LAC is a non-profit law and policy organization that specializes in fighting discrimination against and protecting the rights of people with substance use disorders, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records.

New York

The Legal Action Center (LAC) seeks a part-time Manager of Human Resources in its New York City office to develop and administer LAC’s employment-related policies and procedures and manage all human resource activities, such as employment, benefits, training, and employee services.  This is a new position to perform and expand upon duties previously conducted by the Chief Financial Officer.

About the Organization:  LAC is a private, not-for-profit law and policy organization with offices in New York City and Washington, D.C.  LAC is the only organization in the country whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with criminal records, substance use disorders, and/or HIV/AIDS.  LAC effectuates its mission, through policy advocacy, training and technical assistance, impact litigation, and legal services.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Manage all aspects of the recruiting, interviewing, hiring, promotion, and on-boarding process. Includes maintaining data on recruitment activities, applicant flow, interviews, hires.
  • Develop and implement orientation and training programs for all new and current personnel, working closely with managers. Arrange for the provision of needed outside training on topics such as supervision, management, cultural competency, and racial justice and equity in the workplace.
  • Direct and implement the performance review process.
  • Address and resolve employee concerns, grievances and incidents in concert with management.
  • Collaborate with management and outside legal counsel in developing revising, and implementing personnel policies/practices and related documents.
  • Provide guidance to management about human resources matters.
  • Work with management to develop and implement strategies incorporating a racial justice and equity lens into LAC’s human resources practices.
  • Oversee personnel transactions such as hires, promotions, benefit plan changes, performance reviews, and terminations, and supervise staff who work on administration of those functions.
  • In conjunction with legal counsel, identify legal requirements and government reporting regulations affecting human resources and ensure policies, procedures, and reporting are in compliance.
  • Oversee the maintenance of records required by law, funders, or oversight organizations.
  • Keep records of benefit plan participation such as medical insurance and pension plan.
  • Plan and manage implementation and administration of agency benefit programs, such as health, dental, life, and disability insurances, pension plans, and leaves of absence.
  • Work closely with LAC’s outsourced human resources and benefits
  • Perform related duties, special assignments and projects as required and/or needed.

The position will report to the Director/President.

Educational Requirements

Bachelor’s degree (B.A) in management, human resources, psychology or related area from a four-year accredited college or university.

Experience and/or Skills Required
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in human resources, including in a non-profit organization.
  • Knowledge of applicable laws and regulations.
  • Proven experience helping to maintain a diverse and inclusive workforce.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Computer literacy, including proficiency in Windows environment, word processing, spreadsheet and database software.
Licenses/Certifications/Registration

Preferred

  • Professional designation/accreditation, such as Professional in Human Resources awarded by the Society of Human Resources Management
Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions:

Please email a cover letter and resumé  (no calls) to [email protected]. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but please apply as soon as possible.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

 The Legal Action Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Members of LAC’s stakeholder populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Legal Action Center (LAC) seeks a full-time Administrative Assistant in its New York office to provide administrative support to the attorneys in the legal department. The position will report to the Manager of Administration but will work closely with other members of the Legal Department.

About the Organization: LAC is a private, not-for-profit law and policy organization, with offices in New York City and Washington, D.C. LAC is the only organization in the country whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against and protect the privacy of people with criminal records, substance use disorders, and/or HIV/AIDS. LAC uses a multi-faceted approach to effectuate its mission and create systemic change, including impact litigation, legal services, and policy advocacy.

Job Responsibilities:
The Administrative Assistant will work in the legal department and be part of the support team to:

• Provide administrative support to the legal department including but not limited to: managing calendars, travel, expenses, and other associated tasks; supporting team members with projects and events and planning team meetings;
• Coordinate all legal department training and perform related administrative work;
• Coordinate and schedule meetings and conference call for the attorneys;
• Make travel arrangements for the attorneys;
• Prepare and file documents for legal department attorneys, including maintaining litigation hardbacks and doing electronic court filings;
• Assist with production of all legal department publications, documents, reports, training materials, grant proposals, and reports, etc;
• Provide technical support for legal staff, e.g., with Excel or other software;
• Troubleshooting equipment, e.g., copier machine;
• Oversee and coordinate updates to LAC’s website;
• Conduct other administrative tasks to support the legal team and office, as necessary;
• Phone coverage.

