Staff Attorney, Community & Economic Development Program

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

Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A (Brooklyn A or BKA) advances social and economic justice and community empowerment through innovative, collaborative, neighborhood-based legal representation and advocacy. For over half a century, Brooklyn A has provided high-quality, low-barrier neighborhood-based legal services to individuals, families, nonprofit community-based organizations, community development corporations, coalitions, and small business owners interested in developing and sustaining vibrant, healthy communities. Brooklyn A has three core programs—Preserving Affordable Housing (PAH) Program, Consumer & Economic Advocacy (CEA) Program, and Community & Economic Development (CED) Program—each of which has unique initiatives and plays a vital community role to ensure basic needs are met and fundamental rights affirmed.

 

Brooklyn A is one of the few legal services organizations in the country to develop and sustain a neighborhood based CED Program. For more than four decades, BKA has represented thousands of nonprofit community-based organizations (CBOs) and community development corporations (CDCs) – and, more recently, small businesses as well. Our model has been that CED attorneys provide CBOs and CDCs with ongoing, comprehensive legal counsel in their daily operation and functioning at all stages of project and program development. Our typical nonprofit clients have created, developed, and operated new and rehabilitated affordable housing; provided high-quality health care services; provided support and educational services to youth from infancy through college, and generally worked for social and economic justice in local communities.  Our small business clients help make up the fabric of their communities and serve as engines of economic growth and equity for our City. For almost five years, the CED Program has been representing a diverse range of small businesses, including but not limited to, immigrant and women-owned enterprises in non-litigation commercial lease matters throughout all five boroughs.


The opportunity:

Brooklyn A seeks a full-time staff attorney with at least 1-3 years’, preferably transactional, legal experience for its Community and Economic Development Program. The staff attorney will provide direct counsel and legal services to small businesses and nonprofits such as:

 

  • Provide advice, consultation, brief services, and full representation to clients on a variety of matters, including commercial real estate, contracts, project finance, corporate law, bankruptcy law, tax and regulatory matters, strategic alliances, and board and corporate governance;
  • Represent clients in negotiations with opposing counsel and in advocacy with governmental agencies;
  • Prepare and draft legal documents and conduct diligence reviews;
  • Prepare and file documents for entity formation and  tax exemption applications;
  • Nonprofit and for-profit corporate governance legal document preparation, bylaws, board resolutions, etc.;
  • Attend client meetings and participate in community outreach and educational efforts promoting program services which may occur during evening and weekends as necessary; and
  • Participate in coalitions, task forces and other networks relevant to the work of the CED Program and its clients.

 

To be successful in this role, you must have:

To be successful in this role, you must have admission to the bar of the State of New York. You should have a passion for social justice and helping and representing small businesses and non-profit community based organizations. As a valued team member, you will have a client-based focus and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 

The most important competencies for the role are:

  • Experience working with small business, community coalitions and/or non-profit clients;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds and local organizations with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Excellent legal writing, transactional, advocacy skills in English, second language/ Spanish preferred;
  • Strong project management skills and attention to details;
  • 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
  • Thorough commitment to Brooklyn A’s mission and commitment to public interest work and furthering neighborhood-based community development in low-income communities.

 

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.

This position is currently remote; when office reopens, position will be based in our Brooklyn office.

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