Program Director/Supervising Attorney, Community & Economic Development Program

Community & Economic Development · Brooklyn, New York
Department Community & Economic Development
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor
Compensation $145000

Company Overview:

Since 1968, Brooklyn A has provided free legal services for low-income residents of Brooklyn, pursuing neighborhood-based mission of justice, empowerment and community development. For over half a century, we have utilized an array of legal and advocacy strategies—community organizing, affirmative civil rights litigation, and eviction defense to defend the rights of individuals and families. Collaboration with the city, state, and federal officials to enforce housing laws and develop legislative solutions is also an integral part of our strategy.  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.


Position Summary:

The Program Director is responsible for the overall management and supervision of the CED program and in coordination with the Executive Director and the rest of the senior leadership team will represent CED to its funders, community partners, the media, and the public.  The Director will work with, train, and supervise CED staff to ensure that clients receive high-quality legal representation. They will identify program priorities and develop the CED capacity to holistically and responsively address the needs of its clients and the communities Brooklyn A serves.  The Director will supervise data collection and management, general reporting, and compliance of funding contracts in coordination with the Development team and overall compliance of organization policies and procedures as needed.


The Director will provide supervision and guidance on the following legal services to small businesses and non-profit organizations provided by the program:


  • 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; Negotiation and Settlements.
  • 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.


Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Coach and supervise Deputy Directors and staff attorneys to monitor caseloads and legal work to ensure high quality client services and the proper balance between direct service to individual clients and advocacy involving systemic issues that benefit the larger client population;
  • Coach and supervise staff to ensure proper data management, budget is adhered to, and provide oversight of grant proposals and reporting;
  • In coordination the Executive Director, Chief Legal Officer and CFO, develop and manage program budget and regularly review incoming revenue streams against expenses;
  • As a program director ensure and enforce compliance with organization policies and procedures;
  • Coach and supervise non-attorney program staff to ensure timely and responsive client intake and assignment, pro bono referrals, and engagement with external stakeholders and partners;
  • Promote staff professional development and identify content areas for regular staff training;
  • Assist attorneys with resolving representation strategies, professional responsibility, and ethical obligations, and/or competing interest of client communities; co-counseling; and otherwise serving as a resource to help advocates address client needs;
  • Regularly assess client representation and advocacy activities to ensure the most effective, efficient, and economical use of program resources is consistent with the program mission;
  • Coordinate and manage the Commercial Lease Assistance Program;
  • Draft and coordinate preparation of narrative materials when requested by Development staff (i.e., grant reporting and proposals, website content, annual impact report, social media and highlights);
  • Working with Development staff to plan and coordinate messaging, communications and outreach;
  • Ensure projects comply with grant requirements; ensure new grants are carefully vetted & coordinated with Development, Finance and Executive Director;
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with community organizations, funding sources, public officials, the media, and other individuals or groups related to program services;
  • Represent the organization at various meetings with funders, elected officials and government agencies and other stakeholders;
  • Develop, implement and manage pro bono partnerships with other legal firms and manage externship program;
  • As a program director ensure and enforce compliance with organization policies and procedures; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


Education & Experience:

  • Admission to the bar of the State of New York or eligible for admission;
  • Minimum 8 years' experience representing nonprofit CBOs, small businesses and community coalitions and/or working with clients in the nonprofit or private sector, low-income communities, community organizations, and/or coalitions;
  • Significant supervisory experience leading a team and meeting deliverables;
  • 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).
  • Demonstrated legal knowledge of the commercial leasing matters for small businesses in NYC an nonprofit transactional practice matters;
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with persons 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;
  • Must have excellent verbal and writing communication skills that can be executed in formal correspondence and oral presentations;
  • Strong reporting and recordkeeping skills, including the ability to synthesize lots of quantifiable and qualitative data into clear, plain language and readable charts and checklists;
  • 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;
  • Bi-lingual in English and second language preferred; and
  • Thorough commitment to Brooklyn A’s mission and commitment to public interest work and economic equity.

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. 

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, victim of domestic violence status or marital status. 

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  • Location
    Brooklyn, New York
  • Department
    Community & Economic Development
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor
  • Compensation