The Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (NDS) is a community-based, client-centered, holistic public defense office providing free legal representation to residents of Northern Manhattan. In contrast to a traditional public defense practice, NDS clients have an entire team fighting on their behalf, including criminal and civil attorneys, family defense attorneys, advocates, social workers, investigators, paralegals, law school and social work interns, and pro bono attorneys. NDS deploys all of these resources on behalf of our clients, addressing the underlying issues that bring them into contact with the criminal legal system. NDS staff use their engagement with a client as an opportunity to disentangle them from the system completely. This approach allows defense to extend well beyond the courtroom, with robust social services and comprehensive teams meant to protect our clients from the damages of criminal legal proceedings. When clients face consequences with employment, schooling, immigration or in family or housing court, or other destabilizing contact with the legal system, NDS works alongside them to resolve these issues.


NDS seeks to hire a Team Administrator for the Housing Defense Team within the Civil Defense Practice. The Housing Defense Team plays an integral role in NDS’s fulfillment of its holistic mission and in realizing the right to counsel in housing proceedings. The team is part of the monumental movement toward a civil Gideon, providing assigned counsel representation to low- and no-income tenants facing a wide range of eviction proceedings in order to safeguard the right to secure, stable housing and combat the destabilization and disintegration of New York’s diverse communities. The Team Administrator is responsible for supporting the work of the Housing Defense Team by:

  • Providing administrative support for representation of clients facing housing legal needs as part of an interdisciplinary team, including attorneys and non-attorney advocates;
  • Entering and maintaining confidential case data into case management system promptly and accurately;
  • Supporting in-court and other intake by coordinating and maintaining intake calendars and schedules, preparing intake forms and documents, compiling case files, and collecting, maintaining, and reporting intake data to courts and agencies as needed;
  • Communicating with courts and other agencies across New York City over the phone and in person to obtain records necessary for client representation;
  • Other administrative needs as they arise.


  • Applicants must possess a demonstrated commitment to indigent defense, social justice issues and/or the Northern Manhattan communities with a strong desire to assist in the provision of high-quality legal services.
  • Must possess experience in word processing and comfort working with basic computer programs including Word, Excel, Adobe, and online file storage systems. While not required, experience working with Microsoft Teams and case management systems preferred.
  • Must be highly organized and posses the ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Must be willing to travel throughout New York City.
  • Must be able to work cooperatively in a team setting.
  • Must be a college graduate.


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. The salary, benefits, and employment policies relevant to this position are governed by the CBA between NDS and the NDS Union, part of ALAA UAW 2325.


Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume in a single PDF with the subject line, “Team Administrator, Housing Defense Team” to: Due to the volume of applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. For more information about NDS, please visit our website at

The Neighborhood Defender Service 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. NDS encourages people with incarcerated loved ones, formerly incarcerated people, people of color, women, queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, and gender fluid people to apply.