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Development Director
Program Assistant
Staff Attorney
Fellowship Opportunities
Internship Opportunities

  Development Director
  Founded in 1969, Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services to nonprofit organizations that are improving quality of life in New York City's neighborhoods. We help nonprofit clients engaged in housing, economic opportunity, education, community arts, urban health and other services to operate and advocate for vital programs for low-income New Yorkers. During the coming year, Lawyers Alliance plans to leverage its $3 million annual budget to represent 700 nonprofits with the assistance of 1,800 volunteers from law firms and corporations. Our work strengthens nonprofit organizations’ programs, finances and operations.

We seek an experienced development professional to manage our development operation, taking on increasing responsibility and ownership during an anticipated period of growth for our organization. Reporting to the Deputy Executive Director/Director of Institutional Advancement, the Development Director will with all members of our 22 person staff as well as our Board of Directors to enhance Lawyers Alliance's financial resources.

Major opportunities of this position include:

  • Work with the Development Committee of the Board of Directors and staff to prepare and implement an annual fundraising plan to achieve annual budgeted goals for contributed revenues from foundations, law firms, individuals, banks, corporations, and special events.
  • Take primary responsibility for expanding private foundation funding by securing contributions from new funders and increased grants from repeat funders and managing Lawyers Alliance's foundation funder relationships.
  • Research and collect information for, write, prepare, and submit clear and persuasive letters of inquiry, grant proposals, fundraising appeal letters, and reports. Work with staff attorneys and program staff to articulate a compelling vision of Lawyers Alliance and its positive impact on organizations serving low-income New Yorkers.
  • Organize the annual Business Law & Leadership Gala, including planning, honoree and sponsor recruitment, invitations, venue logistics, program, and promotion of an event attended by hundreds of leaders from the legal and business communities, to raise several hundred thousand dollars annually for Lawyers Alliance's services.
  • Plan, support, and execute a successful annual law firm appeal, chaired by a law firm managing partner, to raise $900,000 in contributions from dozens of national law firms. Also prepare and carry out appeals aimed at banks and corporations.
  • Supervise the Development Coordinator, helping the Development Coordinator to grow professionally with respect to skills key to the organization's successful fundraising operation and overseeing work product for the individual and law firm appeals, Gala, acknowledgements, and donor relations.
  • Participate in planning for Lawyers Alliance's 50th anniversary celebration, including opportunities to maximize the fundraising potential for this 2019 milestone.
  • Manage a current fundraising calendar, maintain and utilize a relational database, and otherwise maximize the efficiency and results of Lawyers Alliance's development operation.
  • Assist in the preparation of the annual operating budget, periodic financial reports, and cash flow reports as they pertain to projected and received contributions.
  • Support Lawyers Alliance's Board development efforts, additional planning, fund development, program, marketing, and administrative activities, as requested.

Lawyers Alliance offers a chance to be involved in interesting mission-driven work, professional growth in a collegial environment, and generous benefits. Qualifications include a B.A. degree plus at least eight years of relevant development experience, including substantial experience with private foundation fundraising and special events. Familiarity with the legal sector and/or technical assistance is a plus. The ideal candidate will be organized, able to work with multiple constituencies, adept at working with a relational database and numbers, and excellent at multi-tasking and coordinating with a variety of people, messages, and audiences.

This position is available immediately. Annual salary and title are commensurate with skills, experience and duties. Interested applications should submit resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to developmentsearch@lawyersalliance.org.

Lawyers Alliance for New York is an equal opportunity employer.

   
  Please contact Development Search
   


  Program Assistant
  Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofits that are improving quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. We help nonprofits engaged in housing, economic opportunity, education, community arts, urban health and other services to advocate and operate vital programs for low-income New Yorkers. Each year, Lawyers Alliance represents a wide range of approximately 700 nonprofits with the assistance of 1,800 volunteers from law firms and corporations.

We seek a Program Assistant to join our well-respected staff to help Lawyers Alliance expand client and pro bono services. Major responsibilities of this position include:

  • Assisting our staff attorneys with client outreach, intake and screening, factual research and writing, and other client-oriented efforts, with a focus on housing, economic opportunity, advocacy, and other community redevelopment organizations.
  • Working with staff colleagues to develop and utilize tools and materials for volunteer recruitment, volunteer support, and quality control to ensure a successful client/volunteer experience.
  • Coordinating and representing Lawyers Alliance at information sessions, nonprofit and attorney events, umbrella organization meetings, and other visibility-raising and service activities.
  • Providing program and logistical support for case monitoring, case closing, and post-closing surveys of clients and volunteers.
  • Assisting with planning and operations of workshops, webinars, publications distribution, and other educational programing.
  • Maintaining relational database of case and contact information and tracking outcomes.
  • Working with and supporting management, attorneys, and other staff on additional program, marketing, fundraising, administrative and other duties as assigned.
  • Lawyers Alliance offers an opportunity to be involved in some of New York City's most interesting public interest work. The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's degree and relevant work experience in a fast-paced environment. Applicants should be able to maintain and analyze large amounts of database information, be detail-oriented and organized, and have strong communication skills. Work experience in the nonprofit sector is a plus.

    This position begins on or about August 28, 2017. Annual salary $40,000+ depending on experience. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to ProgramAssistant@lawyersalliance.org. Please include Program Assistant in the e-mail subject line.

    Lawyers Alliance for New York is an equal opportunity employer.

