March 2, 2020
POSITION AVAILABLE: FULL-TIME DISABILITY ADVOCATE
Overview: For more than 50 years, Nassau Suffolk Law Services (NSLS) has been providing
free, high-quality legal counsel in civil matters when basic human needs are at stake including: eviction and foreclosure prevention, income maintenance, disability, elder law, healthcare, education, consumer fraud and more. As the only provider of comprehensive civil legal services on Long Island, our services support thousands of poor and low-income families and individuals who cannot afford an attorney. With the gap separating those who can and cannot afford legal representation widening each day, we work to ensure that everyone has equal access to justice, regardless of their ability to pay. NSLS has a staff of nearly one hundred employees situated in three offices across Long Island.
JOB DESCRIPTION: NSLS has an immediate opening for a full-time disability advocate. This advocate would be assigned to our bi-county Education and Disability Rights Project which provides advice and representation in special education matters, assists students who face residency problems or who are homeless, and helps individuals with developmental disabilities to secure eligibility and services/programs through the NYS Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).
DUTIES: To coordinate intake calls and provide advice and advocacy services to clients via telephone and in person. To represent eligible students at building level meetings and Committee on Special Education (CSE) meetings in school districts throughout Long Island. Occasional attendance at meetings held at OPWDD Region 5 offices. The disability advocate will also provide community education through trainings for clients and lay advocates. The disability advocate will be required to maintain case records in the office's computerized case management system.
START DATE: Immediately
SALARY: DOE, union scale with excellent benefits.
-Paralegal training, college degree or appropriate prior experience; experience as an educational advocate for students with disabilities preferred; excellent communication and writing skills; strong attention to detail and organizational ability to prioritize and multi-task; demonstrated commitment to the goals and clients of the legal services program and the ability to work with the staff attorney assigned to the Project; proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook; bilingual proficiency in Spanish and English preferred but not mandatory.
Persons interested should submit a cover letter with their resume to:
Lynn Iacona, Esq., Supervising Attorney
NASSAU/SUFFOLK LAW SERVICES COMMITTEE, INC.
1 Helen Keller Way, 5th Floor
Hempstead, New York 11550
NASSAU/SUFFOLK LAW SERVICES COMMITTEE, INC. IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER. PERSONS OF COLOR AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, WOMEN AND LGBTQ ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.