Staff Attorney- Community Guardian Program


Staff Attorney- Community Guardian Program

Status: Admin/ Non-Exempt/ Full- Time
Reports to: Senior Director of the Community Guardian Program
Date Posted: 19-Feb-2020
Job Type: Full Time



JASA’s mission is to sustain and enrich the lives of the aging in the New York metropolitan area so that they can remain in the community with dignity and autonomy. Founded in 1968, JASA is one of New York’s largest and most trusted agencies serving older adults in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. We provide life sustaining programs for seniors and peace of mind for their families and friends. We fulfill the Jewish value of honoring the aging while serving adults of all races, religions, and economic backgrounds.

Community Guardian Program

JASA assumes the legal role of community guardian for adults who have been judged legally incapacitated by the courts and require a legal guardian. Through assessment, comprehensive service planning, regular visits, ongoing support, and regular reports to the courts, JASA ensures that the needs of these individuals are met. Guardianship responsibilities can encompass a wide range of duties. Based on court decision this can include assistance with aspects of daily living and advocacy with medical and social service providers.


• Providing representation, advice and legal counsel in civil proceedings in NYC housing courts on matters including non-payment, holdover, HP Proceedings, and NYCHA administrative proceedings.
• Providing representation, advice and legal counsel on behalf of JASA in connection with Article 81 proceedings.
• Providing representation, advice and legal counsel in connection with Social Security, private insurance and other benefits advocacy.
• Providing legal advice to caseworkers and senior social work staff.
• Coordinating with internal and external stakeholders.
• Performance of occasional work outside of standard work hours, sometimes with little notice.
• Travel throughout NYC, as needed.
• Other duties as assigned.

• Juris Doctorate and admission to the New York State Bar.
• Commitment to public interest law.
• At least 3 years of litigation experience - landlord-tenant law preferred.
• Familiarity with New York City Housing Authority administrative hearings preferred.
• Excellent research and analytical skills.
• Experience working with diverse populations.
• Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
• Exceptional organizational skills, including the ability to handle multiple tasks, prioritize work, and meet deadlines under pressure.
• Strong interpersonal skills.
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, including the ability to compose, proof and edit correspondence and documents.
• Proficient with Microsoft Office and Google Suite.
• Demonstrated ability and willingness to master new technology.

JASA is committed to Equal Opportunity Employment.

Position is subject to review for purposes of the ADAAA.

To Apply

Email résumé and cover letter to: Indicate Staff Attorney- Community Guardian Program - Manhattan in subject line.


Mail to: JASA
Human Resources Department
247 West 37 Street – Ninth Floor
New York, NY 10018

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