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Jobs and Internships at Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP)


Our fall internship application cycle is currently closed.

Spring 2016 Prisoner Correspondence Intern

We are currently accepting applications for a prisoner correspondence intern for Spring 2016. Requirements include a familiarity with prisoner rights and the prison industrial complex,  strong writing and organizational skills, and a minimum of 10 hours a week. If you are interested please email mik@srlp. org with the subject line “prisoner correspondence intern” and include a resume, a writing sample (no more than 5 pages), and a cover letter stating why you wish to work with the Prisoner Justice Project at SRLP. You do not need to be a law student to apply.

Summer 2016 Direct Services Team Internship

If you are interested in a Direct Services Team legal summer internship we encourage you to submit applications via the Public Interest Legal Career Fair where we do the majority of our interviews. However, if that is not available to you we do accept internship applications via email to dst@srlp . org including a resume, 5-page maximum writing sample, and a cover letter where you state why you wish to intern at SRLP and which program area you wish to work in.



Staff Attorney: Survival & Self-Determination Project

SRLP is hiring a staff attorney and Director of the Survival and Self-Determination Project. The attorney would share co-director responsibilities with the Prisoner Justice and Immigrant Rights Project and with the Director of Client Services.

SRLP’s Direct Services Team
The Direct Services Team (DST) of SRLP consists of three projects: Survival and Self-Determination, Immigrant Rights and Prisoner Justice. Uniting these projects is our Director of Client Services who works with both clients and attorneys to provide holistic services.

In our Survival and Self-Determination Project, we advocate for safe and accessible health care, represent community members seeking name changes and updated identity documents; and assist people seeking other services necessary for survival, like housing and government benefits.

Our Immigrant Rights Project works with community members seeking adjustment of status, naturalization, asylum, U-visas, T-visas, employment authorization documents, and name & gender marker changes on immigration documents.

SRLP’s Prisoner Justice Project advocates on behalf of our incarcerated community members to address prison conditions, safety issues, access to health care, name changes and placement issues. In addition, the Prisoner Justice Project provides courtroom advocacy and re-entry assistance where possible.

All DST staff participate in public education, including speaking at conferences and providing cultural competency trainings to providers and government agencies. All three project areas also identify policy-specific implementations they wish to influence and work in coalition with allied organizations to change oppressive laws and internal policies.

Job Description: Director of the Survival and Self-Determination Project
The staff attorney will direct the work of the Survival and Self-Determination Project while working closely with the other projects and the Director of Client Services to provide direct services, impact litigation, public education, policy work, and community organizing support to advance the rights of transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming people. The director will supervise or co-supervise legal interns throughout the year.

Responsibilities include all aspects of providing direct services to a caseload of indigent clients. The Director handles an individual caseload of 30-40 clients in areas of representation in name change, assistance changing ID and gender markers with government agencies, health care fair hearings, benefits fair hearings, advocacy with governmental agencies such as HASA, NYC-DHS, etc. In addition to this direct service work the Director is encouraged to watch trends of complaints and to be plugged into advocacy communities in order to develop and pursue impact litigation based upon identifiable trends and needs. The Director is also part of a small team that staff our weekly legal intake clinic from Spring-Fall each year.

In addition, the Director is responsible for larger policy related work such as negotiating with agencies to change policies impacting the survival of our community members, forming and finding coalitional partners for policy changes and supporting campaigns of community organizing projects through such means as coordinating legal observing for actions or conducting on-site clinics.

All DST staff engage in community education and/or trainings for governmental agencies or service providers on best practices. The director will be responsible for providing a number of these trainings in addition to keeping their trainings up-to-date. The director will also draft and lead Know Your Rights trainings with and for community members.The staff attorney will also share general administrative and collective-wide duties with other staff. Because SRLP is a non-hierarchical organization with no Executive Director, all staff members play a key role in daily operations, organizational development and governance. Participation with our Collective during meetings every-other month and through email is essential.

