Staff Attorney (Family Law)

Reports to: Legal Services Manager

Womankind uses the multidimensionality of our Asian heritage to work alongside survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) as they build a path to healing. We are working tirelessly to create a future where we Rise Above Violence and our communities can innovate towards collective well-being, restoration, and social justice. In addition to promoting healing and safety through service provision, Womankind promotes gender justice through research, coalition building, policy analysis, and community education and mobilization.

Womankind’s Community Programs provide comprehensive direct services to support the recovery of survivors and their children from Domestic Violence (DV), Human Trafficking (HT), and Sexual Violence (SV). We engage communities and raise awareness about DV, HT, and SV, provide support via a 24-hour multi-lingual hotline, ensure that all clients receive prompt and professional services, and provide therapeutic support that encourages self-sufficiency and empowerment.

Womankind’s legal department, launched in 2011, is an integral component of our work in helping survivors gain independence and self-sufficiency, thus reducing their vulnerability to abuse and exploitation. Combining client-centered and culturally responsive lawyering with our holistic approach to client empowerment and advocacy, we seek a full-time staff attorney to provide much-needed support around family law matters, including orders of protection, custody, visitation, child support, and divorces. The ideal candidate will be a compassionate, dedicated, team-oriented, and goal-oriented advocate to take a lead role in providing our family law services.

Essential Functions:

  • Screen and provide direct representation, brief services, referrals, and consultations for orders of protection, custody, visitation, child support, and uncontested divorces
  • Complete legal research, prepare petitions, and filings for Family and Supreme Courts.
  • Provide consultations, brief services, and referrals on family law issues.
  • Advise advocates and other staff and volunteers about how to support survivors on family law matters during weekly counselor hour, as needed.
  • Provide presentations on family law and related topics for external and internal professionals and clients.

Qualifications:

  • Law Degree with admission to State Bar (New York required)
  • Ability to speak an Asian language preferable
  • One to two years of experience providing direct representation on family law matters: orders of protection, custody, visitation, child support, and uncontested divorces (required)
  • Familiarity with New York City family courts
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of non-profit social services and working with survivors of gender-based violence
  • Excellent organizational skills, including ability to effectively complete multiple tasks, priorities, and responsibilities while meeting deadlines
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to handle confidential matters
  • Strong and effective verbal and written communication skills, including while using an interpreter
  • Ability to work with diverse populations and within a team structure
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and volunteers

Compensation Package:

Womankind offers a competitive and outstanding compensation package. Annual salary range for this position is between $60,000 and $65,000, based on the candidate’s experience, skill set, education, and other criteria. Top benefits include health/dental/vision insurance, generous paid time off, 403(b) retirement plan, and much more.

How to Apply:

Email resume and cover letter to: careers@iamwk.org. Please include your name and “Staff Attorney” in the subject line. No calls, please.

Womankind is an Equal Opportunity Employer.