Overview The Door is an unparalleled model for youth development, offering a comprehensive range of integrated services within a single site for nearly 11,000 New York City youth each year. Our mission is to empower young adults to reach their full potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. At The Door, youth can access health care and education, mental health counseling and crisis assistance, legal assistance, college preparation services, career development, housing supports, arts, sports and recreational activities, and nutritious meals – all for free and under one roof. By providing participants with our suite of integrated services, we seek to provide any motivated young person with the tools, resources, and opportunities needed to successfully transition to adulthood.
The Door’s Legal Services Center (the Center) was established in 1992. Each year, the Center handles over 1,500 case covering all civil legal matters. The Center has deep expertise in immigration law, which represents the majority of our cases. In addition to direct legal representation, The Center provides young people with opportunities to participate in legal clinics so that they can explore their legal options and needs. The Center is fully integrated within The Door, and is unique in that it remains one of the few, if not the only, providers of civil legal services for youth within a holistic youth development agency. All youth who engage with the Legal Services Center are also provided with access and referrals to The Door’s full portfolio of services.
Our comprehensive approach has enabled the Legal Services Center to remain a field leader and receive national recognition. In addition to our direct work with young people, the Center provides trainings as well as technical assistance to other providers and stakeholders engaged in this work, and is actively involved in advocacy efforts to address systemic barriers to justice, especially in the area of immigration. Our extensive experience providing youth with front-line direct legal assistance in these challenging times continues to inform our collaborative work with other partners to ensure that New York City’s youth are receiving the help that they need.
The Director of the Legal Services Center is responsible for leadership and development of all aspects of the legal program at The Door. This includes: strategic planning; management and development of its staff; budget oversight; contract and grant management; fundraising; stewardship of external relationships; and policy, advocacy and coalition work. The Director will represent The Door locally and nationally at a broad range of policy, practitioner, academic, philanthropic and media events. As a member of the senior leadership team, the Director will be expected to collaborate effectively with other program directors to ensure a holistic, integrated experience for our members.
- Oversee the quality of services, scope and orientation of the Legal Services Center
- Lead a team of 17, including 3 managing attorneys, 9 staff attorneys, 2 social workers and 3 support staff
- In collaboration with the finance team, develop and manage departmental budget of $2.1 million
- Manage government contracts and foundation grants to ensure achievement of all expectations and outcomes
- Assist development staff with proposal writing and reporting. Steward funder relationships
- Maintain program’s readiness for internal and external audits and reviews
- Identify areas of program expansion and pursue appropriate opportunities for growth in alignment with department and agency mission
- Develop and maintain partnerships with outside firms and other entities that advance the Center’s mission and service delivery
- Represent The Door’s Legal Services Center to other institutions, agencies, community-based organizations, and government
- Manage Legal Services Center’s education programs, including overseeing the development of literature and workshops
- Develop position papers, briefings, testimonials and related materials that represent the agency’s position regarding policy or legislation impacting youth
- Develop and coordinate advocacy initiatives advancing the legal rights of youth
- Build and participate in external coalitions and associations that advance The Door’s mission.
- Participate in Door-wide activities and policy initiatives
- Serve as a senior leader of the organization supporting agency-wide integration efforts
- Other projects and responsibilities as assigned by the Executive Director
- JD Degree and admission to the NY State Bar
- At least five years of experience working in a law-related capacity, preferably in the social services sector. Supervisory experience highly desired
- Knowledgeable of and ability to apply positive youth development principles to working with young people
- Experience in the area of family, immigration or public benefits law
- Strong analytical, managerial, administrative, writing and oral presentation skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills with deep experience collaborating in a diverse team
- Ability to work independently, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines
- Demonstrated commitment to social justice and the mission of The Door
- Proficiency in Spanish, French, or Mandarin preferred
Hours: Full time
Salary: Commensurate with experience
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