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Real Estate Attorney in Washington, DC

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Company name

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Practice Area

Real Estate

Years of Experience

Min 7 yrs required


Washington, DC

Date Last Verified

Feb 16,2018

Posted on

Dec 27,2017

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Director, Property Acquisitions Requisition ID : 1037 The candidate will oversee and manage the legal aspects of real property transactions funded through IDEA Accounts, both directly and through the management of outside legal counsel. Will work closely with the entire IDEA and GEBF teams and, as appropriate, with the Departments of Finance, Science and Evaluation, and Government Relations as well as with the NFWF General Counsel’s office. Oversee and manage the implementation of real property transactions funded through IDEA Accounts at the direction of the IDEA Senior Vice President, Senior Director, and/or Director. Participate in all aspects of the design and execution of projects involving real property interests, including: Initial review of project proposals to evaluate general feasibility and potential fatal flaws and provide recommendations for how proposed projects can address concerns. Performance of due diligence reviews on real property projects, including review and analysis of Purchase and Sale Agreements; Surveys; Appraisals; Legal Descriptions; Titles and Deeds; Title Commitments and Title Policies; Environmental Site Assessments; Escrow Instructions; Settlement Statements; Conservation Easements; Deed Restrictions and other Restrictive Covenants; and other transaction documents. As appropriate, negotiate with project proponents to resolve outstanding issues consistent with firm’s legal and fiduciary requirements and other applicable policies. Evaluate and/or develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for ensuring the application of appropriate controls to the disbursement of IDEA funds for real property transactions. Maintain a complete and up-to-date understanding of all IDEA-funded real property projects subject to the oversight of the Director, Property Acquisitions. Meet regularly with the firm executive team and IDEA management to communicate information regarding the status of IDEA-funded real property transactions. Conduct outreach to stakeholders regarding firm SOPs for funding real property transactions in conjunction with GEBF or other firm staff, as appropriate. Work with and manage outside legal counsel, as needed, to obtain support on specific real property transactions. Maintain a thorough understanding of the laws and legal principles applicable to the funding by nonprofit entities of real property transactions including, but not limited to, legal mechanisms designed to ensure the perpetual protection of real property for conservation purposes. Maintain a thorough understanding of standard industry practices in property transactions for conservation purposes, including best practices recommended by organizations such as the Land Trust Alliance. Monitor legal and policy developments that may affect IDEA’s funding of real property transactions. Participate in IDEA Departmental calls and meetings, and other firm calls and meetings as appropriate. Must have bachelor’s degree and juris doctor degree. Should have 7+ years of legal experience in vetting, negotiating, and closing real estate transactions. Experience in the non-profit and/or grantmaking sector is preferred, with emphasis on non-profit and/or grantmaking work involving real property interests for conservation purposes is required. Experience with federal and state laws applicable to real property transactions, in particular those undertaken for conservation purposes is needed. Experience working directly with Title Companies on real property transactions is must Experience with the creation and recordation of conservation easements is essential. Computer proficiency, including e-mail, databases, spreadsheets, financial/contracting systems, and word processing is needed.

Additional info

Send cover letter describing interest and qualifications, and resume.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
1133 15th Street
NW , Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005