Staff Attorney, Community & Economic Development Program

Community & Economic Development · Brooklyn, New York
Department Community & Economic Development
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation $71,000-$86,000 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 Staff Attorney will be responsible for providing transactional legal counsel to nonprofits and small businesses that sustain and empower low-income communities. They will assist these organizations with an array of development and operational projects to sustain affordable housing developments, community health centers, and schools. In addition, the staff attorney will represent small businesses on commercial lease matters.

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.

Education & Experience:

  • Admission to the bar of the State of New York or eligible for admission;
  • Minimum of one year 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
      $71,000-$86,000 Depending on years of experience