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Development Director

Background

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 organization brings the legal and practical expertise necessary for community-based and other nonprofits to make physical, social, and economic improvements in city neighborhoods where millions of children, families, the elderly, homeless, immigrants, and other low-income and disadvantaged New Yorkers live and work. With a talented staff of 24, a $3.4 million annual budget, and extensive volunteer program, Lawyers Alliance provides expertise-driven legal counsel and educational trainings that help nonprofits thrive.

During the past year, Lawyers Alliance provided legal assistance to 713 organizations on 1,350 projects, offered more than 1,000 informational consultations through its Resource Call Hotline, and mobilized more than 2,000 volunteer attorneys from major law firms and corporations to benefit more nonprofits. Recent program highlights include:

  • Enabling 200 community redevelopment organizations, such as affordable housing groups, Business Improvement Districts, and workforce development organizations to address contract, real estate, tax, and other legal issues related to their efforts to revitalize neighborhoods and support individuals and local businesses.
  • Launching a Quality Education initiative to help 250 charter schools, after school, and other education-focused nonprofit navigate the intricacies of  federal, state and local laws.  
  • Providing legal guidance to nonprofits seeking to manage the risks of increased advocacy during a period of changing and uncertain government policies.
  • Successfully advocating for state law amendments that improve nonprofit governance and make legal compliance more manageable for community-based and other resource-constrained nonprofits.
  • Leading a national network of pro bono programs that are expanding the availability and quality of legal services for nonprofits in fifteen regions across the country.
  • Implementing a new outcomes measurement system showing how effective legal services can improve nonprofits’ programs, operations and finances.   

Under the leadership of its new Executive Director, a twenty year veteran of the organization, Lawyers Alliance seeks to continue this momentum and have an even bigger, better, and broader impact going forward.  Its program priorities are helping nonprofits to create vibrant, livable communities in five fundamental areas:  housing and shelter, economic opportunity, 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 the city’s five boroughs, expand its nonprofit advocacy role, and enhance its work as a national business law pro bono leader.

Development Director Position

To support its exciting plans, Lawyers Alliance seeks a Development Director to strengthen and advance its established and successful fundraising program. 

The Development Director will be responsible for the management, growth, and diversification of a multi-faceted development program focused on steady and incremental change in foundation, law firm, event, corporate, and individual support.  In addition to being adept at creating a methodical and strategic fundraising strategy, the Development Director must also be a hands-on, nimble project manager and leader, capable of working collaboratively across the organization and with multiple external audiences.

This is a special opportunity to partner with highly knowledgeable and passionate senior leadership and staff seeking to make a real and lasting impact on low-income communities. The Development Director will report to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Board’s Development Committee and executive 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.
  • Support and advise Lawyers Alliance’s Board development efforts, working with leadership to develop meaningful opportunities for engagement of 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, event logistics and program, partnering with the marketing team to raise the organization’s visibility in connection with this annual celebration.   
  • 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 Senior Development Coordinator’s work for the law firm, bank and individual appeals, Gala, acknowledgements, and donor relations. Support the coordinator’s professional growth and skill development.
  • Assist in the preparation of the annual operating budget, periodic financial reports, and cash flow reports.
  • Additional planning, fund development, program, marketing, and related activities, as needed.

Qualifications

  • At least seven years of fundraising experience with progressive responsibility; Bachelors’ degree.
  • Substantial experience with private foundation fundraising and corporate outreach, as well as special events and individual giving.
  • Strong analytic and project management skills; attention to detail; demonstrated experience organizing and executing complex or multiple time-sensitive projects, including meeting financial goals and project deadlines.
  • Excellent people management skills.
  • Strong and clear written and verbal communication skills; outstanding interpersonal skills, judgment, and ability to collaborate with a wide range of colleagues.
  • Creative and methodical approach to fundraising, patience and flexibility to take on new and varied challenges, with an eye for both near-term and long-range goals.
  • Familiarity with the legal sector and/or fundraising for a nonprofit organization providing technical assistance to other organizations is a plus.
  • Experience with a donor management database system.

This position, which offers competitive compensation and strong benefits, is expected to begin by or in early January 2020. Lawyers Alliance for New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] as soon as possible.

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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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]

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 [email protected].

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