Deputy Director/Staff Attorney - Preserving Affordable Housing

$80,000 - $100,000 yearly
  • Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A
  • Hybrid (Brooklyn, NY, USA)
  • Apr 14, 2023
Full time Legal

Job Description

Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A (Brooklyn A) seeks a Deputy Director/Attorney to join its Preserving Affordable Housing Program who will represent low-income tenants in Brooklyn facing eviction in court and before administrative agencies and bringing affirmative litigation. They will handle a full caseload of representation non-payment, holdover, HP, 7A, and harassment proceedings in Housing Court in addition to managing grant reporting and ensuring deliverables are met amongst other tasks.  The Deputy Director will supervise law fellows/externs and student interns as well as staff attorneys. They will participate in case review meetings pro-bono collaborations and community outreach events.

To be successful in this role, you must have Admission to the bar of the State of New York with a minimum of seven years’ experience representing clients in the public sector, low income tenant groups and community organizations. In addition you must have supervised staff attorneys and paralegals and a passion for social justice and helping and representing clients individually and in low-income tenant groups. As a valued team member, you will have a client-based focus and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

The most important competencies for the role are: 

  • Experience supervising a team of attorneys, paralegals and administrative staff;
  • Experience working with clients in the public sector, low-income tenant groups, community organizations and/or coalitions;
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with client/tenants of different races, ethnicities, ages, and sexual orientations in a multicultural environment;
  • An understanding of the City’s housing market and/or experience in housing law practice; 
  • Ability to work independently with strong motivation, to manage a high case load, to meet deadlines, and to be flexible;
  • Have excellent legal writing, litigation and advocacy skills;
  • Experience writing narrative reports for grant and contracts and to generate and monitor case metrics for quantitative contract reporting; 
  • Computer proficiency sufficient to independently review and generate materials relevant to the position as well as track client information in our database, prepare reports for grantors, attend meetings, and perform administrative tasks related to the work, such as timekeeping and case notes;
  • Demonstrated ability to publish articles effectively advocating on behalf of clients and Brooklyn A
  • Language proficiency relevant to our clients, especially Spanish; and 
  • Willingness, desire, and ability to attend evening meetings.

Compensation & Benefits

Annual salary $80,000-100,000, dependent on years of experience. Benefits highlights - employer paid health insurance; 27 days annual vacation, employer contribution to 401(k); and paid parental leave.


To Apply

If you are interested in this position, you must submit your resume and a cover letter telling us why your experiences would make you a good fit for this role. This position is hybrid in-office/remote work position.


Brooklyn A is a diverse team that is committed to recruiting, supporting, retaining, and promoting a talented staff with diverse backgrounds and experiences that share the organization's commitment to racial, economic and social justice. At Brooklyn A, diversity encompasses a variety of characteristics, lifestyles, and perspectives, including race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, education, disability, socio-economic status, and family status. We firmly believe that a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment is essential to both the quality of our client services and the personal satisfaction of our staff. 

We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply, including women, people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, people from low-income backgrounds, and with lived experiences in the communities we serve.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, physical disability, or length of time spent unemployed.