Sr. Attorney/Program Director

Community & Economic Development · Brooklyn, New York
Department Community & Economic Development
Employment Type Full time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Brooklyn A seeks a mission-driven director for its Community and Economic Development (CED) Program. The Director is responsible for the overall management and supervision of the CED Program and will represent the CED Program to the broader Brooklyn A, its funders, its community partners, the media, and the public. They will work with, train, and supervise program staff in addition to providing legal services and to ensure that our clients receive high-quality legal representation. The Director, along with program staff, will continue to identify systemic priorities and to develop the CED Program's capacity to holistically and responsively address the needs of its clients and the communities we serve. They will supervise data collection and management, general reporting, and compliance of funding contracts and provide information/assistance to the development team as necessary.


The transactional legal services we provide to small business clients include:

  • LOI and Term-sheet Review; Oral and Unwritten Agreement; New Leases; Lease Renewals; Lease Reviews; Breaches of Contract; Landlord Harassment; Lease Amendments; Rent Abatement; Lease Assignments; Lease Sublets/Subleases; Lease Termination

The transactional legal services we have provided to nonprofit clients include:

  • Real estate, including pre-development coordination and title and finance closings; drafting and negotiation of contracts (i.e., commercial leases, architect agreements, construction contracts, joint venture agreements); Negotiations with governmental authorities; Advice and counsel with regard to public and private financing; Corporate and tax advice; Employee relations; Corporate formation, including incorporation, obtaining tax-exempt status and organizational structuring.


To be successful in this role, you must have:

• Admission to the bar of the State of New York or eligible for admission;
• Minimum 8 years' experience representing nonprofit CBOs, CDCs, small businesses and community coalitions and/or working with clients in the nonprofit sector, low-income communities, community organizations, and/or coalitions;
• Significant supervisory experience leading a team and meeting deliverables;
• Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds and local organizations;
• Demonstrated ability to interact with client/tenants of different races, ethnicities, ages, and sexual orientations in a multicultural environment and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
• Excellent legal writing, transactional, advocacy skills in English, bilingual Spanish preferred;
• Ability to work independently with strong motivation, to manage a high caseload, track case data, meet deadlines, and to be flexible;
• Experience managing case management systems to ensure accurate data collection and statistical tracking;
• Computer proficiency sufficient to independently review and generate legal writings; and
• Experience with speaking and writing about CED legal advocacy (i.e., communicating with stakeholders and allies, such as elected officials, networks, bar association committees, law students, and pro bono partners; published articles in law journals and trade-related publications, project narrative writing for grant proposals and funding reports).


How to apply:

If you are interested in this position, you must submit your resume and a cover letter telling us why your experiences would make you a good fit for this role. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. NOTE: This position is currently remote. However, the position will be located in Brooklyn, NY upon return to office. 


Note: Due to the volume of applications we receive, we cannot give status updates. If you are invited for an interview, you will be contacted directly.


Brooklyn A is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, a survivor of domestic violence status, or marital status.

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  • Location
    Brooklyn, New York
  • Department
    Community & Economic Development
  • Employment Type
    Full time
  • Minimum Experience
    Mid-level