Job Openings

Development Director

About Us

Founded in 1969, Lawyers Alliance for New York is a leader locally and nationally in the field of business law and transactional pro bono. It provides legal and educational services to nonprofit organizations and social enterprises that improve quality of life for low-income and disadvantaged New Yorkers. This legal assistance translates to stronger programs, finances, and operations for the nonprofits served. With a talented staff of 24, annual budget of $3.5 million, and extensive volunteer program, Lawyers Alliance assists more than 1,000 organizations each year.

Current program areas are economic opportunity, housing and shelter, quality education, urban health, and community arts.  In the coming years, Lawyers Alliance aims to represent more clients on more legal projects, reach more nonprofits in low-income neighborhoods throughout New York City, and expand its nonprofit advocacy and national pro bono leadership roles.

Development Director Position

Lawyers Alliance seeks a Development Director to support and advance its exciting plans.

The Development Director will be responsible for the management, growth, and diversification of a multi-faceted development program. In addition to being a strategic, creative and methodical thinker and fundraiser, the Development Director must be a nimble and engaged project manager. The Development Director is expected to work collaboratively across the organization and with multiple external audiences.

This is a special opportunity to join a highly knowledgeable and passionate team that makes a lasting impact on low-income communities. The Development Director will report to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Board’s Development Committee and management staff to prepare and implement a comprehensive strategic annual fundraising plan to achieve annual budgeted goals for contributed revenues from foundations, law firms, individuals, banks and other corporations, and special events.
  • Guide and support Board development efforts, working with leadership to develop meaningful opportunities to engage current and prior Board members.
  • Lead the expansion of private foundation funding by securing contributions from new funders and increased grants from existing funders. Manage Lawyers Alliance's foundation funder relationships. Research and prepare clear and persuasive reports and appeals (letters of inquiry, grant proposals, donor appeals, and reports).
  • Develop and execute the annual Business Law & Leadership Gala, including planning, honoree and sponsor recruitment, donor outreach, and event logistics and program.  Partner with the marketing team to raise the organization’s visibility in connection with this annual celebration that generally nets more than $500,000 a year.
  • Plan and direct a successful annual law firm appeal, chaired by a law firm managing partner, to raise more than $900,000 in annual support.  Also prepare and carry out strategic outreach to banks and corporations and pursue relevant government funding opportunities.
  • Supervise the work of mid-level and junior development staff (1.5 positions) related to the law firm, bank, and individual appeals, Gala, acknowledgements, and donor relations, and support their professional growth and skill development.
  • Assist in the preparation of the annual operating budget, periodic financial reports, cash flow reports, and additional planning, development, finance, program, marketing, and related activities, as needed.

Experience and Attributes

  • At least seven years of fundraising experience with increasing responsibility; Bachelor’s degree.
  • Substantial experience with all aspects of private foundation fundraising.
  • Demonstrated experience organizing and executing complex or multiple time-sensitive fundraising projects and events involving many participants and deadlines.
  • Clear and compelling writer and speaker; strategic, creative, thoughtful, and methodical fundraiser; and constructive collaborator.
  • Desire and flexibility to take on new and varied challenges, with an eye for both near-term and long-range goals.
  • Technologically savvy and able to make the most of relational databases and communication strategies to reach donors.
  • Familiarity with the legal sector and/or fundraising for a nonprofit organization providing technical assistance to other organizations is a plus.

Next Steps

This position, which offers a competitive compensation and strong benefits, will begin in 2020 once filled.  If you want to work with dedicated colleagues who enjoy making a difference, consider applying now.  Lawyers Alliance for New York is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive environment and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Interested applicants should submit resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to DDsearch@lawyersalliance.org as soon as possible.

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Director of Finance and Administration

About Us

Founded in 1969, Lawyers Alliance for New York provides legal and educational services to nonprofit organizations and social enterprises.  These services strengthen organizations that improve quality of life for low-income and disadvantaged New Yorkers. With a talented staff of 24, annual budget of $3.5 million, and extensive volunteer program, Lawyers Alliance assists more than 1,000 organizations each year. We seek a Director of Finance and Administration to support our plans for stability and growth.