Required Qualifications
The applicant should possess the following qualifications:

  • Law degree
  • Admission to practice in New York
  • 1-3 years of experience as an attorney
  • Familiarity with low-income transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming communities of color
  • Familiarity with healthcare, administrative and/or housing law
  • Significant experience with immigration law
  • Supervision experience
  • Experience providing direct legal services clients in crisis
  • Commitment to gender self-determination and racial and economic justice
  • Willingness to work in a collective environment with consensus-based decision-making

Desired Additional Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of experience as an attorney preferred
  • Fluency in Spanish and English
  • Substantial civil legal services and/or civil rights litigation experience
  • Public speaking experience
  • Experience negotiating with government agencies

Consistent with our values as a collective, all full-time staff are paid the same base annual salary, currently $54,101. Generous benefits package includes 3 weeks of vacation time, medical and dental benefits, and payment of professional fees.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (please do not exceed ten pages) to the Hiring Committee via e-mail at with subject line “Survival and Self-Determination Staff Attorney”. Application materials can be mailed to: Hiring Committee, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, 147 w. 24th St., 5th Floor, New York, NY 10011. E-mail strongly preferred for submission. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Projected Start Date
January 11, 2016

*People of color, trans people, women, people with intersex conditions or DSDs, people who have lived in poverty, people with disabilities, immigrants, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer people are strongly encouraged to apply


Director of Finance and Operations

The Director of Finance and Operations will work directly with SRLP Staff and Collective to ensure the financial health and sustainability of the organization as well as manage the operational systems, processes and policies in support of the organization’s mission. This position oversees the financial health of the organization including coordinating the annual audit and the Collective budgeting process, and maintaining the cash flow, with an eye for growth. This position also guides and manages the overall provision of Office Management and Human Resources services, policies, and programs for the entire organization. The Director of Finance and Operations is part of the SRLP Collective and will participate in Collective decision making processes, staff meetings, retreats, and share organizational responsibilities with other Collective members.

Primary duties and responsibilities:


  • Manage financial systems and work with all staff to ensure efficient, accurate, timely, and compliant financial administration.
  • Coordinate and oversee independent audit and preparation of Federal and state filings.
  • Supervise the Bookkeeping consultant.
  • Process deposits, check requests, invoices and internal reimbursements.
  • Work with Fundraising and Finance Team to lead the organization’s annual budgeting process ensuring alignment with strategic priorities and goals.
  • Provide ongoing guidance related to financial decisions, planning and strategy development based on budgeted and forecasted expenses, revenue, assets, and cash flow analysis.
  • Prepare timely and accurate financial reports to effectively communicate the organization’s financial position to Staff, Collective and other stakeholders, including funders.
  • Review financial transactions to ensure accuracy and compliance with the organization’s budget, and financial protocols and procedures.
  • Train and support Staff and Collective on budgets, financial responsibility and fiscal management.

Human Resources

  • Help ensure a healthy, supportive, and sustainable work environment that adheres to both legal requirements and SRLP’s values.
  • Coordinate recruitment, hiring and orientation of new staff.
  • Ensure accountability and support as staff and Core Collective Members transition out of SRLP.
  • Administer and process salaries and benefits.
  • Coordinate regular Core Collective Member supervision and evaluations.
  • Coordinate staff and collective trainings to increase skills and address growth areas.

Organizational Development

  • Work with Collective Development Team to:
    • Coordinate Board Meetings and annual collective retreats.
    • Improve and maintain our infrastructure and the capacity for us to do our work in a sustainable and non-hierarchical way.
    • Increase the participation, decision-making, and leadership of trans women and trans feminine people and low-income trans people and trans people of color in organizational governance.
  • Contribute to short and long-term organizational planning and strategy as an officer of the organization.
  • Participate in other Collective-wide responsibilities including attending Quarterly Meetings, Retreats, Supervision and Team meetings.
  • Participate and follow-through on other staff responsibilities, as agreed to.

Office Management

  • Develop, implement, and coordinate emergency and safety planning protocols.
  • Manage maintenance and support for office equipment and technology.
  • Order and maintain office supplies.
  • Coordinate utilities, insurance, and office cleaning.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Excellent interpersonal communication and organizational development skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and respond quickly to new opportunities
  • Attention to detail and strong ability to work independently
  • Tech savvy with preferred proficiency in Microsoft Excel, QuickBooks, and CiviCRM
  • Commitment to gender self-determination centered in racial and economic justice
  • Two years experience in small non-profit sector
  • Experience with budgeting
  • Ability to work in a non-hierarchical collective
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) preferred

Hours and Compensation:
This position is a full-time, salaried position with medical and dental benefits as well as three weeks paid vacation. 40 hours per week, some evenings and weekends. Consistent with our values as a collective, all full-time staff are paid the same base annual salary, currently $54,101.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to FFT Hiring Committee, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, 147 W. 24th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10011 or to (email application is preferred).

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, we prefer to receive all applications by December 18, 2015. SRLP is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, trans people, women, people with intersex conditions or DSDs, people who have lived in poverty, people with disabilities and immigrants are strongly encouraged to apply.

No phone calls please. We will only contact applicants we intend to interview.