   
  Please contact Program Assistant Search
   


  Staff Attorney
  Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. We help nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts and urban health, and operate vital programs for youth, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers. Each year, Lawyers Alliance represents 700 nonprofits on 1,200 legal matters and works with 1,800 volunteer attorneys to provide these services.

We are seeking an attorney to join our staff and focus on expanding our work with education nonprofits while also assisting a broad range of additional nonprofits. Our education clients provide early learn and Head Start programs, afterschool and in school enrichment programs, mentoring and tutoring programs. They also run charter schools and alternative public education programs, college and technical schools, and English language learner programs. Major responsibilities of this position include:

  • Serving the transactional and nonprofit law needs of a substantial client base of community-based and nonprofit groups;
  • Conducting client outreach, client screening, and client development to expand the provision of business law services to new and existing clients;
  • Serving as co-counsel and providing additional volunteer support to attorneys from top law firms and corporate legal departments that participate in Lawyers Alliance's pro bono program;
  • Organizing and teaching seminars for nonprofit managers and attorneys; and
  • Writing and publishing legal manuals and other materials for nonprofit managers and pro bono attorneys.
  • Lawyers Alliance offers a collegial work environment, generous benefits, and a chance to be involved in interesting public interest work. The successful candidate will have 3-5 years of experience as a practicing attorney and be admitted to New York bar. Prior experience in corporate and/or nonprofit law is essential. If you want to work with a terrific group of people who enjoy what they do and are making a difference, this opportunity is for you. Salary is $60,000+ DOE.

    Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter in confidence to Lawyers Alliance for New York, 171 Madison Avenue, 6th Floor, New York, New York 10016. Attn: Attorney Search. Email: attorneysearch@lawyersalliance.org. No phone inquiries please.

    Lawyers Alliance for New York is an equal opportunity employer.

   
  Please contact Attorney Search
   


  Fellowship Opportunities
  Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, we help nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, and operate vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, recent immigrants, and other low-income New Yorkers. Each year, Lawyers Alliance's staff and more than 1,800 volunteer attorneys represent over 700 nonprofit organizations on more than 1,200 different legal matters.

Lawyers Alliance is interested in hosting one or more fellows who have third-party funding:

Business/Transactional Law Fellowship: This fellow would work at Lawyers Alliance full-time as a staff attorney for one year and provide invaluable legal assistance to nonprofits that are serving low-income communities and creating a better New York, while he or she develops professional skills and practical experience. During the coming year, Lawyers Alliance expects that the fellow would work on a range of legal projects. From advising nonprofit clients on board governance, fundraising law, and workforce reduction issues, to helping them review and negotiate contracts and strategic alliances, the fellow and other Lawyers Alliance staff attorneys will provide much needed legal guidance to dynamic organizations that seek to help hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers in a time of great need. The fellow will help present workshops to nonprofit managers. In addition, the fellow will assist with client outreach and screenings, publications, legal research and policy, volunteer attorney support, and resource calls from members of the public with questions about legal issues related to the nonprofit sector. (1-2 positions each year, usually beginning between September and January)

Affordable Housing and Homeless Services Fellowship: This fellow would work at Lawyers Alliance full-time as a staff attorney for one year and provide invaluable assistance to nonprofits that are serving low-income communities and creating a better New York, while her or she develops professional skills and practical experience. The fellow would work directly with the Senior Staff Attorney for Affordable Housing and Homeless Services on a range of legal projects providing legal services to affordable housing developers and providers of shelter and social services to homeless persons and other special needs populations. At the end of a year, the fellow will have had the opportunity to gain invaluable direct experience in transactional real estate and affordable housing. In addition the fellow will assist in providing general real estate services to nonprofits. The fellow will also help prepare and present workshops to nonprofit managers, assist with client outreach, client intake, publications and legal research and assist in incorporation and tax exemption applications. (1 position each year, usually beginning in September or January)

For further information, please contact fellowshipsearch@lawyersalliance.org.

   
  Please contact Fellowship Search
   


  Internship Opportunities
  Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, we help nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, strengthen urban health, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers. Each year, Lawyers Alliance's staff and more than 1,800 volunteer attorneys represent 700 nonprofit organizations on 1,200 different legal matters.

Summer Legal Internship Program: Lawyers Alliance for New York hosts a 10 week unpaid summer internship program for law students interested in careers in business and transactional legal work and public interest work. This summer internship program provides opportunities for students to gain professional, practical work experience on legal matters in a dynamic learning environment. Summer law student interns work closely with staff attorneys to provide direct representation to clients on real estate, employment, intellectual property, tax, corporate governance and other nonprofit law areas critical to their operations. Working with our staff, law students will field and respond to legal questions and inquiries from clients and non-clients, conduct legal research, draft memoranda, attend workshops and webinars and assist in the development of new workshops and trainings, participate in client and volunteer attorney outreach, assist with updating and drafting publications, and conduct case monitoring. Specific examples of last summer's assignments include assisting with client intake for Legacy College Prep Charter School, assisting with a real estate construction loan closing for Community Access, updating materials in connection with a Lawyers Alliance employment workshop for nonprofit managers, and preparing a legal alert for distribution to clients on paid family leave in New York.

Interested in joining us?
Look for information in late 2017 for Summer 2018.

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, attorney availability, and client need. For more information, please contact Legal Director Elizabeth Perez at eperez@lawyersalliance.org.