Responsibilities

Primary responsibilities of this position include:

  • Manage daily financial operations, maintain and reconcile bank accounts, promptly pay bills and record receipts, and maintain accurate financial and accounting records.
  • Prepare operating budget, quarterly anticipated budget, and long term financial projections, and analyze and make recommendations based on operating results, working with other members of management team.
  • Prepare cash flow analyses, and monitor and forecast revenues and expenses.
  • Prepare quarterly and annual financial statements and present financial information to other managers, Finance Committee, and Board for review and discussion.
  • Coordinate all audit activities, preparation of Form 990, and compliance with financial transparency and reporting requirements. 
  • Monitor investment portfolio, and serve as liaison to Investment Committee and advisor.
  • Maintain insurance coverage and investigate options for renewals and improvements.
  • Manage vendor relationships and organizational procedures related to facilities, administration, equipment, disaster preparedness, and office logistics.
  • Manage staff payroll and human resources responsibilities, including administration of 403(b) plan and other employee benefits and maintenance of personnel records.
  • Maintain, update, and administer personnel policies and procedures, and oversee general onboarding process for new staff.
  • Envision and manage technology upgrades, and work with relevant staff to plan and implement effective technology functions.
  • Support development function by tracking and providing information for fundraising proposals, reports, and contracts, and reconciling records.
  • Perform additional tasks as needed for organizational planning, financial health, best practices, and smooth operations.

Experience and Attributes

  • At least five years of work experience in finance in the nonprofit sector, with increasing responsibility, including audit, compliance, and budgeting.
  • Understanding of GAAP and FASB regulations and financial filings applicable to nonprofits.
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably with advanced training in accounting, finance, business and/or nonprofit administration.
  • Strong analytic and quantitative skills, attention to detail; and demonstrated ability to organize and execute complex or multiple projects in timely and accurate manner.  
  • Thoughtful approach to problem solving and project management, flexibility to take on new and varied challenges, with an eye for both near-term and long-range goals.
  • Prior experience managing employee benefits, human resources, information technology, insurance, and/or vendor relationships; experience with Fund E-Z is a plus.
  • Technologically savvy, adept with software, and able to work with information technology staff on systems to improve efficiency and communications in a fast-moving environment.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills.

Next Steps

This position is available on either a four-fifths or full-time basis and will begin once filled. It offers competitive compensation, strong benefits, and the opportunity to work with dedicated colleagues and help an important public interest organization thrive. Interested applicants should submit resume, cover letter and salary expectations as soon as possible to financesearch@lawyersalliance.org

Lawyers Alliance for New York is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive environment and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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Staff Attorney - Community Development

Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business law services to nonprofit organizations and social enterprises that are improving the quality of life in New York City's low-income neighborhoods. Our staff works with a network of 2,000 pro bono attorneys from law firms and corporations to deliver high-quality assistance to hundreds of organizations each year. Lawyers Alliance's expertise-driven legal services help organizations to improve their programs, operations, and finances.

We seek a Staff Attorney with real estate and transactional experience to join our well-respected team. This Staff Attorney will have a wide range of responsibilities aimed at bringing high-quality legal services and practical information to nonprofit organizations, with a focus on housing, shelter, homeless services, and community revitalization.  Clients include low-income housing developers, supportive housing groups, homeless services organizations, hunger prevention and food security groups, economic development nonprofits, social service organizations, and other groups that are improving the health, education, economic opportunity, and well-being of New Yorkers.

Major responsibilities include:

  • Plan and execute systematic and strategic client outreach to expand legal services to new and existing clients;
  • Advise a substantial and diverse client base of community development and other nonprofit organizations on business law and transactional topics, including governance, contracts, real estate, facilities, and regulatory compliance issues;
  • Identify challenges and opportunities in the nonprofit sector that prompt legal needs, and undertake programs to help address these needs, including a current initiative to help organizations navigate legal issues stemming from the rising cost of real estate;
  • Engage in effective client intake and screening to ready groups for legal help;
  • Provide volunteer support, mentoring, and co-counseling assistance to pro bono attorneys from top law firms and corporate legal departments;
  • Organize and teach workshops, write legal alerts and publications, and represent Lawyers Alliance at pro bono clinics and other events for clients and pro bono attorneys;
  • Work with staff colleagues to ensure quality control, engage in program evaluation, and administer technical assistance grants and contracts; and
  • Support Lawyers Alliance's programs and operations, including volunteer recruitment and recognition, outcomes measurement, marketing, fundraising, fee generation, tracking and use of data, special projects, and other duties as requested.

