Program Director/Sr. Attorney, Preserving Affordable Housing Program
Preserving Affordable Housing Program · Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn A seeks a mission-driven director for its Preserving Affordable Housing (PAH) Program. The Director is responsible for the overall vision, management and supervision of the PAH Program and will represent the PAH Program to the broader Brooklyn A, its funders, its community partners, the media, and the public. They will work with, train, and supervise program staff to include deputy directors, staff attorneys, community organizers, paralegals, etc. to provide legal services and to ensure that our clients receive high-quality legal representation. Managing the program growth to support NYC’s Right to Counsel Law, the Director will continue to identify systemic priorities and to develop the PAH Program's capacity to holistically and responsively address the needs of its clients and the communities we serve. They will supervise data collection and management, general reporting, and compliance of funding contracts and provide information/assistance to the development team as necessary.
The legal services we provide to clients include:
Representing low-income tenant associations confronting landlords harassing low-income residents and seeking to vacate buildings; individuals and families facing eviction; low-income tenants in fair housing litigation; as well as community groups involved in struggles against pervasive housing discrimination, neighborhood segregation, and other issues critically affecting the future of their communities.
The litigation legal services we provide to clients include:
Non-payment, Holdover, HP, 7A, and harassment proceedings in Housing Court as well as Supreme Court, which involves frequent motion practice, discovery, and depositions, communication with clients, negotiations with opposing counsel and advocacy with outside agencies on behalf of clients.
To be successful in this role, you must have:
Admission to the bar of the State of New York;
Minimum 8 years’ experience working in New York civil and/or Federal, or other relevant public interest litigation; housing law preferable;
Minimum 7 years’ experience working with clients in the nonprofit sector, low-income communities, community organizations and/or coalitions;
Significant supervisory experience leading a team and meeting deliverables;
Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds and local organizations;
Demonstrated ability to interact with client/tenants of different races, ethnicities, ages, and sexual orientations in a multicultural environment and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
Excellent legal writing, transactional, advocacy skills in English, bilingual Spanish preferred;
Ability to work independently with strong motivation, to manage a high caseload, track case data, meet deadlines, and to be flexible;
Experience managing case management systems to ensure accurate data collection and statistical tracking;
Computer proficiency sufficient to independently review and generate legal writings; and
Experience with speaking and writing about affordable housing litigation and legal advocacy (i.e., communicating with stakeholders and allies, such as elected officials, networks, bar association committees, law students, and pro bono partners; published articles in law journals and trade-related publications, project narrative writing for grant proposals and funding reports).