Director of Advocacy & External Affairs

24 Dec, 2020


Director of Advocacy & External Affairs

Communities Resist
Brooklyn, NY

Communities Resist Inc., a project of Southside United HDFC (CoRe), seeks a Director of Advocacy and External Affairs to join a team combating gentrification, displacement, social disenfranchisement, and structural injustice through affirmative litigation before housing, state, and federal courts as well as administrative agencies.

CoRe is a legal services organization for housing and community justice steeped in the 50-year tradition of community lawyering in North and East Brooklyn. In these communities, we have spent years working together with neighborhood organizations and organizers in representing hundreds of tenants and tenant associations toward enforcing their right to social citizenship by struggling, resisting, and enduring against any attempts — governmental and private — to deny working communities, largely of color, their agency. CoRe exists so that the collective effort of these communities seeking to ensure that this unique model of work enforcing social citizenship might continue unchanged.

The Director of Advocacy & External Affairs will be part of the leadership of the organization, working closely with the Executive Director, fellow directors, and staff to help grow CoRe’s work across immigrant communities consistent with our mission; implement our collectively defined strategic objective; and ensure the smooth operation of internal processes and systems. Responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing legal and compliance operations within the organization in conjunction with the Executive Director
  • Cultivating and sustaining relationships with private and public funders. Working with the Executive Director to fundraise for the organization, identifying opportunities for grant funding and overseeing the proposal drafting and submission process for each opportunity
  • Working with the Executive Director and staff to develop and sustain relationships with government/elected officials in Queens and Queens community partners to support our current advocacy work and to identify areas of community need for future growth.
  • Developing and expanding relationships with Queens grassroots and community partners.
  • Helping to develop and implement organizational practices and policies and oversee organizational communication efforts, such as social media, our website, and other external communications.
  • Expanding pro bono collaboration with law firms throughout NYC and collaborations with organizational allies in Queens
  • Working with the Executive Director in implementing and tracking grant requirements and deliverables. Participating in citywide efforts involving collaborative grant work with other legal services organizations as well as consultations with government and private funders
  • Participating in professional networks and legal associations to help advance CoRe’s work and mission

Candidates must have relevant interest, experience, skills and commitment. Willingness, desire, and ability to attend evening meetings and events are also required; foreign language ability is a major plus.

Applicants must have the following qualifications:

  • JD and a licensed attorney in good standing
  • At least ten years legal and/or relevant legislative and policy experience, especially with work in the public sector, and knowledge of issues impacting low-income communities, particularly in New York City
  • Significant and demonstrated involvement and experience with community-based work in Queens
  • Significant experience in supervising staff, leading projects and strategic initiatives, preferably in a legal setting
  • Excellent legal, analytical, written, and oral communication skills. Effective communication skills, including the ability to work with people in desperate crisis
  • Possess initiative, energy, creativity, and a passion for the organization’s mission
  • Detail oriented, organized and strong follow-up skills
  • Ability to project leadership and vision with collegiality and a collaborative style
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Cultural competence demonstrated through present or past residence in, or employment at organizations serving, our clients’ communities
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds and local organizations.
  • Ability to work independently with strong motivation, to manage and track data, meet deadlines, and to be flexible
  • 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 tasks related to the work such as timekeeping and case notes.

Applicants possessing the following qualifications will be viewed favorably:

  • Demonstrated work with communities and community groups in Queens
  • Fluency in another language, especially one relevant to Queens’ immigrant communities
  • Experience in litigation and in working with community groups and government agencies

CoRe is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status. Salary will be commensurate with experience; excellent health and other benefits will be provided.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in another language, especially one relevant to Queens’ immigrant communities

To apply, forward a cover letter with your resume to:

Lina Lee

Executive Director

Communities Resist


Put ‘Director of Advocacy & External Affairs’ in the subject line.

Job posted: 2020-12-24