economic development staff attorney position for Legal Services of Central New
York, Inc. (LSCNY) in the Syracuse office.Background: The LSCNY Community Counsel Project fosters economic
development and asset building in communities in our service area. The Project supports
community-based organizations and leaders in low-income areas seeking to (1)
expand employment opportunity through job creation, transportation, and child
care, (2) increase the supply of quality, affordable housing, (3) direct
private investment into low-income communities, (4) build strong and
sustainable community institutions, (5) developing community leaders, and (6) improve
the quality of life for low-income residents by creating conditions under which
the community can participate in the advantages of an economically viable area.
The Project assists
community leaders challenge poverty and inequity resulting from not only the
lack of local economic investment, but public policy decisions that have
significantly contributed to the degradation of low-income neighborhoods.
The Project is staffed by two attorneys
and a community organizer. The
position requires travel in our 13 county service area and working with
community organizations and leaders outside business hours.
Responsibilities: The following
is a summary of the array of legal services offered by the Project:
- Advising on the formation and structure of
organizations, including nonprofit and cooperative corporations;
- Drafting certificates of incorporation, by-laws,
operating agreements, and other governance documents;
- Obtaining and maintaining nonprofit
- Advising and representing on compliance with state
and federal reporting requirements;
- Drafting, negotiating, and reviewing contracts,
leases, purchase and sale agreements and other agreements with third parties;
- Advising or directly representing on
government regulatory matters such as licenses, permits, zoning, and land use
- Advising and representing on corporate
matters, such as employee issues; and
- Advising on and negotiating community
benefits agreements with developers of large for-profit projects.
The position offers a unique opportunity to
engage in different areas of the law while building collaborative relationships
with local community based organizations. The attorney will also be expected to
contribute to discussions regarding program development and grant development
to maximize opportunities to help communities served.
- Admission to
the bar of the State of New York or eligible for admission.
- Three years of experience as a lawyer; prior transactional
- Excellent transactional, analytical, legal writing, and
- Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
- Effective communication skills, including the ability to
work with people in complex multi-party transactions and with nascent community
groups with limited legal knowledge.
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
Closing date: Closing date
for applications is October 27, 2017 or when filled.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with individuals
from diverse backgrounds and local organizations.
Application: Send or
email a cover letter addressing specific qualifications and interests, resume,
writing sample, and three references to:Director of
of Central New York
Warren Street, Suite 300
Services of Central New York, Inc. is committed to hiring,
retaining, and promoting diversity and culturally appropriate inclusion so we
can be more creative, effective, and just, bringing more varied perspectives,
experiences, backgrounds, talents, and interests to the practice of law and the
administration of justice. We
accept, respect, and value differences that include attributes such as age,
race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and
expression, disabilities, language, socioeconomic status, marital and parental
status, and cultural background.