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Director of Operations

About Us

Founded in 1969, Lawyers Alliance for New York is a leader in the field of business law and transactional pro bono. It provides legal and educational services to nonprofit organizations and social enterprises that improve the lives of low-income and disadvantaged New Yorkers. With a talented staff of 24, annual budget of $3.6 million, and 2,000 legal volunteers, Lawyers Alliance serves more than 1,000 organizations each year. This legal assistance translates to stronger nonprofit programs, finances, and operations.

A current priority is helping nonprofits with pandemic and economic recovery. The organizations that Lawyers Alliance assists are providing and advocating for economic opportunity, quality education, housing and shelter, food security and urban health, community arts, and other vital human services.

Operations Position

Lawyer Alliance is creating a new operations position that is focused on developing, managing, and improving organizational practices and procedures that cut across all aspects of Lawyers Alliance’s work. Applicants should be experienced operations professionals interested in nonprofit capacity-building.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and manage procedures and plans for return to office procedures, pandemic-driven offsite work, facilities and equipment usage, disaster preparedness, and other workplace operations. Supervise maintenance of and changes to organization’s facilities and equipment.
  • Examine, propose, and implement technology-based tools and approaches to advance the evolving goals of the organization. Near term priorities include digital solutions to enhance internal and external communications and knowledge management. Oversee maintenance and improvements of information technology systems and data security.
  • Manage all aspects of employee benefits, update and maintain personnel policies and records, organize and support staff recruitment, onboard staff, coordinate consultants if needed, and support a trusting, inclusive, and productive environment.
  • Research, negotiate, and implement organization’s insurance options, policies, and claims.
  • Supervise the work of office administrator, information technology manager, and other staff or consultants as assigned, and support their professional growth and effectiveness.
  • Manage and oversee relationships with landlord and building management, vendors, and other contractors and oversee purchasing and expense control.
  • Assist finance staff and/or outside financial consultant with preparation of financial analyses, operating budget, forecasting, and other financial needs related to operations as requested.
  • Assist with strategic planning, outcomes measurement, funding applications and reports, and other administrative, program, and management activities as needed.

Experience and Attributes

  • College degree required; advanced degree or significant training in business administration, nonprofit management, or related field is helpful.
  • At least eight years of relevant professional experience, with increasing responsibility.
  • Productive project manager, with success organizing and executing multiple complex or time-sensitive projects involving many facts, participants and deadlines.
  • Technically proficient and technologically savvy. Experience exporting and analyzing data, managing technology staff, vendors, and installations. Comfortable using a relational database to advance operations and proficient in Excel.
  • Strategic thinker; effective negotiator with external parties; clear and compelling writer and speaker; flexible and constructive collaborator.
  • The ideal candidate has experience taking responsibility for the quality and content of work product, recommendations, and procedures, and preferably has overseen administrative, human resources, and insurance functions previously.
  • Interest in joining organization that promotes volunteerism and legal services for nonprofits.

Next Steps

If you want to join knowledgeable and passionate colleagues who enjoy making a difference, consider applying now. This position offers competitive compensation and strong benefits. Anticipated salary is $90,000 to $100,000, depending on experience.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to OPsearch@lawyersalliance.org as soon as possible. Provide a brief explanation in your cover letter of what interests you in this position at this time and how your interest or experience relates to Lawyers Alliance’s work.

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

This position is being announced in spring 2021 and will begin once filled.

 

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Pro Bono Associate

About Us

Founded in 1969, Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofits and social enterprises that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. The organizations served provide housing and shelter, 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. In the coming year, our staff, joined by 2,000 volunteer attorneys from more than 130 law firms and corporate legal departments, will assist hundreds of nonprofits.

Pro Bono Associate Position

Lawyers Alliance seeks to hire a Pro Bono Associate interested in nonprofit capacity-building to improve its pro bono program. The Pro Bono Associate will play an integral role in the intake, volunteer recruitment, volunteer support, and success of more than 1,300 legal projects each year.

This position offers the opportunity to be involved in some of New York City’s most dynamic public interest work and improve the availability and delivery of pro bono legal services by business and transactional lawyers.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist with the development and implementation of an annual pro bono outreach plan, with thoughtful strategies to replenish and expand the network of active volunteers.
  • Coordinate a robust pro bono case placement process, which includes identifying and frequently communicating with appropriate volunteer attorneys at premier law firms and corporations, so that nonprofit clients can get the expert legal help they need.
  • Represent Lawyers Alliance at important law firm and corporate information sessions and other visibility events to enhance volunteer relations.
  • Maintain relational database with detailed organization and case information, analyze data, and prepare regular statistical reports and dashboards.
  • Monitor case activity and help resolve any issues to ensure the delivery of high quality services and positive client/volunteer experiences.
  • Conduct timely research and prepare reports related to New York and national pro bono trends.
  • Assist with the planning and production of volunteer recognition activities, including Lawyers Alliance’s highly regarded Cornerstone Awards and volunteer accomplishment announcements.
  • Administer resource call helpline, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit for pro bono, CLE trainings procedures, and other volunteer support functions.
  • Assist with educational services, case closing surveys, program evaluation, marketing, fundraising, statistical reports, and other tasks as requested.