Job Qualifications and Requirements:

• Bachelors Degree preferred;
• Bilingual in Spanish and English, required;
• Strong writing and verbal skills, required;
• Minimum of 3-5 years of administrative assistant experience, preferred;
• Strong proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
• Working knowledge of the Internet required (WordPress preferred);
• Must be able to take the initiative but also seek direction when necessary;
• Must be able to exercise sound judgment, be highly organized, detail-oriented, and possess strong time-management skills;
• Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to remain calm under pressure;
• Strong organizational and problem-solving skills; exceptional accuracy and attention to details;
• Strong project management skills and demonstrated the ability of multitasking, setting priorities and meeting demanding deadlines;
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple simultaneous priorities;
• A passion for the work of the organization;
• High level of professionalism with strong interpersonal skills;
• Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality; good judgment and diplomacy.

Professional Level: Entry level

Compensation and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits, including medical insurance, 403(b) plan with employer contribution, and pre-tax flexible benefits.

Application Instructions: Please email a cover letter and résumé (no calls) to [email protected] and write “Administrative Assistant” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but please apply as soon as possible. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Legal Action Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Members of LAC’s stakeholder populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Reporting to the Director/President, the Legal Action Center (LAC) seeks a full time Chief Financial Officer to assume a strategic role in the overall financial and fiscal operations of the Agency.  The Chief Financial Officer has primary day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities of the organization. This includes the direct responsibility for accounting, finance, budgeting, forecasting, benefits, strategic planning and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve company assets and report accurate financial results.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Advise the Director/President and the Board of Directors on all financial matters.
  • Work closely with the Director/President in the formulation and management of short-term and long-term financial strategies to achieve organizational goals.
  • Oversee and evaluate the maintenance of the agency’s fiscal records to ensure accountability and the safeguarding of assets by monitoring the accounting functions, the preparation of fiscal claims and vouchers, the reconciliation of bank accounts and the preparation of audit schedules.
  • Provide effective financial management in line with the company’s strategic plan.
  • Supervise the operations of the Finance Department, including accounts receivable/payable, payroll, treasury responsibility and all financial reconciliation.
  • Oversee all accounting practices, including managing annual audit of financial statements, and ensure proper internal controls and compliance with policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Develop, direct, monitor and analyze agency and program budgets in coordination with Director/President and Program Directors and effectively communicate critical financial matters to Director/President.
  • Ensure the timely and accurate preparation and submission of financial statements and financial reporting to all funders and stakeholders.
  • Lead the preparation and review of federal and state tax returns in conjunction with independent auditors.
  • Consistently review financial policies and procedures with an eye on compliance, streamlining and improving where applicable.
  • Manage and invest surplus funds.
  • Work with administration manager to help ensure the efficient operation of the agency.
  • Oversee management information systems and information technology; supervise the information technology director
  • Collaborate with human resources manager on HR issues

Minimum Education Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Management, Finance, Accounting or related field from an accredited college or university, Master’s Degree preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications: 

  • Ten (10) years’ experience in accounting preferably of which at least five (5) years have been as Chief Financial Officer or Director of Finance for not-for-profit or public sector corporation.
  • Knowledge of public accounting, funding, grants management and billing mechanisms.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of automated financial systems

Compensation and Benefits:  Salary is commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits, including medical insurance, 403(b) plan with employer contribution, and pre-tax flexible benefits.

Application Instructions:  Please email a cover letter and résumé (no calls) to [email protected] and write “CFO” in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but please apply as soon as possible.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Legal Action Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Members of LAC’s stakeholder populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

“The Legal Action Center fights in courts of law and the court of public opinion
on behalf of those who have no other champion.”

– Arthur Liman, Founding Chair of the Legal Action Center

The Legal Action Center seeks a dynamic individual to serve as the inaugural Liman Communications Associate in its New York office.

About the Organization:  The Legal Action Center (LAC) is a national non-profit law and advocacy organization founded in 1973, with offices in New York City and Washington, D.C.  LAC is the only organization in the country whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with criminal records, substance use disorders, and/or HIV/AIDS.  LAC is a national leader in preserving the gains realized through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of expanded access to health care for people with mental health and substance use disorders and people in the criminal justice system. LAC is also a leading advocate for the privacy of substance use disorder and HIV information.

About the Position: The Liman Communications Associate would work with and report to the Director of Communications and Strategy to expand our outreach via traditional and social media channels, to support the redevelopment and modernizing of our website, to explore new ways to tell LAC’s story using multi-media tactics, and to work with the state and national policy teams to coordinate and support campaigns.

The position will collaborate with the Director of Communications and Strategy to implement a comprehensive communications plan for the Legal Action Center, building on its recent success in expanding the Center’s visibility and influence in the media, and growing our reach to new audiences. S/he will be responsible for developing tactics and messaging to reach LAC’s various stakeholders, including but not limited to: legal services clients, policy-makers and key advocacy allies, institutional and individual donors:

The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker with excellent written and verbal communication skills who can multi-task and adhere to internal and external deadlines. The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Strong knowledge of and interest in media relations;
  • Interest in web-based communications; experience with WordPress strongly preferred;
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and project management skills;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and follow-up with short and long-term objectives;
  • Strong commitment to racial and social justice;
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a collaborative team.

