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Deputy General Counsel



Founded in 1980, Urban Resource Institute (URI) is committed to the vision of a world free of domestic violence, homelessness, poverty, and trauma, where individuals, families, and communities are safe, stable, and thriving. URI works across the spectrum of prevention, intervention and services to empower individuals, families, and communities, particularly communities of color and other disenfranchised populations, to increase their safety and resiliency. URI is the oldest licensed provider of domestic violence shelter and services in New York State, with 40 years of impact capped in the last five years with significant achievements and expansion leading to its position as the largest provider of domestic violence shelter services in the country. This expansion has afforded URI the ability to serve individuals who have traditionally experienced barriers to accessing shelter services, such as singles and families with pets.

Today, URI is maximizing the impact of organizational growth, expanding its positioning as an Innovative service provider, an influential leader and “Employer of Choice” in its field. URI has annual operating budget of approximately $98 million, more than 700 employees and the capacity to provide services to over 40,000 individuals annually. The organization operates in more than 20 locations around New York City and is recognized as a valued thought-leader in the sector across the US and beyond.

• Advise on matters of corporate governance, procurement, finance, real estate transactions/projects, and labor relations and employment.
• Counsel senior management and other staff on legal issues relating to programs, including legislative and regulatory issues affecting the organization’s delivery of services.
• Oversee Office’s handling of litigation including its responses to subpoenas, violations, and relationships with outside counsel.
• Manage development of policies and procedures to build out the company’s infrastructure.
• Manage the company’s monitoring and implementation of City and State legislation and regulations applicable to the organization’s programs, facilities, and employees.
• Develop and manage work plans and provide legal direction and advice on legal strategy
• Review and draft RFPs and ensure compliance with all applicable laws.
• Share responsibility for developing real estate acquisitions and management strategy.
• Prepare and deliver regulatory and compliance trainings.
• Supervise professional and administrative staff
• When necessary and required, perform the duties of the General Counsel and other responsibilities as requested based on department, program and/or organizational needs.

• Admission to the New York State Bar
• Five years of recent full‐time, progressively responsible legal experience subsequent to bar admission.
• Three years in a general counsel’s office, preferably in government or a nonprofit, or in the supervision of other attorneys in an administrative, managerial or executive capacity, or in performing highly complex and significant legal work
• Experience with city, state, and federal procurement requirements preferred
• Experience with city real estate development process preferred
• Ability to work in partnership with business and government representatives
• Experience interpreting a strategic vision into an operational model
• Strong organizational, problem-solving, and process management skills
• Demonstrated experience operationalizing DEI principles throughout an organization
• Strong legal, analytical, problem-solving skills and critical thinking skills
• Experience collaborating in a fast-paced environment with a multi-disciplinary, diverse team
• Ability to work independently, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments simultaneously, and meet deadlines
• Ability to manage staff and budget
• Basic computer knowledge and proficiency
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

• Strong commitment to equity and social justice including a focus on self-awareness and engagement of continuous learning around issues of diversity equity and inclusion; high level of Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
• Established sensitivity to or experience with domestic violence, homelessness, poverty, trauma, particularly in communities of color and among LQBTQ and other disenfranchised populations
• Results-oriented with superior skills in organization, planning, and attention to details
• Ability to manage many diverse yet concurrent project and responsibilities
• Able to multi-task and prioritize within a fast-paced working environment
• Strong business acumen and critical thinking skills; maintain professional integrity
• Ability to motivate and lead others; respectful of others; interacts with tact and sensitivity
• Flexible and collaborative work style with a strong service mentality
• Ability to build and sustain working relationships with employees, vendors, consultants, and colleagues
• Strong sense of integrity, honesty, and ethics

Interested candidates may forward a copy of their resume along with salary requirements to careers@urinyc.org for consideration.

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