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Careers

Senior Associate - Job Description

Our legal practice is seeking to hire a Senior Associate Attorney to join our boutique special education law firm. The Senior Associate Attorney will be responsible for independently managing a large caseload of special education matters while supervising, training, and managing all staff members and maximizing the efficiency of office operations. Candidate must have 2-3 years of experience in the field of special education law.  

 

Candidate should have excellent organization, writing, and communication skills with strong attention to detail. Candidate must possess exceptional interpersonal skills and management strengths. Candidate must be highly organized and deadline oriented with the ability to organize multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

Compensation
  • Salary ranging from $90,000-120,000 commensurate with skills and experience

  • Generous benefits and incentives provided

About Our Firm

We are also seeking candidates who are the right fit for our office culture.  Candidates must be passionate about helping children with special needs, about collaborating with team members to fulfill a mission that is bigger than ourselves, about achieving professional and personal growth, and about building our law firm so that we can reach as many families as possible. 

Our team members operate as a "work family" because that is exactly what we are.  We care about getting to know each other, learning about each other’s interests, celebrating happy occasions, growing together professionally and personally, and helping each other feel supported through difficult times. 

We care deeply about what our clients are going through and we go overboard to keep clients informed.  Our Firm is a place where everyone’s ideas are heard.  We are constantly looking to improve the way we operate and suggestions for innovations and improvements are always welcome. 

Our Firm encourages a warm, pleasant, and sociable atmosphere, and values open and honest interpersonal communication, differences of opinion, creativity, respect for others, and trust and support. 

Specific assignments will include, but are not limited to:

  • Independently maintain and manage large volume of individual casework, including representing clients at administrative Impartial Hearings against the New York City Department of Education 

  • Prepare cases for hearing, including drafting notices, complaints, opening/closing statements, direct and cross examination questions

  • Meet with clients and other witnesses to prepare for hearings

  • Represent clients in appeals before the New York State Education Department’s Office of State Review 

  • Negotiate favorable settlement agreements on behalf of clients and finalize drafted stipulations of settlement 

  • Consistent follow up with Department of Education attorneys to finalize stipulations of settlement and move cases efficiently through the impartial hearing system 

  • Provide Owner/Founder with monthly settlement/hearing reports to clarify the status of matters being handled.

  • Supervise cases assigned to associate attorney(s), including weekly strategy meetings and daily guidance either in-person or via email/phone, in-person supervision and training of attorneys at impartial hearings, and oversight/review of associate attorneys’ paperwork to be filed in appeals 

  • Supervise work of paralegal and administrative staff, including weekly check-in meetings and daily guidance either in-person or via email/phone

  • Monitor staff productivity and billable hours requirements 

  • Manage the office on days when Owner/Founder is unavailable

  • Prepare weekly workflow meetings with firm’s Owner/Founder to address important firm-related matters with Owner/Founder in order to improve office operations  

  • Draft and implement various policies, systems, and procedures to improve office operations

  • Brainstorm with Owner/Founder regarding case strategy, workflow, and human resource matters, and execute various human resource strategies amongst team 

  • Conduct onboarding, training, and professional developmental for new employees and quarterly professional development trainings for staff

  • Identify and participate in outreach/networking events on behalf of firm 

Essential job functions
  • Punctuality

  • Weekend and evening hours when necessary to complete work assignments

  • Appropriate and professional email and phone etiquette with clients, colleagues, third parties, and opposing counsel

  • Consistent attention to detail

  • Meeting deadlines consistently

  • Recording case time and expenses contemporaneously and meeting minimum billing and caseload requirements

  • Proposing ideas for innovations, improvements, and efficiencies

  • Complying with Employee Handbook and office policies, systems, and procedures at all times

How to Apply

Interested applicants should email their cover letters and resumes in PDF format only to hiring@dayanlawfirm.com, and CC office@dayanlawfirm.com and adayan@dayanlawfirm.com

 

The subject line of your email must be in the following format “Last Name, First Name – Candidate for Senior Associate Attorney Position.” 

 

Your cover letter must address the following points:

 

  1. Why are you interested in special education law;

  2. What skills do you possess that would make you an asset to our firm;

  3. What about your personality, attitude, and disposition do you believe makes you the right fit for our office culture;

  4. What is an example of when you were part of something bigger than yourself. 
     

Resumes must not exceed one page.  Font must be Times New Roman, 12 point.