If you want to work with a terrific group of people who enjoy what they do and are making a difference, this opportunity is for you.  Qualifications include: admission to the New York Bar; at least 3-5 years working as a practicing attorney, including significant real estate and transactional experience, preferably at a major law firm; strong organizational and communication skills; and a demonstrated interest in the nonprofit sector. Experience in contract reviews, negotiations, financing and loan documents, purchase and sale agreements, leases, corporate structuring, exempt organizations law, and/or business development is helpful.

This position begins once filled. Salary is approximately $75,000, depending on experience. Generous benefits. Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to attorneysearch@lawyersalliance.org as soon as possible.  Lawyers Alliance for New York is an equal opportunity employer.

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Fellowship Opportunities

Business/Transactional Law Externally-Funded Fellowship Fall 2020

Organization Overview:

Founded in 1969, Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofits that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, Lawyers Alliance for New York helps organizations to develop and provide housing, stimulate economic opportunity, improve urban health and education, promote community arts, and operate and advocate for vital programs that benefit low-income New Yorkers of all ages. Each year, Lawyers Alliance represents more than 700 nonprofits on more than 1,300 legal projects and assists hundreds more through educational programs. The staff of 22, including 12 attorneys, works with 2,000 pro bono attorneys from law firms and corporations to deliver these services.

Lawyers Alliance has five program priorities: community arts, economic opportunity, housing and shelter, quality education, and urban health. In addition, Lawyers Alliance has developed four special initiatives to address emerging legal needs of the nonprofit sector: advocacy, national leadership, risk management, and disaster relief.

Fellowships:

Lawyers Alliance is specifically seeking fellowship applicants for Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Kirkland & Ellis, and other externally-funded fellowships for the following program areas:

Our Community Arts program priority helps organizations to provide artistic outlets and use the arts to foster education, social supports and services, and urban development.  Clients are engaged in enrichment activities for children and the elderly, in-school and after-school programs, music and dance performances, therapeutic arts programs, and other community-based arts activities.

Through our Economic Opportunity program priority, Lawyers Alliance helps to train and place people in jobs, increase financial literacy and economic independence, attract lending and investment, and promote community vitality and stability in all five boroughs.  Clients include community loan funds, low-income federal credit unions, community development corporations, workforce development groups, business improvement districts and community revitalization organizations, faith-based groups, nonprofits involved in for-profit business ventures, and other economic opportunity organizations. 

Our Housing and Shelter program priority helps to create thousands of units of affordable and special needs housing, while working to increase services for homeless families and adults.  Clients include nonprofit affordable housing developers, housing development fund corporations, providers of neighborhood housing services, and supportive housing organizations serving special needs populations such as domestic violence survivors or the disabled. We also represent nonprofits that provide or advocate for food, shelter, and other social services.

Our Quality Education project priority helps nonprofit organizations that address educational needs from early childhood to adulthood. Clients include organizations that offer and support in-school and after-school educational enrichment, early learning and Head Start, public school improvement, charter schools and alternative public education programs, mentoring and tutoring, educational scholarships, college readiness and sustainability, occupational education, adult literacy, continuing education, English language learning, and STEM education.

Through our Urban Health program priority, Lawyers Alliance helps to promote preventative health, food security, healthy aging, and making New York City a greener place. Lawyers Alliance also supports the efforts of community-based organizations addressing social determinants of health in navigating New York State’s Medicaid Redesign. Clients include senior centers, afterschool programs, food and agricultural programs, parks and green spaces, educational organizations, mental health and behavioral health agencies, community health centers, nutrition and exercise programs, and nonprofits advocating for legislation and policies that eliminate health disparities and improve New Yorkers' lives.

