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Development Director - Nonprofit Serving Nonprofits

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 assistance 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.

Looking forward, Lawyers Alliance plans to provide more and better services to nonprofits working in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color throughout New York City and continue to have a positive impact on pandemic recovery and economic renewal. In the coming years, it also seeks to expand its nonprofit advocacy and national pro bono leadership roles.

Development Director Position

Lawyers Alliance seeks a Development Director to support and advance its plans. The Development Director is responsible for the management, growth, and diversification of a multi-faceted and effective development program. In addition to being a strategic, creative, and methodical thinker and fundraiser, the Development Director must be an adaptive and engaged project manager. The Development Director will report to the Executive Director and be part of the management team.

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Board and management staff to prepare and implement a comprehensive annual fundraising plan to achieve budgeted goals for contributed revenues from foundations, law firms, individuals, corporations, and special events.
  • Lead the expansion of private foundation funding by securing contributions from new private foundation funders and increased grants from existing funders.
  • Research and prepare clear and persuasive letters of inquiry, grant proposals, donor appeals, and reports to foundations, including those that emphasize Lawyers Alliance’s work with nonprofits focused on economic opportunity, housing and shelter, quality education, urban health, and community arts.
  • Develop and execute the Business Law & Leadership Gala, an annual celebration that raises the organization’s visibility and 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.
  • Guide and engage current and prior Board members in meaningful development opportunities and cultivate individual donor relationships.
  • Create and oversee timely individual appeals, conduct 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) and support their professional growth.
  • Assist in in preparation of the annual operating budget, financial and cash flow reports, and other development, finance, program, marketing, and management activities, as needed.
  • Work collaboratively across the organization and with multiple external audiences.

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 multiple communication tools to reach donors.
  • Familiarity with the legal sector and/or fundraising for a nonprofit organization providing technical assistance to other organizations is a plus.

Compensation

This position offers competitive compensation and strong benefits. Salary will be set commensurate with experience and responsibilities.

This position is being announced in summer 2021 and will begin once filled. It temporarily is primarily remote, but it is likely to return to primarily in-person in September 2021 with some continued flexibility for certain work to be done remotely.

Next Steps

Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to DDsearch@lawyersalliance.org as soon as possible. The cover letter should articulate why candidate is interested in being part of Lawyers Alliance at this time.

If you want to join knowledgeable and passionate 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.

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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 summer 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 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 InternSearch@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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