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ProfileStaff Attorney, Microenterprise Project Responsibilities: Assist the Microenterprise Project Director and Senior Staff Attorney with all aspects of service to Cityâ€™s microentrepreneurs. Provide excellent transactional legal assistance to microentrepreneurs, with an emphasis on commercial leasing issues. Develop in-house contracts, forms, and educational materials for program use. Support pro bono efforts by assisting with placing matters with volunteers and co-counseling matters with volunteer lawyers. Collaborate with NYC Small Business Services, the contracting agency, and with two other legal services organizations on CLA Program functions. Conduct outreach, including educational workshops, brief advice clinics, and intake screenings. Work with small business and legal services coalitions on advocacy and policy efforts that support low-income small business owners and entrepreneurs. May have the opportunity to assist with targeted and impact litigation related to small businesses and commercial leasing. Using LegalServer, the database program, to maintain complete and current data on Microenterprise Project clients and activities. Meet case and contract reporting deadlines. Strengthen the Microenterprise Projectâ€™s relationships with community organizations. Work with the Microenterprise Project Director and Senior Staff Attorney to publicize the Projectâ€™s work and accomplishments through social media and the press. Support fundraising efforts by assisting with grant/contract reports and proposals and attending networking events.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: JD Degree and an attorney admitted and in good standing in New York State. 2+ years of prior experience providing lease-related services to small businesses in New York City, including reviewing, drafting, and negotiating leases. Demonstrated experience providing direct client legal representation. Knowledge of the commercial leasing landscape for small businesses in New York City. Experience working in fast-paced, high volume case setting with extensive client contact and experience handling cases from intake to closing. Experience working with low- to moderate-income individuals and/or small business owners. Excellent writing skills. Experience litigating commercial landlord-tenant cases, a plus. Fluency in Spanish preferred, but fluency in another non-English language, a plus. Strong organization, documentation and recordkeeping skills. Strong oral communication and interpersonal skills with persons of varying degrees of knowledge and understanding in leasing matters. Demonstrated commitment to advocacy and quality client service. Efficiency in time management and balancing competing priorities. High skill and comfort level with basic Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and case management software. Ability to work well under pressure with clients facing daunting time-sensitive situations. Professionalism and collegiality. Ability to work as a team with other Microenterprise Project staff and independently, as well.
Application Deadline: 08/31/2018
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