UNITED SIKHS is an international non-profit, non-governmental, humanitarian & advocacy organization, aimed at empowering those in need, especially disadvantaged & minority communities across the world.
We are looking to recruit a Legal Consultant for our New York office.
Job Title : International Civil & Human Rights (ICHRA) Advocate : Legal Consultant
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UNITED SIKHS works across three major time zones across America, Europe and Asia and you may be required to work outside your normal working hours to perform any tasks in conjunctions with other UNITED SIKHS chapters.
About UNITED SIKHS (www.unitedsikhs.org)
We are an international humanitarian relief, advocacy and human development volunteer-based organization with chapters in the USA, Canada, UK, France and India. We run our projects with a constant reminder to ‘Recognize the Human race as One’. On a typical day a UNITED SIKHS volunteer and staff member does the following : prepares or reviews a brief on religious freedom to be filed in a local or international court; gives telephone advice to a migrant ina detention center; responds to a request for educational literature from a prison inmate; helps a refugee center in the Netherlands to deal with a family who was being forced to return to Afghanistan , where there is no guarantee of religious freedom; takes legal action for victim of school bullying; writes a letter to a postmaster in California to allow a Sikh postman to wear a Dastaar (turban); attends a meeting with the DOJ or DHS to make representations on civil rights issues affecting a minority community; runs community legal clinics at the Educare Center run by UNITED SIKHS interns and volunteers in New York; completes her internship in Panjab and says that she has been humbled; returns to her home country after a pilot study for a Make Poverty History project; helps the FBI trace a missing youth whilst providing advocacy support to the family. And when disaster strikes, our intrepid volunteers have been to all the areas hit by the Tsunami, Katrina and Rita hurricanes, Asian Quakes and Floods.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: This is specialized advocacy work in the identification, investigation and formulation of a program to deal with civil and human rights of minorities by dealing with formal and informal complaints of discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, physical/mental disability, age, sexual orientation, caste, family status and marital status in the areas of faith, housing, employment, public accommodation, and education. The work in this class requires the exercise of independent judgment and is performed with considerable independence. Assignments are received orally or in writing from the Director of International Civil and Human Rights Advocacy (ICHRA) and work is performed in consultation with the Director of ICHRA. Work is reviewed by the ICHRA Director through reports, conferences and results achieved. The ICHRA advocate may be asked to act as the ICHRA Director in the latter’s absence.
EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY):
ESSENTIAL: Conduct visits and legal clinics at community centres to collate information and investigate and determine a cause of action based on formal complaints of discrimination or violations of civil and human rights; interviews complainants, respondents and witnesses; research principles and controlling precedents and recommend disposition of complaints; assist in conciliation and public hearing procedures and activities; use the techniques of education, conciliation and persuasion to achieve mutually satisfactory solutions to discrimination concerns; ensure compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations; resolve civil rights complaints at the lowest level and processes complaints which mature into formal charges; conduct jurisdictional reviews and legal analysis and refers non-jurisdictional complaints to the appropriate agencies; prepare formal and informal reports on the extent of discrimination and violations and presents workshops, panels, seminars and lectures to various civic, educational, business and labor groups in civil and human rights issues; respond to inquiries received by ICHRA; work with other agencies and organizations in planning and coordinating programs designed to eliminate racial, cultural and inter-faith tension; attend monthly ICHRA meetings; write and submit community releases and media releases of the projects undertaken by you in a timely manner.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
ESSENTIAL: Working knowledge of the origin and cause of discrimination and violations of civil and human rights and the sources of current information in civil and human rights and related fields; good knowledge of the current trends and developments in civil and human rights law; knowledge of administrative procedural law; knowledge of negotiation and facilitation techniques; knowledge of investigative techniques;; ability to plan, organize, present and promote outreach and education programs; ability to write detailed, analytical reports; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to perform conflict resolution in highly charged and emotional situations; ability to keep accurate and confidential records; ability to interview individuals and to evaluate information obtained; ability to collate testimony and to present cases in court; ability to use judgment in interpreting information received in determining appropriate corrective actions; ability to conduct investigative and independent research; ability to analyze, research and document complaints of discrimination and other forms of civil and human rights violations; ability to utilize basic legal terminology; ability to use computers; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with community members, employees, city, state and federal officials, representatives of other agencies and the general public; ability to make decisions, recognizing established practices and to use resourcefulness and tact in solving problems; sensitivity to the attitudes, actions and reactions of protected class persons and ability to project this to the growth of community understanding and behavior; demonstrated ability to follow a management philosophy that is input oriented and values problem solving and the development of partnerships; demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team; desire to be part of an organization that values service, people, integrity, responsibility, innovation and team work.
ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: An attorney admitted to the New York Bar, with experience in the investigation of discrimination and civil and human rights complaints and graduation from an accredited college or university, supplemented by advanced course work in law, public administration, social work, sociology, psychology or related field; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the essential knowledge, skills and abilities.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of or ability to obtain a valid New York driver's licence.
APPLICATION: Please submit your application letter and resume via email to the ICHRA Director. The ICHRA director may be contacted at (phone) 646 315 3909 or firstname.lastname@example.org. UNITED SIKHS is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Please visit our website for our Equal Opportunity Statement.