The Advocacy Initiative strengthens the public policy impact of the nonprofit sector, by helping advocacy organizations with business and transactional law matters, understanding laws on lobbying and political activity, and legislation, as well as engaging in advocacy at the city, state, and federal levels on core issues affecting the nonprofit sector and in our five program priority areas.

Lawyers Alliance welcomes the opportunity to expose fellows to legal work and practical skills that address the legal needs of community-based and other nonprofit organizations focused on the above program priorities. Legal fellows work at Lawyers Alliance as a full-time staff attorney for one or two years and provide invaluable legal assistance to nonprofits and social enterprises that are serving low-income and disadvantaged New Yorkers. Our clients need help navigating a wide range of business law and issues, including nonprofit governance, structuring, contract, real estate, tax, regulatory and other concerns. Many seek legal advice on legal transactions with other parties.

Lawyers Alliance will work with qualified fellowship candidates who are applying for third-party funding to help them assess whether a public interest fellowship at Lawyers Alliance is a good fit. Many of our past fellows have worked on a wide range of business law and transactional issues across program priority areas, while others have developed or focused on one or more specific program priorities. Fellows develop professional skills and strengthen nonprofits by working on legal representation projects, teaching workshops and webinars on nonprofit legal issues, and assisting with client outreach, client screenings, legal research, pro bono clinics, volunteer attorney support, legal alerts and publications, and resource calls.

Lawyers Alliance is currently hosting a fellow through the National Center on Philanthropy and the Law (NCPL) Fellowship in Nonprofit Law, and also has a positive record of hosting public interest law fellows sponsored through the Skadden Foundation, Equal Justice Works, Harvard Law School, and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

Lawyers Alliance is seeking a May 2020 JD graduate, recent graduate, or an experienced attorney looking to transition to public interest work. Experience working with low-income clients and/or with nonprofit organizations on transactional legal issues is preferred.

For further information, please contact fellowshipsearch@lawyersalliance.org with a resume and a brief project proposal/cover letter. Please confirm in your cover letter that you are applying for an externally-funded fellowship position and identify the fellowship that you are applying for or have received. Lawyers Alliance for New York is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, veterans, people over 40, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are welcome and encouraged to apply.

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Internship Opportunities

Lawyers Alliance for New York's Board, staff, and volunteer attorneys are an unparalleled team of professionals who, together with our donors, are dedicated to improving the quality of life for people in low-income communities throughout New York City. By specializing in business and transactional legal services for nonprofits, Lawyers Alliance enhances our clients' performance, which translates into expanded and improved programs for the families, children, and adults who need them most. We periodically are looking for student interns to join us, as volunteers or as part of a school-funded arrangement.  

School Year Undergraduate Internship: Lawyers Alliance seeks a motivated college junior or senior for a volunteer unpaid internship. The intern will be expected to work in the office for at least 8 hours per week for at least ten weeks and will:

  • Conduct online factual research related to the nonprofit sector and pro bono trends and assist Lawyers Alliance staff in gathering and analyzing research;
  • Participate in Lawyers Alliance's client intake process;
  • Follow up by telephone and email with clients and volunteer attorneys to obtain status information regarding active or recently closed legal matters;
  • Assist in planning special events, such as pro bono clinics and volunteer awards.
  • Collaborate with and observe staff members at various levels to learn more about the nonprofit and legal sectors; and
  • Complete other projects as requested.

Ideal candidate will be a motivated, detail-oriented team player who takes initiatives. We welcome candidates who are flexible and have a positive attitude. Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Intern19@lawyersalliance.org

School Year Legal Internships: Lawyers Alliance for New York offers unpaid internships for law students during the school year on the basis of student interest, staff attorney availability, and client need. Law student interns work with staff attorneys to provide legal assistance and information to nonprofits related to corporate, real estate, employment, intellectual property, tax, and other legal topics. Examples of prior assignments include assisting with client intake for a charter school with corporate law questions, assisting with a real estate construction loan closing for a supportive housing organization, and updating materials to be used in an employment law workshop for nonprofit managers. For more information, please contact Interim Legal Director Laura Abel at label@lawyersalliance.org.

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