Compensation and Benefits:  Please include salary requirements in cover letter; salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits, including medical insurance, 403(b) plan with employer contribution, and pre-tax flexible benefits.

Application Instructions:  Please email a cover letter, résumé, and 2-4 writing samples (no calls) to [email protected] and write “Liman Communications Associate” in the subject line. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Legal Action Center (LAC) seeks a Health Policy Attorney in its New York office to work on cutting edge legal and policy issues relating to equitable access to substance use and mental health care and health privacy.

About the Organization:  LAC is a private, not-for-profit law and policy organization, with offices in New York City and Washington, D.C.  LAC is the only organization in the country whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with criminal records, substance use disorders, and/or HIV/AIDS.  LAC is a national leader in preserving the gains realized through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of expanded access to health care for people with mental health and substance use disorders and people in the criminal justice system. LAC is also a leading advocate for the privacy of substance use disorder and HIV information.  LAC uses a multi-faceted approach to effectuate its mission, including policy advocacy, training and technical assistance, impact litigation, and legal services.

About the Issues:  This position will focus primarily on two issues:

Health parity.  The federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (“Parity Act”) was enacted 10 years ago to end discrimination by health insurers against people with mental health and substance use disorders. It requires most health insurers to cover substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health (MH) services equally with other medical and surgical services. Unfortunately, enforcement of the Parity Act has remained low, and its promise unrealized.  As a result, millions of people with mental health and substance use disorders cannot access necessary treatment. LAC has spearheaded a national “[email protected] campaign” to unite local and national advocates in 10 states to pursue full enforcement of the Parity Act – with the ultimate goal of ensuring that the law lives up to its promise nationwide.  For more information, visit the [email protected] pages on LAC’s and the [email protected] campaign websites.

Health privacy. LAC is a national expert on the federal law that provides heightened privacy protections for SUD treatment records – protections critical to encouraging people to seek care due to the overwhelming stigma and criminalization of this health condition. LAC authors educational materials and provides training and technical assistance to SUD and other health care providers and policy makers about how to apply these privacy protections in this era of electronic health records and integration of SUD/MH care with other medical care. LAC also leads a national advocacy effort to maintain heightened privacy protections in the face of efforts to weaken them.  LAC has similar expertise with respect to New York’s HIV confidentiality law and likewise authors educational materials and provides training and technical assistance about its implementation.  For more information about LAC’s health privacy work, see the SUD confidentiality and HIV confidentiality pages of LAC’s website.

Job Responsibilities

  • Participate in and eventually lead LAC’s work on parity implementation in New York. As part of this work, the new attorney will help coordinate the [email protected] campaign’s efforts to move New York towards full implementation of the parity law through coalition building, maintaining coalition member involvement and coordinating advocacy efforts targeting government officials and others to support the reforms needed to achieve campaign goals.
  • Conduct policy research and analysis of federal and state legislation, statutes, regulations and policy guidance on parity and other health care access issues; write policy materials for state policy-makers and advocates; and help develop and implement policy advocacy strategies.
  • Conduct educational presentations and trainings on parity and potentially other health policy issues to inform and empower stakeholders to strengthen the effectiveness of their advocacy.
  • Participate in all aspects of LAC’s substance use disorder and HIV confidentiality education, technical assistance, and policy work, including: creating educational materials; conducting trainings; providing legal counsel to treatment providers nationwide through LAC’s telephone hotline; and participating in the public policy debate about how to ensure confidentiality in a changing health care environment.

The position will report to both the New Yok State Policy Director (for parity and other policy work) and Legal Director (for health privacy work). The position will require limited travel, primarily within New York State.

Qualifications 

  • J.D., admitted (or candidate for admission) in New York.
  • At least two to five years’ experience working on law and/or policy issues, including analysis of legislative and regulatory language.
  • Familiarity with New York State and City public policy landscape preferred.
  • Experience withpolicy analysis and advocacy and/or lobbying.
  • Knowledge of the Parity Act, insurance industry, Medicaid, and the ACA strongly preferred. Familiarity with the criminal justice system a plus.
  • Strong project management skills, including leading teams and multi-department collaboration.
  • A passion for social justice and advocacy to expand access to health care and eliminate discriminatory policies.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, advocacy, and analytic skills, including the ability to explain complex issues in clear, persuasive terms for non-lawyer audiences. Ability to write for a variety of audiences is essential.
  • High level of independence, initiative and creativity, demonstrated problem solving skills, and the ability to multi-task and work in teams. A sense of humor is a must.
  • Strong networking and coalition-building skills; ability to develop and maintain relationships with individuals, organizations and government agencies and well as work with diverse groups of people.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits, including medical insurance, 403(b) plan with employer contribution, and pre-tax flexible benefits.

