THE NEIGHBORHOOD DEFENDER SERVICE OF HARLEM (NDS) is a community-based, holistic public defender office located in Harlem.  NDS represents residents of Northern Manhattan who are charged with crimes who cannot afford to hire an attorney.  Clients are represented by teams composed of Attorneys, Investigators, Social Workers, and Team Administrators.  NDS also provides pre-arrest representation to clients under threat of arrest.  NDS adheres to a client-centered approach to representation that emphasizes a heightened responsiveness to clients’ needs prior to arrest, while a case is pending, and after the case concludes. The Supervising Team Administrator is responsible for supervising the Criminal Defense Practice Team Administrators and the Homicide Defense Team Paralegal ,and providing and managing practice-wide administrative support.


  • Supervise the Criminal Defense Practice Team Administrators and Paralegals who are responsible for:
    • Providing administrative support for representation of clients accused of crimes in Criminal, Supreme and Family Courts.
    • Entering data regarding clients and their cases accurately and completely into a case management system.
    • Downloading, organizing and maintaining discovery received on clients’ cases.
    • Assisting in obtaining necessary court documents for clients’ cases, including transcripts and court files.
    • Assisting with facilitating team members’ visits and communication with clients.
  • Provide administrative support and project management on practice-wide organizational, administrative and record-keeping issues, including, but not limited to:
    • Managing the case management system, including creating templates, protocols for data entry and case closure and ensuring the maintenance of up-to-date and accurate data.
    • Managing court calendar projects, including coordinating DAT assignments and case entry.
    • Assisting with communications and scheduling for practice hiring
    • Managing casefile storage and access
    • Scheduling practice-wide meetings and trainings
    • Maintaining and updating a practice library and resource drive
    • Oversee CLE compliance for in-house trainings and produce certificates
  • Promote cross-practice collaboration and communication.
  • Coordinate with supervising attorneys, the supervising social worker and supervising investigator to assist in the training of new members of the practice.


  • Candidates must embrace NDS’ philosophy of client-centered, community-based, holistic representation and commitment to excellence.
  • Candidates should be college graduates with a demonstrated commitment to social justice issues and/or upper-Manhattan communities.
  • Applicants must have a high level of organizational and administrative skills.
  • The job requires expertise in word processing applications, a working knowledge of Microsoft Windows, and a basic knowledge of computer usage in a network environment.
  • Applicants must possess demonstrated ability to communicate orally and in writing with clarity, ease, and accuracy.
  • Candidates must possess strong inter-personal and leadership skills and be able to give and receive constructive feedback.
  • Previous experience training, supervising, teaching or mentoring others preferred.


Compensation is commensurate with experience and is in adherence to the NDS compensation scale. Full medical and dental benefits, as well as other benefits, are provided.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to Elizabeth Fischer at with the subject line, “Supervising Team Administrator, Criminal Defense Practice.”  Please send your application as a one document attachment, preferably PDF.

The Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem is committed to creating a diverse environment that reflects the community we serve. NDS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Neighborhood Defender Service, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.