Deputy Director/Supervising Attorney, Community & Economic Development Program

Community & Economic Development · Brooklyn, New York
Department Community & Economic Development
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor
Compensation $96,000-$115,000 Depending on years of experience

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 Deputy Director will be responsible for managing staff attorneys who provide transactional legal counsel to nonprofits and small businesses that sustain and empower low-income communities in addition to managing their own case load. The Deputy Director will represent and assist staff attorneys to represent small businesses on commercial lease matters. They will also assist organizations with an array of development and operational projects to sustain affordable housing developments, community health centers, and schools. As a team leader, they will provide feedback and mentorship to junior staff, including attorneys, and have the ability to represent the team at both internal and external events and/or meetings.


The Deputy 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:

  • Perform intake and provide advice, consultation, advocacy, and brief services to potential clients at clinic events;
  • Maintain data in case management system and assist with gathering data for grant reporting;
  • Prepare and draft legal documents;
  • Negotiate and communicate with parties/nonparties, adversaries, and third-party agencies;
  • Conduct legal research and keep current on law and procedures within the practice area;
  • Develop and update programmatic and educational materials for clients and outreach events, as requested; 
  • Provide direct counsel and legal services to small business clients, including reviewing, drafting, and negotiation of commercial leases related matters;
  • Use technical knowledge and experience, co-chair/partner with staff attorneys on challenging and complex cases;
  • Collaborate and work with CLA Program partners and other stakeholders;
  • Attend client meetings and participate in community outreach efforts which may occur during evening and weekends as necessary;
  • Attend meetings and perform administrative tasks related to the work, such as timekeeping and case management; 
  • Actively outreach to identify and expand pro bono partnership network and coordinate referrals to and collaboration with pro bono partners;
  • Ability to handle a minimum of 40 open cases;
  • As an emerging team leader, provide feedback and mentorship to staff attorneys and ability to represent the team;
  • As a member of the management team, ensure and enforce compliance with organization policies and procedures and foster a positive and collaborative work culture amongst team, larger organization, and external stakeholders.

Education & Experience:

  • Admission to the bar of the State of New York or eligible for admission;
  • Have at least 5 years post-law school experience in transactional practice (including, but not limited to, commercial real estate (commercial lease), nonprofit, corporate, finance, and contract law) or other relevant experience;
  • Have experience supervising attorneys and paralegals; 
  • Experience working with low to moderate income individuals and/or small business owners and/or nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit practice and commercial lease experience strongly preferred;
  • Demonstrated legal knowledge of the commercial leasing matters for small businesses in NYC, non-profit law, legislation and rules;
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret legal writing, technical procedures, rules or regulations, statues and case law;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with individuals and communities from diverse backgrounds, local organizations, and people in complex multi-party transactions;
  • Excellent legal writing and advocacy skills in English, bi-lingual Spanish preferred, Korean, Mandarin, and/or Cantonese, a plus;
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with strong motivation to manage a high caseload, meet deadlines and expeditiously track matters towards resolution;
  • Computer proficiency sufficient to independently review and draft materials relevant to the position, including legal documents, as well as track client information in our database, prepare reports for grantors, attend meetings, and perform administrative tasks related to the work, such as timekeeping and case dockets;
  • Maintain up-to-date client information in Brooklyn A’s case management system to ensure accurate data collection and statistical tracking;
  • Collaborate as needed organizationally and with development to produce narrative reports for grant and contracts;
    • Ability to write clearly with minimal error legal memorandum, contracts, correspondence, and other legal documentation relevant to the practice areas and ability to vary writing style to meet specific needs; 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
    • Compensation
      $96,000-$115,000 Depending on years of experience