Experience and Attributes

  • Qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree, 2-4 years post-college work experience, and a demonstrated interest in nonprofit volunteer programs.
  • The position requires strong recruitment, organizational, and communication skills.
  • The selected candidate will be a primary contact for a diverse and large universe of people, including attorneys and staff from the world’s leading law firms and corporations. Our organization’s practice is high volume, so there is premium placed on organization, time management, and the ability to work independently.
  • The ideal candidate has excellent initiative and follow-through, has strong verbal and written communication skills, is detail-oriented, and is adept with data management, spreadsheets, virtual communication tools, and database tracking systems.

Compensation and How to Apply

This position offers competitive compensation and strong benefits; anticipated annual salary is $60,000. The position is scheduled to begin in June 2021.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to PBAsearch2021@lawyersalliance.org.

Please explain briefly in your cover letter how your personal and professional interest or experience relates to Lawyers Alliance’s work.

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 - Business and Transactional Lawyer Helping Nonprofits with Pandemic and Economic Recovery

About Us

Founded in 1969, Lawyers Alliance for New York is a leader in the field of business law and transactional pro bono. It provides legal and educational services to nonprofit organizations and social enterprises that improve the lives of low-income and disadvantaged New Yorkers. With a talented staff of 24, annual budget of $3.6 million, and 2,000 legal volunteers, Lawyers Alliance serves more than 1,000 organizations each year. This legal assistance translates to stronger nonprofit programs, finances, and operations.

A current priority is helping nonprofits with pandemic and economic recovery. The organizations that Lawyers Alliance assists are providing and advocating for economic opportunity, quality education, housing and shelter, food security and urban health, community arts, and other vital human services.

Staff Attorney Position

We seek a Staff Attorney with corporate law and transactional experience to join our well-respected team. This Staff Attorney will lead Lawyers Alliance’s pandemic response, program preservation, and economic recovery efforts. This Staff Attorney also will work with other staff and pro bono attorneys to bring a wide range of high quality legal services and practical information to other nonprofit organizations benefiting the well-being of New Yorkers.

Responsibilities

  • Plan and execute systematic and strategic client outreach to expand legal services to new and existing clients dealing with the immediate and long-term effects of the pandemic and economic uncertainty.
  • Advise and assist human services, community development and other nonprofit organizations with timely business law and transactional needs, including governance, contracts, borrowing, fundraising, earned revenues, strategic alliances, mergers, collaborations, restructuring, dissolutions, and regulatory compliance.
  • Engage in effective client intake and screening to ready groups for legal help, with focus on those engaged in pandemic and economic recovery.
  • Provide support, mentoring, and co-counseling assistance to pro bono attorneys from top law firms and corporate legal departments and assist with volunteer recruitment and recognition.
  • 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.
  • Collaborate with staff colleagues on quality control, program evaluation, outcomes measurement, strategic planning, and technical assistance grants and contracts.
  • Support marketing, fundraising, fee-generation, tracking and use of data, special projects and other duties as requested.

Experience and Attributes

  • Admission to the New York State Bar.
  • At least five years of legal experience handling corporate finance, tax, or other business-related transactions, preferably in a major law firm.
  • Track record of increasing responsibility in contract negotiations, financing, loan documents, mergers, and/or bankruptcy and workouts, along with helpful client counseling.
  • Clear and effective communicator, excellent writing and speaking skills, and an ability to work independently and be an effective mentor to staff and volunteers.
  • Initiative and business development skills.
  • Keen interest in New York City and its diverse and varied neighborhoods.
  • Relevant skills from representing or volunteering with tax exempt corporations are a plus.

Next Steps

If you want to join knowledgeable and passionate colleagues who enjoy making a difference, consider applying now. This position offers competitive compensation and strong benefits. Anticipated salary is $82,000+, depending on experience.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to attorneysearch@lawyersalliance.org as soon as possible. Provide a brief explanation in your cover letter of what interests you in this position at this time and how your interest or experience relates to Lawyers Alliance’s work.

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

This position is being announced in spring 2021 and will begin once filled.

 

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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 Legal Director Hedwig O'Hara at hohara@lawyersalliance.org.

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