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The Project Assistant for the Orthodox Jewish Matrimonial Initiative (OJMI)

Sanctuary For Families Inc.


Posted: 08/8/2023




Sanctuary for Families is New York's leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking and related forms of gender violence. Every year, Sanctuary empowers thousands of adults and children to move from fear and abuse to safety and stability, transforming lives through a comprehensive range of services. We provide a range of wrap-around services to help survivors rebuild their lives in the aftermath of abuse, and work to end gender violence through three key strategies: direct services, outreach and training, and systems-change advocacy. Our services are available in 11 locations throughout New York City.



The Project Assistant for the Orthodox Jewish Matrimonial Initiative (OJMI) provides litigation and related support to the project's staff attorneys, in addition to client case management in furtherance of the project's social outreach and advocacy initiatives. The Project Assistant may research relevant legal issues and assist in the drafting or compilation of documents. The Project Assistant may facilitate, organize, and coordinate programs and community outreach events under the direction of project staff. The Project Assistant also offers comprehensive, compassionate, holistic, culturally and religiously competent support to clients of OJMI. Reports to the Director of the Orthodox Jewish Matrimonial Initiative and Director of Matrimonial/Economic Justice Project



  • Assists project attorneys handling cases for Orthodox Jewish victims of gender violence in all aspects of family law/matrimonial litigation support and case preparation including drafting and editing legal documents, writing correspondence, evidence gathering, organizing, maintaining case tracking systems, and serving papers.
  • Performs direct client advocacy; conducts intake interviews to screen and assess Orthodox Jewish potential clients for legal services and other needs; refers clients to appropriate internal and external service providers.
  • Performs duties such as drafting, research, filing court documents, and other administrative tasks including, data compilation, word processing, tracking and organizing office digital and paper filing system
  • Helps build and maintain the project's website
  • Represents Sanctuary for Families/OJMI on task forces and other political and advocacy committees outside the agency
  • Collaborates with service providers and other advocates within and outside of the agency to secure best results for Orthodox/Jewish clients
  • Maintain relationships with other service providers and religious leaders within the Orthodox Jewish community
  • Assists attorneys in organizing trainings on the intersection of matrimonial law and serving Orthodox Jewish victims
  • Organizes and conducts outreach and education about gender violence in Orthodox Jewish communities in the New York City metropolitan area
  • Provides case management and resource access for Orthodox Jewish clients
  • Performs any other department or agency-related duties as directed by supervisors
  • BA, paralegal certification, or equivalent work experience required
  • Yiddish or Hebrew fluency a plus
  • Matrimonial or Family law experience or interest preferred
  • Strong knowledge of Orthodox Jewish Communities within the New York City Metropolitan Area
  • Must be comfortable conducting outreach in Orthodox Jewish communities and institutions and advocating for clients within religious institutions and community-based organizations serving the Orthodox Jewish community
  • Excellent oral advocacy, communication, research, and writing skills
  • Excellent problem solving, facilitation, and conflict resolution skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, initiative, and attention to detail
  • Self-motivated with an ability to multi-task, prioritize and problem-solve
  • Ability to work independently in a self-directed manner and as a part of a team

Budgeted Salary: $45,000 - $47,000 annually

Work position is currently Hybrid; must be able to meet job location schedule obligations

Vaccination Policy: Proof of vaccination or proof of first dose with scheduled 2nd dose within 30 days is required.


  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Employer-paid life insurance
  • Employer retirement contribution
  • Paid time off
  • Flex spending account
  • Student loan assistance
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Gym reimbursement program


All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed (religion), color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status or domestic violence victim status, and other categories protected under Federal, New York state or New York city laws. Sanctuary for Families follows the requirements of the Human Rights Law including with regard to non-discrimination on the basis of prior criminal conviction and prior arrest.

People of color, trans and gender non-conforming people, people with disabilities, and survivors of gender-based violence are strongly encouraged to apply.

We recognize that the safety, healing and self-determination of survivors of domestic violence and related forms of gender violence is at the intersection of racial, gender, economic, immigrant, LGBTQ+, and disability justice, as well as many other critical issues. In order to realize our mission, Sanctuary strives to center DEI principles at every level of the organization and continues to deepen that commitment.

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