 Application Instructions:

 Please email a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample (no calls) to [email protected] and write “Health Policy Attorney” in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but please apply as soon as possible.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

 The Legal Action Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Members of LAC’s stakeholder populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Legal Action Center (LAC) offers semester and summer internships to law students in New York City. We will also consider applications from students who are splitting their summers between law firms and public interest organizations. LAC offers an hourly salary to interns who do not receive course credit or outside funding.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: LAC is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, and criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas. For over 40 years, LAC has championed public health approaches to substance use disorder and HIV/AIDS, fought mass incarceration, and challenged the myriad collateral consequences of a criminal record. LAC uses a multi-faceted approach to effect change, including direct legal services, impact litigation, education, and policy advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels.

JOB DESCRIPTION AND DUTIES: Working in the New York City office, legal interns work directly with our attorneys and policy staff to further LAC’s work as needed, which may include:

  • Providing direct legal services to individuals facing discrimination on the basis of their criminal records or HIV/AIDS status, including conducting intakes and drafting client advocacy documents;
  • Providing direct legal services to individuals eligible to seal their criminal records under New York’s new sealing law, Criminal Procedure Law § 160.59, including screening clients for eligibility, assisting clients in filing their sealing motions, and potentially representing clients in hearings;
  • Conducting legal research for LAC’s cutting-edge impact litigation in privacy rights and discrimination (by employers, criminal justice and child welfare agencies, and health insurers, among others); and
  • Drafting position papers, model legislation, and other policy documents in support of LAC’s core mission.

Summer legal interns may have the opportunity to attend meetings, conferences, public hearings, and trainings with LAC attorneys and policy staff, depending on programming and interns’ interests.

Legal interns may also have the opportunity to develop a substantial writing sample or law review-style article about novel legal issues that arise in our work. We encourage legal interns to develop projects and apply for post-graduate fellowships at LAC.

For more information about LAC’s current litigation and policy work, see our recent Highlights.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be students who have completed their first or second year of law school. Excellent analytic and writing skills required. Demonstrated commitment to the issues facing the communities served by LAC preferred. Proficiency in a second language welcomed. The Legal Action Center is an equal opportunity employer.

TIME COMMITMENT: Summer interns are expected to work at least 35-40 hours per week, for at least 10 weeks. Semester interns are expected to work at least 10 hours per week, for at least 10 weeks.

COMPENSATION: LAC pays an hourly rate to legal interns if they do not receive external funding or course credit for the internship.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to the Legal Action Center at [email protected], with the subject line “Legal Internship.” We will review applications on a rolling basis. The application deadline is August 15 for the fall term, December 1 for the spring term, and February 15 for the summer. First year law student applications for the summer internship will not be accepted before December 1, in accordance with the NALP Principles and Standards. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Washington, D.C.

Legal Internship – Spring 2019 Semester

The Legal Action Center (LAC) is hiring a law student for the spring 2019 semester in our Washington, D.C. office.  The internship would be for the full spring semester, 10-20 hours/week.  Applicants may elect to receive a salary ($15.00/hour) or academic credit for their work.

LAC’s D.C. office advocates with Congress, federal administrative agencies and state policy-makers to end discrimination against people with histories of addiction; to expand funding and coverage for substance use disorder treatment, prevention, and research through all forms of health care financing; and to eliminate barriers to re-entry for people with criminal records. LAC’s DC office collaborates with organizations around the country and national coalitions to achieve its goals.

JOB DESCRIPTON AND DUTIES:  The legal intern will research, track, and analyze federal and state legislation, laws, regulations, and policies related to private and public health insurance and criminal justice initiatives affecting persons with addiction histories; attend Congressional hearings and briefings; conduct legal research on health care coverage and insurance discrimination; and assist in other ongoing projects related to both state and federal advocacy work.  Excellent research and writing skills are required. Past interns have included law students interested in policy development and advocacy and the substantive issues at the core of LAC’s work.

The Legal Action Center is an equal opportunity employer. Members of LAC’s stakeholder populations are strongly urged to apply.

More information about LAC and our National HIRE Network, which focuses on expanding employment opportunities for people with criminal records, can be found on our websites, https://www.lac.org and www.hirenetwork.org, or by contacting Sherie V. Boyd, D.C. Office Manager at [email protected].

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in LAC’s work and relevant experience to Ms. Boyd at [email protected].

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