed to “welcoming the stranger in our midst” by serving and working alongside underserved immigrant communities to advance equality and social justice in an ever-changing landscape.

Our Employment Unit seeks a full-time, highly motivated, and passionate employment attorney to join our team. This is for a full-time position in our Sunnyside, Queens office. As of September 6th, CMS staff will work three days in office and two days remotely until further notice. The attorney will litigate cases in New York state and federal courts on behalf of low-wage workers primarily for minimum wage and overtime violations, file complaints before New York and federal administrative agencies, advise workers at legal clinics; and conduct know-your-rights workshops at community-based organizations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Advise and represent workers (individuals and groups) before state and federal courts, and administrative agencies;
• Counsel clients at legal clinics and workshops;
• Lead Know-Your-Rights type presentations at community sites;
• Participate in advocacy efforts – primarily at the local and state levels – to influence legislative or administrative bodies on matters impacting low-wage workers;
• Assist in outreach; and
• Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
• Admission to the New York State Bar;
• At least two years of relevant experience (i.e, clerkship, litigation, representing low income or immigrant clients)
• Demonstrated commitment to public interest work;
• Ability to coordinate and collaborate successfully with other groups and organizations;
• Excellent written, oral and analytical skills;
• Proficiency in languages other than English is strongly preferred but not required;
• Excellent organizational skills;
• Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently; and
• Ability and experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds and communities.

Diversity and Non-Discrimination Policy:
Catholic Migration Services values workplace diversity and welcomes applicants and employees of all backgrounds. CMS strives to create a positive, supportive, and inclusive work environment for all staff. CMS makes all employment decisions without regard to any applicant’s or employee’s protected characteristics, including their race, religion, color, national origin, immigration status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, arrest conviction record, or marital status.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary is on a union scale based on years of experience. The salary range for an attorney with two to six years of experience is $72,864.72 to $82,212. CMS offers a very competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance coverage, transit benefits, Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and a 403(b) retirement plan including employer contribution. We offer generous leave policies, including four weeks paid vacation, four paid personal days, fourteen paid holidays and the week off between Christmas and New Year’s Days, inclusive.

Union Representation:
This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW, Local 2325.

Application Instructions:
Applications will be accepted immediately and will be considered on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references to: Magdalena Barbosa, Director of Legal Services, at mbarbosa@catholicmigration.org. Please include “Staff Attorney, Employment Unit” in the subject line.


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Community Organizer – Housing

 

 

 

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: COMMUNITY ORGANIZER – HOUSING

ABOUT CATHOLIC MIGRATION SERVICES:
Catholic Migration Services (“CMS”), an affiliated agency of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, provides high quality free legal services, community education, and advocacy for low- income immigrants residing in Brooklyn and Queens, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status. CMS assists individuals with their immigration, housing, and employment legal needs. CMS is committed to “welcoming the stranger in our midst” by serving and working alongside underserved immigrant communities to advance equality and social justice in an ever-changing landscape.

POSITION:
CMS seeks a full-time, highly motivated, experienced, and passionate community organizer to join our dynamic team. The community organizer will work with the Right to Counsel coalition, a tenant led coalition made up of organizers, advocates, legal services organizations, to level the playing field in housing court, build tenant power and stop the eviction crisis. In August of 2017, the Right to Counsel coalition won a landmark victory making NYC the first city in the nation to establish a Right to Counsel for low-income tenants facing eviction. The community organizer will report to the Managing Attorney of the Housing team. The Catholic Migration Services office is currently working a hybrid work schedule with some days in-office (this full- time position will be based in our Queens office) and some days from home.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Coordinate monthly community meetings for tenants;
• Lead Know Your Rights presentations;
• Conduct outreach, i.e. door-knocking and virtual outreach to tenants;
• Help form and support Tenant Associations;
• Work collaboratively with members of the legal team;
• Work with Right to Counsel coalition to advocate for city- and state-wide change;
• Support leadership development in Tenant Association and campaign spaces;
• Conduct outreach and participate in coalition and campaign meetings, retreats, actions and events, and
• Create outreach and informational materials as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Minimum of 2-3 years of experience in tenant organizing and base-building or working in coalition on a campaign is required;
• Excellent interpersonal and problem solving skills;
• Fluency in Spanish is required;
• Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel and ability to learn other software programs;
• Willingness to work some evenings and weekends;
• Ability to travel throughout New York City and Albany;
• Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently as well as collaboratively in a team setting; and
• Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and communities to bring them together to build on common goals.

DIVERSITY AND NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY:
CMS strives to create a positive, supportive, and inclusive work environment for all staff. CMS strives to create a positive, supportive, and inclusive work environment for all staff. CMS makes all employment decisions without regard to any applicant’s or employee’s protected characteristics, including their race, religion, color, national origin, immigration status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, arrest conviction record, or marital status.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:
Salary is on a union scale based on years of experience. The salary range for an organizer with three to five years of experience is $50,745 to $53,805. CMS offers a very competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance coverage, transit benefits, Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and a 403(b) retirement plan including employer contribution. We offer generous leave policies, including four weeks paid vacation, four paid personal days, fourteen paid holidays and the week off between Christmas and New Year’s Days, inclusive.

UNION REPRESENTATION:
This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW, Local 2325.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
Applications will be accepted immediately and will be considered on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references to: Jonathan Cohen, Managing Attorney, at jcohen@catholicmigration.org. Please include “Community Organizer Application” in the subject line.


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